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Can MSNBC Get More Liberal? Yes, They Can!
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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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dnctalkingpoints; drivebymedia; edschultz; hatetv; liberalbigot; lordhawhaw; msnbc; stalinisttactics

1 posted on 03/31/2009 11:42:10 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Is this their idea of a liberal Rush Limbaugh?
They couldn't get Bob Beckel?

2 posted on 03/31/2009 11:46:44 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

His show bombed royally in our local market.

MSNBC is bound and determined to disappear into total irrelevance


3 posted on 03/31/2009 11:47:24 AM PDT by lakertaker (Libertarian Party since 1998)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
They should call it MSNBC's Lowball.
4 posted on 03/31/2009 11:48:17 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

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?!)


5 posted on 03/31/2009 11:49:43 AM PDT by Corporate Law (<>< - Xavier Basketball: Perennial Slayers of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

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.


6 posted on 03/31/2009 11:49:51 AM PDT by Nick Danger (Never mind gold. Stockpile lead and brass.)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
Katie Couric touted Schultz as a liberal version of radio mega-star Rush Limbaugh

So was Al Franken.... They don't seem to realize that Rush is successful and has a dedicated audience because the media market is so full of liberal nonsense, people *choose* to listen to and support Rush.
7 posted on 03/31/2009 11:50:44 AM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

...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.


8 posted on 03/31/2009 11:50:47 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
There are plenty of hate-filled liberal gasbags out there. However, they can't compete in a free market and the public arena of thoughtful ideas and reason. They have their deluded following in local markets but nothing compared to Rush Limbaugh.

The only place they can get coast to coast air time is on these liberal MSM networks.

9 posted on 03/31/2009 11:58:14 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

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.


10 posted on 03/31/2009 12:02:38 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: proud_yank

This is sad. They NEVER get it. They just don’t get it.


11 posted on 03/31/2009 12:03:18 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

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.


12 posted on 03/31/2009 12:05:22 PM PDT by PLKIng
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To: PLKIng

Watching MSNBC for the “news” is like reading Hustler for the literary criticism.


13 posted on 03/31/2009 12:09:37 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: PLKIng

“Is there anyone out there who actually watches MSNBC for news?”

MSNBC still does news? Wow — when? It all seems commentary to me.


14 posted on 03/31/2009 12:10:20 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: lakertaker

As long as you pay for tv, you fund CNN, MTV, Comedy Central, Spike, Logo, History, Discovery, MSNBC, CNBC, et al.


15 posted on 03/31/2009 12:11:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Pres Obama just spent $150million of the $160million in returned AIG bonuses on a trip to England.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

“If MSNBC adds Schultz to the line-up, Brokaw’s 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.


16 posted on 03/31/2009 12:12:45 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: Professor_Leonide

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.


17 posted on 03/31/2009 12:40:39 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: LeonardFMason

same here
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


18 posted on 03/31/2009 12:48:26 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: PLKIng

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


19 posted on 03/31/2009 12:50:24 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

It won’t effect my viewing habits, since I never watch MSNBC. And never will.


20 posted on 03/31/2009 12:54:01 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The biggest crimes in history were committed by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

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.


21 posted on 03/31/2009 12:55:09 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

This will further erode NBC’s credibility as a news organization.


22 posted on 03/31/2009 12:56:06 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

23 posted on 03/31/2009 1:17:29 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Sunk by Zer0)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

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.


24 posted on 03/31/2009 1:26:01 PM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
MSNBC have not hit rock bottom. They passed that long since, and are now busy with the hydraulic drill.

While I'm about it, is there a gracious way to recommend a different channel? There is, in Cedar Rapids, an Internet cafe on which I and Mrs C-4 depend when our jobs take us there; we do the jobs and then get online to enter them. The only channel they ever show is MSNBC, which is always good for raising my BP a point or two.

How does one go about a polite suggestion toward another channel? My thanks.
25 posted on 03/31/2009 2:19:16 PM PDT by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
He's the liberals' answer to Rush? (insert laugh track here)

Schultz is about as relevant as a little fart in a wind storm.

26 posted on 03/31/2009 5:31:56 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: Category Four

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?”


27 posted on 04/01/2009 11:47:24 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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