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Forum staff reports, Published December 02 2011

GQ names Schultz, Pawlenty to least-influential-people list

FARGO – MSNBC political show host Ed Schultz, the former Fargo TV and radio broadcaster, blasted GQ after being named to the magazine’s “The 25 Least Influential People Alive” list.

“You know, look, if you do a cable show, you have a radio show, whatever, if you’re fat, you’ve got red hair, look, they’re going to pick on you. That’s the way it is. And I’m OK with that. Just spell the last name right,” Schultz responded in an audio clip posted on YouTube.

The GQ list, which had Schultz as No. 3, said no one watches Schultz and no one noticed when MSNBC suspended him this year for a derogatory comment about Laura Ingraham.

“The only reason people watch ‘The Ed Show’ is they’re working out in a hotel gym and they can’t find a staff member to change the channel to ESPN,” the GQ story reads.

Schultz added this in his response:

“I know that Anderson Cooper floats around in that GQ crowd. I don’t know if he’s behind it or his publicist at CNN, but I’m kicking his ass. By the way, I’m very influential. You can go ask the governor of Ohio, and it won’t be long before you can ask the governor of Wisconsin. So kiss my ass, GQ.”

Schultz didn’t return a call to The Forum seeking comment.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was No. 1 on GQ’s list.

According to GQ: “T-Paw (as he calls himself) spent much of 2011 as a 6-foot-tall paperweight, an aggressively forgettable fellow perfectly suited to the role of debate filler. The $1 million he spent to lose the Iowa straw poll might as well have been burned in front of a group of orphans.”

Brian McClung, Pawlenty’s former press secretary, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Talk show host Glenn Beck, who also made the list as part of the debt ceiling crew, played clips of Schultz's rant on his show.

The list also includes singer Hank Williams Jr., Tiger Woods' former golf caddie Steve Williams, actress January Jones, Casey Anthony prosecutor Jeff Ashton, President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, actor Harrison Ford and former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others.

See the GQ list by following this link.