Wednesday, May 25, 2011

MSNBC suspends Schultz


MSNBC suspends Schultz for calling Ingraham a 'slut'

MSNBC has suspended Ed Schultz for one week without pay for calling Laura Ingraham a ‘right-wing slut’ on his radio program Tuesday.

“Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” MSNBC said in a statement Wednesday evening.

Schultz will address the remarks on his television show Wednesday night, and begin his leave immediately afterward, MSNBC said.

"MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program," MSNBC said.

The Daily Caller first noted the epithet in the midst of Schultz's critique of Ingraham’s criticisms of the president’s trip to Ireland.

“And what do the Republicans thinking about?” Schultz said. “They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.”

Ingraham reponded via her Facebook page on Wednesday.

“Re. the crude comments made about me by Ed Schultz on his radio program: First, I was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show. Is it only available online?” she wrote. “ Second, I have to get back to recording the audio edition of my new book "Of Thee I Zing." Now I'm tempted to insert one additional zing--about men who preach civility but practice misogyny.”

Feminists, not normally ones to line up behind conservative talk radio hosts, were outraged at the comment. The Women’s Media Center, the nonprofit founded by Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem, sent out an alert urging MSNBC to suspend Schultz.

“While conservative bloggers and watchdog organizations are highlighting Schultz’s remark, the Women’s Media Center also calls on MSNBC to suspend Schultz for his comments, since they not only attack Ingraham, but all women,” the group wrote in an alert Wednesday, according the Daily Caller. “Ms. Ingraham is no friend to the Women’s Media Center, but a sexist and misogynist attack based on her gender and not her political views or comments is harmful to women in media, politics, and beyond.”

Personally, I don't like Ed Schultz simply because I don't find his show on MSNBC very enlightening and the man is just too angry about everything. Not to mention he is a hardcore Liberal and I am, needless to say, am not. This kind of language from Schultz is not really surprising but it is completely and wholly unnecessary. I may not like Ms. Ingraham's opinions on certain things and she does annoy me at times, there is no justification for such language. I myself occasionally call people "twits" but this not because I disagree with them so much as I think they have no clue what they are talking about. I know Ms. Ingraham generally knows what she is talking about, I just don't agree with it. As such, Schultz very much deserves this punishment and should be rather ashamed of himself for stooping to such a level. The question is, do you really think he is sorry? I think not.

1 comment:

  1. As a member of the MWP, I am offended by emotional remarks on the left and right. This sort of below the belt name calling is not productive. However, I do realize that both sides of the political equation have some reasonable positions. Ed Schultz is interesting, but foolish and clownish much like Rush can also be. To bad we Whigs do not have a shot at Talk Radio, but the power (I believe) of the establishment would surely work to crush us. Sorry but I am a bit of a cynic.