In it, but not of it. TPM DC
But Schultz's specific criticism was that the Obama administration reacts to controversies sparked in and furthered by conservative media.
"They must have a war room at the White House. I think they've got a sissy room too," Schultz said. "I didn't vote for that."
Schultz said Democrats have failed to live up to their own platform passed at the Democratic Convention in 2008 and he challenged the activists and bloggers in the crowd: "If I've got the balls to say it, you better have the balls to write it."
He said he supports primaries as needed to keep the party's moral compass. "We have to do our vetting process. You're either with us, or you're against us in the progressive movement in America," he said.
He also complained that Obama hasn't gone on his show or sat recently for interviews with Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow, adding that during the campaign, "I busted my ass for Obama." Schultz said that instead of going on The Ed Show, Obama went on Bret Baier's show on Fox, "in my time slot. What's that all about?"
Schultz said he's "not anti-Obama" but wants to "change some plays" to help the Democrats win in November. Schultz said when former President George W. Bush was in trouble, he talked to the base. "You know what this outfit does? They react to Fox," he said.
He said progressives should realize they are warring against a win-at-all-costs conservative media, saying that Fox News is out to "destroy the progressive movement."
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The full speech is likely to be posted online later, but I shot a bit of the speech from the press riser. Watch: