Brent Bozell, the leader of the conservative Media Research Council has called on MSNBC to fire “unhinged” host Ed Schultz to show it isn’t being hypocritical in its “mission to take Rush Limbaugh off the air.”
He also called on the network’s president Phil Griffin to resign for employing Schultz, whom he called a “hate-filled misogynist.”
“While your network continues to attack Rush, you personally continue to employ Ed Schultz. Ed Schultz, the man who called Laura Ingraham a ‘right wing slut,’ Bozell wrote in a letter to Griffin on Wednesday. “The man who claimed that ‘The Republicans want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.’’
“Or consider his comments on the former vice president: ‘You’re damn right, Dick Cheney’s heart’s a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him.’"
“Schultz has compared the tea party to Nazi brownshirts, asked if the term ‘whore’ applied to Joe Lieberman’s wife, and claimed publicly on his show that conservative broadcasters want Obama shot,” Bozell continued.
Bozell claimed MSNBC’s campaign to get Limbaugh off the air has nothing to do with the comments he made about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.
The host called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before a Congressional panel on why she feels contraceptives should be covered in health insurance plans.
Instead, Bozell said, they had “everything to do with censoring prominent voices on the right.”
Bozell gave Griffin one day to respond. Once that deadline had passed he sent another letter to Brian Roberts, the chairman of MSNBC’s parent company Comcast calling on him to make sure Schultz is canned.
In his second letter, Bozell went further in his criticism of Schultz, calling him “uncivil,” and “unhinged,” and adding, “Mr. Griffin’s horrendous decision to endorse a vicious hate monger is blatantly negligent.
“Ed Schultz’s vile rhetoric has no place in American political discourse,” Bozell wrote Roberts. “It is deplorable and beyond the pale.
“As MSNBC’s parent company, Comcast bears the ultimate responsibility for the venom Ed Schultz spews on a regular basis. The buck must stop with you, Mr. Chairman.”
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