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Ed Schultz tells David Sirota to "go to hell" over questions about Osama bin Laden hit

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David Sirota.
AM 760 host David Sirota recently said his growing ratings were due in part to the fact that "when we do politics, it's not just 'Democrats are great and Republicans are terrible'" -- and he proved it today during a fiery on-air disagreement with Ed Schulz, a progressive favorite (and MSNBC staple) whose radio program airs on AM 760 immediately after Sirota's. The spat, over whether questions should be raised about the legality of Osama bin Laden's killing, included Schultz telling Sirota, "Go to hell."

Sirota's on the side of Keith Olbermann, Michael Moore and others on the left, who suspect that bin Laden was simply assassinated in a manner that may have violated international law. In contrast, Schultz has argued that "liberal hand-wringing" over the issue is counter-productive -- a view that infuriates Sirota, who argues in favor of more questions by journalists, not fewer.

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Ed Schultz.
Against this backdrop, Sirota went on the air at a little past 9 a.m. this morning to say he'd heard through the grapevine that Schultz wanted to yell at him -- and things did indeed get testy when Big Ed came on the line a few moments later.

In regard to the bin Laden killing, Schultz said, "The issue is settled. The Attorney General of the United States made a comment the day after the operation went down in Pakistan, saying that undoubtedly he was killed in a war setting -- in a war zone -- and that it was legal."

This assertion wasn't good enough for Sirota, who alluded to the Richard Nixon era, when claims of legality by administration officials regularly proved inaccurate. These references sparked a minute or so during which the two men barked over each other; that's when the "Go to hell" surfaces. Shortly thereafter, Sirota put Schultz on hold -- the ultimate insult to a yakker accustomed to doing the same thing to others. No surprise that Schultz promptly hung up.

In the interview linked above, Sirota maintained that "people are looking for something different than having partisan talking points screamed at them" -- something he referred to as "thundering-fist, angry-male radio." But while the Sirota-Schultz exchange might seem to fit this description, it's actually a more unusual hybrid -- media pros going after a presumed kindred spirit with the same passion with which they typically use against ideological foes.

To listen to the exchange, click here. You can fast-forward to Schultz's appearance, which begins just past the eight-minute mark.

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jim0266
jim0266

Schultz plays the populist card. Sirota is intellectually honest.

Kevin Conner
Kevin Conner

Sirota had it coming to him. Trying to compare Nazis to Osama the way he did really did his position in. There were countless Nazis who were not put on trial. The ones who did surrendered. The ones who didn't were killed. Osama had 10 years to surrender (6 by admission of guilt). He knew what was coming. David's comparison was undeserving, lacking of any merit, and ignorant of history.

Norby
Norby

Rosen went on a bender drinking electric koolade upon hearing about this petty spat from two entities on the evil dark side.  Then he sobered up and woke up.

Me
Me

Sirota is the ideal "liberal" for Clear Channel, whose founding Mays family is a major benefactor of conservative candidates. If a conservative could draw the liberal of his wildest dreams, the ideal liberal to run against -- one who puts goose-stepping ideological purity over rationality, one who would coddle a bin Laden, one who would do his best to get liberals so disgusted with the Democratic leadership that they'd stay home from the polls and allow Republicans to sweep to victory after victory -- it would be David Sirota. He's either a loyal Clear Channel political operative or an ignorant babe in the woods who doesn't understand how he's being used. ... The only glitch in my theory is that Clear Channel also employs Peter Boyles, whose calculated race-baiting and conspiracy-mongering makes him exactly what liberals would like to paint all conservatives as being.

Druid
Druid

How about both of these twits going to hell?  They can hang out with their pals UBL and Saddam Hussein.

EdToldDavidWhereToGo
EdToldDavidWhereToGo

While most people are happy bin Laden is dead, Sirota is mad that he didn't get a chance to offer him some coffee and cookies and have a nice chat. Sirota is a wimp. Smart wimp, but a wimp no less.

Moral Outrage
Moral Outrage

 Well, that's just it, Mr. Roberts,  Ed Schultz and David Sirota are not "kindred spirit."  Ed Schultz is a company man; David Sirota questions authority.  In these post-9/11 times, even an attempt at discussion is met with resistance.  As James Thurber said, in America, discussion IS dissent.

D Siroto
D Siroto

 There is a reason Liberals lost the House in 2010 and will  lose the Senate in 2012 as well as the Presidency.

Blame Maddow, Matthew, Schultz, O'Donnell, and the rest of the lunatics on MSNBC.

D Siroto
D Siroto

 Ed Schultz SHOT his own hunting dog in a fit of anger.  Ask anybody in Fargo, ND.

Mountiangeezerco
Mountiangeezerco

 I listened to the encounter live, and was totally disgusted by the ego-inflated blabber-mouthing in which the listener could do nothing more than shake his head and wonder about the juvenile style of these opinion-makers.  Sagacity...wherefore art thou!?

Chris Jones
Chris Jones

"People are looking for something different than having partisan talking points screamed at them".   Sirota is 100% correct, at least about a certain number of us.  

Ed Schultz always did remind me of a used car salesman or tv preacher.  And when I hear him I feel as though I'm listening to Sean Hannity-style talk radio; it has a thuggish, bullying character to it.  I wish that Schultz would have stayed on the right wing "side" where he used to be.

jimhb
jimhb

 Sirota, Moore and Olbermann are right. We should question the official story. Democracies do not exist if we all act like sheep. Schultz does not want you to question the official line, that, to me, is sickening. 

Oh, by the way, asking questions about the killing does not make you a Bin Laden supporter.

Q7338
Q7338

David Sirota is a bully who attacks anyone who disagrees with him.  While encourageing emails, he actually blocked mine because I told him so.  He is way over his head with Ed.  He actually called Ed a right wing idealogue.  What an egotist 

jimhb
jimhb

come on.... Again... what is wrong with challenging the official narrative? 

 Schultz is an embarrassment.

jonathanscott444
jonathanscott444

 David Sirota is a bully? Hahahahahahahahahahaha what does that Ed Schultz? Hitler?

q7338
q7338

Type your comment here.Read Bin Laden his rights, hold him so the fanatics can take innocent people and offer them in exchange.  You and Sirota are idiots and you deserve one another.

Kevin Conner
Kevin Conner

The problem is the ignorant dumbass comparison Sirota keeps making between the Nazis and anyone who does anything "evil".  Trying to invoke the holocaust in order to justify his incorrect assertions about international law and "second gunman" theories about the WTC makes him as bad as glenn beck.

D Siroto
D Siroto

Mrs. Schultz, we would expect you to support your hubby, but you DO know what Schultz's exwife says about him DON;T you?

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