Skip to comments.Can MSNBC Get More Liberal? Yes, They Can!
Posted on 03/31/2009 11:42:10 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
Can MSNBC Get More Liberal? Yes, They Can!
If you thought MSNBC could not possibly tilt any further to the left, you may — sadly — be wrong. According to the New York Observer, the cable network may be about to give liberal radio host Ed Schultz his own program. Schultz has already filled in three times this month as anchor of the 6pm ET 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the one-time venue of Meet the Press moderator David Gregory.
“Schultz, with his rustic delivery, blue-collar bona fides and copious hunting references, would presumably add some heartland credibility to MSNBC's wonky cosmopolitan lineup without disrupting the lefty story line,” The Observer’s Felix Gillette noted on Tuesday.
Schultz has been a favorite with the NBC/MSNBC crowd since his national radio show debuted in January 2004. NBC’s Today show quickly brought him on as a pundit during the Democratic primaries, and treated him to a gooey profile in March of that year. Katie Couric touted Schultz as a liberal version of radio mega-star Rush Limbaugh (see box), though at the time Schultz’s affiliates consisted only of stations in North Dakota, Montana, and Needles, California.
In 2008, NBC and MSNBC both pounded conservative radio host Bill Cunningham after he referred to “Barack Hussein Obama” prior to a McCain campaign event. A few weeks later, however, after the liberal Schultz blasted McCain as a “warmonger” at an Obama event (for which the Obama campaign rebuked Schultz), his friends at NBC and MSNBC helped shield him. MSNBC’s Countdown and Hardball — which feverishly went after Cunningham — were silent on Schultz, while David Gregory’s 6pm Race for the White House offered Schultz a friendly forum to explain himself.
Appearing on the April 7, 2008 show, Schultz stuck by his venomous attack: “He is a warmonger. His policies and his positions on Iraq certainly parallel that of a warmonger. And he fits the description.”
On his radio show, Schultz has polluted the airwaves with rhetoric far nastier than what liberals claim about talk radio conservatives. Last Friday, for example, Schultz called GOP Senator Jon Kyl a “spineless scumbag” for daring to criticize President Obama’s joke about bowling “like Special Olympics or something.” Other recent examples:
■ On March 2, Schultz compared Limbaugh to Adolf Hitler: “If you watch Limbaugh with the sound down...he looks like Adolf Hitler!...The parallel is so striking.”
■ On November 25, Schultz rued how after years of bashing George W. Bush, the outgoing President never extended his hospitality to left-wing talkers: “We lefties with microphones, we were never invited to the White House. Never got a chance to even urinate on the yard.
■ On November 17, Schultz blasted Republican Senator Richard Shelby as a “terrorist” for opposing a taxpayer bailout of the auto companies: “It is his mission to kill the Big Three.... Senator Shelby from Alabama is a terrorist on the American worker. He is a terrorist on wage workers.” Two weeks later, on December 3, Schultz attacked network news for not “cheerleading” a socialist bailout: “They should be cheerleading. They should. Forget all this journalist crap! I’m serious.”
Last August, retired NBC anchor Tom Brokaw refused to defend the one-sided left-wing rants that have replaced professional journalism on MSNBC, telling a forum on campaign reporting: “I think Keith has gone too far. I think Chris has gone too far.” If MSNBC adds Schultz to the line-up, Brokaw’s embarrassment will only grow.
Is this their idea of a liberal Rush Limbaugh?
They couldn't get Bob Beckel?
His show bombed royally in our local market.
MSNBC is bound and determined to disappear into total irrelevance
As a GE shareholder, I am so happy at the way the company is being run. (do I even have to post a sarcasm tag?!)
Why wouldn't they? Finally, after all those years sucking gas, they are kicking CNN's butt. What their success proves is something we Fox News fans already knew: people want to see their beliefs validated by their news channel. I say we grab some popcorn and watch the long, painful death of CNN.
...sigh...I would have no idea who this moron is without FR. I won’t watch the National Socialists on MSNBC so I would never see the venomous hatred he spews. Now that I know who he is, he is further confirmation that the most vile, hateful, ugly acting human beings in this world are leftist liberal Democrats.
The only place they can get coast to coast air time is on these liberal MSM networks.
Schultz is a paid lackey to the useless unions. Other than that, he’s a cool guy. He’s actually listenable but I do disagree with him.
This is sad. They NEVER get it. They just don’t get it.
Is there anyone out there who actually watches MSNBC for news? That is like reading the National Enquirer for the print news. I am amazed that anyone, even libtards, could take that drivel seriously.
Watching MSNBC for the “news” is like reading Hustler for the literary criticism.
“Is there anyone out there who actually watches MSNBC for news?”
MSNBC still does news? Wow — when? It all seems commentary to me.
As long as you pay for tv, you fund CNN, MTV, Comedy Central, Spike, Logo, History, Discovery, MSNBC, CNBC, et al.
“If MSNBC adds Schultz to the line-up, Brokaws embarrassment will only grow”
If Brokaw’s faux tears during 0bama’s inauguration didn’t embarrass him, nothing will. His comments about Mathews and Olbermann were just posturing.
Schultz is a pig. There was a story not long ago about him trying to beat up a woman in a bar. “Cool guy”?? No, he’s a blowhard thug like Bob Beckel. He’ll fit right in at DNCTV.
I never watch MSNBC or NBC and I am surprised anyone on here actually would.
why would anyone want to listen to a bunch of rubbish, lies and total bias against your own beliefs is beyond me.
I will not have the channel on for one second and contribute to their ratings at all, same as I never will buy GE .
My money will go to conservative causes and not liberal ones
just said the same
why anyone would watch them even on here is beyond me.
It’s a pile of crap and I refuse to listen to my beliefs being put down all the time.
Wouldn’t mind if they actually had anyone on decent giving another side to their biased crap.
As for this guy I don’t even know about him and do not care to find out about him
It won’t effect my viewing habits, since I never watch MSNBC. And never will.
MSNBC learned a lesson from Fox News....Fox leans right and cleans up in the ratings...so MSNBC says...let’s go for broke and go all left and corner that market. I believe CNN will most likely remain 3rd from here on out with their decision to be fake middle-left.
This will further erode NBC’s credibility as a news organization.
You can escape the laws of supply and demand about as much as you can escape the laws of gravity. However, liberals somehow interpret those laws to mean: We demand it, and govt supplies it.
Rush Limbaugh is conservatism’s answer to a liberal media, as a whole. They can refute his thoughts and arguments, but the only ‘liberal version of Rush’ they try to create is just more of the same.
Schultz is about as relevant as a little fart in a wind storm.
My gracious way of asking for a channel change would be to politely ask whoever is in charge of the TV: “Why do we have to watch this commie crap? Are you a commie?”