“Way to go Big Eddie!”
That’s how LauraIngrahamSucks.com handled the news of MSNBC liberal host Ed Schultz calling conservative commentator Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his Tuesday radio program. Schultz tried to backtrack and call her a “talk slut” but the damage was done and those in the conservative blogosphere are screaming “mysogyny” and wondering whether MSNBC will suspend him.
“You’ll recall that the “M” in MSNBC stands for misogyny,” wrote Michelle Malkin on her website while Big Journalism essentially mimicked the “M is for misogny” mantra. The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor, meanwhile, writes, “So much for civility, at least at MSNBC – the home of the ‘Lean Forward’ mantra.” The publication’s headline calls Schultz “unhinged.” National Review Online‘s Media Blog comes right out with it. Nat Brown writes, “This is disgusting.” Mediaite‘s Jon Bershad also doesn’t soft peddle it. He writes, “Yeah. Apparently Ed Schultz has forgotten that he’s not on Saturday Night Live. And that it isn’t 1978.” Bershad tries to contemplate a scenario when it might fit for Schultz to call Ingraham a slut: “Maybe if Ingraham herself had walked into the studio wearing a shirt with the words ‘Hey, please call me a slut’ written in big letters. Even then it would be a bad idea.” Weasel Zippers, which “scours the bowels of the internet” writes simply, “Amazing what the left can get away with saying with virtually no repercussions.” The Radio Equalizer’s Brian Maloney made clear what he thinks ought to happen. “Bye-bye, Ed Schultz,” he wrote. “We’ll especially miss your gigantic ego, unending rage and all-around delightful personality. Will Comcast tolerate this kind of behavior from one of its cable hosts, particularly on top of so many past antics? It was fun while it lasted. See ya.”
Other outlets, such as RealClearPolitics, played it stick straight, ran the clip and offered no opinion. HuffPost, known for its liberal slant, also made no significant comment and ran the audio and quotes: “Ed Schultz called conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a ‘right-wing slut’ on his Tuesday radio show. Schultz was criticizing Ingraham for what he saw as her hypocritical criticism of President Obama for drinking beer in Ireland while a tornado was destroying Joplin, Missouri.”
See the full text of Schultz’s words after the jump…
ED SCHULTZ (02:52): And what do the Republicans thinking about? They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.