Shocker: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz joins… Russia Today

posted at 1:21 pm on January 14, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Jim Geraghty highlighted a fun bit of media trivia in today’s issue of the Morning Jolt and it involves a name familiar to most regular readers. Ed Schultz had his MSNBC show cancelled last summer as the network grappled with their tanking ratings, but his dozens of loyal viewers no doubt remained sure that he’d land on his feet. Turns out they were right, as the bombastic union supporter (and employee, though he never mentioned it on the air) has landed himself a job as an anchor at Russia Today’s American network. Here’s the video announcement:

Russia Today, in terms of being an unbiased news source, is probably only slightly worse than the soon to be shuttered Al Jazeera America. Their spin on pretty much everything is the same: blame America, but do it in a way which makes it look slightly more like actual news than Vladimir Putin’s personal propaganda bureau. Some of their previous employees have grown tired of the biased Kremlin advertising and taken the rare path of turning down a job in the media. As Jim reminds us, one of RT’s anchors famously had a drop the mic moment and walked off the job, being unwilling to shill for the Kremlin any more.

Another member of state-funded Russia Today made waves on Wednesday — not by standing behind Moscow, as the news network is wont to do, but by bucking it.

From the anchor chair, Liz Wahl closed a show — as seen in video which she later tweeted — talking about the “ethical and moral challenges” she faces working for Russia Today, also known as RT. She spoke of being from a family who fled to America to escape Soviet forces during the 1956 Hungarian revolution, being the daughter of a U.S. military veteran and being the partner of a physician who works at a U.S. military base.

“And that is why, personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth,” she added. “And that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”

That’s one heck of an outfit that Schultz has signed on with, but there may be one saving grace here. For a number of years we were left writing columns about the union spokesmodel’s motives and wondering if he was really trying to undermine America. With this new post he can be completely unfettered and just let his freak flag fly. Enjoy the new gig, Ed.

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If this doesn’t work out, he’ll always have KCNA.

Mr. D on January 14, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Is anyone really shocked by this? LOL

Nineball on January 14, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Is there a difference?

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Why does Ed Schultz hate America?

celt on January 14, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Comrade!

portlandon on January 14, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Speaking of propaganda did I miss the post that Hot Air did on the Republican response to the State of the Union? You know where Nikki Haley said one think about amnesty in English for the rubes and the GOPe chosen Spanish speaker said something else entirely regarding Amnesty. Is that a story or not Hot Air?

From the Miami Herald…
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/01/in-gop-state-of-the-union-responses-different-messages-in-english-and-spanish-on-immigration.html

The Republican Party’s immigration split was reflected Tuesday in the two responses hand-picked party members gave — one in English, one in Spanish — to President Obama’s final State of the Union address. The Spanish version, offered by a Cuban-American congressman from Miami, was decidedly softer.

Here’s what South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in English:

No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.

At the same time, that does not mean we just flat out open our borders. We can’t do that. We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined.

We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.

I have no doubt that if we act with proper focus, we can protect our borders, our sovereignty and our citizens, all while remaining true to America’s noblest legacies.

Here’s what Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart said in Spanish (translation is ours):

No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love the United States should ever feel unwelcome in this country. It’s not who we are.

At the same time, it’s obvious that our immigration system needs to be reformed. The current system puts our national security at risk and is an obstacle for our economy.

It’s essential that we find a legislative solution to protect our nation, defend our borders, offer a permanent and human solution to those who live in the shadows, respect the rule of law, modernize the visa system and push the economy forward.

I have no doubt that if we work together, we can achieve this and continue to be faithful to the noblest legacies of the United States.

JOHNPAULJONES on January 14, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Who gives a Rats A$$ about a Rats A$$?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 14, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Глупый свиней.

Pork-Chop on January 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM

I thought Ed Schultz was supposed to be this true-blue, All-American, working class Democrat. Well, the mask’s off now, buddy.

dkmonroe on January 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Looking forward to the rest of the tribe … Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow … all moving over to RT, as MSNBC revamps its lineup to become … profitable/credible/not-the-current-clown-car-they-are?

Exit question: Is there room at RT for Brian Williams?

Inquiring minds need to know.

Grinch on January 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Match made in utopia – a network without credibility hires a news anchor propagandist without credibility.

Poor Jesse Ventura – now he’s got some real competition for his position as the biggest raving loon on RT.

Athos on January 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM

The difference is, now it’s official.

RBMN on January 14, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Why does Ed Schultz hate America?

celt on January 14, 2016 at 1:27 PM

It’s still not an Orwellian fascist state.

Athos on January 14, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Heh. Olby should go there too.

22044 on January 14, 2016 at 1:31 PM

“Well at least he’s got a job!” — Ed’s wife

otlset on January 14, 2016 at 1:32 PM

I give him six months and he’s gone.

Warner Todd Huston on January 14, 2016 at 1:33 PM

I know NUTHINK!

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2016 at 1:33 PM

It may prove difficult for him to move far enough to the right to be a good fit with RT.

Drained Brain on January 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Word of advice, Ed:

Never go full retard commie.

bigmacdaddy on January 14, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Useful. Tool.

antipc on January 14, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Velcommen Home Comrade. Have some more Vodka…….
I wonder how many more “unbiased” mainstream jouno’s they could hire?

ruttles on January 14, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Schultz gets sent to the Russian Front. Now why does that ring a bell?

Oh, wrong Schultz.

Ed Schultz makes Sgt. Schultz look like a rocket surgeon or sump’n.

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2016 at 1:45 PM

“Well at least he’s got a job!” — Ed’s wife

otlset on January 14, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Yes. Can you imagine having that fat slob lying around the house all day, making the milk go sour?

Pork-Chop on January 14, 2016 at 1:45 PM

No Shock to me – He is a Communist, interested in turning us into a Full Blown Socialist State.

Nat George on January 14, 2016 at 1:48 PM

And you thought Pravda was dead.

Neitherleftorright on January 14, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Russia Today must be moving to the left (like Fox News Channel).

bw222 on January 14, 2016 at 1:58 PM

And you thought Pravda was dead.

Neitherleftorright on January 14, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Actually they got themselves a new logo. (peacock)

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Actually they got themselves a new logo. (peacock)

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2016 at 1:58 PM

In the shape of a hammer and sickle no doubt.

Neitherleftorright on January 14, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Hey Ed you getting some union benefits and perks such as a Moskvich? http://www.azlk.ru/

Hope Ed that you’re getting more than the minimum wage. Heck if any one is worth it, you should be getting at least $15.00 an hour, you commie!

woodhull on January 14, 2016 at 2:04 PM

So Ed is joining a network with at least 2 anchors quitting because they couldn’t face thmselves for lying to the audience??? RT is Russia’s version of MSNBC.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/sara-firth-resigns-russia-today-lies-anchor_n_5598815.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/russia-today-anchor-liz-wahl-resigns-on-air-ukraine

poxoma on January 14, 2016 at 2:04 PM

I thought Ed Schultz was supposed to be this true-blue, All-American, working class Democrat. Well, the mask’s off now, buddy.

He still is, BUT the Democrat Party is now full blown Marxist.

SpiderMike on January 14, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Isn’t Larry King also at RT? It’s like all the leftists go there to let it all out.

Aizen on January 14, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Well…. at least it’s not the “Uncle Joe Stalin” New York Times…..

viking01 on January 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM

He still is, BUT the Democrat Party is now full blown Marxist.

SpiderMike on January 14, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Yup. They have only two serious candidates for POTUS (arguably just one, and it isn’t Mrs. Clinton). Both candidates are albino dinosaurs; one is an avowed socialist, yet he’s challenging Mrs. Clinton and dragging her to the far-left (not that she needed much assistance).

Aizen on January 14, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Walter Duranty, please call your office.

RadClown on January 14, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Yup. They have only two serious candidates for POTUS (arguably just one, and it isn’t Mrs. Clinton). Both candidates are albino dinosaurs; one is an avowed socialist, yet he’s challenging Mrs. Clinton and dragging her to the far-left (not that she needed much assistance).

Aizen on January 14, 2016 at 2:17 PM

I forgot to add: only two albino dinosaurs as their presidential field, after seven years of The One™ blessing America with His amazing presence.

Aizen on January 14, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Hmmm, that is a Stalinesque hairdo, isn’t it?

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 2:27 PM

What did he name his first born? Maxim or Vladimir?

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 2:31 PM

MSNBC to RT is a natural progression. Both networks share a lot in common, like disdain for traditional American values.

stuartm650 on January 14, 2016 at 2:33 PM

Yego istinnyye tsveta pokazyvayut cherez

1791 on January 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM

This is pretty surprising and unprecedented; you would think that RT would be able to afford better talent.

Redstone on January 14, 2016 at 2:44 PM

The predictability is actually a bit boring.

Leftists are progressives are socialists are communists. I’ve said it forever now, so it’s no surprise to me if any and all leftists, including eventually the GOPe progressive pigs, all go full on communist at the same time hypocritically sucking muslim crotches.

A complete waste of flesh, every fvcking one of them.

Andy__B on January 14, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Do those train tracks in the background go to the Soviet gulags?

viking01 on January 14, 2016 at 2:52 PM

RT is probably hoping Ed can pick up all of Al Jazeera’s 15,000 prime-time viewers.

Tyrone Slothrop on January 14, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Always fun when someone like ed equates “big” money with corporate interests while propping up government that forcibly confiscates 6 trillion dollars every single year from Americans.

clearbluesky on January 14, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Why does Ed Schultz hate America?

celt on January 14, 2016 at 1:27 PM

I think you need to give the guy a little more credit. He hates everyone.

HiJack on January 14, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Laura Ingraham is not surprised.

Mallard T. Drake on January 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM

what’s the difference between democrats and socialists?

burserker on January 14, 2016 at 4:37 PM

So Ed is joining a network with at least 2 anchors quitting because they couldn’t face thmselves for lying to the audience??? RT is Russia’s version of MSNBC.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/sara-firth-resigns-russia-today-lies-anchor_n_5598815.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/russia-today-anchor-liz-wahl-resigns-on-air-ukraine

poxoma on January 14, 2016 at 2:04 PM

It is no different than msnbc so Schultz will feel right at home under the same commie masters.

earlgrey on January 14, 2016 at 4:47 PM

I heard RT pays in vodka.

diogenes on January 14, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Russia Today is essentially Pravda with a face-lift. So, yeah, that’s right where Ed belongs.

farsighted on January 14, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Big pro union guy, pro gay, pro Muslim….Ha Ha try that crap in Russia Hypocrite

Jpalm32 on January 14, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Schultz is a hateful, bitter person. Good riddance…

Fat Hubie on January 15, 2016 at 8:51 AM