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An Open Letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin: Take Responsibility for Hateful Ed Schultz

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Dear Mr. Griffin,

Your network, working on marching orders from Media Matters, is on a mission to take Rush Limbaugh off the air. Far from being an independent journalistic enterprise, MSNBC is the very essence of a political lapdog of the far left.

Just last night on MSNBC, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton, and Lawrence O’Donnell all devoted time on their programs attacking Rush. In each case, they grabbed at thin air looking, looking, looking for the opportunity shamelessly to keep the story alive.

These assaults by MSNBC have nothing to do with what he said about Sandra Fluke, and everything to do with censoring prominent voices on the right. Gas prices are nearing $4 a gallon, the unemployment rate hovers over 8%, the US debt is soaring to astronomical highs, but MSNBC is too busy to cover these legitimate news stories. Instead you go after Rush.

And you're doing it in the most hypocritical manner imaginable.

While your network continues to attack Rush, you personally continue to employ Ed Schultz. Ed Schultz, the man who called Laura Ingraham a “right wing slut.” The man who claimed that "The Republicans want to see you dead! They'd rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don't have anything for her."

Or consider his comments on the former Vice President: "You're damn right, Dick Cheney's heart's a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him."

Schultz has compared the Tea Party to Nazi Brown Shirts, asked if the term “whore” applied to Joe Lieberman’s wife, and claimed publicly on his show that conservative broadcasters want Obama shot. And that is but the tip of the iceberg. The list of vile, repugnant venom coming out of Schultz’s mouth is extensive:

And this is just one of your hosts. There are plenty more. And yes, in coming days we'll be talking about them, too.

Enough of your hypocrisy. It's time that you take responsibility for, and ownership of Schultz's hateful speech.

You hired Schultz in 2009. Then you promoted him. Twice. And let's not forget how you fawned over Schultz to the Los Angeles Times just a few weeks ago saying "This is a guy who understands how to connect with real people." What's worse is that your pride of this character assassin isn't an isolated incident. As President of MSNBC, you oversee a “news outlet” which employs other hate mongers who fling around similarly extreme, hate-filled and politically-motivated rhetoric.

If what Rush said is so offensive that it deserves your network's obsession with having him removed, then what are you going to do about a host who has a history of insults a hundred-fold worse than anything Limbaugh has ever said? Unless you fire Ed Schultz, you are a complete hypocrite.

It's time you take responsibility for hiring and promoting this hate-filled misogynist, and resign.

A copy of this letter is being sent to Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast. Under separate cover we are sending him another letter, calling on him to take responsibility for employing you. We intend to take this message directly to the shareholders of Comcast as well. I doubt very much they want to have anything to do with race-baiting, hate-filled, character-assassinating misogynists.

Sincerely,
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

CC: Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast

Comments

#1 ya just GOTTA LUV Brent

Thanks for taking the war to the boss Brent!

End 'gun violence in America' - Require training and MANDATORY "Shall Carry" by every Citizen.

If harry reid is the best person to lead the senate, what does that say about the other 99 senators?

#2 You know the brain dead host

You know the brain dead host are going to take this letter and kick it around for a week or so. They'll drag Mr. Bozell through the mud. He should have copied it to all their advertisers. Go after them like the left went after Rush. On that point I hear Carbonite ain't doing so well.

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

#3 Carbonite's stock dropped

Carbonite's stock dropped like a stone. And Sleep Train has tried to crawl back to Rush - who told them (politely) to stuff it!

JohnK

#4 mud slinging Bozell

They have already done that and there's nothing left.
And Bozell still won't go away.
The Liberals don't win with that mud slinging tripe every time, altho not from lack of trying.

Socialism is the Extreme in America!!

#5 awesome

Thank you Mr. Bozell! Going right to the shareholders is the right way to go. These people at MSNBC know exactly what they are doing, and I for one am sick of their act. Thank you again sir.

"Deterrence is achieved not from the severity of the punishment, but from its certainty" -Barabbus

#6 Good Job

That is what I am talking about, taking some damn action for a change. Let's stop whining about the bias in the media and start taking some action with boycotts, letters, phone calls or whatever it takes to expose these lap dogs for what they are, shills for the democratic party. I am calling on all GOP candidates and members of Congress to boycott MSNBC and NBC including the Today Show. This boycott should be promoted and announced on the other leftie stations of ABC, CBS and CNN as a warning that they are next on the list. Let NBC explain to their audience why no republican will appear on their station. They need to be exposed to the mainstream public for what they are-- bias lap dogs for the democratic party who will distort the news to get their party elected.

#7 Good Job

submitted twice, excitable boy, sorry

#8 Good Job

That is what I am talking about, taking some damn action for a change. Let's stop whining about the bias in the media and start taking some action with boycotts, letters, phone calls or whatever it takes to expose these lap dogs for what they are, shills for the democratic party. I am calling on all GOP candidates and members of Congress to boycott MSNBC and NBC including the Today Show. This boycott should be promoted and announced on the other leftie stations of ABC, CBS and CNN as a warning that they are next on the list. Let NBC explain to their audience why no republican will appear on their station. They need to be exposed to the mainstream public for what they are-- bias lap dogs for the democratic party who will distort the news to get their party elected.

#9 I would've also mentioned that $200,000.

...and asked for proof as to which 'charities' it went to.

Since MSNBC has standards and all.

#10 Great Letter Brent

Unfortunately, Ed Schultz and other radical leftist hosts on MSNBC were given a directive by President Phil Griffin to behave in that way. The goal was to become the opposite of Fox News and attract a progressive audience. If he's has to pull someone off the air for a week or two because of outrageous commentary, it's fine as long as MSNBC is the preferred network of progressives.

#11 Thanks

Mr Breitbart would be pleased.

We are Breitbart................. indeed.

If you make poverty easy, you will have more of it. Benjamin Franklin

#12 Absolutely Awesome!! This

Absolutely Awesome!! This leftist attack on Rush has backfired. Not only has it shown the MSM's complete hypocrisy to the country, but it has awoken a million Breitbarts who are angry as he!! and will FINALLY be putting some action behind our words!!

Let's go get 'em and put THEM to the SAME "standards" they put us!!

"Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty."

#13 "Play the Game"

This is how the game needs to be played.

When Schultz called Laura Ingraham a "slut" he was kicked off the air for a week, apologized and that was it.

With Rush, he does the same and the drumbeat starts on cable, advertisers are pressured, lefties start writing editorials etc. it is very well organized.

That is what we need to do. Like the Don in Prizzi's Honor said: You're like me, we forgive nothing!!

That's how the left plays it and it must be met with equal force.

Obama: Hopeless Change!!

#14 mad53PA

GMTA! (See below!) You were posting while I was composing!

#15 Do Share!

Mr. Bozell, please do share your replies to these letters, assuming you get them!

But it might be hard to concoct an excuse as to why, for example, Ed Shultz calls Laura Ingraham a slut, then apologizes, and everyone moves on. But Rush uses the same word, apologizes, and the lefties are DWELLING on it.

#16 Not only dwelling on it, but

Not only dwelling on it, but having gotten an apology, have decided that's not enough; they want to see him driven off the air completely.

I said this in the Tamron Hall thread: until MSNBC fires Ed Schultz and puts Chris Matthews on notice, they need to just SHUT UP. We don't need to ever hear another word from anyone over there about Rush.

#17 They do need to just SHUT UP

Until they do exactly those things, MB!

Are you holding your breath?

Me neither.

#18 Phil Griffin

is a tool of the Obama Propaganda machine

Nothing will come of this

Plus, lets keep the Schultz/Union Payola story alive

A Recession is when your neighbor is out of a job. A Depression is when YOU are out of a job.. A recovery is when OBAMA is out of a job Hat tip to Ronald Reagan

#19 Excellent message to MSNBC Brent.

You definitely speak for me. However, writing to the shameless and gutless Mr. Griffin is probably an exercise in futility. He admitts that MSNBC is proudly biased and politically motivated. In his mind, their behavior is acceptable in the greater goal of promoting left wing power. You know, the Blagojevich defense...."I did nothing wrong - it was just politics". bidn

#20 Dear Brent, If This Doesn't Work, Let's Do The Following...

Let's go after all of MSNBC and Schultz's sponsors.

These clowns on the Left (the real Nazis in this whole debate) couldn't get Fox with the fairness Doctrine, couldn't get Fox when the White House went after them, and this is all they have left...

Let's put the Tea Party to work.

Marches at the MSNBC offices.

Boycotts of the sponsors of the Ed Show.

Bring the economic mayhem.

The Obamination... A crisis leading to a catastrophe..(please donate to MRC)

#21 BRAVO!

I intend the research the names of the board of directors of Comcast and forward this letter to them as well.

These hypocrites need to be called out and shamed for their misogynistic words and hypocrisy.

Let's help Brent Bozell and MRC accomplish this!

Democrats never met a tax dollar they didn't like. 

#22 Dealing With Liberals

Ala The Untouchables:

"They send one of ours to the hospital, we send one of theirs to the morgue."

It's the only way to play this game.

#23 Obama said it....

Well, HE said "they bring a knife...we bring a gun....".......Mr. Bozell just brought an assault weapon...and it's about damned time someone did just that!!!...Thanks, Brent!!!

#24 So both sides aren't really

So both sides aren't really worried about people in the media being vulgar, theyre only worried about them being vulgar towards someone on their side of the political aisle.

#25 They over played this time.

They over played this time. Brent's letter is great. Had it been a conversation it may have sounded like this:
Brent: "you have to answer for Rushbo Griffin. You fingered Rush for the Barzini people"
Griffin: "Brent, you got it all wrong".
Brent: "Ah, that little farce you played with Ms. Fluke. You think that would fool a Bozell?"
Griffin: "Brent, I'm innocent, I swear on the Kos kids!"
Brent: "Sit down."
Griffin: "please don't do this to me Brent. Please don't."
Brent: "Olberman is gone. So is Phillip Tartaglia, Moe Green, Stracci! Cuneo. Today I settled all family business so don't tell me you're innocent. It insults my intelligence. Admit what you did."

"Deterrence is achieved not from the severity of the punishment, but from its certainty" -Barabbus

#26 Wow - One of his Sponsors Responded to My E-Mail

I can see why Bio Green Clean advertises with Mr. Schultz. They are apparently a liberal company.

This is the e-mail I received back from the company after asking them to take their advertising off of his program.

Apparently grammar and proper punctuation is not of the respondent's strong points. :\

***********************************************************************

From this e-mail address: mgtrailhead@msn.com

"you never have purchased our wonderful product, Ms. Idiot, so, feed your BS to somebody that cares.
how dare you!"

Democrats never met a tax dollar they didn't like. 

#27 Ahhhh, Another Reply from BioCleanGreen

"I do not necessarily agree with Mr. Schultz on any particular issue or opinion. That is my right.
Please do not waste my time and do not respond. You must be a complete moron!
Don't you have something better to do, Emily? You obviously have way too much time on your hands!"

Democrats never met a tax dollar they didn't like. 

#28 You know HoosierEm

If it irritates this person so much we should all email that person.

Proud member of the 53%!

#29 Really?

I guess customer relations is an unknown concept at that company.

I hope they fail. Any company that shows such an unprofessional face to the public is doomed.

"I find that I am deeply offended by political correctness." IdahoAndy

IdahoJim

http://idahoandy.net

#30 LOL. All the big companies have xxxx@msn.com addresses.

I shot em one, too. I told them sulphuric acid would be a more appropriate product for them to promote on the Ed Show.

#31 Hahahaha! Do a Google search

Hahahaha!

Do a Google search with that e-mail address and his name comes right up. :)

Democrats never met a tax dollar they didn't like. 

#32 I'd say he's missed the mark on this one.

;)

#34 LOL

"Fat man's radio show." LOL.

I told him that I am sure Ed Schultz's two listeners love hearing about his overpriced products - made just for libs who feel guilty about ruining the planet, or something.

Democrats never met a tax dollar they didn't like. 

#35 Sadly, the letter will fall on

blind eyes and deaf ears - when brain matter is mising, there is no point in trying to reason, and besides, arguing with the dumb is a waste of time, they won't know what you're talking about and they will smother you with experience.

 

"We the People . . " Hey, congress - I'm one of the people - start listening! 

There is no sense in being stupid, if you can't prove it! - my dad V

#36 The Kool Aid moment is in the past now!

The loons don't understand that some people, maybe the 2% that will not vote for Obama are not in the tank with their lies and hipocresy! Conservatives (male and females), independents around the country and the undecided are being insulted by the Liberal media day in and out because the Obama posse is finally realizing that their game is up..get it? Let's address the issues affecting our every day lives and let's pick someone who is going to show some respect for us (tax payers) and this great country of ours.

#37 Truth in the eye of the beholder

While you letter is accurate and timely, it will serve almost no purpose. Because Mr. Griffin believes all those things that Ed has said to be gospel truth and above question. That is the mindset of the socialists. And of course the ends justify the means so no matter what Ed says, Griffin loves it for it's intended purpose, to vilify all conservatives and demote them to the subhuman so that they can be eventually exterminated. Sig Heil Obama!

#38 I love meeting libs

Get them all riled up about "wingers", then for ever and amen, be the most Conservative person they know. A perfect gentleman,

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#39 Phil Griffin is a slut.

Phil Griffin is a slut.

#40 OBAMA NEWS.

M.S.N.B.C.head leftist toady Phil Griffin takes his orders from Obama and the Democratic party.They will say and do anything to get Obama reelected in 2012.They are propaganda operatives for the Democratic party.

#41 RIGHT ON!!!

This goes right along with the Facebook page I started, "Boycott Comcast/MSNBC" If we get enough "likes", Comcast will be forced to take him off the air. Along with Bashir, Matthews (Catholics are cultists), O'Donnell, and Sharpton

Loud Pipes Saves Lives!

#42 Nice Letter

Nice Letter,

I do not think anyone at that organization will read it or if one of the low class clowns does, they will not understand it.

You are assuming that someone at the Obama Public Relations Agency (Commonly referred to as MSNBC) wants to change. You assume by pointing out the obvious flaws in their organization that they will care or try to correct them. You assume that by pointing to the massive errors of their agency that they will wish to fix them. These assumptions are wrong.

Liberals are allowed to be hypocrites and will not understand why you do not understand that, it is one of their most basic rules.
Making statements without fact or evidence is common practice in the Kool-Aid media world. They grant themselves those permissions.
They will insist that all of their employees are highly vetted and neutral in their reports.
They only hire the mentally limited that can follow the talking points verbatim 100% of the time (look at “Christie” Mathews, Rev “Racebaiter” Sharpton, “What planet is this” O’Donnell, and “Queen of the Kool-Aid” Madcow).

Intelligence, integrity and honesty are not required; in fact they are not even desired.

#43 "This is a guy who understands how to connect with real people."

If so, and because of his low ratings. Does that mean there are so few real people?

I don't listen or watch this shrub, and I consider myself real.

"I find that I am deeply offended by political correctness." IdahoAndy

IdahoJim

http://idahoandy.net

#44 Good Job Brent

Going to the Shareholders is exactly the way to go .. Media matters had bulllied the Advertisers of Rush Limbaughs program causing one in particular to make a very sad mistake indeed that is going to cost them their necks .. as you may already know , Mr 'David Friend is experiencing some very deep regrets at his rather boneheaded decision by now . we're talking about CARB (carbonite ) listed on the NasDaq that started it's IPO at $10.00 a share and shot up to over $21.00 last year . The shareholders there pulled the plug on Carbonite at the sight of David pulling his ads From Rush's program in conjunction with your letter there , and the stock is now being offered well below it's IPO indicator at $8.40 per share . They are taking a beating with dismal expectations for the future as of right now , SO you are effective here Brent , and you have some well deserved Kudos coming your way from the Community .

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