I don’t know Ed Schultz and I’ve never seen the “Ed Show” on MSNBC. But the other day on Mr. Schultz’s syndicated radio show he called conservative talk show host, Laura Ingraham, a “right wing slut.” Though it was hardly the worst thing a talk show host has said about another person — neither was it something Mr. Schultz should have said. It was out of line and totally inappropriate.
BUT (and here’s where the story gets interesting), instead of doing what so many have done over the years and defending his statement or rationalizing it away, Ed Schultz did something unusual — he asked for forgiveness on national television. He took full responsibility for his words, he didn’t excuse himself, he didn’t try to minimize the magnitude of his error — instead, he asked forgiveness of Laura Ingraham, . . . and of MSNBC, . . . and of his staff, . . . and of his wife and children.
And in the process he did something else — he demonstrated to the world how integrity works and how you deal with your public sins. And that’s not only a lesson that many of Ed Schultz’s colleagues (conservative and liberal) need to learn — it’s a lesson God’s people need to learn.
So, Ed, thanks for showing the rest of us how to do it.
Here’s the complete apology as seen on MSNBC:
[HT: Maurice Valesquez]