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Ed Schultz Says Don’t Compare His Apology to Rush Limbaugh’s

On his show last night, Ed Schultz says there is just no comparison between his apology — and its aftermath — after he called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his radio show last May, and Rush Limbaugh‘s apology to Sandra Fluke this past weekend.

“When I made an inappropriate comment last year on my radio show, I took it to a much higher platform. I went to management here at MSNBC and I said ‘I’ve made a mistake, I need to take myself off the air without pay.’ And we moved on. I did restitution. I was off the air for a week,” said Schultz.

Schultz, who was one of the first to reveal Fluke’s story when he interviewed her on his MSNBC show on Feb. 16, adds: “Drawing a moral equivalence between me and Rush is not only inaccurate but it diminishes the outrageous nature of Limbaugh’s prolonged attack on Sandra Fluke.”

How the Sandra Fluke Story Unfolded

Before last week, the name Sandra Fluke had only entered the discussion in a column by TIME humorist Joel Stein, before her testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday, Feb. 23

MSNBC covered the testimony that Thursday morning, including talking to Sandra Fluke. They reported on it throughout the day. The following Tuesday, Megyn Kelly reported the story on Fox News: “It hasn’t seen a lot of media coverage so far,” said Kelly, “but there was a congressional hearing late last week that’s now getting some attention.” The next day, on his radio show it got a lot more attention courtesy of Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show, he called Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute.”

The following day, on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” Ed Schultz , had the first interview with Fluke reacting to Limbaugh’s comments. (Schultz, you’ll recall, served a suspension for calling Laura Ingraham a slut, twice, on his radio show last May.) On Friday, Fluke was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the “Today” show, and returned to MSNBC, on Andrea Mitchell‘s show. Just before her interview with Mitchell, Fluke had taken a call of support from Pres. Obama.

By then Limbaugh doubled, then tripled down, for the next two days talking about the amount of sex Fluke must be having. By Saturday, he’d apologized. But by then, the Fluke story was factoring into the GOP primary and it certainly would come up on the Sunday morning public affairs shows.

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Al Sharpton to host ‘PoliticsNation’ on MSNBC

He’s been hosting the 6pm hour for the better part of the summer, now Al Sharpton becomes the permanent host of the hour, which is also getting a new title: “PoliticsNation.”

“I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement. “I’m thrilled that he’s now reached a point in his career where he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show.”

The announcement comes a month after Cenk Ugyur, who had been filling in on the 6pm hour since January excoriated the network for not making him the permanent host.

A presence on television for more than two decades, mostly for his work as a civil rights activist, this will be Sharpton’s first regular TV hosting job. But he does not come without baggage (but then, neither did this guy).

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New Highs for HLN as Casey Anthony Defense Rests

Casey Anthony‘s lawyers called their final witnesses to the stand today. And the mother accused of murdering her toddler daughter, wasn’t one of them. While all the cable news networks have begun carrying live testimony this week from the courthouse in Orlando, HLN’s decision to broadcast gavel-to-gavel coverage continues to set ratings milestones for the network.

According to Nielsen ratings for Wednesday:

  • HLN ranked #1 in both total day (357K) and primetime (544K) in cable news in the A25-54 demo.
  • This was HLN’s largest A25-54 & Total Viewer delivery since HLN moved to long-form programming in February 2005.
  • HLN was #1 in every hour from 9am-9pm in A25-54 viewers.
  • HLN Special Report at 5pmET was the #1 cable news telecast in Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers on all of cable.
  • Nancy Grace at 8pmET was the 3rd most-viewed cable news telecast with 676K A25-54 viewers, 27% ahead of FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (532K) with Laura Ingraham sitting in.
  • This was the largest A25-54 audience for Nancy Grace since Jan. 7, 2009 (a broadcast which also centered on the Caylee Anthony case).

Ed Schultz to return Monday, June 6

Ed Schultz‘s unpaid suspension is almost up. He’ll be returning to the MSNBC airwaves Monday night, TVNewser has learned. Schultz was suspended last Wednesday for calling fellow radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham a slut, twice on his radio show. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts had been filling in, but the Rev. Al Sharpton will be sitting in on “The Ed Show” tonight. In all, Schultz will have missed five shows (May 25, 26, 31. June 1, 2) since his program does not air on Fridays and didn’t air on Memorial Day.

Greta on Ed: ‘After his suspension, let him off the hook and move on’

While Ed Schultz was delivering his apology for calling Laura Ingraham the “s” word that rhymes with “but” with an “l” in there, on MSNBC last night, Greta Van Susteren was hosting her show on Fox News. Today, Van Susteren writes on GretaWire that “it’s time to move on” that Big Ed’s apology “seems genuine.”

Laura ought to accept the apology, too, and just chalk it up to the competition going stupid. He is suspended by MS/NBC for two weeks and that seems like a just sanction but then the rest of us should, after his suspension, let him off the hook and move on. (No one died, someone just acted really boorish.) I think he got the message. It is easy to jump him if you don’t like him but remember that the next really stupid thing could be said by someone you like.

The Schultz comment was also discussed on “Hannity” last night and this morning on “Fox & Friends” with guest Michelle Malkin. The ladies of “The View” talked about it as well questioning why their flippant use of the word “slut” has not drawn ire like it has with Schultz. Mostly, it’s because Joy Behar and Ed Schultz are two totally different people. Totally different.

Ed Schultz Suspended for ‘Slut’ Comment directed at Laura Ingraham

MSNBC has suspended Ed Schultz for one week after he called fellow radio talker Laura Ingraham a “slut” twice on his radio show yesterday.

“Like this right-wing slut Laura Ingraham… yeah, she’s a talk slut,” said Schultz who was critical of Ingraham’s take on President Obama drinking a beer in Ireland just hours after part of Joplin, MO was decimated by a tornado.

Ingraham, on Fox & Friends Tuesday said:

I do think of the disconnect and maybe the tone-deafness, if you will, of that devastation from Missouri. Heart-breaking pictures and then President Obama lifting the glass of Guinness. There’s something about that, that I think hits people in the gut.

Schultz will address the remarks on his show tonight, and then take a week off, unpaid. “Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” reads the MSNBC statement. (after the jump)

Schultz hosts his show weeknights at 10pmET. In the late ’90′s Ingraham hosted her own show on MSNBC called “Watch It.” Here’s what Schultz said yesterday:

FishbowlDC has a great wrap-up of how blogs have been reporting the news.

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Laura Ingraham Re-Ups with Fox News Channel

First on TVNewser: Fox News Channel has signed conservative commentator Laura Ingraham to a multi-year contract extension. Ingraham serves as a fill-in host and contributor to the network, and serves as the primary guest host for Bill O’Reilly‘s 8 PM program “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“I am glad Laura has re-signed with FOX,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in a statement. “She is a great talent. She’s very smart, with searing insights, and she has a terrific sense of humor.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed beyond the fact that it is seven-figures. Considering that Ingraham is not a full-time host, the actual number is likely closer to the $2 million deal signed by Juan Williams a few weeks ago than to the $8 million-plus extension the network  inked with Shepard Smith.

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Who else is talking about Juan Williams?

  • “Let me just say, Juan Williams is a man of great integrity and his book Enough in fact, expressed a lot of these values and I’m very sorry for what happened to him. He’s a great journalist and I’m glad he’s going to continue to speak out.” – Fmr Secy. of State Condoleezza Rice on Laura Ingraham‘s radio show.
  • “NPR should receive NO fed tax dollars if it operates as intolerant, private radio. Mr. President, what say you?” — Fox News contributor Sarah Palin tweeting.
  • “NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left.” — Fox News host Mike Huckabee on his PAC website.

Also, S.E. Cupp, Clarence Page, and Chip Reid Terence Smith, former PBS media correspondent, are Howard Kurtz‘s guests talking about the Juan Williams firing Sunday at 11amET on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Robin Roberts, Jennifer Griffin, Laura Ingraham honored at Susan G. Komen Gala

ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin, and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham are among the breast cancer “thrivers” bring honored tonight at the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Honoring the Promise gala at the Kennedy Center.

Roberts battled breast cancer in 2007, Griffin continues her recovery from triple negative breast cancer, and Igraham was diagnosed with the disease in 2005.

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