Is anyone surprised to see Ed Schultz doing mental somersaults in order to show support for the progressive policies of President Obama? The MSNBC host found himself flip-flopping on his support for the Keystone Pipeline earlier this week. Almost a year ago, Schultz showed support for the pipeline, telling his audience his stance was rooted in the fact that America was still an oil dependent country. But what happened when the President threatened to veto the project? Well, see for yourself.
Shultz said, "The hard cold truth is the United States is an oil and gas dependent country and we're going to be for the foreseeable future."
He flipped and said, "If you voted for this president and you care about climate change, you have to be proud tonight. We still have a lot of power, the progressives do. The President has just cemented his legacy as one of the most pro-environmental presidents in American history. We hope so. Starting last February, we started talking about the Keystone XL pipeline and went to the middle of the country to get the real story. We have followed this project nearly every step of the way for almost a year. And after six years of environment studies, legislative wrangling and legal maneuvers, President Obama has taken a stand."
Why the change?
"I would assume he has almost no input whatsoever in what he is reading," Stu said. "Maybe there's some producer who was against it, but maybe his last producer was for it and he's kind of reading what's on the screen. This is Ed Schultz we're talking about. The fact he can read it at all is surprising."
"Schultz fancies himself as a successful talk show host, which he's not," Stu continued. "However, he believes he is. So I think he thinks he's one of those guys. He doesn't need the prompter, he just goes with it. I think he probably reads one segment. Probably reads a monologue, and then tries to improv. And probably when he was improving took one position, and when he read it, took another. Oops."