Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rude, Crude, Lewd, and Socially Unacceptable

Ed Schultz, the MSNBC talk show host, is off the air for a week on unpaid leave after calling right-wing talker Laura Ingraham a slut.

Left-leaning Ed Schultz has been suspended from msnbc cable television for referring to radio talk show host Laura Ingraham as a “right-wing slut” and “talk slut” on his syndicated radio show Tuesday.

In a statement released Wednesday, the cable channel said: “Msnbc management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

To his credit, Mr. Schultz went on the air before taking his leave and gave Ms. Ingraham and everybody else he’d ever met an unconditional apology. There were no “if I offended” or attempts to excuse his behavior. Good for him. But it’s still way over the line, and I’m glad to see that he got his ass kicked for it.