Thursday, March 08, 2007


Ed Schultz: Serial Chest-Thumper

Being one myself, I give a certain amount of latitude to self-promoters. But overdoing anything can grate on one's good side and the non-stop self-praise that comes from the mouth of progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz is so far over the top as to be onerous.

Ed never misses a chance to pimp himself to his listeners, even though they've heard it from him ad nauseum. He flaunted his ranking as the #5 choice in Talkers magazine Heavy Hundred. I had to remind Ed that he's keeping company with a crop of loudmouth lying losers from the right, aka Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and their ilk. How good a survey can it be, touting "the most influential talk show hosts" when Limbaugh, Hannity and Savage are preaching to a conservative choir that's diminished to 20-30% of the population?

Real liberals didn't show up in the survey until Randi Rhodes at #13. When it comes to influence, I'd put Randi far beyond "Big Eddie" because while he does get some name guests (mostly elected politicians), Randi offers far and away a production that's smarter and better-researched than his. And ranking nitwit Glen Beck above her proves the survey is seriously flawed. The Talkers' editors even admit "Aside from the hosts whose sheer numbers and fame demand their inclusion on this list, the selection process is subjective..."

But any reasoned analysis failed to dissuade Schultz from talking himself up for a week or so. It was disgusting.

Ed also never fails to mention - at least twice per hour and complete with clips - from any appearance on anyone else's show. He shows up alot on Larry King Live, which should explain much. Schultz is palatable to the right because he's only leaning to the left. He really doesn't have any identifiable convictions beyond making sure he never misses a meal or an opportunity to pimp himself or, even more whoresome, one of his program sponsors.

I recently had the good fortune of exchanging some email with Big Ed himself (or, hisself, as he would say in his faux redneck accent). Here's the transcript:

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Gagliano []
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 1:31 PM
Subject: You're a huckster, shameless self-promoter

Whatever Howard Stern said about your show sucking eggs, he was probably right. Since your meltdown about Air-America a few weeks ago and the departure of Al Franken, we here in Rochester have been subjected to your daily middle of the road, wishy-washy opinions from noon until 3:00 pm on WROC 950. Thankfully, you're bookended by the soul sisters of the left, Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes, so I only have to tune out 1/3 of the time.

I've contacted the station and have requested that your time slot be changed to Thom Hartman, a real progressive with a functioning mind, rather than the daily blather you produce. I mean really, who gives a crap about college kids downloading music, or less-fattening food in schools or, for that matter, who's winning the stupid race for president in '08. It's a year to the first primary for god's sake.

You are nothing more than a loudmouth panderer who serves at the behest of your advertisers. Just today you revealed yourself when you mentioned that you wrote a book to "promote yourself" or something to that effect, and to make money. It's not the primary reason most people produce works of art, something you obviously know little about.

YOU write books to make money. You run your mouth on the radio to make money. I'm certain that you would champion any cause that would improve your ratings. Basically, you've sold out to commercial interests and aren't worth listening to. While I wish you well, I wish you were off my air. And please, don't get into the March Madness stuff, something you know nothing about. I mentioned you on my web site last year and you couldn't return the favor with so much as a mention. It's a two-way street, Ed. I'll see you on my way up. You'll be going in the opposite direction.

OHHHHHH! I'm #5 in Talker's Hot 100. Big freaking deal. Do you see who's ahead of you? Nice company you keep.


Rick Gagliano
Downtown Magazine

Ed Schultz wrote:

Rick…Can you send me that magazine so I can it use while sitting
On the toilet.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Gagliano []
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 1:52 PM
To: Ed Schultz
Subject: Re: You're a huckster, shameless self-promoter

Your response proves what a self-possessed, self-important ass-hole you are.


Ed Schultz wrote:

Rick….Now be nice…at least it would be read….then flushed like your attitude.



Yes, I called him an ass-hole, but only after he expressed a desire to read my magazine on the toilet - a slur for sure.

Ed's got a big head, but it pales in comparison to the size of his gut. He, he, it's my blog, I get the last laugh.

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