"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.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.
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'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.
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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 JohnsonI was shocked by Ed's response. He was miffed because I said nice things about Keith Olbermann.
To: Big Ed
Sent: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 1:53 PM
Subject: Is there a problem?
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.
From: Big EdI 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.
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.
Like any good battle I could not leave this alone. I wrote back:
From: Larry JohnsonIt 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.
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.
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