Ed Schultz vs. Robert Gibbs: MMA or WWE?
I recall back in the day when Randi Rhodes said she was courted by the DNC to be a national talk-show host.... she said she wouldn't play ball, and she implied that they chose Ed Schultz to pull out of the chorus, instead. Despite her later succumbing to CDS, at the time she was to the left of Schultz -- he didn't sing out about single-payer until the election was well over.
So is what he's doing now unpredictable, or part of his role as a pawn in the 11-D chess game we've heard tell of?
The whole fracas started when Schultz, after having a rousing exchange with the White House press secretary on his show last week, told a conference over the weekend that he’d taken things further in a private conversation with him.
“Mr. Gibbs and I had quite a conversation off the air the other night,” Schultz told the conference. “I told him he was full of sh*t, is what I told him.” According to Schultz, Gibbs cursed him out, prompting Schultz to tell him: “I’m just trying to help you out. I’m telling you you’re losing your base.”
Asked about Schultz’s account, Gibbs emailed that in their private talk, he strongly took issue with Schultz’s claim that the health care bill is a gift to the insurance industry.
Gibbs adds that he demanded Schultz tell him “why he’d tell his viewers something so completely and knowingly wrong in an attempt to get people to watch his show.”
It’s an unusually harsh charge, given that the Obama White House would presumably like to calm frayed nerves on the left, and one imagines that in response, Schultz will not do a great deal to dial down the volume.
So, a real conflict, or a round in the ring, WWE-style? You be the judge...