I’m glad he owned it and apologized. As a Liberal, it was really disappointing and embarrassing. He’s taking his medicine by apologizing on the show and is suspended for a week without pay.
Now, this is what I’ve been thinking about since this story surfaced. Ed Schultz works directly for a network – NBC. Of course, they don’t want his words to reflect negatively on them. So, they make him apologize and suspend him.
Rush Limbaugh has a nationally syndicated radio show. Over the millenia that he’s been on the air (feels like it), he has spouted the nastiest comments. Racist, sexist, whatever-ist, he’s said it. He’s apologized here and there. People have apologized for him. Yet, there’s no real accountability. Is he afraid that radio stations will drop his program? Hell no. His popularity ratings are off-the-charts. No radio station would drop the program and the advertising revenue that comes with having a solid following.
To be clear, pointing this is out does not mean I am condoning Ed Schultz’s behavior. It was totally classless. “Slut” may be colloquial nowadays, but it’s still sexist and rude. I wish there was punishment for Rush Limbaugh, too, though. It’s pretty much, “Sorry I said Michael J. Fox was faking his Parkinson’s Disease. Now, back to those evil Liberals.” To me, that really sucks.
If there are two levels of accountability, suspension and sorry, I say forget the whole standards thing. Let them all say what they want to say. Do or do not apologize. Let the viewers and listeners decide whether or not they want to continue watching and listening.
Is that the answer? Should we have unregulated freedom on radio and TV? I have no problem with that, actually. People should be able to decide what they want to listen to and watch. Popularity and ratings could dictate what stays and goes. As far as children being exposed, that’s why they have parents.
I know there are those who have a huge problem with that. Considering the outrage after Janet Jackson’s peek-a-boobie during the Superbowl, this is not in the foreseeable future. I guess we’ll continue as we have.
Anyway, this is what I do know for sure. I don’t like that when Ed says something “vile and inappropriate,” there are serious repercussions. However, Rush can say something equally “vile and inappropriate” and nothing happens.