During an interview published Friday, former MSNBC host Ed Schultz confirmed what many suspected: his network favored former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Schultz told podcast host Jamie Weinstein that his network quashed an interview he had lined up with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Clinton's former opponent during the 2016 primaries, and was “in the tank for Clinton”:
“I think the Clintons were connected to [NBC News Chairman] Andy Lack, connected at the hip. I think that they didn't want anybody in their prime time or anywhere in their lineup supporting Bernie Sanders. I think that they were in the tank for Hillary Clinton, and I think it was managed, and 45 days later, I was out at MSNBC. And I thought it stunk. They gave me my contract, I signed a nondisclosure agreement and also a no-bad-mouthing agreement, which I felt good with because I thought that this was over time all going to wash out.”
Listen to Schultz's interview below:
When Independent Journal Review reached out to MSNBC for a response to Schultz's interview, an MSNBC spokesperson asked, “What is the Russian word for bananas?”
Schultz, as he noted during his interview, now anchors a program on controversial Russian outlet RT. Schultz also noted how as an anchor at RT, he had a lot more freedom than when he worked at MSNBC. MSNBC, Schultz suggested, would tightly control his television show's content.
“There was more oversight and more direction given to me on content than there ever has been here at RT,” he said. Schultz said MSNBC told him “many times” what to lead his show with and what not to cover.
When Weinstein asked Schultz if MSNBC president Phil Griffin told him “what to say” or “what angle to take,” Schultz responded, “often.”
He then described how Griffin called Schultz just before his interview with Sanders, who was about to announce his presidential candidacy.
“It's five minutes to air, and I get a phone call from Phil Griffin, 'You're not covering this,'” Schultz said of Griffin's comment. He said the exchange got “rather contentious.”
Schultz went on to criticize the entire mainstream media for having a pro-Clinton bias:
“The fix was in. The fix was in with the mainstream media. The fix was in with managing the news and shutting down Bernie Sanders. And it wasn't until he started matching the Clintons in raising money that he became, 'Well, we've got to cover this guy.' But from the start, the Clintons didn't want any competition. They didn't want Bernie Sanders around. They didn't want the Keystone XL pipeline, they didn't want to push her on that issue. They didn't want to push her on free education for all, and they certainly didn't want to push her on the TPP and also universal health care. Those were four main issues that Bernie Sanders, had he not been to the campaign, Hillary Clinton would have never had to address.”
Schultz suggested that Democrats were hypocritical for complaining about collusion even though they engaged in a superlative form of collusion with the Clintons.