David Shuster is a Keith Olbermann wannabe who once profiled the Republican Party as ‘all white males with short haircuts.’ He then went on to call the party angry and unhinged, with ‘no women, no minorities.’ Shuster said the Tea Party health-care protest in Washington was an”orgy of bigotry, racism, antisemitism and hate.”
We David one thing you can’t say about us is that we are as dumb as David Shuster. After all we didn’t cut a pilot for a competing network without telling our boss who pulled us off the air on Friday and who has called us into his office for a more personal meeting tomorrow.
But all that did happen to Shuster, the man who was suspended for accusing Hillary Clinton of “pimping out” her daughter during the 2008 primary season. Mediabistro is reporting that tomorrow may be Shuster’s last time in the MSNBC offices:
Shuster won’t be on the air today for his 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. shows, according to MSNBC insiders. Whether he returns before his contract expires in December is up for debate.
Shuster’s last appearance was at 10 a.m. Friday. MSNBC boss Phil Griffin pulled him from his 3 p.m. gig after learning, via The New York Observer, that the anchor had recently shot a pilot for CNN without having informed his bosses.
Griffin, vacationing in Florida, ripped Shuster a new one over the phone, network sources say. A repeat performance is expected today in the office.
It’s not the first steel cage match between Shuster and Griffin, but it may be the last.
In February 2008, Shuster was suspended for two weeks and forced to apologize after a tasteless on-air crack about Chelsea Clinton’s presidential politicking for her mother, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Most recently, in January, MSNBC ordered Shuster to stop tweeting after his Twitter attack on conservative video producer James OKeefe.
In the past, MSNBC reps have been downright temperate in their official reactions to Shuster’s mishaps. This time, however, they’ve taken a giant step – for MSNBC, anyway — beyond temperate. If Shuster is guilty, he will “be punished appropriately.”
At this point, “appropriately” may mean keeping Shuster off the air and eating the remainder of his contract. Anything less “sends a message from management that this is OK,” says an MSNBC executive, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It’s just ridiculous.”
According to The Observer, Shuster co-anchored the CNN pilot with NPR’s Michele Martin. CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin was a contributor. CNN had no comment. Martin and Toobin did not return calls. When reached on his cell, Shuster said, “I can’t talk about it,” and hung up.
DANG ! Shuster is going to have to give up that great dressing MSNBC dresing room with the little sticker in the corner that says, “Warning – Objects in mirror are dumber than they appear”