Sign Petition to MSNBC: Suspend Ed for calling extremist host a “right-wing slut”

From the Women’s Media Center:

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, http://www.mediaite.com/online/cnns-dana-loesch-to-mediaites-frances-martel-on-epic-webcast-you-are-a-btch/ 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!

To many of us – men and women – work too hard to make the debate about the issues and not the stereotypes. If you doubt this can succeed, just look at yesterday’s NY-26 race between two veteran women electeds – the media followed their narrative which stuck to the issues.  For those on the left, NY-26 also proves that you don’t need to talk like Ed Schultz to lob good, effective flames at an opponent.

Go to the site, watch the clip, sign the petition, blog it, tweet it, Facebook it. Thank you.

One thought on “Sign Petition to MSNBC: Suspend Ed for calling extremist host a “right-wing slut”

  1. I actually called MSNBC yesterday because I was concerned. I hate the radical R’s and their enablers but there is no reason to go THERE!

    This is another reason that I don’t listen, nor watch “political commentary” if I can help it.

    thanks

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