Oh Bye-Bye Ed & Alex! The Worst Outbursts of Axed MSNBC Hosts
Due to extremely poor ratings, MSNBC formally announced Thursday it will bring down the ax on Ed Schultz and Alex Wagner. It turns out hate-mongering against conservative Republicans and sucking up to far-left Democrats is not a great way to attract large audiences.
In his time in the anchor chair on The Ed Show, Schultz accused Republicans of wanting to murder old people –“The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead!”– and couldn’t believe President Barack Obama didn’t have sky-high approval ratings: “It amazes me that people don’t love Obama.”
Alex Wagner’s run on her eponymously named show Now with Alex Wagner included ridiculous overplaying of the race card — “Usage of the word ‘thug’ spiked on Monday…Some people are saying the ‘T’ word is the new ‘N’ word”– and silly sucking-up, as she gushed to Chelsea Clinton: “I must bring up the fact that your mother — she graced us all. Everyone is thrilled that she is now on Twitter.”
The following are the worst outbursts from Ed Schultz and Alex Wagner from the MRC’s archive:
Ed Schultz: Republicans Want You Dead!
“The Republicans lie! They 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.”
— Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, September 23, 2009.
Alex Wagner Sucks Up to the Clintons
“When we talk about women’s participation and women’s involvement in the world, I must bring up the fact that your mother [Hillary Clinton] — she graced us all. Everyone is thrilled that she is now on Twitter. She has, in my humble opinion, one of the best Twitter bios on the Twittersphere.”
“This is, I think, the fifth anniversary of your mother’s ‘shattering the glass ceiling’ speech. Do you think we need — and I’m not naming names — do you think we need a woman in the White House? Do you think America needs to sort of achieve that milestone, being the leader in the globe that we are today?”
— Two of MSNBC host Alex Wagner’s questions for Chelsea Clinton on the June 14, 2013 edition of Now with Alex Wagner.
Schultz Speaks for God: Obamacare Is Divinely Approved
“I’ll tell you what I think God thinks of the Affordable Care Act — it’s a big ‘amen.’”
— Ed Schultz answering viewers’ questions on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, December 4, 2013.
Wagner: Nasty Conservatives Want to “Punish” Immigrants With “Alligator Moats”
“Around immigration, there’s a sense that we need to punish people when they come here and they don’t know our language. We gotta punish people who came here the wrong way, even if they’ve been contributing to American society for a decade or more. Bigger, meaner, scarier fences by people suggesting electrified, alligator-filled moats to prevent ‘them’ coming in, by the language we use to talk about ‘those people’ who want to be here. You know what? Those people who want to be here are us. That’s what this country is made of.”
— MSNBC host Alex Wagner in one of her network’s “Lean Forward” commercials, aired during June 2013.
Schultz: Republicans’ “Hateful Rhetoric” Endangers Obama
“Our next question is from Jimmy: ‘Do you think that the hateful rhetoric from Republicans puts President Obama and his family in danger?’ Well, the Republicans aren’t the only ones that come up with hateful rhetoric towards the President. Words count and words inspire people. My answer to that is yes.”
— Host Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, October 1, 2014.
Wagner Pushes Bogus “War on Women” Mantra
“Just when you thought the Republican Party’s open antagonism toward women and their reproductive organs couldn’t get any more hostile, hours ago, talk show host, former governor, and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took it upon himself to ‘mansplain’ to the women of America how one party wants to tame their wild libidos.”
— Host Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, January 23, 2014.
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