Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

Latest from Jack Coleman
May 8, 2014, 6:07 AM EDT

Whenever I watch the live-action cartoon on MSNBC known as "The Ed Show," I particularly enjoy its most comical element, Schultz's nightly polling of his almost entirely like minded viewers to determine whether they agree with him.

On Wednesday, for example, the poll question was this -- "Will Washington ever quit pushing bad trade agreements and start protecting American jobs?" The results were hugely lopsided, as they almost always are -- 89 percent said no, compared to a meager 9 percent saying yes. You half-expect a third choice -- "hell no!" -- in keeping with Schultz's ongoing challenges at anger management. (Audio clips after the jump)

May 6, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Ask a conservative to name the American leader who comes to mind when they think of the Vietnam War, he or she will almost surely cite Lyndon Baines Johnson. Ask a liberal and you may also hear LBJ in response -- but more likely you'll hear Richard Milhous Nixon instead. Long before the left began blaming George W. Bush for everything, Nixon filled that role.

Nearly four decades since it ended, the Vietnam War still has the power to polarize, especially when a major network looks back at a specific event from that tumultuous era. (Video after the jump)

May 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

On the bright side, the reporter didn't write "blah blah blah blah from racist" while the candidate spoke.

Mark Callahan, a Republican running for the US Senate in Oregon, slammed a reporter from the Willamette Week newspaper for what sure looks like an example of liberal bias. During a candidates' forum, Callahan criticized the reporter, Nigel Jaquiss, for writing "blah blah blah blah" in his notes while another Republican spoke. (Video after the jump)

May 2, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

Just imagine, there are actually people out there who see this as amusing and not obscene. And yes, they watch lots of MSNBC.

It can be stated with a fair degree of certainty that a liberal Democrat has gone beyond the pale when other Democrats ... in Wisconsin ... condemn his conduct. That's the case after the latest bizarre stunt involving Brett Hulsey, a state representative "running a long-shot campaign for governor" against Republican Mary Burke, according to the Associated Press.

May 1, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

Ed Schultz might be the only man in America who engenders sympathy for LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling by the mere act of opening his mouth.

On his radio show Wednesday, Schultz revealed himself to be a staunch opponent of thought crime -- even when it occurs "behind closed doors" -- and quickly drew resistance from a caller who described himself as a longtime listener. (Audio clips after the jump)

May 1, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

Just a hunch, but I'm guessing that George Orwell would get a huge kick out of Orwellian interpretation of his work.

Such a travesty occurred on MSNBC's "The Cycle" this past Tuesday when one of its hosts, Krystal Ball -- yes, that's actually her name and, no, apparently she's not a stripper -- weighed in on what Orwell's novella "Animal Farm" actually means. (Video after the jump)

April 30, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

Yeesh, talk about politics making for strained bedfellows.

Fresh from his short-lived engagement as an MSNBC pundit, dedicated paparazzi foe Alec Baldwin appears fully engaged in an effort to rehabilitate his public image after anti-gay rants and tweets got him banished from every respectable salon on the Upper West Side. As part of that effort, Baldwin is executive producer of a new documentary on -- wait for it -- Barney Frank, the openly gay former congressman from Massachusetts.

April 30, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

Did you know that many conservative commentators are also consummate ventriloquists? Or so Ed Schultz seems to believe.

Schultz, who loves going out on a limb that invariably collapses under the weight of his hypocrisy, is blaming "right-wing talkers" such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, his two favorite targets in the genre, for racist remarks made by LA Clippers' owner Donald Sterling. (Audio after the jump)

April 28, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

Former "Daily Show" comedian John Oliver launched his new program on HBO last night and hilariously eviscerated a commercial that once touted Cover Oregon, the state's now-defunct health insurance exchange.

The ad was such insipid treacle that many people seeing it for the first time are certain to wonder if it's a parody. (Video after the jump, vulgarity alert)

April 28, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

Nevadan rancher Cliven Bundy, locked in a decades-long dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, is supposedly going to get even more attention in media -- from radio/MSNBC libtalker and self-professed working class hero Ed Schultz. 

Schultz is telling his radio listeners that they'll be hearing a lot about Bundy from him in the days to come, a vow that will evaporate roughly at the start of the next news cycle on another major controversy. (Audio after the jump)

April 26, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

Left-wing court jester Bill Maher has shown a delightful willingness to insult other liberals, such as when he went after them as apologists for Joe Stalin, MSNBC's obsession with Bridgegate, and Michelle Obama sounding awkwardly similar to GOP congressman Paul Ryan.

Last night the pattern continued, though this time Maher made sure to malign conservatives even more, lest anyone get the wrong impression. (Video after the jump)

April 26, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

The vast arid wasteland known as liberal radio is becoming even more barren. Loose-cannon lefty Randi Rhodes is pulling the plug on her show.

News of Rhodes' impending departure came in a terse statement from Premiere Networks, which broadcasts her show through 35 affiliates -- "[We] can confirm that Randi Rhodes has decided to end her national radio program. We've had a successful partnership with Randi for several years and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of Randi Rhodes on May 16, 2014." (Audio clips after the jump)

April 25, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

Silly you, all this time thinking that disasters are a bad thing. Thom Hartmann knows so much better.

Hartmann, who touts himself as "The King of Progressive Talk" and is listed 10th on Talker Magazine's ranking of the top 100 radio hosts in America, made a claim on his show this week that neatly encapsulates what passes for economic wisdom among liberals. (Audio after the jump)

April 23, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

Still trying to decide which was funnier last night on "The Daily Show" -- big-government devotee Elizabeth Warren fulminating against government greed or her conspicuous lie of omission about why government is generating "obscene" profits from the toil of college kids.

Senator Warren, making the rounds to pitch yet another preachy tome, was at her indignant, high-dudgeon finest and found a receptive audience in Stewart. (Video after the jump)

April 22, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

In a bravura display of rhetorical contortion, Rachel Maddow spent 10 minutes last night talking about net metering without actually uttering the words themselves -- all the better to prevent her gullible viewers from taking a closer look at this problematic policy.

As mandated in 43 states and the District of Columbia, net metering allows small-scale generators of electricity, such as those with solar panels on their roofs, to sell excess electricity back to power companies. Utilities don't like it because most states require power companies to buy this electricity at retail prices, rather than the far lower wholesale cost. (Video after the jump)

April 21, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

Fresh from his recent threat to shoot a National Rifle Association board member, radical leftist radio talker Mike Malloy has staked another claim deep in the murky terrain of moonbat territory by asking whether quintessential gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson was murdered.

Thompson, notorious for his unhinged behavior and prodigious consumption of illicit drugs and alcohol, shot himself to death at his home near Aspen, Colo., in February 2005. In the near-decade since Thompson's demise, I can't recall a single person at any point along the political spectrum -- even on the fringes -- who has expressed doubt that Thompson committed suicide. Until Malloy did just that on his radio show last week. (Audio after the jump)

April 17, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT

Does it get more laughable in media when Ed Schultz accuses others of being incendiary?

Schultz's years-long obsession and resentment of conservative commentator Sean Hannity, and of Fox News, surfaced once again yesterday when he criticized Hannity and fellow Fox News personality Mike Huckabee for their remarks about Cliven Bundy, the Nevadan rancher locked in a dispute with the federal Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing fees. (Audio clips after the jump)

April 14, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

Leave to Bill Maher to revive an amusing complaint on his HBO show during a discussion with his guests about crime and punishment.

It's been so long since I've heard this venerable liberal chestnut, I thought they'd gotten wise and stopped trotting it out, much as liberals seldom say any more how "frightened" they are, though it used to be one of their favorite words. (Recall, for example, how Reagan left them petrified) (Video after the jump)

April 13, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

Did you know that white men are good for little more than making crystal meth? And that Americans are proudly belligerent and ignorant? At least according to Wonkette founder Ana Marie Cox, as expressed Friday night on "Real Time with Bill Maher" with her formulaic snark.

Cox was a guest on the show, along with GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, actor Rob Lowe and left-wing journalist Matt Taibbi, and talking with them about drug decriminalization when she made the first of two gratuitous swipes, first at American men of pale skin hue, then at Americans in general. (Video, audio after the jump)

April 13, 2014, 7:51 AM EDT

When it comes to a manufactured issue such as unequal pay between men and women, a disparity that exists only in the aggregate and evaporates among individuals, you can expect to hear a fair number of suspect claims.

But an assertion made by National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neill while a guest on Ed Schultz's radio show last week, talking about the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act, went beyond suspicious toward something more closely resembling the inane. (Audio) --