Ed Schultz to Sandra Fluke: Rush Limbaugh 'Did You a Favor'

On Thursday's Ed Show, MSNBC's Ed Schultz gleefully reminded guest Sandra Fluke of when Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut," but completely ignored his own suspension from MSNBC for saying the same of Laura Ingraham.

"I think Limbaugh actually did you a favor by putting you out there like that," Schultz poured on the praise. "I hope you understand where I'm going on that. I mean exposure is very important. People now look to you in a big, big way for leadership on some very pertinent issues."

And Schultz took a dig at Limbaugh's ratings: "You were cast on the scene after Rush Limbaugh took after you for three days on the radio, which is actually seriously affected the radio industry."

Of course, Schultz left out his infamous radio rant from 2011 when he smeared Laura Ingraham as a "right-wing slut." MSNBC suspended him for a week.

Below is a transcript of the segment:

MSNBC
THE ED SHOW
2/6/14
[5:20 p.m. EST]

ED SCHULTZ: And joining us tonight is Sandra Fluke, social justice attorney and candidate for California state senate. Sandra, congratulations. It's always a big decision when you decide to go into public service. You were cast on the scene after Rush Limbaugh took after you for three days on the radio, which is actually seriously affected the radio industry. You of course were trying to testify in front of Darrell Issa's committee when it came to women's health care issues. So here you are. I think Limbaugh actually did you a favor by putting you out there like that. I hope you understand where I'm going on that. I mean exposure is very important. People now look to you in a big, big way for leadership on some very pertinent issues.

SANDRA FLUKE: Well thank you, and I agree with you. I agree with you that exposure is important, because it lets us shine a light on important issues that we need to be talking about.
 

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014