Ed Schultz Calls Laura Ingraham ‘Right-Wing Slut’, Ingraham Responds, Schultz Suspended

…I mean “talk slut.”

What is the different between “right-wing slut” and “talk slut.”  Not much in the eyes of those who still consider decency a common virtue.  And that does not include Ed Schultz who said this on his radio show yesterday:

“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.”

So does context matter here?  That is, does it matter why Schultz was talking about Ingraham…why he called her a “slut?”  To me in this case, absolutely not.  I can think of plenty of other creative words to use to criticize someone other than “slut.”  But, as The DC and a feminist watchdog group that is calling for Schultz’s suspension point out, this an ongoing problem with MSNBC hosts:

The WMC [Women’s Media Center] noted that MSNBC has had a problem with sexist comments made on the part of its hosts — notably Chris Matthews’ “derogatory coverage” of Hilary Clinton and David Shuster’s comments about Chelsea Clinton being “pimped out” by the Clinton campaign. Matthews comments resulted in MSNBC demoting Matthews from the election anchor to a political commentator and Shuster was suspended from the channel.

“Yet, the networks’ ‘progressive’ male anchors and commentators aren’t learning their lessons,” The WMC wrote.

“Ingraham provides enough fodder for progressive criticism that such base attacks have no place in coverage,” they added. “As a new generation of women enter media and politics, such comments dissuade women from exposing themselves to vile attacks, and perpetuate inequality in newsrooms and in congress.”

Laura Ingraham humorously responded 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.

Update 1:  Ed Schultz suspended:

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.

Update 2: Ed Schultz apologizes.  You know this must have been a painful pill for him to swallow:

Ed Schultz issued a public apology to talk-show host Laura Ingraham at the start of his nightly MSNBC show Wednesday night.

“I used vile and inappropriate language,” he said before handing over the hour to substitute co-host Thomas Roberts as he began what called an “indefinite” suspension. “It was wrong, uncalled for, and I recognize the severity of what I said.”

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