Cable host Ed Schultz, who on his nightly MSNBC show has lately called for an end to “vitriolic rhetoric” in politics, appears to be engaging in exactly that off camera. The Daily Caller has obtained e-mails that appear to be from Schultz’s account in which Schultz refers to one viewer as a “prick” and “right-wing scum.”
Shortly after Keith Olbermann announced his departure from MSNBC, a viewer named Miller Baird e-mailed Schultz. “Hey Ed,” he wrote, “you think Comcast had nothing to do with Keith departure. You are also the same guy that thinks Obamacare is going to lower the deficit.” On Monday, Baird received a response calling him a “prick.”
Three days later, Baird e-mailed once more, this time about Obamacare. Again, he received a response from what seems to be Schultz’s account: “Gosh..I thought you would wish me happy bithday [sic]…but what can I expect from right-wing scum.”
Baird wasn’t impressed. “He’s just so vile,” he told The Daily Caller in a phone interview. “He’s got a loud mouth and, you know, you can disagree with somebody, but you don’t have to get nasty.”
Neither Schultz nor a spokesman for MSNBC responded to TheDC’s request for comment.