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Ed Schultz: Look For The Union Label


Aside from being a flagrant misogynist, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz is also a serial cheerleader for big union labor. Schultz likes to play at being a regular man of the working class in his support of their cause. He particularly likes to excoriate the evil, rich one-percenters who rake in bucks by gaming the system through duplicity and deceit. You know, people like, um, Ed Schultz. This from NewsBusters:

In fiscal 2011, Schultz received $190,000 from the Communications Workers of America for what the U.S. Department of Labor categorized as “representational activities.”

Schultz also received $9,900 in fiscal 2011 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), putting his union haul for the year at almost $200,000.

This represented a fivefold increase over the $37,350 Schultz received from unions in fiscal 2010 — $15,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), $14,850 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and $7,500 from the Communications Workers of America.

For its fiscal 2010 payment to Schultz, the union characterized the payment as pertaining to “union administration,” according to Labor Department records.

The fiscal year before that, unions paid Schultz $42,500 — $17,500 from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, $10,000 from AFSMCE, and $7,500 each from the Building and Construction Trades union and International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. All were for “political activities,” according to the Labor Department.

In fiscal 2008, Schultz was paid $22,304 by unions — $10,000 from United Steelworkers (for “union administration”), $7,304 from Air Traffic Controllers (“general overhead”), and $5,000 from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 189 in Columbus, Ohio. (“general overhead” again).

Worth noting is that Schultz’s cable program on MSNBC, “The Ed Show,” debuted in April 2009 — and that union payments to Schultz nearly doubled from a year earlier.

As far as I know, MSNBC has never disclosed that Schultz isreceiving copious amounts of cash from union organizations while providing glowing coverage of – wait for it – union organizations. Which begs the question: why not?

I mean aside from the obvious, that Schultz deserves a free pass because is a man of the people, working diligently to protect the dignity and interests of the working class. He is, after all, one of them.

Lean forward, citizen; lean forward:

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