If you caught the second hour of Ed Schultz’ radio show yesterday, you got to hear from Chris Dodd, one of the candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination. However, if you caught the first hour of the show you got to experience an outrageous display of "liberals eating their own" as big Eddie lashed out against Air America Radio, several of the hosts, one ex-host, Schultz’ own syndication company, and even the new expected owners of the liberal talk network.
What prompted Schultz’ outburst was a statement made by AAR host, Sam Seder, who apparently urged his listeners to call XM satellite radio to support the placement of Thom Hartmann in the coveted morning slot formerly held by, now ex-AAR host, Al Franken.
But to say that Schultz over-reacted to this bit of competitive theatrics is an understatement.
The top lib talker opened his hour-long attack against AAR and several of its hosts, including Seder, Randi Rhodes, Al Franken, and former AAR late night talker Mike Malloy, by saying that they all worked "for a company that has just lost $40 million and is stiffing people because they can’t pay their bills. I’m sick and tired. I just want to spit on the floor at this."
But Schultz was just warming up. He went to say Air America "sucked" ten times and "can eat me" three times. In case you think that we are making this up, you can find a recording of Schultz’s outburst on the his website.
"I wish that AAR would just go away and shut up," Schultz complained. "They’ve never sold a commercial. They pimped the radio industry trying to beg for money to stay on the air. If they sold some advertising and got off the no buy lists, maybe they would be able to make it." "I’m beyond the point of pussy footing around all this stuff," he continued. "Nobody buys their crap. They can’t run a business… all they can do is hate people—even me."
Even the Stephen L. Green, who expected to take over AAR next week wasn't spared. "Is this new guy gonna be purchasing markets too," Schultz asked.
Who the hell are they to tell XM that we’re not liberal enough," Schultz said. "XM can program their network anyway they want. They’re not mandated to take AAR."
However, Schultz certainly didn’t endear himself to lib talk listeners when he went to say "No wonder [Bill] O’Reilly makes fun of them and "you know it makes me think that what conservatives say about liberal talk if the truth."
"I’m up against Rush and Hannity, Dr. Laura and Imus," Schultz bragged. "I’m proud to be in their league."
But he saved most of his venom for the financially challenged liberal talk radio network.
How come the [bankruptcy] judge didn’t put the hammer on them," he said. "What are they gonna give him a show? Air America sucks, their shows suck, nobody buys them, they’re not good people, their unscrupulous, they give liberals a bad name, and if you’ve given money to Air America your an idiot too because they don’t deserve it. This is no way to run a railroad."
A caller, who sympathized with Schultz’s dissatisfaction with AAR ran into trouble when she also expressed kind feelings towards Mike Malloy, who was dumped by AAR six months ago.
"Mike Malloy has taken so many shots at me," "He’s not left enough, he’s a Republican. Tell Malloy he can eat me too," Schultz said, as he hung up on the caller. "If Malloy was worth a damn he would still be on the air somewhere."
Actually, Malloy, who is syndicated by Nova M, is now carried on eight radio stations.
Even, Al Franken who will be doing his final show today for AAR, was not spared from Schultz’ wrath.
Al Franken leaving is the best thing that that ever happened [to AAR], Schultz said. "Because maybe they’ll get a guy in there who will stick around for awhile and not travel around the country advertising that he’s thinking about leaving."
Schultz even took a shot at his own syndication company, Jones Radio.
"I’m done with Air America programming, I done with their underhanded cutting of the market place," he said. "I don’t even know why Jones Media sells their crap."
Big Eddie did have some nice things to say about how two other hosts that are syndicated by Jones Radio – Stephanie Miller and Bill Press.