Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ed Schultz: Populist Birthday Clown For Hire


Well this is disappointing.  Predictable, but disappointing.

From Politico:
Back when he hosted a prime-time talk show on MSNBC, Ed Schultz divided the world into heroes and villains. The heroes usually included Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The villains were most Republicans, and especially Donald J. Trump. When Trump obsessed over Obama’s birth certificate and academic credentials in 2011, Schultz branded him “a racist.” When Trump flirted with running for president the next year, Schultz ridiculed him. “Who has shown any interest in Donald Trump being the next president of the United States other than Donald Trump?” he fumed. “Mr. Trump, stop embarrassing yourself!”

Another bad guy was Russian President Vladimir Putin. Schultz delighted in ripping conservatives for what he called their “love affair” with the Russian leader and his ability to make Obama look weak on the world stage...
And then...
That was all before last July, when MSNBC abruptly canceled The Ed Show after a six-year run and dumped the 62-year-old prairie populist from the network. By the time Schultz resurfaced this January, he had been reincarnated in a very different journalistic form: as a prime-time host, reporter and political analyst for RT America, the U.S. branch of the global cable network formerly known as Russia Today, funded by the Russian government...
Therefor...
Gone is the praise for Obama and Clinton. Gone, too, are the mocking references to “Putie.” And gone are the judgments about others’ patriotism. Schultz’s 8 p.m. RT show, The News with Ed Schultz, now features Putin-friendly discussions about the failings of U.S. policy in the Middle East, America’s “bloated” defense budget and the futility of NATO strategy.

Even Trump is getting a new look from Schultz. Speaking at various points on RT in recent months, Schultz has said that Trump “has tapped into an anger among working people,” is “talking about things the people care about,” and even, as Schultz recently declared, that Trump “would easily be able to function” as president...
Othello, Act 3, Scene 3,

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Of course no one "stole" Big Ed's name did they?

He just rents it to the highest bidder.

And if that bidder happens to be a foreign oligarchy bent on meddling meddling with the United States elections, well, Bid Big Ed's got bills to pay people, and that's how unfettered capitalism works.

14 comments:

SamB said...

Larry King, too!

bowtiejack said...

"As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?"

Alexis de Tocqueville
letter to Ernest de Chabrol. June 9, 1831

Chan Kobun said...

But remember, it's the DNC and Hillary we all need to worry about. Russia isn't our enemy. Russia is not a fascist oppressive oligarch state. We have always been at war with Eastclintonia.

Jim from MN said...

40 pieces of silver don't buy as much as they used to.

Lit3Bolt said...

Putin's going to go down in history (the bad way) as a god damn visionary for sending out a legion of misinformants throughout the Internet, traditional media, and social media.

Because after all, if you can't trust your Facebook friend, who can you trust?

Jimbo said...

THIS. Combined with the revelations about Trump's connections with Putin is a disgusting mess. Shame on Ed. I just don't understand how someone like that can be just for sale. So lazy. Combined with the conveniently-timed Wikileaks dump, this seems more like the national Presidential conventions are now just reality TV shows to be manipulated by whoever can create the most flamboyant, bizarre, entertainments. I hope the DNC doesn't also descend into a WWE show. But Debbie Wassermann-Shultz has certainly been a DINO IMO.

Ed Cooper said...

Hey if big Eddie hadn't sold out he might not be able to fly his twin beech. He has always been a shill for whomever paid the best. Good riddance.

Ed Cooper said...

I almost forgot, now I know why DWS was always his go to on his TV toob show, grifters always hang together.

Jay Farquharson said...

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/07/clinton-asserts-putin-influence-on-us-elections-after-taking-russian-bribes.html#comments

Fritz Strand said...

Prior to Ed's TV show when I listened to him on the Radio I was always struck by unprepared he was on any number of issues he would blunder in to. For instance, I recall him making a complete fool of himself when some group went after Gore for Gore's energy use at his home. Ed brought up the topic without, evidently, any prior knowledge on either side of the issue giving credibility to a group's hatchet job on Gore.

RUKidding said...

I always thought Schultz was a weasel. Now we have absolute proof.

Charlesdillon said...

He 'was' a republican.

Mike Lumish said...

What I find amusing is that the very same people who were so concerned in 2013 that the NSA was determined to watch them masturbate have used the very same thought process to become exuberant over proof that they were right all along and Clinton really did steal the primary from its rightful winner. Coronate! ASAP!

engulfedinflames said...

This isn't news to those of us living in the region.