When Keith Olbermann departed MSNBC most of the behind-the-scenes chatter concerned that fact that, with Keith out of the way, the NBC News Division would assume greater control of the networks content, ratcheting back on aggressive tone of the remaining hosts, and restore a sense of “balance”.
Apparently the first victim of this new, prissy approach to programming will be Ed Schultz, who was trotted out Wednesday evening in a video taped apology for calling conservative media whore Laura Ingraham a “right wing slut”. Schultz’s apology was excruciatingly sincere and his body language suggested a repentant 12-stepper (see video below) , but nevertheless MSNBC elected to pull Big Eddie from the air for an “indefinite period of time” (despite the fact that his comments appeared on his syndicated radio show, not MSNBC).
I suspect this is the last we’ll see of Schultz. His muscular, rough-and-tumble populist style was never a particularly good fit at MSNBC, alongside smoother hosts like the self-righteous Lawrence O’Donnell and glib Rachel Maddow, and it was clear that Schultz never got the tone-it-down memo following the Gabriella Giffords shootings. Too bad really because what the lefties really need right now are more in-your-face commentators like Schultz.
But the real story here, in my opinion, is that progressives and dems (or at least their mouth pieces) just don’t seem to have the stomach to stand up to the righty blowhards like Ingraham. Keep in mind, Ingraham has made a name for herself by smarmy attacks on her enemies’ looks, appearance, and style:
And, ironically, Ingraham once referred to Nancy Pelosi as a prostitute who would sell her own body to pass health care reform legislation. Add all this to the constant, below-the-belt ad hominem attacks from douche bags like Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck and you’ll see a pretty stacked deck in favor the right-wing noise machine.
Too bad for Schultz and too bad for MSNBC. The network apparently forgot President Obama’s admonition to never bring a knife to a gun fight.