Thank you Ed Schultz, this is exactly how you apologize…
May 27, 2011 8 Comments
When Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin a “c*nt,” when Ed Schultz calls Laura Ingraham a “slut” — we have some insight into their brains, into a polemic that is hopelessly lost in cynical contempt for the Other. Willingness to use the most profane insults in the English language against political opponents bespeaks a deep political cynicism, a desire either to maximize one’s pop-culture profile, or simply to make more money on a ginned-up controversy.
Bill Maher not only didn’t apologize, but doubled down. He suffered no observable consequences. I wish liberals would punish him, because no one else evidently can. But so far as I can see, liberals simply said, if anything, tut-tut, and kept Bill Maher on their Google Reader — validating his cynicism.
Meanwhile, firebrand liberal Ed Schultz, whom I have deeply disliked until today, illustrates perfectly how one apologizes for stupid speech, and convinces his skeptical audience that he really means it. On his radio show, he called Republican commentator Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut,” suffered a wrist-slap temporary suspension, and opted not merely to apologize — but to do so with reference to character and to what he wants his children to understand as appropriate behavior.
Watch it — because Ed Schultz sets the standard for signaling sincere embarrassment, self-awareness and getting a clean slate after you have been disgustingly partisan and vile — not an easy behavior to redeem.
We need more public figures describing their conduct in terms of what their children should understand. I salute Ed Schultz, and I presume Bill Maher has no children he wishes to influence.