Erik Erickson (Teabilly Nitwit and CNN employee) helped found the “We are the 53%” tumblr as a response to the viral “We are the 99%” tumblr:
In response to the now-viral Tumblr post “We are the 99 Percent,” some conservatives have launched their own venture “We are the 53 percent”. The site, started by RedState.org contributor Erick Erickson and Josh Trevino of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, features those who purport to represent the 53 percent of Americans who pay federal income taxes.
The inaugural post features Erickson holding a handwritten sign in the style of the more famous blog, that states:
I work 3 jobs. I have a house I can’t sell. My family insurance costs are outrageous. But I don’t blame Wall Street. Suck it up you whiners. I am the 53% subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.
But as Think Progress pointed out:
The three jobs Erickson wants you to believe he scrapes by on include occasional paid opinion blogging at RedState.com, a lucrative television contract with CNN, and a radio gig that paid the previous host $165,183 a year…The house Erickson can’t sell? Bibb County, Georgia records reveal that Erickson just bought a new $374,900 house in February of this year, and owns another that, according to an estimate by the website Zillow, might be worth slightly less than the amount he paid for it in 2001. And it’s likely that Erickson’s CNN job alone provides him with a personal driver and covered travel expenses when he needs to appear on the show.
Well, in news that will shock exactly no one, at least one of the images featured on Erickson’s tumblr is fake (to say nothing of the scores of images that are simply pictures of type-written words on a page). Turns out this “53 percenter,” — Dgangu Mutambe —
is really Adewale T. Akande — a Nigerian expat living in Spain:
Given that his last blog post dated August 17, 2011 identifies Mr. Akande as writing from Spain, the photo above, in which he claims that he “came to USA with nothing” and got “where he is” through hard work is clearly fake.
As for “suck it up”? Find me a Nigerian, expat or otherwise, who has ever uttered the words “Suck it up!” and I’ll — I’ll — well, I don’t know what I will do, but it’s never gonna happen, so who cares.
How embarrassing for the son of Erick and CNN.
UPDATE: Perhaps my post was not as clear as it could have been: Mr. Akande is not a Nigerian scammer. He’s a Nigerian writer living in Spain:
In fact, he blogs about government corruption in Nigeria and immigrant rights in Spain, and both topics place him at odds with everything that Erick Erickson embodies — xenophobia, racism, disdain for immigrant rights, inequality, and no government accountability. Additionally, Mr. Akande penned a blog post about the necessity for consumer vigilance in the age of Nigerian online scams and fraudsters. Indeed, my guess is that Mr. Akande is not going to be pleased at all when he learns of this particular act of online chicanery. (Counting down until the first Teabilly claims that Mr. Akande is part of some Kenyan Cabal that worships at the feet of one Barack Obama.)
[via Daily Kos]
[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]