How about that, alleged comedian Wanda Sykes wasn't entirely off the mark in deriding a person from the media as the proverbial 20th hijacker. She just cited the wrong person.
During one of his daily fulminations about former vice president Dick Cheney this week, radio and MSNBC host Ed Schultz appropriated the language of jihad.
Here's what Schultz said on his radio show Monday, expressing a view apparently shared by his listeners, not a single one of whom has called his show to complain about it (or gotten past the screener if anyone did).
First, Schultz talked about attending last weekend's White House correspondents' dinner and his loathing for Glenn Beck of Fox News (click here for audio) --
Now I'll tell you who really hates President Barack Obama. As I mentioned, over at the Fox table they're all smiling and being pretty normal actually. You know, you're not going to laugh at every joke, but it's all in good fun. But I couldn't help but watching the hate just pour off of Glenn Beck. I mean, if eyes could be piercing, he's got 'em. And then when the president made the comment about everybody in the room voted for him, here's Beck just angrily, like an angry white guy, just furiously pissed off, shaking his fist at the president (laughs) Buddy, you got a great career going, but what you need to do is get a life.
I mean, I didn't, look, I disagreed with Bush but I went to these White House press secretary dinners and I laughed at Bush! He had some good lines in there. But this is a guy that, Beck is over the top. This guy, uh, he's got hate in his heart. And he just doesn't know how to deal with it and he's trying to bottle that up and sell that to his viewers like, he's going to save the country.
Later in the same hour, Schultz said this about Cheney (here for audio) --
Thank you, Americans, for being right here on the Ed Schultz show, love your emails at email@example.com. I knew this was going to happen today. We were going to get into a conversation about that dirtbag Dick Cheney. And he's going to do this every month until someone steps forward or until we get hit as a country so he can say I told you so. And that probably, a terrorist attack will probably turn a lot of people on the president.
He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion, Dick Cheney is, he is an enemy of the country. He's making it harder for those who are in power right now to protect the country. He's about the political divide. It just, I just think the guy's such a freakin' loser. You know, Lord, take him to the promised land, will you? See, I don't even wish the guy goes to hell, I just want to get him the hell out of here.
Of this I beseech Thee, Most Merciful