I listen to Ed Schultz most days at work, sort of by default. I like to listen to talk radio, but enjoy the left-wing variety. Which, if you didn't know, is a very scarce commodity. And since Tom Hartmann switched to a later hour (where he conflicts with Randi Rhodes), I'm pretty much stuck with Schultz.
I'm not a fan. I find him very knee-jerk, blustery, loud and rough around the edges. Sandwiched between Stephanie Miller and Rhodes, Schultz just comes off as sour. But I usually listen (when Ed deigns to be on for all or part of the show, which is less often than you'd think). And lately, he's been even more irritating, on several issues, but notably, on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ed was all for it. He proudly announced his diversion from the "party line," and made it a centerpiece in his show. Over a period of a few weeks, Ed's been softening, and now he's apparently changed his mind. Which I think is worth a bit of an attaboy. Most people in his position would hold fast, or just stop talking about it, moving on to the next controversy.
Keystone Supporter Ed Schultz Now Opposes The Pipeline, Tells President Obama To Go To Nebraska
Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, has changed his mind and become the latest prominent opponent of approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Schultz had angered Keystone opponents by taking the State Department environmental analysis at face value, arguing that the oil is going to come out of Alberta anyways, and the pipeline could be better for the climate. The report left some key context out, and over the course of the last few weeks, Schultz has had a very public — and fascinating — process of coming to grips with the arguments against the pipeline. Climate Progress’ Joe Romm was a guest as this process started. . .
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