In the "he said, she said" story of the week, MSNBC's Ed Schultz came off looking like a real Neanderthal when he called FOX News' Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut" and then just a plain old "slut." Yeah, he said it not once but twice. Thankfully, it didn't take very long for him to realize what he said was totally inappropriate, disrespectful, setting the women's movement back decades, etc. And he offered this apology today:
It doesn't matter what the circumstances were...What matters is what I said was terribly vile and not of the standards that I or any other person should adhere to. ... I am deeply sorry, and I apologize. It was wrong, uncalled for and I recognize the severity of what I said.
It seems -- on the surface -- that Ingraham accepted his apology.
At least judging from what she said on her show:
He apologized, and I accept his apology. It seemed heartfelt, it seemed like he really wished he hadn't said it ... I wish him the best. I wish his family the best.
But what about what she wrote on Facebook?
Now I’m tempted to insert one additional zing ... about men who preach civility but practice misogyny.
And on Twitter:
MSNBC suspends Schultz. Oh great, now his ratings will go up.
Apparently, to her closest "followers," she doesn't mind showing her true feelings with snarky remarks. There's also the fact that she obviously wouldn't speak to him one-on-one. Schultz had to leave her a voicemail to offer his personal apology.
Seems to me that Ingraham isn't actually accepting his apology after all. Sure, what Schultz said was awful, sexist, impulsive, and quite simply, wrong. And I'd feel burned too if I was Ingraham. But if you're going to say you accept the man's apology, then mean it! Don't act two-faced and catty. Don't say one thing to one audience and something else to another.
What's more, her little Facebook dig just feels out of place. Schultz's apology really did feel as though it set the record straight. He did seem heartfelt and sincere, as he apologized not just to Ingraham, but his own wife and to women in general. I don't believe in any way is he "practicing misogyny." It was a one-time slip-up. The guy deserves a break.
And no matter what she says in certain public forums, it doesn't seem like Laura Ingraham is truly willing to give that to him.
What do you think -- did Laura Ingraham genuinely accept Ed Schultz's apology? Should she have?
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