During a discussion of the President’s press conference yesterday, Ed Schultz took issue with fellow MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan’s characterization of the American Jobs Act as not really solving the underlying problem of unemployment.
Schultz: You’re not going to do this overnight, and the President has been very upfront about this all along. The President has also been willing to put his political capital on the line with his own base saying that, “We’re gonna have to make some tough cuts.” In business, as you well know Dylan, there’s a one-year plan, there’s a five-year plan, there’s a ten-year plan.
Schultz: You’re not going to be able to put the whole enchilada on the table at one time and just catch all – the magic wand, just wave and it’s solved. This—
Ratigan: Well hold on, let me ask you a question—
Schultz: Please don’t—I didn’t interrupt you, Dylan—
Ratigan: Well, sorry, sorry—
Schultz: I didn’t interrupt you.
Ratigan: But I want to address that because —
Schultz: No, no, I don’t care what you want to address, I didn’t interrupt you.
Ratigan: Please don’t — I’m not — I’m not upset and I — I apologize. I don’t mean to upset you. I apologize.
Schultz: Do I have the floor?
Schultz: Okay, thank you. The President has put forth a plan that will put several million people to work right now —
Ratigan: 1.2 million.
Schultz: It’s a start. It is a start. Where’s the Republican start? You want the whole thing to happen right —
Ratigan: No, no, no. Did you hear what I just said?
Schultz: I gotta go back to my radio show. I’m not gonna be interrupted by Dylan.
Instead of the discussion that Ratigan and Schultz presumably wanted to have about Obama’s jobs plan, it went quickly downhill from there as Schultz complained that Ratigan was interrupting him and refused to answer his questions.
In the end Schultz decided to go back to preparing for his radio show, leaving Ratigan hanging.
Both Ratigan and Schultz are committed liberals but their disagreement only highlights the fissures that are developing among Obama supporters. It probably didn’t make the MSNBC brass too happy either.
Later that afternoon Ratigan had Schultz on his show and apologized for his actions by telling his audience that “Both of us are not only passionate about America and jobs, but we are friends and colleagues.”
So all is well once again on MSNBC.