CNN SURE KNOWS HOW TO PICK ‘EM…. When it comes to the constitutionally-mandated national census, all Americans will receive a pretty basic form to fill out, and it’s important that they do. But there’s also something called the American Community Survey (ACS), which supplements the census with more detailed information on demographic, social, economic, and housing trends.

Yesterday, right-wing blogger and CNN contributor Erick Erickson announced he would refuse to answer ACS questions if asked, regardless of legal obligations to cooperate with the Census Bureau. “I dare them to try and come throw me in jail,” Erickson declared on a radio show. “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.”

Remember, CNN pays this man to offer on-air political analysis. Indeed, the network has boasted of Erickson’s “exceptional knowledge” and his “important voice.”

Jon Stewart reflected on CNN’s bizarre decision with a great segment last night.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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Be sure to watch to the end, when Stewart suggests the Erickson hire explains CNN’s new slogan: “CNN: We Have No Idea What The F@#k We Are Doing.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.