Ed Schultz off the air at MSNBC for a week for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut”; Video: Schultz apologizes

posted at 8:00 pm on May 25, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Caller, here’s the release from MSNBC.

If only he had called her a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick instead, everything would have been copacetic.

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. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

He’s been on thin ice before and still they promoted him from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. after Olby left, so take that “will not be tolerated” language for what it’s worth. Even so, volunteering for a suspension to show contrition is smart damage control, especially since it sets him up for a disquisition on tonight’s show about the evils of sexism and how even the righteous, otherwise immaculate progressive mind can occasionally fall prey to them. That’ll polish his cred with his audience and restore him to the state of indignant moral superiority he needs to sit in judgment of the right. Exit quotation from Laura Ingraham: “I was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show. Is it only available online?” Click the image to listen.

Update: Give him credit: His apology was forthright and seems heartfelt.


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Was a time when the men who care about woman like Laura would have helped this punk Ed understand the error of his ways.
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RalphyBoy on May 26, 2011 at 3:12 AM

Schultz is still an idiot, but credit where due- he went above and beyond with regards to his apology. The vast majority of such apologigies are of the “sorry if you were offended” variety.

Maybe he was sincere, maybe not, but at least it was an actual apology.

Now, if only he’d apologize for being on TV despite his mental deficiencies, all would be good.

Hollowpoint on May 26, 2011 at 3:43 AM

long ago when SNL was actually funny, it was jane curtain who was the bleeding heart liberal foil getting called a ‘ slut’ by hysterical right wing ranter dan aykroyd in those skits. the left has never got away from that basic premise and scenario- now they are cravenly shameless in exploiting the sham because their peers never call them on it. that’s what several generations of brainwashing will do.

people wonder how nazi germany could have ever happened and think themselves immune and above such tragedy and barbarism until they fashion the public dialogue along the lines of power not truth. doubleplusgood- that’s what mass graves and concentration camps are made of.

it’s not just the feminists who consider language racist, sexist or otherwise bigoted only when coming out of a supposedly right wing conservative mouth- otherwise the democrats would never have come to put a racist, red fascist in the white house with all the other branches of government acting as his rubber stamps. ed schultz is just one of the projectionist sluts whose complicity is exposed in the slurs he opts to make and upon whom he bestows them- in the end he’s talking about himself. why does an national network opt to give a show to such a ignorant, worn out old slut?

mittens on May 26, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Ed:

It doesn’t matter what the circumstances were. It doesn’t matter that it was on radio and I was ad libbing. none of that matters. none of that matters.

So why are you bringing it up?

DSchoen on May 26, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Update: Give him credit

Allah

Uh…no thanks.

Jaibones on May 26, 2011 at 6:59 AM

I didn’t realize this had something outside the headlines area when I posted (though I can’t imagine why I didn’t), so I repeat myself: I appreciate any sincere apology, as I have made mistakes and am always grateful for grace. What is disturbing, however, is how calling women the vilest of names seems to be the kneejerk behavior of the Left–the same Left who screeches that conservatives hate and/or oppress women. It is what they turn to first. Such disrespect of women is a by-product of feminism–traditionalist men don’t behave this way.

DrMagnolias on May 26, 2011 at 7:02 AM

And Feminazis did nothing…

Roy Rogers on May 26, 2011 at 7:21 AM

I’m sorry, but am I missing something here?

Using the broadcast airwaves to deliver such a HATE filled, VIOLENT attack on a woman who has done NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE wrong seems to be getting a HUGE PASS HERE. I mean, there are laws that prohibit this sort of thing. Why isn’t this being investigated for the crimes committed?

The notion that all Ed Schultz did was to push the envelope of common decency is ludicrous at best. The idea that he should be given a mere wrist slap for using a GOVERNMENT REGULATED ENTITY to ATTACK an innocent woman would be laughable if the offense wasn’t so serious.

At the very least, fines should be levied, an investigation into why such an obviously unhinged person was allowed to broadcast such hate filled, VIOLENT attacks should be pursued, and a decision reached on what caused this crime needs to be published.

At the very least he should undergo drug testing and a psychiatric review.

As for the sincerity of his apology, what came first? The apology OR the consequences of his actions?

THAT is how you judge the sincerity behind ANY apology. ;o)

DannoJyd on May 26, 2011 at 7:24 AM

DannoJyd on May 26, 2011 at 7:24 AM

well said

cmsinaz on May 26, 2011 at 7:29 AM

There “used” to be a Violence Against Women federal law that offered protection to all women from disparaging public hate speech.

Apparently it does not protect conservative women.

Roy Rogers on May 26, 2011 at 7:34 AM

He says this is the lowest of the low he has ever done?!!!

Exactly how many times has this rolly-polly big-mouthed assclown gotten on the air and mislead, exaggerated, and out and out LIED to the five or six pinheads who watch his moronic “news show”, and MSNBC has just continued to give him free reign to do and say whatever he wants?

If it had been anyone on Fox News that said something like this about any promiment female figure, they would not have been given the week off; they would have been FIRED!

And this is exactly what should have happened to Humpty Dumpty Schultz here, because you know he is going to do it again, sooner or later!

pilamaye on May 26, 2011 at 7:47 AM

I’m certain that Laura will go out of her way to accept his apology today. She is smart enough to realize that it is much more valuable to have this buffoon out there as the face of MSNBC and the modern dems than to censor him.

Spider79 on May 26, 2011 at 7:59 AM

cmsinaz on May 26, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Thank you! Your acknowledgement is much appreciated as I often wonder if my comments are falling on deaf ears, or in this case, on blinded eyes. ;o)

DannoJyd on May 26, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Shultz is out of control and has been for some time. It’s a little late for an apology. He should be fired, period.

zoyclem on May 26, 2011 at 8:37 AM

A week?

hawkdriver on May 26, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Well, anyhoo. I like it when they do this. THIS is how they really are. When they say what they really mean, what they really think, it’s very hard to gloss over. Even at the Propaganda Outlet for the WH, MSNBC.

hawkdriver on May 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Ed acts before he thinks and gets in “trouble”.
Ed acts again before he thinks and again gets in trouble.

Insane fool.

shick on May 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Give him credit: His apology was forthright and seems heartfelt.

Were he really sorry, it wouldn’t have taken him until after he was told that he was going on suspension before he apologized. Anyone can fake being sorry after they get in trouble. Just spend a little time with any kid and you will see them say they are sorry after they get in trouble all the time.

jeffn21 on May 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM

One has to wonder though if this is due to the new owners of MSNBC or not.

jeffn21 on May 26, 2011 at 9:01 AM

It’s not clear to me how GE avoided being crushed under the weight of MSNBC’s sickening and hateful conduct. But Comcast can not afford to employ people who talk this way — they make a much more accessible target.

I am on the phone right now with Comcast trying to get a statement from Stephen Burke’s office (NBC Universal), but Comcast seems desperate to express the notion that (as 51% owner of NBC Universal) they have no operating control over MSNBC, and I’ll bet they wish that was true. Owning MSNBC is like having a kid that steals something every time you take him to the grocery store.

Gee, who could have seen this coming?

Jaibones on May 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Update: Give him credit

I’ll give him credit, alright

*points to crotch*

Ugly on May 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Leaving the network indefinitely?

hmmmm??

This is apology is a cover. Ed the Red is going to primary the Bamster.

Yeh, that’s it. No. Other. Explanation.

darwin-t on May 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I just watched a segment on CNN where they call this lunatic the “Limbaugh of the Left”. Also Rush’s ratings are “either flatlining or declining”. It’s amazing these lefty outlets get away with outright lying. No wonder lefties are so ill-informed….That and they’re just stupid anyway….

adamsmith on May 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

On MSNBC, he just said “off air for indefinite period of time”.

aquaviva on May 25, 2011 at 10:03 PM

This translates into: “48 Hours with lots of fanfare upon return!“.

Mahdi on May 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Misogynist working for MSNBC? Never heard of such a thing/

Dr Evil on May 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM

When he said what he said 4 of his 12 listeners were shocked.

angryed on May 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Using the broadcast airwaves to deliver such a HATE filled, VIOLENT attack on a woman who has done NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE wrong seems to be getting a HUGE PASS HERE. I mean, there are laws that prohibit this sort of thing. Why isn’t this being investigated for the crimes committed?

At the very least, fines should be levied,

DannoJyd on May 26, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Calm down. Crimes? What crimes?

And the FCC doesn’t regulate cable like broadcast TV so there are no fines involved either.

I can’t stand Schultz. But the overreaction here is a bit disturbing. Unlike other “apologies” he ACTUALLY apologized and in a seemingly very sincere manner. Glenn Beck even likes the apology. It should be accepted at face value and now we move on.

MikeknaJ on May 26, 2011 at 1:51 PM

You know this is one of the mildest comments from msnbc. I am going to call comcast and let them know how I feel about the entire station.

Bambi on May 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

And the FCC doesn’t regulate cable like broadcast TV so there are no fines involved either.

MikeknaJ on May 26, 2011 at 1:51 PM

UnFreakinBelievable!

Mike, while I am sure that I should appreciate your comment I find instead that you have placed me in the unenviable position of being forced to school you. Perhaps you should Read The BLOG HERE before taking time to criticize others?

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.

As for what Glenn Beck thinks, why should I give a whiff of gas about what he thinks? He isn’t my boss, my god, nor anyone I particularly care for in the media.

HE, or SHE if you swing that way, gave me a pretty sharp mind. I prefer to use it instead of being a mere follower, or one of those who rush to judgment without knowing what they are talking about. ;o)

DannoJyd on May 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Bambi on May 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Dear lady, are you too under the impression that his comment was made on the PMSNBC cable station? If so you may want to read the blog here again as you are mistaken. ;o)

DannoJyd on May 26, 2011 at 4:29 PM

They sort of overreacted. He didn’t call her a slut-slut.

Pablo Snooze on May 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Except for the c-word, that is by far the most denigrating thing someone could say about a woman. He may be sorry (for whatever reason) but I can think of no possible excuse for what he said, because he said it like he REALLY meant it. Unless he admitted to being drunk or schizophrenic and left his position to go into rehab or a mental hospital for a very long time. Like, forever.

kg598301 on May 26, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Ed Schultz off the air at MSNBC for a week for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut”;

As no one is around to hear him talk, how do we know he made a sound?

rukiddingme on May 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Fine, I’ll give him credit for apologizing after being forced to in order to keep his job… but let’s just keep this footage around for the next time someone on MSNBC pokes fun at Boehner for being emotional when talking about his family or kids, shall we?

princetrumpet on May 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM

So…, where is Schultz taking his paid vacation too? Like taking a week off is supposed to be a penalty…

drfredc on May 27, 2011 at 12:57 PM

About ten years ago, I tuned him in, by chance, on the AM-radio dial while surfing and he was a big supporter of gun rights and the 2nd Amendment. He lamented how Democrats kept trying to restrict our rights.

Since then… not so much.

shorebird on May 28, 2011 at 1:28 AM

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