Schultz, reports Dylan Byers, is back, or at least he will be by Aug. 26:
"The Ed Show" will air weeknights in the 5 p.m. slot currently held by "Hardball" with Chris Matthews. "Hardball," which airs live at 5 p.m. and runs again at 7 p.m., will now air exclusively in the latter time slot.
In Byers' wrap-up he notes, "To the Maddow-Hayes set, Schultz can come off as crude and aggressive, a sort of Limbaugh of the left." But that's the lesser objectionable aspect of Ed Schultz. He's also dishonest.
One night a couple years back I heard him (and this is merely one example) ridiculing the insipid GOP notion that American taxpayers are overburdened--by taxes, that is--yet a couple nights later, when it suited some other momentary argument of his, I heard him wailing about the unconscionably overburdened American taxpayer.
There's no excuse for that sort of fakery and disingenuity, not from a respectable network. From Fox? Sure. It's expected. From your uncurious, beer-slurping brother-in-law, who loves and believes in Fox and its whole right-wing charade of selective bullshit? Absolutely. But MSNBC is supposed to be the reverse image of Fox in both ideology and intellectual integrity.
For my money MSNBC could drop its aggressive ideologues altogether, since facts indeed inherently carry their own lefty bias. Plus, facts often sell better to the persuadable crowd through gentle understatement than they do through table-pounding. But then I remember that MSNBC isn't interested in persuasive facts any more than Fox is; it's just stuff to fill the time between commercials.