Should MSNBC Fire Ed Schultz?
Ed Shultz has been on labor unions payroll since 2005 | Shultz received $190000 for 'representational activities' in 2011.
Time to fire himself? Ever since Steve Capus took over NBC News/MSNBC they've been caught time and again deceptively editing audio and video to give their viewers false propaganda: 1. In 2009 MSNBC was caught deceptively editing videotape of a man legally carrying a rifle at an Arizona … In August 2011 Ed Shultz deceptively edited a speech by Texas Governor Rick Perry to make it appear that he was making a racist comment about President Barack Obama.
Back in August 2011 Ed Shultz was caught red handed after he selectively edited a video clip to paint Rick Perry as racist.
Then he was suspended for a week for calling rival pundit Laura Ingraham “a right-wing s***” during a radio broadcast the day before.
Now He’s Has Admitted To Taking Big Money From Unions
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter if Ed Schultz donated all his union speaking fees to charity as he claims, because he was still obligated to tell his MSNBC viewers that he received nearly $200,000 from organized labor in 2011.
MSNBC requires its employees to clear all speaking engagements with the network and donate any fees to charity.
He admits that he was paid $199,900 by unions in 2011 and claims that he donated $100,000 to charity, but he continues to duck a challenge from NewsBusters to substantiate that the remaining $99,900 was also given to charity.
O’Reilly said that when he began working at CBS News, the network provided him with.
"A big packet of information that said I couldn’t take money from anyone I reported on. Have standards changed?".
CBS reporter Bernie Goldberg says that,
"If either of them took $200,000 from a union or corporation while they were at CBS and then ran stories, presumably favorable stories about them, they would throw us out so quickly. We wouldn’t know what hit us".
"So those standards haven’t changed. What’s changed is the media landscape. Ed Schultz and a lot of others on cable TV aren’t journalists. We were journalists then. They’re not journalists".
"Even though they sit behind desks that look like anchor desks, they interview newsmakers, they talk about the news of the day, it sort of, kind of looks like journalism, but it isn’t journalism".
"Even though Schultz has a radio show and website that run ads, his work at MSNBC obligated him to inform viewers of his union payments".
"Whatever he did with the money really doesn’t matter because he didn’t disclose during his commentaries, on the air, that are all pro-union, 100% down the line, that he received this enormous amount of money from this labor union. He didn’t say it. So I’m saying to myself, gee, that seems to be a pretty flagrant violation of NBC News standards".
Goldberg said he agreed,
but questioned as to whether Schultz broke MSNBC standards, which required him to get clearance for speaking engagements and donate speaking fees to charity, he replied.
"That’s their standard and they can have whatever standards they want. That is not my standard. I think at absolute least he has to tell the viewer that he’s got a vested interest".
Are MSNBC Days Numbered?
CNN beat MSNBC every hour throughout Thursday’s extended prime time, with the only exception being Lawrence O’Donnell at 8PM.
And closer inspection reveals that even that ray of light in the darkness slipped below Olbermann’s typical average of roughly one million viewers.
Rachel Maddow’s numbers in the following hour are also well off her normal million, and Ed Shultz at 10PM is almost embarrassing.