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Context is Key in Election Concerns

Rush Limbaugh: MSNBC caught redhanded again editing a tape to mischaracterize Mitt Romney:

Howard Kurtz commented:

KURTZ: But as first pointed out by a blogger named Sooper Mexican, here is the problem. That clip was deceptively edited. Romney had started out talking about a doctor being entangled in government paperwork. And here is how the supermarket anecdote actually ended.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ROMNEY: There’s your sandwich. It’s amazing. People in the private sector learned how to compete. It’s time to bring some competition to the Federal Government.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KURTZ: So Romney wasn’t amazed by the touch screen, but by the contrast between a supermarket chain and the government. That kind of editing is enough to give you indigestion.

Now, Andrea Mitchell played the full sound bite the next day, but expressed no regret for the earlier editing.

Meanwhile, Jon Stewart attacked Sean Hannity with a similar accusation:

the original Hannity segment (via Mediaite):

Anderson Cooper takes apart Ed Shultz

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz last week actually suggested that CNN’s Anderson Cooper might have had something to do with him being named to GQ’s “The 25 Least Influential People Alive” list.

On Friday’s Anderson Cooper 360, the host nicely put the pathetic Schultz in his proper place – The RidicuList (video follows with transcript and absolutely no additional commentary necessary):

ANDERSON COOPER: Time now for “The RidicuList.” And tonight I’m sorry, but I’ve got to do it. Tonight, I’ve got to add a guy named Ed Schultz.

Now, before we begin, let me just say a few things. I think cable news feuds are stupid, and I think when TV anchors try to start feuds with other TV anchors, it’s usually a sign they’re worried about their own ratings and they’re trying everything they possibly can to get attention and boost said ratings.

So I wasn’t really surprised to hear that this guy Ed Schultz decided to suddenly take a shot at me the other day. Now, let me be honest. I don’t really know who Ed Schultz is. I think I met him once in passing years ago, but I have never actually seen his show. I’m told he yells a lot, and I know he works at MSNBC. And I know he’s moved around a lot in various time slots. That is it.

OK, also, in writing this today, I also found out that he makes a lot of inappropriate comments about other people that he then has to apologize for and/or get suspended for, like this one from his radio show.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ED SCHULTZ, MSNBC: Do you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name, Laura Ingraham? Yes she’s a talk slut.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COOPER: Nice, yes.

So anyway, “GQ” magazine has apparently written a satirical list of the 25 least influential people alive, and Mr. Schultz made the list. “GQ” writes about him, in part, quote, “Do you watch ‘The Ed Show’ on MSNBC? Of course you don’t. No one does. The only reason people watch ‘The Ed Show’ is they’re working out in a hotel gym, and they can’t find a staff member to change the channel to ESPN.”

All right. Pretty snappy writing. Someone wrote that about me, I’d chuckle. I’d go back to watching “Breaking Bad” on Netflix. But that’s just me. Why anyone, anyone would care what someone says about them in a humor column in “GQ,” I cannot even begin to understand. But apparently, Mr. Schultz has a pretty thin skin for someone who goes around calling people sluts, because he thinks his inclusion on the list has to be some kind of conspiracy, a conspiracy between “GQ” and me.

The other day on his radio show he said this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SCHULTZ: I know that Anderson Cooper floats around in that “GQ” crowd. I don’t know if he’s behind it or whether there are publicists at CNN. But let me just say, I’m kicking his ass.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COOPER: What? Here I am just living my life, doing my thing, and this person I don’t even know says this.

Now as for the kicking my ass part, I’m assuming he’s talking about ratings. And his statement on that can be easily debated. I’m going to spare you the minutia of ratings statistics with their demos and the households and the total viewers and what advertisement paid for. Trust me: nothing will make your eyes glaze over faster.

But I do take issue with the contention that I, quote, “float around in the ‘GQ’ crowd.” Frankly, I don’t know where the “GQ” crowd is. As for the idea that I somehow influence their editorial decisions on satirical end-of-the-year lists, well, that’s just silly. I mean, everyone knows I’m far too busy campaigning to get Gary Tuchman named next year’s sexiest man alive in “People” magazine. And you think that “Golf Digest” Best Putters of 2011 article is just going to write itself? I mean, the point is, my schedule is full.

Just for reference, let’s take a look at some of the other people who made “GQ’s” 25 least influential list. There’s Paul Reiser, Princess Beatrice, that guy who predicted the Rapture was going to happen this year, and Tila Tequila.

Now, I wasn’t going to say anything about Mr. Schultz’s odd outburst about me, because this is probably exactly the kind of thing that Ed Schultz lives for. But when you have less of a sense of humor than the end-of-the-world guy and show less logic and restraint than Tila Tequila, you just leave us no choice but to welcome both you and your ass kicking to “The RidicuList.”

Lawrence O’Donnell Challenged on Race Baiting

Andre Harper issues a Race Challenge to NBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell:

I concluded than this Ivy League elitist has ordained himself with the authority to declare who is black. Although Herman Cain gave a spirited interview, he showed the obvious restraint of a presidential candidate leaving the host visibly frustrated by his defiance. I guarantee that if this was 1840, O’Donnell would have filled Cain’s back with welts like the Democrats used to do to non-compliant blacks. Nonetheless, since I am not a presidential candidate, and have no restraint and can directly address his racist assumptions.

I challenge Mr. O’Donnell’s and his newfound authority to a “black contest.” Conservative black Americans are regularly challenged on their racial integrity, and I say this from experience. While I believe that there is no standard “black experience,” there are experiences, conditions and traditions that tie the millions of African-Americans together that are distinctly different from other groups of Americans. Unfortunately, racist liberals like O’Donnell and self-proclaimed “black leaders” like Cornell West have given themselves the authority to decide who can call themselves black.

For years conservative African-Americans have tried to convince the brethren that despite political differences, they are no different. Too often these pleas fall on deaf ears as their “black cards” are revoked for simply exercising Constitutional rights; at the same time we people like Obama, whose descendents were not forced into slavery, and Bill Clinton who continues to be touted as the first “black” president.

Now’s the time for liberals to stop all of the innuendo and baseless accusations. Since they are quick to insult the racial integrity of conservative blacks, here is their chance to prove it. Mr. O’Donnell, let’s mutually agree on a measurable standard based on the experiences of descendants of enslaved Africans in America, pitting myself against President Obama. If I lose, I am willing to profess that my conservative beliefs make me a sellout to my community. If you lose, you must profess to your audience that you are indeed the biggest racist in America.

I realize the that idea of a “black contest” may be considered immature. So is having to rebut being called an Uncle Tom during an otherwise intelligent debate on policy. I am addressing absurdity in-kind. I fully expect O’Donnell to cower inside of his ivory tower at MSNBC by ignoring me. That’s why I need you help to me challenge the racists at MSNBC. Copy and paste this editorial with “Don’t Be A Coward O’Donnell, Accept The Challenge” in the title. E-mail it directly to Lawrence O’Donnell at thelastword@msnbc.com. Get all of your friends to do the same. O’Donnell acts like a tough guy when standing on the bully pulpit, time to find out if that NBC mascot is really a peacock or chicken.

Gov. Christie Gets a Standing Ovation from liberal MSNBC host for Muslim Judge Defense

O’Donnell noted that Gov. Christie would likely never be president. “He won’t get it this time, of course, because he’s not running.” He won’t get it next time, he argued, because his attitude was too “New Jersey”– meaning abrasive and curt (but, we Jersey folk assume, in a good way, right?) He then showed a clip of him telling a constituent that where he sends his kids to school is “none of your business.” “That’s just a little too much New Jersey for polite Republican primary voters,” or, he added, “really anywhere outside of New Jersey.”

But the “New Jersey” attitude wasn’t the only nail in Christie’s political coffin. To O’Donnell, Gov. Christie’s statements calling fear of American-imposed Sharia Law “crazy” was just “way, way, way too reasonable in his defense of a Muslim judge he appointed.” “Being reasonable about just about anything,” he argued, “is the road to nowhere in Republican primaries.” Since “we know the guy cares about his political viability in the Republican party,” O’Donnell fully expected his answer to include at least one caveat to his opinion to keep him in the clear. It did not. The governor even admitted that some Muslim Americans were inappropriately detained after September 11th, something that, according to O’Donnell, “no Republican wants to admit ever happened.”

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Ed Shultz Apologizes for calling Laura Ingraham a Slut

On Wednesday May 25th, left wing radio show host and MSNBC host Ed Shultz called right wing radio show host Laura Ingraham a “slut” on his radio show, saying: “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.”

Elsewhere, on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly called Lady Gaga something unusual on air: A Patriot.

Ingraham responded to the comments on Facebook saying: Re. the crude comments made about me by Ed Schultz on his radio program: First, I was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show. Is it only available online? Second, I have to get back to recording the audio edition of my new book “Of Thee I Zing.” Now I’m tempted to insert one additional zing–about men who preach civility but practice misogyny.

On Wednesday Ed Shultz gave a 4 minute long apology saying: Schultz says he is indefinitely suspended from his show for the time being.

“On my radio show yesterday, I used vile and inappropriate language when talking about talk show host Laura Ingraham. I am deeply sorry, and I apologize. It was wrong, uncalled for and I recognize the severity of what I said. I apologize to you, Laura and ask for your forgiveness. 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. What matters is what I said was terribly vile and not of the standards that I or any other person should adhere to. I want all of you to know tonight that I did call Laura Ingraham today and did not make contact with her and I will apologize to her as i did in the message that I left her today. I also met with management here at MSNBC, and understanding the severity of the situation and what I said on the radio and how it reflected terribly on this company, I have offered to take myself off the air for an indefinite period of time with no pay. I want to apologize to Laura Ingraham. I want to apologize to my family, my wife. I have embarrassed my family. I have embarrassed this company. And I have been in this business since 1978, and I have made a lot of mistakes. This is the lowest of low for me. I stand before you tonight in front of this camera in this studio in an environment that I absolutely love. I love working here. I love communicating with all of you on the radio and the communication that I have with you when i go out and do town hall meetings and meet the people that actually watch. I std before you tonight to take full responsibility for what I said and how I said it, and I am deeply sorry,”

On Thursedays Laura Ingraham show, Ingraham said the incident wasn’t a big deal, that she can take the “humorous critique”, and accepted Ed Schultz’s apology, wishing him and his family the best, encouraging him to go back to being a conservative: