Ed Schultz, Who Reportedly Threatened to Set Fire to 30 Rock, Opened Show with 'Burning Down the House'

"I’m going to torch this [bleep]ing place." That's what an angry Ed Schultz reportedly threatened at a testy August 2010 exchange with the suits at MSNBC. Schultz was reportedly fired up because, "the network was running election-night promos and he wasn’t in them. He’d been arguing on the phone with marketing, then he slammed down the phone and exploded," a witness to the outburst told the New York Post.

So imagine our glee this afternoon when ol' Ed opened up his September 23 program with a montage featuring, wait for it, "Burning Down the House," by The Talking Heads.


In fairness, the music choice seems to have been made to highlight Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's charge that House Republicans were "legislative arsonists" for having passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the U.S. government in its totality except for any programs authorized by The Affordable Care Act, commonly nicknamed ObamaCare.

That being said, one can imagine the faux outrage from the Left if the tables were turned, if it were a conservative host lambasting the liberal Democrats who control the Senate and playing the Talking Heads hit. Given the media firestorm over Sarah Palin's "target map," it's not difficult to see the Left up in arms for a subtle call to violence with "Burning Down the House."

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.