Ed Schultz made a dramatic appearance at the beginning of his MSNBC program to apologize for calling Laura Ingraham a talk slut on his radio show.
Here is the audio of Schultz’s talk slut comment from Mediaite:
Schultz said, “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. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.”
Ingraham was her usual classless self in message on her Facebook page, “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.”
Here is the video of his apology tonight:
Tonight, Schultz displayed the class that was lacking in his initial remarks,
Good evening, Americans, and welcome to “The Ed Show” from New York tonight. Thomas Roberts will be here tonight anchoring the program, but first I want to take some time to offer an apology. 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 apologized 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 stand before you tonight to take full responsibility for what I said and how I said it, and I am deeply sorry. My wife is a wonderful woman. We have a wonderful family, with six kids and eight grand kids. I try to set an example. In this moment, I have failed, and i want you to know that I talked to my sons especially about character and about dignity and about the truth, and I tell you the truth tonight that I am deeply sorry and I tell them every day that they have to live up to standards if they want to be a successful human being in life, and I have let them down.
I have never been this position before to the point where it has affected so many people, and I know that i have let a lot of people down. To the staff here at MSNBC, I apologize for embarrassing the company and the only way that I can really make restitution for you is to give you a guarantee, and the only way I can prove my sincerity in all of this is if I never use those words again. Tonight, you have my word that i won’t. Laura Ingraham, I am sorry, very sorry. I’ll be back with you in the coming days
It doesn’t matter if the right gets away with worse on a daily basis. As progressives and liberals, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard of conduct. Whether a man has a talk show or is an average American, he should never talk this way. We on the left like to pretend that we are superior, but we can be and in some cases are as misogynistic as the knuckle draggers on the right that we enjoy mocking on a daily basis.
Whether Laura Ingraham has the class to accept his apology in a dignified way doesn’t matter. What matters is that Ed Schultz apologized the right way. He stood up and took responsibility. He didn’t blame anyone else. He didn’t make excuses. He apologized and showed genuine remorse. This is how an adult apologizes.
Some Ed fans are already calling for him not to be suspended, but Schultz is the one who offered to take himself off of the air for a week. His fans may miss watching him for a week, but we aren’t the right, and MSNBC is not Fox News.
Allowing Schultz to stay on the air and offer a half baked apology would mean that MSNBC is no better than Fox News.
The right talks about personal accountability, but the left actually practices it.
Ed Schultz understands that personal responsibility sometimes requires punishment. Schultz is holding himself accountable. He did the crime and now he knows he has to do the time.
The right may talk values, but the left lives them.