Some leisurely afternoons, when I am otherwise bored, I tune in to MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” hosted by Ed Schultz, professional liberal extraordinaire. I am not a fan–quite the contrary. My reason for observing this blathering nincompoop in action is to see just how far left he has gone on the day’s news. It is purely invigorating to see him twist all news and commentary, no matter the subject, to somehow reflect positively on liberals and viciously on conservatives. He spares no invective in so doing.
Ed Schultz was once conservative. Yep! That’s correct although you could never tell it now. There’s not a conservative utterance out of this foul-mouthed lefty these days, not a sliver of conservative opinion ever considered. The extreme opposite is the case with Ol’ Ed.
Ed has a long-time on-air career, albeit one that began on small-time radio in the Midwest where he then had a conservative position on the news and politics. Something happened to him to cause a dramatic, and not totally explained, about-face. He claims it was a chance meeting with his now-wife at a homeless shelter in Fargo, North Dakota which turned him into a flaming liberal. Whatever it was, it surely resulted in evolving Ed into a man with a vengeance. I know how cold it can get in Fargo–I saw that great movie!–so perhaps Ed got a little brain-freeze at some point which resulted in his current imbalanced outlook on life–and politics, especially.
In April 2009, MSNBC announced the debut of Ed to bolster the cable network’s alignment of other professional liberals such as Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Keith Olbermann–extreme liberals all. (I might just give Matthews a little slack as, at times, he will call the Democrats out on their policies if they are too far out on the left limb.) His first show aired on April 6th as the “The Ed Show.
If you do take the time to watch his show, you will see a bevy of liberal guests supporting Ed’s opinions including: U.S. Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D – OH), a man as close to being a socialist as one can get; Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation’s editor and publisher and a truly embittered, ultra-left wing political pundit; Bill Press, another radio political commentator and a longtime staunch Democrat with no fear of stating his liberal views. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Reverend Al Sharpton, both known to be far left liberals with socialistic tendencies mainly focused on minority “entitlements”, especially Reverend Al, make frequent appearances to balance the sheet and ensure Ed has covered the bases racially.
Ed books no conservatives nor Republicans on his show which he openly admits to as his not wanting them to appear. Most likely, it’s their refusal to subject themselves to his incensed, and grossly rude, interview tactics which keeps them away. (Not surprisingly, MSNBC’s other uber-liberal of the show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” infamy has the same policy.)
With the assistance and support of these and other lefty guests and his own tirades of varied degrees of vituperativeness against any and all Republicans or conservatives, Ed has found a platform to spew hatred vice political commentary. He has been especially focused on the tea party folks of late owing to their steadfast rise in popularity.
Anyone is a target and anything is appropriate in firing a barrage at his opponents. Schultz recently referred to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey as an “out of touch, smug bully” and, ultimately, nothing more than a “cold-hearted fat slob — .” Reportedly, his bosses at MSNBC had him on the carpet for this and other over-the-line remarks he has made since his on-air debut including for his threat to ” — torch this [bleep]ing place.”, referring to the MSNBC studios, a threat based on what Ed perceived as a slight by the network for not including him in the election night buildup promotions.
Has the stress of seeing the Republicans assume control of the House of Representatives as well as closing the gap in the Senate gotten to Schultz, driving him to the verge of irrationality? Probably so.
Most interesting of late has been what has occurred since the elections of November 2nd. Ed has been absolutely stunned, and infuriated, ever since that election Tuesday night when it became clear that the Democrats would lose'” and lose big. His expression has changed; he looks and acts like a madman at bay.
In his most recent Republican-bashing tirade, Ed again stepped over the line on national television. On his January 5th show, Ed went ballistic, ranting and raging about Republicans and their policies: “This is an ideological war. I say it on camera tonight here on MSNBC. I will fight these bastards every night at 6 o’clock because I know what they’re up against. I know what they want to do. They want to take down American workers. They want to outsource jobs. They want to destroy the American dream. Concentrate the wealth to the top, and control minorities. That’s what they’re about.”
Yep. Ed used a no-no word on television! A short time later, he apologized saying, ” — I just referred to the Republicans as a term I probably shouldn’t have used, but, I know what, they just infuriate me… So, if I offended some of you by that term I used a few moments ago, I apologize. Maybe I’ve had too much TV.”
Yes, Ed. Maybe you have and I am certain that MSNBC executives will speak to you about that. But, this is MSNBC we’re talking about so don’t expect him to be yanked off the air anytime soon. Since this is not the first time he has transgressed, MSNBC big shot Phil Griffin has chastised Schultz as he reported to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz in a recent interview. “There are times I tell him he goes over the top and that TV is different than radio — A couple of times he’s crossed the line. I said, ‘˜Ed, you ran down the field 100 yards and you spiked the ball. Don’t spike the ball!'”
Good advice and perhaps a veiled warning to Ed, but I doubt he will heed it. Ed’s a natural-born ball spiker!