UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: Schultz apologizes to Ingraham, begins suspension
• It takes a lot to move the needle in the angry, angry world of talk radio, but Ed Schultz did just that when he referred to fellow host Laura Ingraham as a “right-wing slut” and “talk slut” on his syndicated show Tuesday. The Internet rose up in revolt Wednesday but thus far no comment from lefty host, who also has an MSNBC show. Ingraham, via Facebook, quipped she “was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show” and tut-tutted about “men who preach civility but practice misogyny.”
UPDATED 7 p.m.: Schultz suspended from MSNBC for a week. In a statement just released from the cable channel: “MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
• The brother of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan was acquitted Wednesday in the death of their father Daniel. A Massachusetts jury convicted Mark Kerrigan of misdemeanor assault for a January 2010 scuffle just prior to the elder man’s death, reports AP, but found him not guilty of manslaughter. The defense, and Nancy’s family, argued heart disease killed him.
• Odd thing about the press release from Tareq and Michaele Salahi about her being named judge in a bikini contest: Listed as the PR contact was Brotman Winter Fried Communications. . . whose exec Steve Winter famously sued the White House crashers for non-payment (while they unsuccessfully sued him for losing outtakes of a video they taped with Journey — long story). “We had nothing to do with setting that up,” Winter told us: They’re simply repping the event at RFK’s “Stars & Stripes & Spokes” biker rally this weekend. “Anything to help our client, I guess.”