The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

19 February 2011

MSNBC Libtalker Flunks Truth-O-Meter, But Slams Others


Outed As Liar, Schultz Points Fingers At Paul Ryan

MSNBC libtalker Ed Schultz may have flunked a newspaper's Truth-O-Meter, but he's a master of the Ego-Meter! The needle's moving right off the scale.

Just two days after being outed as a liar by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel / St Petersburg Times / Politifact, an unfazed Schultz pointed fingers elsewhere, claiming instead it was Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) engaged in fibbing over state budget troubles.

While Politifact rejected Big Eddie's claim that Wisconsin state workers would take a 20% haircut under Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal, Schultz claimed Ryan was a "flat-out liar" when discussing current public sector contribution levels.

Fellow MSNBC libtalker Rachel Maddow has also been taken to task this week for untrue statements about the state's supposed "budget surplus".

Later, when a caller attempted to challenge his rhetoric, Schultz immediately hung up, barely allowing the man to finish a sentence. It's the very definition of talk radio malpractice.

From Thursday's syndicated radio show, the first clip shows him attacking Ryan, while the second features the cowardly hang-up:

ED SCHULTZ (46:27): He is basically saying state workers, which has extremely generous benefit packages relative to the private sector counterparts, they contribute next to nothing to their pensions, very very little in their health care packages, that's what Ryan said! And he responded, the governor, he's asking that they contribute about 12 percent of their health care premiums, which is about half of the private sector average, and about 5.6 percent of their pensions. It's not asking a lot. It's still about half of what the private sector pensions do and health care packages do. The guy, he's a flat-out liar!

The chairman of the House budget committee is nothing but a liar! There's no question about it! That is absolute false information! That's why we are in Madison with 'The Ed Show' tonight on MSNBC. Because the truth is the truth. And the truth is that if you've got a cleaning job, you need Bio Green Clean ... [then promotes product with company founder as guest]

And here's the caller who dared to disagree:

ED SCHULTZ (31:20): [abruptly hangs up on caller] See you later, Dennis, I don't have time for numskulls on my show. We're moving this country forward. You people are the child left behind, OK? Now this is exactly why, I'm not going to, I'm not going to play combat radio and be interrogated by some jackass right-winger who doesn't know his ass from third base. I'm not going to do it! You know what, I don't have to do it!

Is Schultz an effective leader for the "progressive" cause? Lefties don't seem to be doing much soul-searching. Instead, he's the subject of silly Maddow / Franken-esque fluff pieces, as seen in New York (which focuses on his seasonal beverage selections).


  • It's hard to follow your oh so clever word smithing.

    Ed didn't have time to get caught in the sidetrack off topic weeds with silly inane observations by conservatives who seem to live and breath that stuff.

    The benefits my be half the private sector, but wages are lowered to compensate for those "generous" benefits.

    Totally, public wages and benefits are 4.8 percent less than the private sectors.

    If you had your facts, you would have understood the spin Ryan put on it, which was also a diversion.

    Write in a clearer way. You're all over the place. Otherwise, I like the clips and layout.

    By Blogger Democurmudgeon, at 20 February, 2011 00:06  

  • Wisconsin is out of money. Tough choices have to be made. If you don't think that unions own the Democratic Party, Wisconsin legislators fled the state rather than have to face their union bosses to tell them that they've failed them. As far as they're concerned, it's all about them, and the rest of America can go to bankruptcy hell.

    By Anonymous Ardis Sopyer, at 21 February, 2011 12:53  

  • If Ed isn't worth to listen on, why do you listen and comments his shows?

    By Anonymous Dennis Nilsson, at 21 February, 2011 18:07  

  • I think it's interesting to hear a synopsis of his shows. It becomes obvious why so few listen to Special Ed.

    By Anonymous Liz Narta, at 23 February, 2011 03:35  

  • A couple of things...

    Wisconsin is a place I am familiar with, & once you get outside of Milwaukee & Madison, it's a cool state. Milwaukee is your classic major Demacrat control major city. Full of welfare recipients, those who would be led by the Jackson's & Sharpton's. The city could be great, but the welfare state of mind is killing it. As for Madison, it is a beautiful city, & it's very red, & because the Badgers wear red. Madison has very little in the way of private buisiness. There are a few chain stores, but most of the buisiness is in the form of bars, taverns, & pubs. Almost everyone works for the state pushing papers at the capital, or they work at the University of Wisconsin. The city literally exists on the backs of the taxpayer, & when you go out-state, the mood is very different. I know alot of cheeseheads, & they are pissed about what the state employees are doing at the capital. Very pissed, they don't enjoy the fact they have had to take work off because the teachers went to Madison, rather then showing up for work. This is going to backfire in a big way on the left, & they won't like the end result.

    As for Special Ed, he is a unprofessional hack, & the market has rejected him on both radio & TV. His entire schtick involves projection, & he is usually guilty of whatever he accuses others of. Like his now dead segment, "Psycho Talk", nothing like "Psycho Talk" coming from a psycho. Truth in advertising, I guess. Here's the deal, Special Ed is on thin ice at 30 Rock, his temper has gotten him in trouble over the years, both personally & professionally. He needs to clean up his act, & bone up on the subjects he takes on. But he does'nt, he just injests the talking points he gets from The White House, the union bosses, & Soros backed bloggers, & regurgitates them on air. My guess is he must improve his numbers or he will lose his TV gig. But until that happens, just enjoy the fact that you can watch a mentally unstable hothead go on TV, lie his ass off, & think nobody will notice. Ed's problem, nobody notices he is on the air.

    By Anonymous danybhoy, at 23 February, 2011 15:40  

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