Ed Schultz, star of MSNBC’s primetime lead The Ed Show, is coming off of a year that saw his cable news fortunes rise considerably. On the strength of his years of broadcast experience, and his early catching of 2011’s populist protest wave, Schultz is now firmly embedded at the forefront of liberal media consciousness. Big Ed recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Mediaite, which we’ll have more of soon.
Interviewing Ed Schultz presents a set of unique challenges, the first of which is the fact that the guy does three hours of radio a day, and another hour of The Ed Show on MSNBC. With 20 hours of Ed per week, what’s left to find out?
Compounding that is Schultz’s utter guilelessness onscreen. His appeal rests largely on his live-wire authenticity; what you see is what you get. Love him or hate him, when you tune in to an Ed Schultz show, you’re getting the real Ed.
Luckily, he doesn’t spend a lot of time on his shows talking about himself. In this preview of our exclusive interview, Ed shares how he gets his news, and answers some lighter questions, like what he watches for fun, what his last meal would be, and whether he’s ever indulged in recreational herbage:
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