Accuracy in Media

MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz showed that his skin isn’t so thick after all when he lit into GQ magazine for placing him on their annual “least influential” list.

Schultz took the time on his radio program on November 29th to tell GQ just how he really feels.

He also took a shot at CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an effort to try and prove he was more influential than the magazine gave him credit for.

Transcript from the Radio Equalizer.

ED SCHULTZ (3:17): And, you know, look, if you do a cable show, you have a radio show, whatever, if you’re fat and you’ve got red hair, look, they’re going to pick on you. That’s the way it is. And I’m OK with that. Just spell the last name right.

SCHULTZ (4:32): Now, and I know that Anderson Cooper floats around in that GQ crowd. I don’t know if he’s behind it or whether their publicist at CNN, but let me just say, I’m kicking his ass, OK?

SCHULTZ (11:30): By the way, I’m very influential. You can go ask the governor of Ohio and it won’t be long before you can ask the governor of Wisconsin. So kiss my ass, GQ.

Schultz is partially right on his assessment of beating Cooper, but only if you look at the total audience numbers. In the more important A25-54 demo, Schultz barely beat Cooper last month with an average of 201,000 viewers vs. Cooper’s 191,000.

That’s the demo that helps pay Schultz’s salary and on some nights, like just two days ago, Cooper beat Schultz by a wide margin. So Ed still has a lot of work to do before he can carp about his status in the eyes of GQ.

It’s not easy being a liberal blowhard.

This audio clip splices all three comments together.

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