World Series hero Curt Schilling brought the high heat for his kick-off program Whatever It Takes on Breitbart News Radio Tuesday, taking calls and sharing his thoughts on left-wing media bias, the bankruptcy of his own “38 Studios” company and the scandal of California National Guardsmen forced to return enlistment bonuses.
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“It feels like my second Opening Day,” he said.
Schilling’s show is heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. online at Breitbart.com and it is the first live audio program Breitbart News has produced exclusively.
The six-time All Star pitcher told listeners he wanted an open-handed and open-minded relationship with them and he wanted lots of caller interaction.
“Anything is on the table and everything is on the table,” he said. “I will answer as honestly as I can–I might not give you the answer you are looking for.”
The first topic Schilling opened up with was the scandal in the Golden State, where California National Guardsmen are being dunned for erroneous bonuses paid during the height of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Schilling said 10,000 soldiers were given bonuses up to $50,000 that were given by mistake, so the government is looking to take them back–with interest.
“What is our government doing?” he asked.
This “horrific action” is another example of the government’s inept and embarrassing job performance and disconnect from what normal Americans expect, he said.
It is made all the worse when the treatment of the military personnel, many of them combat veterans with multiple deployments, is compared to how others are treated, he said. “They are being put through financial hardship, while our government spends hundreds of millions to billions of dollars on illegal immigrants–food, clothes, roof over their head.”
No one is against taking care of the people in bad straits, but the government needs to prioritize, he said.
He asked his listeners: “How do we not put the well-being of soldiers and their families ahead of anything and everything else in this country?”
The righthander played for five teams, but he is best known for his heroism on the mound for the Boston Red Sox during their 2004 championship run, so it was a special moment when Mike from Boston called in–like the reunion of old friends.
Mike told Schilling that he worked for many years as a television news cameraman and technician in the Massachusetts capital. “I could tell you story after story after story of–really–media bias.”
The cameraman said one example was during the 1994 Senate race between Democrat Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Sr., and his GOP challenger W. Mitt Romney, when he was working with a reporter who asked him to review a two-minute news package she had done on the two men.
“She turns to me and says: ‘I think we were very fair about that.’ I just kind of looked at her and my eyes almost blew out of my head. Then, the reporter said: ‘I gave them equal time,'” said Mike.
The Bostonian told Schilling that he rolled back the tape for the reporter. “Right here, you say ‘Kennedy’ with an almost reverend voice–I rolled tape back a little bit more–and right here, you’re saying Mitt Romney as if you are spitting mad and that’s supposed to be even?”
Mike said these little nuances in media coverage are there every single day, every single hour to spin stories for the Left.
But, with new media, like Whatever It Takes or rallies for Donald J. Trump online with 250,000 viewers, he thinks it is getting better for conservatives, Mike said.
Schilling said media bias for the left-wing is not a conspiracy theory. “It is happening. It doesn’t make me feel any different–again–I live in the real world–I understand it. I get it. The media wants Trump out and wants Clinton in. I just wish they had enough guts to admit it.”
What may have been a tough thing for Schilling to admit or talk about came up in a discussion about how the media portrays Trump’s businesses going through the bankruptcy process.
Scott, a caller from Mississippi, said bankruptcy is part of doing business and is a regular process to deal with poor business conditions, not always a sign of failure.
The three-time World Series champion told Scott that he went through his own business failure with “38 Studios,” which went into bankruptcy in 2012 after Schilling ran out of cash and could not secure financing to carry him into the revenue stream he expected from the role-player game his company released, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.”
Schilling said he put in $50 million of his own money, in addition to the guaranteed loan from the state of Rhode Island that he received when he agreed to move the company there. “We went bankrupt. It was my fault.”
But, none of the money went into his pocket, he said. It went to cover payroll and taxes and the cost of running the business.
“We had 3oo employees,” he said.
“That money goes right back into the economy and if it doesn’t somebody is committing a crime–but, at the end of the day, capitalism is about the survival of the fittest,” he said.
It was all an experience that taught him that having the government involved in business in any way is wrong, he said.
“The problem is that no one wants to hear it.”
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