When a person allows themselves to be so overcome with anger, they often say and do things that they will often end up regretting. Recently this happened to Ed Schultz, on his radio show:
And now, he is being forced to retract and apologize in humility:
Let’s give him an ounce of credit for doing this, but let’s examine this situation and the apology a little closer.
We have heard nothing but hypocrisy from the Left on the subject of talk radio over the course of the time this medium has been successful. For years now, we have heard the Soros-funded Media Matters organization level charge after charge against right wing radio shows, saying they are mean, nasty, hateful, toxic to a free society, and divisive. We have even heard them make the weakest claim ever, when they attempted to tie Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ assailant to the industry and its influence. Any intelligent human being has since been able to surmise that this is not the least bit accurate, once they learned the facts of this case. But still, they jumped right on it with no evidence to support their faulty claims and in comments so mean and distasteful, the condemned Rush, Hannity, and Beck with relentless persistence.
The Progressives tried their own experiment, called Air America. It failed miserably. Toward the end, they could not get stations to carry the programming, so instead of stations paying them (like the business is supposed to work), it had to pay stations to carry the shows because the ratings were in the tank. Even in large cities where there is a higher concentration of Progressives, the performance was woeful and stations could not sell ads at a price high enough to pay their bills.
The reason for their failure was not any one thing. The message was wrong, we know that. But add to this factor, the demographics of the target audience was severely miscalculated and many of the hosts were so vile and ugly that no one wanted to listen to them. Even the educated elitists couldn’t bring themselves to listen and they sing the ideological praises of their arguments in their college classrooms all over America, daily.
While I do not agree with everything the right wing talkers say, it’s important to note that this is a market driven industry. It’s also worth noting that under the right to free speech, views and opinions can and should be expressed without fear and reservation. But calling a woman with whom you disagree with a slut is not acceptable, in any form or fashion…at any time. Had this been any right wing host, I would make the same argument.
That said, let’s look at some of the content (and other nuances) of this apology, a little closer.
Ed said he voluntarily offered to MSNBC to take himself off of the air. It’s hard to know what to believe because we know that both the Women’s Media Center and Change.Org (two liberal organizations) called for the suspension. I think that once Ed was called into the office, he knew he was in trouble. I say this because when you watch the apology, he gets a little choked up when he mentions his wife and family. I think Mrs. Schultz and the rest got to him before MSNBC did. By the time he was in on the carpet, he knew his ass was grass.
During the soul-baring moment we watched from Eddie, part of his statement is the most telling of them all: “I have embarrassed my family. I have embarrassed this company. And I have been in this business since 1978, and I have made a lot of mistakes. This is the lowest of low for me.“
“The lowest of low for me” is an admission that he has established a pattern of this kind of low-life commentary and behavior. We know what he has said on the air many times, but we don;t always know what he says and does behind the scenes.
The questions we should be asking right now are clear. How much more will they tolerate from this out of control raging maniac, who not only condemns hateful rhetoric but actively engages in it on a daily basis? Isn’t time for MSNBC to cut its losses and find another mouth foamer to replace him?