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From Big Ed to Big Ego
Tuesday, 23 January 2007 23:24
by Larry C Johnson

"Progressive" radio personality Big Ed Schultz, who touts himself as the anti-Sean Hannity, is increasinly acting like the very people he claims to abhor. Big Ed's latest target for his snit is Senator Hillary Clinton and her staff. According to John Byrne at Raw Story, Schultz went on the rampage yesterday (Monday) against Hillary. Schultz said:

Many of you have requested hearing from Hillary on progressive talk especially The Ed Schultz Show. I want you to know our producer James Holm tirelessly works the contacts and has repeatedly tried to connect with Clinton's people.

Cutting to the chase, Hillary's people treat us like dirt. We are constantly disregarded, told things that aren't true, and given speculation an interview might happen someday.

Quite frankly, I'm sick of it. This morning I watched Hillary Clinton tell CNN she is accessible. What? To the TV cameras yes, to the base of loyal listeners on progressive talk radio, absolutely not!
Ed, like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, relishes contrived controversy in order to boost ratings. But Ed likes to delude himself and deceive his audience with this humble pie act that is, in my opinion, a crock. Consider for example my own experience with Ed.

Ed's booker, James Holm, first sought me out back in 2005 because of my relationship with Valerie Plame. Shortly after testifying before Congress about the Valerie Plame matter I hosted Big Ed and his wife for dinner here in Washington. During the following year I appeared on Big Ed's Show several times. In fact, he finally started referring to me as the "intelligence analyst" for the Ed Schultz Show. 


I was okay with Ed until I had the temerity to praise Keith Olbermann. When Olbermann started doing his special commentaries re the Bush Administration in August 2006 I posted a couple of pieces on this blog praising him for his courage. I subsequently noticed that Ed's booker, James Holm, stopped calling to ask me to comment on issues that they previously had asked me about. So, I sent the following email:

From: Larry Johnson

To: Big Ed

Sent: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 1:53 PM

Subject: Is there a problem?

Ed,

Have I fallen from favor with you guys? I've called in a couple of times and get the feeling I'm being treated like someone's crazy aunt. If I've done something to offend I'd at least like to know what happened.

Best

LJ
I was shocked by Ed's response. He was miffed because I said nice things about Keith Olbermann.

From: Big Ed

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 13:36:29

To: Larry Johnson

Subject: Re: Is there a problem?

Hi Larry... Honestly, I was a little taken by your staunch love for Olberman when he's pretty much a Johnny come lately to the game of Progressive broadcasting. He started out doing a straight news program and found the popular position as of late. I don't ask for anything and we've worked well together, but we were first to market and have a greater audience than Olberman. I guess it's the TV camera. Has Olberman promoted your blog as much as we have ? Fair question ? I'm sure we'll be calling you again sometime.

ed
I was stunned. I mistakenly believed that Ed was a classier guy than that. Instead, just another insecure, jealous prick. What's really astonishing is that my kudos to Olbermann on my insignificant blog actually caught Big Ego's, er, I mean, Big Ed's attention.

Like any good battle I could not leave this alone. I wrote back:

From: Larry Johnson

To: Big Ed

Sent: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 3:57 PM

Subject: Re: Is there a problem?

Ed, I have been doing media since 1994. Having been on Nightline, Crossfire, NPR, Jim Lehrer, and all the major TV I did not realize you were competing with Keith Olberman. My comment praising Keith was not intended as a slight or insult to you. I would remind you I have never asked you for anything. In fact, I have gone out of my way to help you. I bought you and your wife dinner and hooked James up with Sy Hersh. I didn't realize you wanted me to write a blog about you or your show. I have known Keith Olberman for eight years; long before I heard of big Ed. If you had said something as eloquent as Keith I would have been singing your praises. Unfortunately, you have not performed at that level yet (though Ibelieve you can). In any event, please don't promote or refer to my blog. I was content before I met you and will continue to be happy. I am sure that I will never appear on your program again. Not interested. I will continue to listen to you, but I will take you off my distribution list so as not to ruffle your feathers if I happen to compliment someone you view as a rival.

Best

Larry
It is a shame that someone like Ed Schultz, with the platform he has, can be so petty and small minded. In my opinion he is not about principle, he is all about market share. When it comes down to a choice between a commitment to progressive values or grabbing market share let their be no doubt--it is all about Ed. Senator Clinton's staff is learning that point today.
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a guest said:

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weisacre
Thank you for this. I have been so sick and tired of hearing "I'm beating Hannity (and/or Rush) in x markets". "I am so wonderful, blah, blah, blah". I rarely listen to Ed any more and am thankful that they have kept Thom Hartmann live in my market when Mr. Schultz made his 'important' time move. This latest comment about Hillary is ridiculous and almost sad. What a blowhard.
 
January 24, 2007
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a guest said:

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no mo ed
Just once I wish Ed Schultz could PROVE he is beating Hannity ANYWHERE. The only two places he even comes close are liberal land like Portland and Seattle.

Come on Ed; stop lying and get some competent staff!
 
January 24, 2007
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a guest said:

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Humble Visitor
I don't know Keith Olberman and I don't know "Big Ed" too so I guess that makes me even. I have heard "big ed" enough times to know that he's riding the liberal bandwagon for all it's worth. I have caught him on a number of occasions propounding some of the most outrageous neo-conservative shit as liberal radio. This guy is just as much of a redneck as the phrase "big ed" would lead anybody with a higher I.Q. than bush to believe (leaves a lot of room for discussion there, doesn't it?). I have been pretty bummed out with Air America for keeping him around but, hey, what'ryagonna do? If you're in bankruptcy, you take what you can get, I guess. Personally, I like Randi Rhodes and The Young Turks. They make me feel all sort of warm and fuzzy (in a berserk and activistic kind of way). You should maybe talk to them. I think you might be able to access them fairly easily and they, too, have a pretty substantial market share that you don't hear them blab about very often, if (and I say this with no sarcasm intended) that is any kind of consideration for you. Just my humble thoughts from a Humble Visitor to this sector.
Remember: "Smile! It makes them wonder what you're up to!"
 
January 24, 2007
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a guest said:

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Big Ed and AAR
Just a correction. Ed Schultz is not part of AAR. He is syndicated by Jones Radio Network, just like Stephanie Miller. If AAR had it their way there would be no Ed Schultz program because it caused many stations to bump Rhandi Rhodes and later Al Franken to later hours.

 
January 25, 2007
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a guest said:

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Ed the Fraud
I grew up in North Dakota and have listened to talk radio for 25 years. I don't know if anyone truly comprehends what a total and complete fraud Ed Schultz really is. For 10 years he was a card-carrying, Rush Limbaugh wannabe conservative and as soon as the Democratic party basically went looking for radio voices he dropped his trousers and assumed the position. I have never in my life seen any human being who starves for the spotlight more than Ed, so much so, that I think there is something mentally wrong with him. As far as his over-trumped ratings, do the research! Go to Ed's site and look at the markets and stations he's on and then look up their ratings on Arbitron's site. I did this about a year ago when Ed first started this "I'm #1" rant and there wasn't one major market station he was on that had ratings higher than a 1 share, in fact most stations ratings looked like a breathalizer test! Ed will dry up and blow away in the not too distant future, unfortunately I think we're stuck with him in ND. I just can't wait to see how fast he turns back into a conservative again when his local ratings hit the skids!
 
February 02, 2007
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a guest said:

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jb
Randi Rhodes said he was taking a meeting w/ AAR higher ups before AAR was even ever on the air: He and his wife walked thru the NY-AAR offices like they owned the place, with noses in the air, not talking or even acknowledging the little people around the office. Randi's immediate intuition: That is NOT a nice/good man!
 
February 14, 2007
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