Bernie Sanders Blasts MSNBC and Comcast For Canceling Ed Schultz

Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted MSNBC and Comcast for canceling Ed Schultz and removing one of the few voices for working Americans from television.

In a statement Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said:

We live in a time when much of the corporate media regards politics as a baseball game or a soap opera. Ed Schultz has treated the American people with respect by focusing on the most important issues impacting their lives. He has talked about income and wealth inequality, high unemployment, low wages, our disastrous trade policies and racism in America.

I am very disappointed that Comcast chose to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup. We need more people who talk about the real issues facing our country, not fewer.

At a time when a handful of large, multi-national corporations own our major media outlets, I hope they will allow voices to be heard from those who dissent from the corporate agenda.

It is rare to see a sitting U.S. Senator blast a network for a programming decision, but it is also rare that a network makes such a blatantly pro-corporate decision as the one that MSNBC has made. The cancelation of Ed Schultz means that one of the only populist voices for blue collar liberalism will be taken off the air. The decision to replace Schultz’s voice with that of NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd made MSNBC’s new direction obvious.


They don’t get much more corporate than Chuck Todd. MSNBC could have replaced Schultz with a wide variety of journalists, but the network intentionally chose to replace an anti-corporate voice with a man who owes his career to not rocking the boat and doing the bidding of his corporate bosses.

Who is going to stand up to the corporations and speak out for workers on television after Schultz is gone? Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are off doing their intellectual wonk thing that doesn’t pay much attention to the concerns of ordinary working people. The rest of the MSNBC lineup that isn’t named Joe Scarborough is rumored to up for cancelation. The voice of Ed Schultz is going by Chuck Todd and his band of Republican guests who spout Beltway talking points.


The real issues are going to get even less exposure as MSNBC has decided that corporate profits are more important than an honest media.


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  • I'll be waiting with bated breath for HRC to criticize the cancellation of Ed Schultz and being replaced with corporate Toadie.

    • I know that this is the most pressing issue for you to compare the candidates but quite frankly who gives a rats ass about an entertainment channel when there are more important issues to discuss

      • I agree with you 100%. Thats not exactly the most important issue of today, or any day for that matter! Thats the sort of things repugs go after. I like Ed Schultz, but I think there are more important discussions to be had, than bitching when your favorite tv show gets canceled.

        • I agree that there are more important issues to talk about, but these types of shows are the way millions of people learn about the issues. Upon looking into this, I've found that this is just the beginning of the changes that MSNBC plans to make. Where will liberals be able to go to get news that they can trust?

          • Millions of people? You must know something I don't but if you're learning about the issues from cable news then you are going about it the wrong way
            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" - Upton Sinclair.

      • Ed's show is not entertainment. He is with the people who are the 99%. He takes his show to us and it is about us: many healthcare clinics for those without any insurance, fracking wars invading Native lands and family farms to name a few. He is very passionate and it's good to hear that from SOMEONE with a microphone! Chuck Todd is milquetoast, just like Tim and David before him. Jake Tapper was good. Rachel or Chris Hayes would be good on MTP. Do not silence the ROAR that Ed represents! Or you will never see the Revolution coming!

        • He is with the people? So when he told you people to stay home in 2010 giving the republicans power to gerrymander he was with the people? I swear you so call liberals never cease to amaze me with your bullshit

        • Tim Russert was no Weakling!! Sorry! He didn't HOST MTP for what 20 years? because he was anywhere near David or Chuck Toad! Ed Schultz was in the pocket of the UNIONS getting >$250K a year to give UNION Speeches and SUpport Union Talking Points - And he was Campaign Central For Bernie Sanders!! Sanders GOT FREE Campaign Airtime it was the Ed & Bernie SHow!! Ed was all about Ed - And he cost WI the Scott Walker Recall by putting himself in the action! Driving WI Voters to the polls to Vote for Walker - because an outsider - a MN outsider to boot - was coming in the State, doing his show in Madison to show what ED can DO!! That Bravado cost the Dems Big Time!!
          Ed is a HACK - and made people feel like he was their hope!! He helped GOP in 2010 by telling Dems to stay home and lately has been blasting PBO!!! SAD - and PAST HIS EXPIRATION DATE!! PS. His Tweets were ALL from the same 10 people!! Carefully Screened by #TeamEdShow - A complete SHAM!!Buh BYe!

      • Guess what, I give a huge rat's ass. Ed Show is the only one I DVR to make sure I don't miss him. Where the hell are we going to get the truth--can't get it from Faux Noise and you know CNN hasn't been the same since Ted Turner sold it off. I am sick over this news. This country is screwed and going to hell in a handbasket.

        • Did you DVR the time he told Democrats to stay home in 2010?

          Where can we get the truth? I don't know but I remember this quaint thing called reading

        • You need to slow your roll and take your pills. Your attitude, your constantly condescending tone is reminiscent of those right wings blowhards you love to decry.

          You need to face it. Some people, of the same political stripe you which presume yourself to be, will have differing ideas. And that's okay.

          Say it with me now. Differing opinions are okay. They help to keep us honest.

          I wish that you felt the same. I had a great deal of respect for you and your previous comments over the past years, but you have jumped the shark lately.

          Please show a little more respect to the rest of us. Some of us do not and will never support a neo-liberal like HRC. And that's okay. We aren't stupid. We know what's at stake. We will hold our nose and vote for her, if we must.

          But you need to chill. I'm delighted that you are passionate. But you seem to expect others to march in lockstep with your ideas. That reminds me of another party.

          • So Barmy Frank who as a liberal who accomplished things while in the house wrote what I think is a great article is jumping the shark? I don't expect anyone to be in lockstep with my ideas. But you're right lets not vote for a neo-liberal like Clinton even though her voting record is on par with Sanders because we must have revolution.

        • How many times have you gleefully posted that Barney Frank article?

          And go ahead and compare HRC and Sanders voting records in Congress. That should be very instructive for all of us, as you seem to be implying that their time in Congress is in any way comparable, in either substance or time spent serving the American people.

          It's tiring to constantly fight the same enemies, but our enemy is the same. Is it possible that you've been staring into the abyss so long, that you missed where you became a troll? I used to be like you but then I was taught that a disagreement is an opportunity to educate. Perhaps you can try a convincing argument, instead of attempting to shame or insult those who hold different opinions? I'd hate to think that any progressive or liberal or democratic voter was falling prey to the GOP's constant divide and conquer strategy.

          Keep your eye on our real political enemy. Hint: They probably aren't on this site.

          • I am a progressive BIG CITY DEMOCRAT. I am also pragmatic. See people can rant and rave against the so called system but then when ask their plans you get crickets or the condescending answer by the power of his words the country will change.

            I am sorry I took civics and whatever you want to do have to at least do it through Congress. Ed Shultz broke that trust with me when even if he didn't know it and even though he don't have that power he told people not to vote because he didn't get his shiny unicorn. So in effect he stabbed the President in the back. Now look at where we are at because so many purity emo progs stayed home.

            In closing I really don't have to explain myself to you all I know is when you people don't get your way, LOOK OUT because a shit storm is a coming

        • I will continue to support Bernie as the only candidate that has a progressive agenda. Hillery has some baggage that makes her questionable in my mind. No, it's not Whitewater or Bengazi. It's her ties to wall street and her dependence on their money for her campaign....wall street is not going to want a return on her investment??? Come on; I didn't just fall off the turnip truck. Secondly, I'm equally luke warm about Bill.... he passed NAFTA.... A DELIBERATE ATTACK BY THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON THE MIDDLE CLASS ON THIS COUNTRY. Berine is right: regulate wall street and break up the big banks. And offer the right a chance to secede and mean it. Call their bluff. They need us more than we need them. If we were two countries, no more huge military budget, reregualtion of wall street, no more imperial America. Seems all good to me.

          • How will he regulate wall streets and break up the big banks? I don't ask these questions out of malice but on a need to know before I make any decision

        • Come on Dems..... man up. Offer the conservatives the option of secession AND MEAN IT. We were never a "United States" and it's time to end the fiction. Let conservatives have their racist, evangelical, oligarchy. THEY NEED US MORE THAN WE NEED THEM. ADIOS, MORONS.

      • So what? I and many other progressives believe the Bernie asks the right questions and has answers. MSNBC is obviously more interested in ratings and the corporate message than presenting a truthful message. I'm about ready to abandon MSNBC. I challenge the right to reinstate the fairness doctrine and end the pravda like reign of Fox so called news. It is obvious they made the correct calculation that the American public is brain dead and can be manipulated to their agenda.

        • In order to accomplish much Sanders, if he does get elected, will need to exhibit the brashness of Teddy Roosevelt at the turn of the last century when he managed to break up the corporate trusts of his time. If it can happen once, it can happen again. We just need one with the balls to do it, and that has been in short supply.

    • She may...but I'd like to say, I could make Chuck Todd cry like a baby in about 5 minutes.

      Did you hear? There are plans to connect some cables to the rapidly spinning Tim is expected the current generated could power a city of 1 million people.

      I turned my ex-republican mom on to Rachel Maddow, who she likes, & Ed who she thought a bit bombastic, but liked as well. Then I switched over to Fox, & we determined she should never watch Fox....she laughed so hard I thought she would have a heart-attack...all in about 2 minutes.

  • Chuck Todd? The college music major dropout? Doesn't he already have a show he is tanking? Is NBC trying to lose the few viewers who have remained? Toad won;t bring in anyone. We don;t watch Sunday AM because of him and his softball interviews with the GOP.

  • Well you know that over at the Goebbels Channel they will be crowing this line of shit..."proof that even MSNBC the lone Liberal voice in news has finally realized that Liberalism is dead and that Conservative principals have won" I assume that Bill-o the Clown will be the one to try and float this turd. This kills the notion that MSNBC is was or has ever been "Liberal"

    • No big surprise that MSNBComcast would silence the one remaining populist liberal on their network. Let Joe and Mika go off to a Koch brothers' get-together at the Kochs' expense, while silencing a voice against the legislation written by ALEC for its long-time corporate member--Comcast.

      Fortunately, I can watch AJAM and DemocracyNow on my cable system.

  • Truly unbelievable that MSNBC promotes Todd, who admits he doesn’t correct any guests who make misstatements. Morrow and Cronkite must be wondering what has happened to having a responsible press.

  • I was a faithful MSNBS viewer until I find out Ed's show was going to be canceled. Morning Joe is the show that must be cancel if MSNBC wants viewers to return. Shame on Them. Never watching MSNBC again.

    • Oh, you mean the agenda to finally revive the beat up middle class and to remove the GOP's shoe off our necks? To stop allowing the rich to rob us while we work longer hours for less pay? To end the ridiculous student debt that prohibits students from even thinking about owning a home and living the dream? Sounds like a crappy "agenda" to me, idiot.

      • Let's start having a serious conversation about consrvative/corporate secession. We can give them 5 or 6 southern states, Trump can bulid his wall around it, and we can end all economic ties with them.
        They could call it the Asylum state of America. Any inmates who leave would need a passport and an ankle bracelet.

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