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A year or so ago, I signed up for Red State to join the discussions there.  I was promptly banned--really, within an hour--not for anything I said, which was entirely respectful in my disagreement with some point, but because I also posted to Daily Kos.  What can you do?

I still get email blasts from Red State, though, and today's from Erick Erickson has left me flabbergasted.  How can someone who works for supposedly impartial CNN also act as a decidedly partisan political fundraiser?

Here is the email blast in full:

The left wants you to shut up.  The left wants you to sit down.  Don't do it.

We must all fight for freedom.  But many are asking, "How?"

Across the country, I am helping American Majority and Smart Girl Politics put on Post-Party Summits.

The summits only cost $50.00.  This weekend in Denver, CO, and Jacksonville, FL there will be two summits.  

Learn how to be an effective community organizer for freedom.  Learn how to be a more effective activist.  Learn how to be a candidate for office.

The training is invaluable.  The tools are essential.  You need to stand up and speak up.  You cannot sit on the sidelines any more in the fight for freedom.

Attending a Post Party Summit is a terrific way to find out how to get involved.

I hope to see you there.  Click here to find the nearest Post Party Summit to you.

Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson

And here is how the Post Party Summit describes itself:

Government Has Failed You.

We are in a fascinating time. One in which rising deficits, bigger government, and the threat of new taxation when there is clearly no representation threaten to divide and ruin our country. Yet, these injustices have fueled a revival of the new conservative movement. Millions of Americans are engaging in the political process for the first time, brought to protest over the injustices in government at all levels. While protests bring us together in passion, they are not a strategy for meaningful reform. Let us take the next step together.

Now Is Your Time.

The Post-Party Summits represent the beginning of the new American Revolution, one in which we organize for liberty and take back our communities from the political class. Each event is designed to maximize your time and provide you with real-world strategies and tactics that you can apply immediately. We have brought together some of the country's best in messaging, political organizing, leadership training, new media, etc. to offer each of you the opportunity to move beyond protest to implementing freedom. Now is your time, what will you do with it?

Even FOX yanked Hannity, the king of partisans, from a political event, and Fox pretty much invented the Tea Party.  How could CNN tolerate this?  Don't they want viewers to trust them at all anymore?  Sure, they brought on Erickson has a right-wing opinionator, but come on.

BTW, I should add that when you google "cnn complaints," you get a form to complain specifically about Wolf Blitzer, so it's clear there are a lot of troubled chickens in that coop.

Originally posted to angry young man on Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 08:28 AM PDT.


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