After spending much of his week accusing Rush Limbaugh of racism, Ed Schultz on Friday made the same absurd claim about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
Following in the footsteps of others on his network as well as the liberal blogosphere, the MSNBCer said it was racist for Palin to refer to comments Michelle Obama made in 2008 about never having been proud of her country before her husband started winning primaries.
It was also racist of Palin to mention in her book the Obamas' connection to Rev. Jeremiah Wright (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Ed Schultz on Tuesday ratcheted up his anger over Rush Limbaugh's "Driving Miss Nancy" comments basically calling for the conservative talk radio host to be fired.
For the second time in the last three "Ed Shows," Republican strategist Ron Christie was there to add some sanity to the discussion pointing out the "double standard about applying racial outrage when it deals with black Democrats as it deals with black Republicans."
"I don't remember any outrage on the air waves, on your show or on Joe's show, when Harry Belafonte referred to Colin Powell and Dr. Condoleezza Rice as house slaves" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
The liberal media went into quite a tirade Friday after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh made a satirical remark about the Democrats relegating House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to Nancy Pelosi's (D-Cali.) chauffeur when the new Congress convenes in January.
Not surprisingly, MSNBC's Ed Schultz devoted a good part of his program to this issue Friday - filled with accusations of racism, of course - and got into quite an argument with Republican strategist Ron Christie (video follows with commentary and full transcript at end of post):
Is Chris Matthews taking lessons from Ed Schultz on keeping it classy?
In August and September, Schultz got off a series of fat jokes aimed at NJ Gov. Chris Christie. After Schultz eventually stooped to calling Christie a "fat slob," he was reportedly reprimanded by MSNBC president Phil Griffin.
On this evening's Hardball, Matthews got off a fat joke of his own at Christie's expense. Matthews suggested that someone inform Christie that the tunnel he vetoed is going to be "a wide tunnel; it'll be very useful to certain people." The irony? Matthews' gibe came in a segment about Daniel Patrick Moynihan in which Matthews made a point of praising the late senator from New York . . . for avoiding personal attacks. Video after the jump.
Come to think of it, Schultz has a point. This type of thing spells trouble for Democrats.
On his radio show yesterday, Schultz was talking with a caller about unemployment when he said something that demonstrated how liberals hold mixed feelings when people make the transition from dependency on government to gainful employment --
Rachel Maddow's claim that MSNBC is "not a political operation" was thoroughly debunked Sunday by the conservative website Johnny Dollar's Place.
As NewsBusters previously reported, Maddow on Friday defended Keith Olbermann's suspension for violating NBC's campaign finance rules by attacking Fox News hosts for raising money for Republicans. In the segment, she argued that aside from the "Countdown" host's indiscretion, MSNBCers don't engage in such activity.
As the following video marvelously demonstrates, Democrat candidates in recent months went on MSNBC programs such as "Hardball," "The Ed Show," "Countdown," and "The Rachel Maddow Show" to raise money for themselves (video follows with commentary):
As anyone should expect, liberal talk-radio hosts were not happy with the election returns, but they turned their anger on President Obama for his perfunctory pledges to work together with Republicans in the next two years. On Wednesday afternoon, Ed Schultz attacked him as “Mister Vanilla”:
Well, just what I thought. Mr. Vanilla, Barack Obama, flat and lame, olive branches coming out all over the place, can't we all just get along, I'm ready to work with you...This is Jimmy Carter on steroids! And then some! Generic. Vanilla. Non-combatant. No lines in the sand. I think it lacks leadership. I really, really do.
Schultz doesn't seem to have enough of a grasp of modern history to recall that President Carter couldn't even work with congressional Democrats, which is why he faced a primary challenge from Ted Kennedy in 1980. Schultz seems worried that Obama will be so agreeable he won't be re-electable:
Are you an elected Democrat? Someone who managed to survive the whacking this week, but is still looking forward to early retirement beginning in 2012? We've got the perfect political consulting firm for you: Grayson-Uygur . . .
Sitting in for Ed Schultz this evening, Cenk Uygur embraced Dem loser Alan Grayson's hyper-confrontional campaigning style, while adding a suggestion all his own: Dem arrogance and triumphalism.
Please, Dems, retain this apocryphal firm immediately: we could be headed to the first 435-0 House in history. View video after the jump.
I'm an official card-carrying member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, sitting in every morning on the super-secret nationwide conference call during which we receive our marching orders from the Forces of Evil. But unless I've missed something—and granted, maybe the extra-bold coffee doesn't always kick in—not once have I heard mention of a plan to impeach Pres. Obama.
So what does Ed Schultz know that I don't? He splattered his MSNBC show this evening with incessant dark speculation to the effect that the new Republican majority is plotting to impeach Pres. Obama. View video after the jump.
Warning that victorious House Republicans may be conducting an investigation of the actual birthplace of President Obama, MSNBC's Ed Schultz called a possible GOP victory a "rebirth of the birthers."
"There is nothing good about losing the House," Schultz remarked Nov 1, on his Monday evening MSNBC show. "[House Republicans] may even be launching an investigation into the President's birthplace. It will be a rebirth of the 'birthers,'" he warned.
Schultz even went as far as to think the Republicans might try to impeach President Obama. "I think these radicals plan to impeach the President," he spat.
The House GOP will be all "about power and not governing," if they hold the majority, Schultz complained, ranting that "Michelle Bachmann wants to subpoena the entire administration."
On his Wednesday radio show, Ed Schultz boasted to his listeners about his MSNBC ratings: “We had a record number of people watching on Monday night – 872,000 people. I have to start the program by saying thank you.”
“Record” by what measure? Certainly, not by comparison with Fox: TV By The Numbers has Special Report with Bret Baier drawing more than 2.1 million people (and Schultz with 858,000). Schultz played the Man-From-Fargo card, claiming his ratings “record” wasn’t appreciated by the media blogs:
While slamming Rand Paul supporters who assaulted a MoveOn.org worker in Kentucky, Ed Schultz claimed Wednesday there was simply no other side to the story – that he had not seen "any violence, anywhere, from anybody on the Left." Furthermore, Schultz blamed GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul for inciting the violence.
How desperate is the liberal media? How totally has it abandoned any attempt to run on the Obama record? Ed Schultz's MSNBC show this evening was 100% Obama-record free. It was—entirely and without exception—devoted to Republican bashing.
Come along, if you dare, down Ed's miserable, fly-blown landcape, as we break down the sorry show, segment-by-segment . . .
Whatever happened to Ed Schultz's solidarity with the working man? Isn't that supposed to be the essence of Schultz's shtick? But on his MSNBC show this evening, Ed played the paid-by-management Pinkerton, busting his nightstick over the head of . . . Juan Williams.
Proclaimed anti-worker Ed: "when you fire somebody: it's over, move on. Don't go back over spilled milk."
Ed Schultz, tool of the bosses--who knew? Video after the jump.
The folks at MSNBC are for some reason still under the impression that they are anything but a far less successful liberal alternative to Fox News.
The former channel's president, Phil Griffin, tried to perpetuate that delusion in a blog post by New York Times media blogger Brian Stelter on Sunday. Griffin claimed that MSNBC, unlike Fox News, does not help guests who are political candidates solicit funds on air.
In fact, MSNBC talker Ed Schultz has done just that on multiple occasions. “Show me an example of us fund-raising,” Stelter quotes Griffin as saying. Perhaps he should have reviewed his own channel's coverage before making that challenge.
MSNBC's Ed Schultz on Friday called internet giants Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart liars for supposedly cherry-picking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's "but for me we'd be in a worldwide depression" comment (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Hey, it's Friday night. Time to kick back, relax, and have a few chuckles, courtesy Ed Schultz. On his MSNBC show this evening, Schultz, somehow managing to keep a straight face, claimed that NPR is "as down the middle as you can get."
Schultz served up his side-splitter in condemning Jim DeMint and other Republicans for proposing the federal defunding of NPR. In the world according to Ed, the Republican suggestion to withdraw NPR's taxpayer subsidies reflects a GOP plan to "shut down any dissenting voices in this country." Ed, buddy: Dems control the White House and both houses of Congress. NPR is the voice of pro-government flackery, not dissent. The rebels are . . . the Republicans!
In August, Ed Schultz reportedly erupted in the MSNBC newsroom over being excluded from the network's election night promos. According to the NY Post, network honchos threatened to fire Schultz if he pulled a similar stunt again.
Could there be some kiss-and-make-up going on at 30 Rock? Of all the MSNBC personages, the network apparently selected Schultz first to have his own spot in the "Lean Forward" series of network promos. It aired this afternoon during Chris Matthews "Hardball" . . . and the theme was pure class warfare.
Scolded Schultz: "Why are we letting the top 2% of the population win over the other 98?" View video after jump.
In his latest meandering diatribe, MSNBC left-wing bloviator Ed Schultz yesterday hilariously mischaracterized the Republican Party's position on education reform as a scheme to create a cheap labor force of ignorant Americans by abolishing public education.
"They want us to be just like the folks in Indonesia," fumed Schultz. "They love the cheap labor. They love the 40 cents an hour stuff. So the best thing we can do on the right is what they're saying: let's just eliminate, let's abolish public education."
The incensed host of "The Ed Show" pressed on, invoking identity politics:
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday’s The Ed Show on MSNBC, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter applauded President Obama for bringing "poetry" back into the campaign as he cited former New York Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo’s famous saying about campaigning "in poetry" and governing "in prose." Alter: "Look, he (Obama) overlearned Mario Cuomo's famous lesson. Cuomo said you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. And he took that too much to heart. He's been governing too much in prose. Finally, he's beginning to bring some of the poetry back, the poetry that moves people and inspires people. And it's about time."
The Newsweek columnist went on to credit President Obama with preventing another Great Depression after host Ed Schultz lamented that Obama is not receiving credit for recent gains in the stock market. Alter: "He saved them. He saved their fortunes. We were headed for a depression. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month when he took over. If we'd stayed on pace, we would have had another Great Depression in late 2009. He saved them."
When is it OK for a politician to slam a shot to show she's a regular gal? Easy: when she's a Dem. If she's a Republican? Well, that's a shot of entirely different sort. She's a wasted drunk.
Just ask Ed Schultz. On his show this evening, the MSNBCer took Carly Fiorina to task for taking a shot of tequila on the campaign trail. Schultz slammed the California Republican senatorial candidate as "drunken" and "wasted."
The more I watch Ed Schultz on MSNBC, the more I realize he may actually be a bigger idiot than recently fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez.
Helping to prove my point, Schultz on Thursday said companies that buy back their own stock are un-American.
"Large companies have purchased -- here are the numbers -- $273 billion -- billion -- of their own shares this year. And my friends, that is five times as much as compared to this time last year," exclaimed a typically red-faced Schultz.
"This is what they`re doing," he continued. "They`re hogging. The American companies have no sense of economic patriotism" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
How much in the tank for Democrats would you have to be as a mainstream media member to say on national television that Hillary Clinton is one of the best Secretaries of State this nation has ever had?
Or that Joe Biden is one of the best Vice Presidents?
Well that's what liberal radio host Bill Press told Ed Schultz Wednesday on MSNBC's "The Ed Show."
Not surprisingly, the host didn't bat an eye (video follows with transcript and commentary):
You're Ed Schultz. Sorry about that, but work with me. Your big beef on tonight's show is foreign influence on US elections. What would be the glaring, obvious, overwhelming thing you would want to avoid in your choice of a guest? Having a union boss who is himself a foreigner, you say? Bingo! Yet that's exactly the slip-up Schultz committed.
A number of media liberals are up in arms over a far-left blog's inconclusive investigation - replete with innuendo and assumption - purporting to show that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has illegally spent funds obtained from foreign entities on political campaigns in the United States.
Of course near-identical efforts by a handful of the most powerful labor unions have not been mentioned.
The New York Times and MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz have all opined on the horrors of the Chamber's use of foreign funds. They all unquestionably parroted a report by the Center for American Progress's ThinkProgress blog that doesn't actually show that foreign funds have been spent on domestic political races. Meanwhile, labor unions have been given a pass, despite the amazing resemblance their political spending bears to the Chamber's.