MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS Mary Matalin and James Carville are out, as is Erik Erickson, who is now a contributor at Fox News Channel. Executive Vice President Mark Whitaker is also out.

Erickson wrote a long piece about his departure.

Frankly, before I went to CNN I was oblivious to the fact that there are ways to say things, without sacrificing or compromising my view or principle, that come off as more respectable and honest without invective than how I might have otherwise said them. There are ways to say things that draw people to you and ways to say things that push people from you. There are also times that facts and “known facts” get bounced around by both sides of the political spectrum without them ever actually being actual facts. We should all be more mindful of that. CNN made me mindful of that.

Frankly, I don’t know how long this will last now that he is at Fox News Channel.

What is being called “Jeff Zucker-shaking-CNN-till-its-teeth-rattle” over at the Washington Post also has Chris Cuomo moving to CNN, where he will join Erin Burnett in a new morning show.

This leaves Soledad O’Brien in limbo right now and reports are that her staff is freaking out.

Insiders tell us Executive VP Ken Jautz and VP Bart Feder addressed the staff after the show went off the air today. Suffice it to say, the era of Jeff Zucker is underway.

[...] For the month of January, “Starting Point” drew an average of 264,000 viewers. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” drew 468,000 and FNC’s “Fox & Friends” drew 1.07 million. “Morning Express” on HLN drew 218,000. The broadcast shows (CBS, ABC, NBC) drew millions more than any of the aforementioned programs. In other words, “Starting Point” is behind everyone except its sister network HLN, and HLN is getting close.

[...] Former CNN Managing Editor Mark Whitaker, who announced his resignation Tuesday, loved the panel format because he desired the show to have the same buzz as MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” But Jautz hated the panel, resulting in it being downsized from 7-9 a.m. to 7:30 to 9 a.m. And when Soledad was off, the panel was only on from 8-9 a.m.
I’m rooting for CNN.

No wonder Mark Whitaker was axed. He evidently doesn’t understand the difference between “the panel format” that works and a bunch of people sitting around a desk.

It doesn’t mean Ms. O’Brien won’t land somewhere else on the network, depending on what she’s asked to do. It’s unlikely she’ll command the real estate she had before.

Jake Tapper has already moved to CNN where he is CNN White House correspondent and will host a new show.

I’m rooting for CNN.