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Here’s how a recent conversation went between MSNBC’s Real-Merkin-looking secret communist dragon Ed Schultz and White House human Robert Gibbs… according to Ed Schultz, as he recalled it at a conference this weekend:

SCHULTZ: You’re full of shit, Robert Gibbs!

GIBBS: Hey fuck off, Ed Schultz!

SCHULTZ: Whoa c’mon man, why you gotta curse…

GIBBS: ???

SCHULTZ: I demand single-payer, post haste!

‘Tis an agile dragon, no?

As usual, The Internet follows up:

Asked about Schultz’s account, Gibbs emailed that in their private talk, he strongly took issue with Schultz’s claim that the health care bill is a gift to the insurance industry.

Gibbs adds that he demanded Schultz tell him “why he’d tell his viewers something so completely and knowingly wrong in an attempt to get people to watch his show.”

It’s an unusually harsh charge, given that the Obama White House would presumably like to calm frayed nerves on the left, and one imagines that in response, Schultz will not do a great deal to dial down the volume.

Oh God. Ed Schultz will have Jane Hamsher on his show a full 17 times just tonight, circulating petitions calling for the murder Robert Gibbs.

[The Plum Line]

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38 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t know what says more about our politics today. That a TV news host actually goes after a government official but it’s a progressive talk show host yelling at an aide to a Democratic President or that the TV news host goes around crowing about it like it’s some sort of journalistic coup somewhere up there with the Pentagon Papers and Watergate.

  2. If Ed accused the Democrats of caving in to the insurance companies, and Gibbs denied it, then I am gonna hafta agree with Ed that Gibbs is full of shit and then some.

  3. Know what I want Ed? Something done. The house should pass the Senate bill. If it isn’t perfect fine. Fix it later. I’m tired of this political posturing. Republicans aren’t going to help. We never had 60 votes because Lieberman isn’t really with us. Pass this. Fix it later. Try helping instead of preening.

  4. [re=500612]ohiolobbyist[/re]: Google tells me a) he’s some guy that cursed at Robert Gibbs and b) maybe he has a show on MSNBC? I stopped watching cable news a year ago, and it only becomes an issue for me when there’s a “random cable news personality says something crazy” post on Wonkette.

  5. “And then I literally shit on Gibbs’ face. Like, for real. On his face. Because Americans demanded it, and Ed Schultz is just a conduit in this game, people. He’s the voice of the downtrodden, the beaten, the exploited, and the pure. Ed Schultz is fucking Jesus Christ on a four-wheeler, ready to shine the deer of American corporate power and bag as many of those bitches as he can before the county warden catches wind. Long live the king.”

  6. [re=500612]ohiolobbyist[/re]:
    Ed Shultz is a gun toting, meat eating lefty radio talk show host from North Dakota who is suffering from the worst Hopey hangover you have ever seen.

  7. Ed Schultz is the evil-twin of Rush Limbaugh. I mean, I guess they’re BOTH evil, but they are twins, is the point. Like matter and antimatter, if they were ever to meet, the universe (of discourse) as we know it would implode.

    Seriously, he’s a mouth-breathing opportunistic moron with pretty much the same rhetorical strategy and an uncannily similar tone of voice. I remember hearing him on Air America once and actually thinking it WAS Rush, until he said something about republicans eating babies or something.

  8. [re=500635]StripesAndPlaids[/re]: Forget about lecturing Ed. It’s the liberals in the House you need to be talking to. Because right now, they’re getting ready to tell the Senate to choke on their sorry excuse for “reform.”

  9. If the Administration could talk trash to the Republicans like that, we might actually get somewhere.

    Wait, I forgot. That wouldn’t be bipartisan, and it’s a lack of bipartisanship that is literally killing kittens every day.

  10. Gibbs is full of shit. And the people want this bill passed. There. I agree with both parties in the dispute, so that makes me an independent, which means the politicians have to court my vote this year.

    Even after this spat, Ed Schultz and Robert Gibbs both remain my heroes, and I would be totally gay for both of them, if I were gay. Instead I’m gay for Rachel Maddow and Eleanor Clift, each of whom present their own problems for me, especially since I don’t think Eleanor Clift is gay.

    Can I be gay for Erin Burnett? Or is she straight, too?

  11. Good for Ed! Funny how Gibbs has all the features of a real ‘merkin (1. Fat 2. White 3. Male 4. Dull) but somehow doesn’t quite pull it off. I think it’s the glasses.

  12. Ed Schultz is a loudmouth, but for better or worse, he’s our loudmouth. Which we need, ’cause ain’t nobody else on the air (teevee or rhadio) doing any shouting, which is what needs to be done to Reid and the rest of those corporate handymen right about now, since he (and they) are deaf to the rest of us.

    Personally, I’m sick of being nice. Kick some ass, dammit.

    Single payer, or fuck off and die.

  13. How is it that I can like Robert Gibbs, he’s like my favorite administration person, I even liked him introducing the WH app, he’s like the Andy Richter of politics, but I like Ed Schultz for telling Gibbs that he’s full of shit which, on the issue of health care at least, he (Gibbs) is, remembering, of course, that he (Gibbs) is no more responsible for actual health care than Dana Perino was for torturing prisoners and spying on people.
    Do I use commas too much? And questions?
    Anyway, I’d never heard of Ed Schultz before but if he is, in fact “a liberal talk show host from North Dakota” he gets crazy credit for that right there. That can’t be an easy thing to be.

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