Ed Schultz Calls John Boehner and Paul Ryan Liars Moments Before Lying About Medicare
Ed Schultz's pattern of accusing Republicans of lying moments before lying himself continued Tuesday evening.
Just moments after calling House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) liars, the host of MSNBC's "Ed Show" misinformed his viewers about Medicare (video follows with transcript and commentary):
ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW tonight from 30 Rock, Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
We have got two big stories tonight. Just hold it a second. I was going to go to Kenosha, Wisconsin today but I couldn't because I am afraid I would have said something that would have gotten me in trouble. That's how passionate I am about this, because Paul Ryan is out there saying stuff that is not true. We`re going to get into his budget plan tonight.
And John Boehner is flat out lying about taxing oil companies. Oh, this is a hot one.
It's THE ED SHOW. Let's get to work.
SCHULTZ: Let’s look at this chart. This is how good it was for Medicare `50s, `60s, `70s, 1990, 2000. But now, we’re into the real red neck conservative years. They want to change everything. They want to get the New Deal. This is part of the New Deal they want to erase.
Schultz clearly has problems with dates whenever he shows one of these charts: Medicare wasn't around in the '50s. It was signed into law by former President Lyndon Baines Johnson on July 30, 1965.
This also means it wasn't part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. It was part of LBJ's Great Society.
But since Ryan's 2012 budget proposal was released weeks ago, Schultz has regularly misinformed viewers about Medicare being part of the New Deal.
As readers know, I have been making the case for some time that nobody at MSNBC is overseeing the falsehoods being spread by this man and others on this so-called news network on a daily basis.
At the beginning of this very program, Schultz said, "I was going to go to Kenosha, Wisconsin today but I couldn't because I am afraid I would have said something that would have gotten me in trouble."
Shouldn't lying on national television get him in trouble, or do Comcast and General Electric, the joint owners of MSNBC, think that's okay?