It just may be that this young man is excellent at what he does, but I have been unable to determine his CREDENTIALS. His bio tells me nothing at all about what experience or academic training suit him for his position. Is he merely just another voice within an insular circle of people who get told what they want to hear? Is he an innovative voice bringing cutting edge perspectives to complicated issues? Is he an independent thinking man who is self-trained? Is he a journalist by formal training, by faith, by practice? Former intelligence officer? Special Ops?
Whatever the answer, I do find it peculiar that his own biography does not speak to his credentials. That’s an unusual approach in an arena in which credentials are such an important aspect of the work. “Terrorism” is a complicated business. The analysis of it requires more than the ability to recap headlines and read teleprompters. What do you think?
Here is the link: http://www.cbn.com/Authors/cbnnews/Erick-Stakelbeck/
Here is the bio:
Erick Stakelbeck has been a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News since 2005. He covers the global war on terror, U.S. national security, the Middle East, and the growth of radical Islam at home and abroad for the CBN News Bureau in Washington, D.C. He is also host of the Stakelbeck on Terror show on CBNNews.com.
Erick is a sought-after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, print and web media.
He produces and reports feature stories for CBN’s nationally televised news programs on issues such as Al-Qaeda’s worldwide operations; Iran’s nuclear program; the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; Hamas, Hezbollah and existential threats to Israel’s security; and Islamic radicalism in the United States and Europe. He has interviewed numerous lawmakers and international diplomats, as well as Islamic terrorists.
Erick has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on leading national television and radio programs. His appearances include: The O’Reilly Factor, The Sean Hannity Show, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox Weekend Live, Fox and Friends, America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and a weekly segment on the Savage Nation radio show with host Michael Savage, among others.
Erick has worked as a senior writer and analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a counterterrorism think tank founded by terrorism expert Steven Emerson. His articles on Islamic extremism, global terrorism and national security have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Europe, Weekly Standard, Washington Times, New York Post, New York Sun, Jerusalem Post, and National Review Online, among other publications.
He has delivered addresses at several public forums, including speeches before members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation, the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations, ACT for America and Christians United for Israel (CUFI), among others, on terrorism and Middle East-related issues.
Erick previously served as a regular contributor to both David Horowitz’s Frontpage Magazine.com website and Michelle Malkin’s HotAir.com.
Erick is a graduate of Holy Family University in Philadelphia. His blog, “Stakelbeck on Terror,” can be found at CBNNews.com.