COMMENTARY | Ed Schultz, one of MSNBC’s stable of on-air ranters, waxed wroth at Laura Ingraham, a radio talk show host who occasionally appears on the Fox News Network, on his own radio show. Several times, Schultz called Ingraham a “slut.”
More specifically, Schultz called Ingraham a “right-wing slut” and a “talk slut,” according to National Review Online. This was too much even for MSNBC. Schultz was obliged to make a groveling apology on the air on his regular TV spot, and then was suspended without pay indefinitely.
Ingraham, rather artfully, replied via Twitter, “MSNBC suspends Schultz. Oh great, now his ratings will go up.”
Ingraham has become the latest conservative lady to be the victim of left wing misogyny. Schultz’s fellow MSNBC host Chris Matthews is famous for rants against righty women, at one point savaging Michelle Malkin on the air before throwing her off his show unceremoniously.
Of course, the woman who has most often taken the slings and arrows of left wing men has been Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, current media star, and possible future president. The aforementioned Matthews has called her “stupid.” And that is nothing compared to what Bill Maher, who infests HBO every Friday night on his one hour hate show called “Real Time,” called her.
One is tempted to speculate about what it is about smart, attractive conservative women who make certain types of left wing men scream and leap the length of their chains. What dark psychological issues, what twisted childhood traumas, what hidden feelings make them do such things?
Of course, that would be to practice psychiatry, which most pundits who are not named Charles Krauthammer are ill-equipped to do.
However, to commit sociology, which a pundit is permitted because he writes about society, it is possible that the Ingrahams, Malkins, and Palins of the world get subjected to this sort of treatment because they possess the virtues that the left least appreciates. Those virtues are strength, independence, and self-reliance.
The left feeds off of neediness and dependency. Those qualities are what validate them. Without them, the left has no raison d’etre.
Jeffrey Lord blames the latest anti-conservative woman eruption on something called Liberal Tourette’s Syndrome. Without a doubt, that is what causes the public manifestation. But the root cause runs deeper and is more impervious to a cure than simply bullying left wing ranters to keep a civil tongue in their heads.
Sources: Ed Schultz Calls Laura Ingraham a “Slut” On Air, Nat Brown, National Review, May 25, 2011
Report: Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin Another Vile Name, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, March 29, 2011
The Schultz Apology and Liberal Tourette’s Syndrome, Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator, May 26, 2011