Ed Schultz: MSNBC Told Me Not to Cover Bernie Sanders Campaign Launch

April 20th, 2018 2:48 PM

If you want direct confirmation that MSNBC perpetrates fake news, then listen to Ed Schultz who used to host a show at that network. In an podcast interview with Jamie Weinstein of the National Revew, Schultz claimed that the president of MSNBC contacted him just minutes before he was due to broadcast the official kickoff of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and demanded he cover another topic instead. Schultz also claims that because MSNBC was so far in the bag with Hillary Clinton that he was subsequently fired from that network for supporting Sanders.


JAMIE WEINSTEIN: Did you have a favorite during the primary? Did Donald Trump convince you right away that he's the guy that you liked or did you like someone in the Democratic primary? Was there anyone that you were supporting?

ED SCHULTZ: Well, Bernie Sanders is a very good friend of mine and I still even though I'm at RT now and a lot of relations have been severed and so to speak disconnected because I'm anchoring the news on RT America, Bernie is still a very good friend of mine and I did support him. My wife contributed monthly to his campaign. I guess when I got to MSNBC in 2009 I brought Bernie Sanders to cable probably more than anybody else. He was a senator, rather obscure, from the small state of Vermont. And of course, I was new to the cable world and so I had Bernie on my radio show numerous times and so I put him on TV and the more we put him on the more I told my team I say, "you gotta listen to this guy." This is where our listeners are on the Ed Schultz radio show. This guy is speaking to the millennials. He is speaking to a younger generation. He is speaking about our future. He is somewhat Kennedyish so to speak. He had a vision for the country. He talked about a change and I thought he was going to go. And he did. And I thought he was going to take off politically and eventually it took him years but he did.

Okay, it is pretty well established there that Schultz liked Bernie Sanders. Schultz then talked about the differences between MSNBC which he left in July 2015 and RT America where he now works. He also revealed how blatantly the head of MSNBC interfered to take away live coverage of Sanders' campaign announcement:

SCHULTZ: ...I want to make this very clear and I hope your audience consumes this. There was more oversight and more direction given to me on content at MSNBC than there ever has been here at RT and I think it's very sad that that story is not getting out. Many times I was told what to lead with on MSNBC. Many times I was told what I was not going to do. And I've got a story that had I not been involved in it I would never have believed it and Phil Griffin who I consider a friend to this day was a watchdog far more than anything I am exposed to here at RT America.

WEINSTEIN: Did he tell you what to say? Did he tell you an angle to take?

SCHULTZ: Often. In fact, when Bernie Sanders was announcing that he was going to be a candidate for the nomination of the Democratic Party in Burlington, Vermont I was the only cable host between FOX, MSNBC, and CNN that was there to cover it live. Now there were live cameras there but we had coordinated with the Sanders campaign that at 5 o'clock that he was going to make his announcement and we were going to cover this on the Ed Show. I go to Bernie Sanders house that afternoon and interview in the backyard. About a 15 minute interview. The grandkids are running around. It's a big day for the Sanders family. He's going to announce that he's running for president. We're gonna carry it live later on in the day and we're gonna run this one-on-one tape with Bernie. Three thousand people are there on Lake Champlain. It's five minutes to air and I get a phone call from Phil Griffin: "You're not covering this!" I said, "Phil, Bernie Sanders is announcing he's running for president. He's gonna be president. "I don't care, you're not covering this!" And it got rather contentious.

Schultz then gave his opinion on the reason why his interview with Sanders was pulled at the last minute:

SCHULTZ: We're covering Bernie Sanders live. We're coordinated with his campaign. And I'm told five minutes before you're not covering Bernie Sanders. Now let me give you the opinion. I think the Clintons were connected to Andy Lack, connected at the hip. I think they didn't want anybody in their prime time or anywhere in their lineup supporting Bernie Sanders. I think that they were in the take for Hillary Clinton. And I think it was managed and 45 days later I was out at MSNBC and I thought it stunk.

So there you have it from someone who hosted a show at MSNBC. They shilled for Hillary Clinton and blocked Bernie Sanders news. Fake news.