• Petitioned Debbie Finan

This petition was delivered to:

Vice President of Production and Programming
Debbie Finan
Director of Communications, MSNBC
Lauren Skowronski
Vice President of MSNBC Primetime Programming
Bill Wolff
Program Manager, MSNBC
Vern Thompson
President, MSNBC
Steve Capus
Director of Media Relations
Tanya Hayre

Tell MSNBC to suspend Ed Schultz for calling extremist host a "right-wing slut"

    1. Petition by

      Women's Media Center

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May 2011

Victory

MSNBC has suspended Ed Schultz for a week without pay, stating "remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated." The network and Schultz have agreed to a meeting with The Women's Media Center to discuss how to make sure his inappropriate and degrading language will not be used again. Schultz also apologized for his remarks on air. Thank you to everyone who took a stand - this sends a clear message that sexism can not and will not be tolerated in the media.

It's no secret that several of MSNBC's commentators and anchors have espoused some moderately sexist to severely misogynist views over the years. In 2008, we went after Chris Matthews' derogatory coverage of Hilary Clinton's presidential race, resulting in MSNBC's decision to demote him from the anchor chair of election coverage to become a strictly political commentator. One thing was clear: Matthews crossed the line too many times. 

Then, that same year, David Shuster was suspended by the network for comments about Chelsea Clinton being "pimped out" by the Clinton campaign, using a prostitution metaphor. 

Yet, the networks' "progressive" male anchors and commentators aren't learning their lessons. Just yesterday, Ed Schulz called incindiary right-wing talk show host Laura Ingraham, a "right-wing slut" and a "talk slut" on the air. 

While conservative bloggers and watchdog organizations are highlighting Schultz's remark,  the Women's Media Center also calls on MSNBC to suspend Schultz for his comments, since they not only attack Ingraham, but all women. Ms. Ingraham is no friend to the Women's Media Center, but a sexist and misogynist attack based on her gender and not her political views or comments is harmful to women in media, politics, and beyond.

Ingraham provides enough fodder for progressive criticism that such base attacks have no place in coverage. As a new generation of women enter media and politics, such comments dissuade women from exposing themselves to vile attacks, and perpetuate inequality in newsrooms and in congress. Join us in telling MSNBC that Schultz's comments are just as worthy of suspension as Shuster's, and to send a message to their on-air personalities that sexism is harmful and unacceptable!

 

 

 

 

 

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    1. Victory! MSNBC Suspends Ed Schultz for “Slut” Remark

      Last night, MSNBC announced that “The Ed Show” host Ed Schultz would be suspended for a week without pay for calling radio host Laura Ingraham a “right wing slut.” The decision came after almost 500 Change.org members signed a petition...

    2. MSNBC has announced Ed Schultz will be suspended from his network show for a week without pay. Here, his on air apology:

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    • Michael Higdon LA MESA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please PLEASE discuss pertinent issues rather than personally attacking the messengers. Baseless slander is the tool for idiots with nothing productive to offer, similar to teenage cursing.

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    • Joanelle Lusk HUDSON, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a raging liberal, but this is unacceptable. I will be boycotting MSNBC until he apologizes and begs forgiveness, or is fired. As a woman, I find it to be incredibly poor form to try and score political points with cheap gender-based insults. And I despise Laura Ingraham.

      Seriously, your station has become increasingly comfortable impugning women for, well, being women. Each and every one of you with daughters ought to be deeply ashamed of the message you are sending to them, and to those of us who watch your programming.

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    • Joy Welan NORTH POTOMAC, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      I expect more from progressive allies.

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    • John Hereth SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      ED Schultz has demostrated that he is a vile

      propagandist, using one of propagandas tricks name calling. Ed has disgrace major network brocasting with his degrading remarks about Laura Ingraham. If he was half a man he would make a face to face apology to her. However I think that Ed willretreat into the Shadows rather than facing Ms. Ingrahams rath.

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    • Joan Crowley LAS CRUCES, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      Slurs do not advance your argument. They just play into the hands of those looking to change the conversation.

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