Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 27 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 5/26/11

First Olbermann, Now Schultz: Reading the Comcast Tea Leaves

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   15 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Robert Arend
Become a Fan
  (10 fans)

Ed Schultz
Ed Schultz
(Image by commons)
  Details   DMCA

And now the most powerful broadcaster for the American working class has been silenced, for a week according to this report, but according to a much humbled-appearing Ed Schultz, in a fait accompli at 10Pm Wednesday on MSNBC, indefinitely. Schultz was in trouble with Comcast for saying on The Ed Schultz Show radio program, "President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri 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." 

Schultz's unpaid suspension, nearly 6 months after Keith Olbermann's November 5, 2010 suspension for making campaign contributions without screening them with MSNBC management--and four months after Olbermann read the Comcast tea leaves and resigned from his Countdown show--shines a light on what many Progressives, including this OpedNews writer, wrote about the approaching endtimes for MSNBC as the left-leaning counterpoint to FoxNews. 

In my November 5, 2010 OpedNews article Will Olbermann Be the Next Donahue?, I wrote, "Now that corporate monster Comcast has begun to feed on it, MSNBC has begun the process of making Olbermann their next Donahue. If Keith stays gone, the next will be Rachel; perhaps making more transparent MSNBC's reason for giving Catfood Commission spokesman Lawrence O'Donnell the 10 PM slot." 

In my January 25, 2011 OpedNews article O'Donnell Didn't Praise Olbermann As Much As Mock Him, I cited an article on the online Wall Street Journal by Sam Schechner and Lauren A. E. Schuker in which the two journalists reported, "MSNBC has been planning for this day. Last fall, executives gave Lawrence O'Donnell--who had filled in for Mr. Olbermann--a regular program at 10 p.m. specifically to groom him for Mr. Olbermann's slot at 8 p.m., assuming he would eventually leave, a person familiar with the matter said. On Friday, MSNBC said Mr. O'Donnell would slide into the timeslot beginning Monday."   I then mused, "Due to Keith Olbermann's ratings lead-in, Rachel Maddow's 9PM broadcast enjoyed good ratings. Why, then, was she not moved to the 8PM slot instead of the less popular O'Donnell? Could it be because MSNBC/Comcast want the certain drop in 8PM ratings to infect 9PM as cover for the planned cancellation of both Maddow and Ed Schultz? A cleansing of moderate and liberal voices under the mask of a business decision, ahead of the upcoming presidential race? Is that the part Schechner and Schuker missed?" 

And though MSNBC's 8PM ratings haven't been significantly harmed under O'Donnell, and he has rebuked ferociously NBC/Comcast's refusal to take disciplinary action against Donald Trump for flirting openly with a presidential race while Trump remained an NBC/Comcast employee, I remain convinced O'Donnell was no more sincere than Trump and had escaped Comcast discipline himself because he was actually part of the scripted hype. 

Schultz was in Madison, Wisconsin, in support of American workers under siege by its governor, while O'Donnell remained in studio doing his old news anti-Palin schtick. Schultz's reports and opinions greatly aided the revival of sympathy and national support for regular Americans rebelling against the lies and corrupt practices of state governments that have been bought and paid for by the billionaire Koch Brothers, while O'Donnell tried to compete with a crusade for school desks for African children. Schultz had taken the pulse of the war on America's working poor and thinning middle class, while O'Donnell opted to spend valuable airtime beating up on that sad, crazy lady Orly Taitz. Schultz understands class warfare broke out long ago in America, started by the richest one per cent, while O'Donnell remains dully clueless. 

So, now Ed Schultz follows the pattern of MSNBC/Comcast on eliminating effective progressive voices from its payroll: a couple suspensions and, hopefully, Schultz will read the tea leaves and voluntarily depart. 

Next will be Rachel Maddow. Perhaps NBC/Comcast will suspend her for too often drinking on the job. 

With the 2012 Presidential campaigns gearing up, MSNBC/Comcast can't have progressives like Schultz and Maddow fouling up campaign coverage by opining with the network's dependably compromised stable of David Gregory, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, Joe Scarborough and Politico standbys. 

And Keith, if by chance you're reading this, you once dated Laura Ingraham; so you would know. Is she a "talk slut"? Is that why you decided to quit her?              
Rate It | View Ratings

Robert Arend Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

New Jersey Women Could Vote In 1776. Why Was That Right Taken From Them

Ayn Rand Revises the Sermon on the Mount

First Olbermann, Now Schultz: Reading the Comcast Tea Leaves

Extraordinary Extradition: The Brian and Kerry Ann Howes Story

Rachel Maddow Gently Rolls Olbermann Under the Bus

Wanda Sykes Takes Aim and Pierces Limbaugh's Treasonous Heart

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend