My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

MyTwoCensus Editorial: Eric Erickson should be fired from CNN!

Though CNN’s sagging ratings over the past year may be reason to encourage its commentators to pull crazy on-air stunts, their commentator Eric Erickson’s recent remarks crossed lines of decency, and perhaps the law on April 1 on WMAC’s In the Morning with Erick Erickson. has filed an official complaint with the Federal Commerce Commission because Erickson suggested resorting to violence (with a shotgun) to deal with 2010 Census employees who may come to his door. MyTwoCensus is outraged that the government hasn’t taken more steps to openly condemn this matter (other than Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs calling the remarks “lunacy”). Additionally, CNN and WMAC must fire Erickson immediately. Otherwise, a boycott of CNN and WMAC is in order.

Here is an audio clip of Erickson’s remarks:

ERICKSON: This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I’m not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They’re not going on my property. They can’t do that. They don’t have the legal right, and yet they’re trying.

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5 Responses to “MyTwoCensus Editorial: Eric Erickson should be fired from CNN!”

  1. paco Says:

    Whata asshat! Stupid is as stupid does – Forrest Gump.

  2. CensusWorker Says:

    I believe he was refering not to the 2010 Census form but the American Community Survey which has been in legal battles since its inception….

  3. JAG Says:

    He’s an idiot who should be banned from the airwaves.

  4. Ignatius Says:

    The Government / Congree ought to look at how and why the American Community Survey provokes this sort of outrageous suggestion.

    It would seem that anyone who reads the ACS question set would be concerned about the reach of the Government into every aspect of our lives.

    It doesn’t justify threats of physical harm to Census staff, but the people who planned and authorized this intrusive survey shouldn’t be all that surprised when the get a range of reactions.

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