MSNBC host Ed Schultz may not have a lot of viewers, but he does have a decent amount of Twitter followers. TheBlaze's head writer Dan Andros writes for a very successful television show, but he doesn’t have a particularly large following on the social network. That didn’t stop Schultz, however, from engaging in a bizarre and one-sided Twitter exchange with Dan.
After writing a blog post Wednesday night for TheBlaze.com chronicling his conversation with The Ed Show host, Dan joined the radio program this morning to share his experience. By the time Dan got through explaining the convoluted timeline that included tweets, direct messages, and deletions, Glenn could not help but feel sorry for Schultz.
“Dan is the head writer for the TV show. He's been with me, I don't even know how long. He’s been with us since 2000,” Glenn said. “So, Dan, you apparently had some reason to have contact with Ed Schultz?”
As Dan explained, the whole thing started when Schultz tweeted out a tease for his television show on Tuesday at 10:40am CT.
At 10:45am CT, Dan responded to the tweet.
The link in Dan’s tweet is a story from liberal radio host Randi Rhodes, who explained how the Democratic Party paid to launch the Ed Schultz radio program show nationally.
Apparently perturbed by the content of Dan’s tweet, Schultz quickly responded with what he probably intended to be a zinger. In reality, it proves he was interested enough to actually scope out Dan’s profile and figure out where he works.
“I just kind of laughed,” Dan said of Schultz’s response. “So I just tweeted back – I was just being playful, I've got big Ed on the line – so I tweeted back, ‘You got me there, Ed.’ I linked to the Forbes article, which notes that I'm working for one of the powerful celebrities on the planet.”
Perhaps realizing it probably wasn’t the best idea to have corresponded with Dan, Shultz deleted the Twitter exchange at some point during the day.
And that’s when things got really weird.
“So nothing happens after that, the rest of the day. I figured it would end there,” Dan said. “Before I go to bed, I check the Twitter one more time, and I get another notification. This is some 10, 12 hours after the first interaction we had. And it says, ‘Ed Schultz has now followed you.’”
What Dan soon realized, however, was this was all part of a larger plan for Schultz to be able to communicate with him privately.
“I realized why he followed me – because he doesn't actually follow many people on Twitter,” Dan continued. “On Twitter, you have to follow someone to send them a direct message.”
When Dan arrived at the office Wednesday morning, he went through his emails and found notifications that Schultz had sent him not one, but two direct messages at 1:33am and 1:35am respectively. Even stranger? He subsequently deleted them.
While Glenn tried to defend the early hour of Schultz messages, Dan, Pat, and Stu weren’t buying it.
“I send messages at 3 o'clock in the morning,” Glenn said.
“To competing networks? To lowly writers at competing networks,” Stu asked exasperatedly. “You email people you work with at 1:30 in the morning. And 1:30 in the morning is just part of it. he fact that he is waking up to try to get back at Dan is unbelievable.”
As Dan explained, he never would have known Schultz direct messaged him had he not seen the notifications in his inbox. Schultz clearly thought better of what he had said and attempted to delete the evidence before Dan could see it. Unfortunately, he failed.
While Stu and Pat certainly got a bit of pleasure out the whole bizarre incident, Glenn found the whole thing sad and pathetic.
“So you guys are finding this entertaining. I'm finding this more and more sad,” Glenn said. “In a psychological way… I mean what makes a man, besides rage, write something like that and then delete it? I mean, it's really sad.”
Check out Dan’s blog post on TheBlaze.com HERE.