Time’s Joe Klein calls MSNBC’s Ed Schultz ‘stupid’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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It’s not a secret that Time magazine’s Joe Klein holds some Fox News commentators — particularly Glenn Beck — in low regard. He’s often criticized his “most crazy and ridiculous conspiracy theories” and has even said Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were potentially committing sedition against the U.S. government.

But Klein’s apparently not a fan of MSNBC either. On CNN’s Sunday “Reliable Sources,” the Time columnist opined about the lack of complexity on cable news in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting on Saturday. He alluded to a December appearance he made on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” and attacked host Ed Schultz for his unsophisticated view on the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

“Well, that brings me to point number two – it’s really hard, we choose – cable news chooses not to really deal with complicated issues with the level of complexity that they deserve,” Klein said. “I was on Ed Schultz’ show to discuss Afghanistan. I was just back from there. It is the most complicated issue imaginable. And the guy writes on a piece of paper, ‘Get out now,’ and holds it up on the screen. That’s so stupid and it’s so unworthy.”

Over the years, polling has shown the public has a low regard for journalists and according to Klein, Schultz is one of the reasons.

“And it really — it’s one of the reasons why people hold us in lower regard than they do lawyers,” Klein said.