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WANTED for Tax Fraud

Which one is it again?

Sharpton and his for-profit businesses owe more than $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens, according to The New York Times.

And his influential nonprofit group, National Action Network, the Times said, appears to be in a similar situation, saddled with years of unpaid travel and hotel expenses while apparently staying afloat by not paying federal payroll taxes for employees.

The newspaper also suggested that Sharpton is not paying enough or fast enough to reduce his obligation to the state of New York, a situation he sharply refuted Tuesday.

The 60-year-old civil rights leader told that he has an agreement with the government to repay his personal and business-related taxes and that his payments are on time.

“We have a signed agreement,” he said. “And what is in the agreement has been kept. We’ve been up to date. This is the most bogus story in the world.”

Well, it is a Times story, so he’s got a point. But it takes bogus to know bogus:

The low point in his career likely came in the late 1980s when he accused a New York prosecutor of being part of a group of white men that abducted and raped teenager Tawana Brawley, an allegation that proved to be false.

The much slimmer and well-tailored Sharpton now has a show on MSNBC. He appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., to appeal for justice and calm in the aftermath of a white police officer in August fatally shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

More recently, Sharpton was at the White House when Obama announced that Loretta E. Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who is black, would be his nominee to be the next U.S. attorney general.

He said that his rise to prominence has also increased his pay and that he is negotiating a deal with government officials to clear his debt by offering them 50 cents on the dollar.

“I’ll write a check tonight,” Sharpton said.

Who wouldn’t settle a debt for 50 cents on the dollar? Since when does the IRS negotiate with tax cheats? Start thinking interest and penalties, Reverend.

The Time also reported that Sharpton, a Democrat and former mayoral and Senate candidate, also had a history of delinquent rent payments to his friend, Bishop E. Bernard Jordan.

Sharpton asked why he would be responsible for back payments at the Jordan’s Brooklyn rental home in 2006 when he had separated two years earlier from his wife, who remained in the home while he lived in a Manhattan apartment.

“What is new is this story?” Sharpton asked.

That Sharpton has been a charlatan and a hoaxster for decades is perhaps not news. That he is to this day, and has traded on his conmanship to become advisor to the president of the United States is news. News fit to print.

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Justice it may well be, but that doesn’t mean people are going to like it:

Justice Department investigators have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., law enforcement officials said.

When racial tension boiled over in Ferguson after the Aug. 9 shooting, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to the St. Louis suburb to meet with city leaders and protest organizers in an effort to bring calm. He assured them that the federal government would open a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But that investigation now seems unlikely to result in any charges.

“The evidence at this point does not support civil rights charges against Officer Wilson,” said one person briefed on the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

I didn’t think it did. But all I knew was what I read in the papers.

But don’t let the facts get in the way, Reverend (as if you ever would):

The Reverend Al Sharpton is en route to Ferguson for the National Action Network’s four-day ‘Justice for Michael Brown Weekend.’ The event will start with a Leadership Breakfast, Friday morning at 8a.m., at the Hubbard Community Center.

Michael Brown’s parents, Leslie McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., will also be in attendance.

Rev. Sharpton will also host a Luncheon Meeting for the ‘Disciples of Justice,’ who will monitor police interactions with the community, after the grand jury makes its decision.

The National Action Network plans to hand out candy, scarves and hats to children tonight at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson.

Will Tawana Brawley be in attendance? How about Yankel Rosenbaum? (Oh wait, he was murdered.)

“Disciples of Justice” is pretty funny coming from the serial flim-flam man. Unsurprisingly, the term already seems to have been in use before he appropriated it. My search turned up a video game and a law enforcement motorcycle club using that name. Like I said, pretty funny, Al.

As I’ve said many times before, I’m sorry Michael Brown is dead (as I’m sorry Trayvon Martin is dead). But the apparent behavior of these two young black men was not consistent with surviving their encounters with law enforcement (even of the “mall cop” variety of George Zimmerman). Both would still be alive, however anonymously, if they had made better choices. Any choices but the ones they made.


Holder Out; Sharpton Assisting The White House In New Attorney General Pick

Hey, why not Sharpton himself?

The Rev. Al Sharpton said his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, is “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House as they work to name a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder, who is set to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon.

“We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder,” Sharpton said in a statement.

Sharpton praised Holder, the first African-American attorney general, as the “best” one in history when it comes to civil rights.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community,” he said. “We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most.”

According to a Politico profile in August, in the aftermath of the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Sharpton has become Obama’s “go-to man” on race issues.

It’s Rosh haShanna, so I will try to be charitable here. I’m trying. But to all of the liberal Jews, who voted for Obama, twice!!!, doesn’t it bother you just an itsy bitsy teensy weensie bit that Al The Antisemite Sharpton is Obama’s go-to guy for all things civil rights/ Creepy, right?

– Aggie


Hey, Al Sharpton, Ya Busy Next Sunday?

It’s a protest against hatred and bigotry, right up your alley:

The New York Jewish community and its supporters will stage an historic march on September 14 in downtown Manhattan, protesting the recent skyrocketing wave of anti-Semitism and media culpability in an event entitled “Silence? Never Again!”

In the wake of the 50-day counter-terror Operation Protective Edge, studies have found global the rate of anti-Semitic incidents have skyrocketed dramatically since July.

That hatred has been largely driven by unbalanced reporting; Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh recently bragged that his terrorist organization’s greatest “victory” in the operation was swaying Western media to side with it, thereby winning the “media war.”

Say, you’re a member of the media, Al. Might do your profession some good for you to be out there.

The march will start next Sunday at 12 p.m. local time in front of the CNN building at 10 Columbus Circle, ending around 4 p.m. with a rally at 495h Street and 6 Avenue next to the MSNBC building.

MSNBC, perfect! You can march with your Hebraic homeboys right to your place of work. Couldn’t be easier. Come on, Al, you know you want to.

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All You Need to Know…

About Ferguson, MO:

A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying.

Sharpton—once such a pariah that Clinton administration officials rushed through their ribbon-cuttings in Harlem for fear he’d show up and force them to, gasp, shake his hand—arrived on the scene 72 hours after the shooting at the request of Brown’s grandfather, who had admired his advocacy on behalf of the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

But if the old Al Sharpton would have parachuted into Ferguson to rile up the masses, the Obama-era Al Sharpton trod a more gingerly path to justice. Over the years, the 59-year-old former Brooklyn protest leader turned MSNBC talk-show host has embraced a new identity, one that reflects his evolution from agitator to insider with all that implies. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. “He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does.”

Because most people who do what he does are in jail. Hustler, agitator, bigot, parrot.

What a charlatan. Obama, I mean. Sharpton’s not sophisticated enough.


Resist We Much

How to succeed in left-wing media:

Behold the greatest battle in television news.

It’s the Rev. Al Sharpton’s war with the teleprompter and, to a greater extent, the English language.

Behold as he bungles names (who’s Rush Lumbard?), places (Latvia becomes Lavita), book titles (“Hubris” is read as Hue-Brees), organizations (The Environmental Projection Agency?)

Brought to you by the same people who brought you “The Agony of Repeat”.

Of course, Garrett Morris did it first and better.

PS: This is a couple of days old, but I couldn’t embed the vids for some reason. Worth the wait, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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The Creature and the Preacher

Obama was in a tough spot. He had been caught with an unsavory personality who had concocted a racial hoax, sparked a race riot, and so inflamed racial tensions that a car accident turned into the lynching of a Hassidic Jew. (Not to mention turning up like a bad penny at the Duke lacrosse fiasco and the Trayvon Martin cluster[bleep].)

What’s a post-racial president supposed to do?

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan.

“This recent effort to restrict the vote has not been led by both parties,” Obama said, speaking to 1,600 people at the Sheraton ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.

“It’s been led by the Republican Party …. If your strategy depends on having fewer people showing up to vote, that’s not a sign of strength. That’s a sign of weakness. And not only is ultimately bad politics, ultimately it is bad for the country.”

Since the president won’t call out Sharpton for who he is, it falls to the nephew of a dead president to pen les mots justes:

“Al Sharpton has done more damage to the black cause than [segregationist Alabama Gov.] George Wallace. He has suffocated the decent black leaders in New York. His transparent venal blackmail and extortion schemes taint all black leadership.”

The strongest, truest words from a Kennedy since JFK said, “Bobby, when you’re done with her, send her over to my room.”

There’s also this from President Obama’s formerly fat friend:

In 1994, Sharpton stood before a crowd at Kean College in New Jersey. “White folks was in the caves while we was building empires,” he said. “We built pyramids before Donald Trump even knew what architecture was…We taught philosophy and astrology [sic] and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it…Do some cracker come and tell you, ‘Well my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,’ you better hold your pocket. That ain’t nothing to be proud of, that means their forefathers was crooks.”

On behalf of all crackers, I take offense. You homos will have to speak for yourselves.

PS: “White interloper”: sounds like a kind of central African gazelle.

The Rev. Al Sharpton apparently referred to the Jewish owner of Freddy’s Fashion M art as a “white interloper” in a rally three months before the Harlem massacre, newly revealed tapes show.

[I]n a tape of a broadcast from a Sept. 9 rally, Sharpton said, “I want to make it clear to the radio and audience and to you here that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business on 125th St.

To which the president has replied:

“Just to be clear I know where my birth certificate is,” he joked. “I think it’s still up on a website somewhere.”

The most memorable utterance from an American president since “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.” Audio tapes and blue dresses don’t lie.

PS: Just one more picture, because it’s so creepy:

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Al “The Chins” Sharpton

While we’re on the subject of inspiring African-American community leaders (see below), let’s look at the other kind:

“If I brought down the Mob,” the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded on Monday, “I want my tickertape parade.”

The civil rights activist and MSNBC host was referring, facetiously, to’s meticulously detailed, epic account, rife with court documents and law enforcement sourcing, of Sharpton’s apparent four-year career in the 1980s as one of the FBI’s more valuable mafia informants–a narrative that can best be described as The Sopranos meets American Hustle.

The latest inconvenient revelation is another chapter of Sharpton’s checkered past coming back to haunt him—or maybe just throwing into sharp relief his amazing rise from rabble-rousing street preacher to member of the Democratic Party establishment as well as anchor of his own weeknight MSNBC program, PoliticsNation. MSNBC had no response to the Smoking Gun’s story. Yet a screaming headline on the Drudge Report—SHARPTON WAS FBI MOB RAT—was hardly an auspicious way to begin a momentous week.

On Friday, President Obama–who has hosted Sharpton repeatedly at the White House, including at a recent dinner for the president of France–is scheduled to address the civil rights entrepreneur’s National Action Network convention at Manhattan’s Times Square Sheraton, where Education Secretary Arne Duncan and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, among other political and media luminaries, are also expected to kiss the ring during the 4-day confab.

Aggie told you about that yesterday. President Obama will disgrace himself, the office, and this nation by appearing with this two-bit, street-punk, race-hustler. Imagine George Bush as president speaking to the members of the Westboro Baptist Church. This is worse.

[A]t 59, Sharpton has proved himself a miracle-worker in the art of reinvention—or, as he put it on Monday, “I’ve been able to make the transition, but I did it on my own.” He has, for one thing, shed half his 300-pound body weight since his troublemaking days as an angry outsider and exchanged those slovenly tracksuits for elegantly tailored duds. Hardly anyone, certainly no polite person, ever mentions the Tawana Brawley hoax anymore.

Oh really?

We don’t know if Sharpton was a rat, and we don’t care. We hardly romanticize goons and thugs, no matter how much we love The Sopranos and The Godfather.

But his public record is enough to render him radioactive from decent society for the rest of his life (unless he apologizes to the Pagones and Rosenbaum families). Which is why MSNBC and Barack Obama can’t get enough of him.

I’m not sure I can even hack up enough phlegm to spit on either one of them.

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Obama Heading Al Sharpton Event

Completely disgusting

President Obama is lending his political support to fellow community organizer Al Sharpton by headlining the MSNBC host’s National Action Network (NAN) conference this week in New York. Obama’s choice to headline the conference underscores the close ties of the two leaders and provides an increased sense of political legitimacy to the controversial leader and his much-maligned organization.

Sharpton’s conference is held in April “not just to commemorate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, but to honor his legacy by proactively engaging in dialogue that will spawn change.” The NY Daily News reports that along with President Obama, the conference will feature other high-profile liberal leaders, including US Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Over the years Sharpton’s organization has been accused of engaging in questionable financial practices, including using the threat of boycotts to extort donations from corporations and land Sharpton consultant positions. As the New York Post reported in 2008, nearly 50 companies—including GM, Pepsi and Wal-Mart, and some labor unions—had donated to NAN. The NY Post attributes many of these donations to extortionist tactics:

Terrified of negative publicity, fearful of a consumer boycott or eager to make nice with the civil-rights activist, CEOs write checks, critics say, to NAN and Sharpton – who brandishes the buying power of African-American consumers.” In some cases, they hire him as a consultant.

(Incidentally, one of the panel discussions for this year’s conference is “How Can Corporations Collaborate to Affect Change in the Community.”)

As Breitbart News reports, Sharpton’s organization was charged in 2006 by the IRS for improperly reporting taxes. The organization still owes the federal government $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties.

The ties between President Obama and Al Sharpton are strong. The NY Daily News reports that Sharpton has visited the Oval Office several times during Obama’s tenure. In 2009, Sharpton and Michael Bloomberg met with Obama on education initiatives. In 2010, the president invited Sharpton back to discuss jobs and the state of the economy with other black leaders. Sharpton also took part in the First Lady’s 50th birthday celebration and supported the president’s young black and Hispanic men initiative.

This is the second time Obama has appeared at the NAN convention, also speaking at the event in 2011.

Sharpton is a race-baiter and an anti-Semite. He is one of the reasons that I am no longer a democrat. What a cesspool of a country we’ve become.


Who Said This?

“Let me also express appreciation to Reverend Al Sharpton, not only for joining us this morning but for his leadership, day in and day out, on issues of reconciliation and community restoration.”

Jeremiah Wright? George Galloway? Rachel Maddow?

How about the Number Three in the US Justice Department?

In his remarks at the “Strengthening the Relationship Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color Forum” today, Associate Attorney General Tony West gets the ball rolling this way…

As merely an Associate Attorney General, he is perhaps unaware of Sharpton’s highlight moments of “reconciliation and community restoration”.

Reverend Al with Tawana Brawley

Sharpton sued for defamation by Steven Pagones (over Brawley allegations)

Technically, “I want to make it clear … that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.”

“If Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.” [Perhaps misattributed.]

PS: “I have no problem with Khalid Abdul Muhammad. It is not Khalid who is talking hate, it’s Rudy Giuliani.”


Obama Wins Two Terms, Black People Hardest Hit

What did African Americans do to deserve Barack Hussein Obama?

His treatment of them makes me want to “cut his nuts off” (™Jesse Jackson). At best, “he should be getting us coffee” (™Bill Clinton).

Black Americans have overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in two presidential elections, but they have fallen further behind during his term in office, losing ground in measures of income, employment, and education.

The national unemployment rate has dropped to 7 percent, but the jobless rate for blacks has hardly moved since Obama took office, declining from 12.7 percent in 2009 to 12.5 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

And while the recession impacted all race and age groups’ earnings, blacks fared the worst.

The poverty rate for blacks sharply increased, rising from 12 percent in 2008 to 16.1 percent today. Median income declined by 3.6 percent for white households, to $58,000, but fell 10.9 percent to $33,500 for black households, Census Bureau figures show.

“The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category,” black radio talk show host Tavis Smiley said on Fox News in October. “On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.”

“I don’t know how much he has done or how much his policies are responsible for the current state of blacks in America. What I do know is that we are worse off than we were when he came into office,” Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, told Newsmax.

Seems inarguable. But what should Obama do instead of flap his gums and spew acrid dung smoke?

Alford cited the Keystone pipeline as one example where the president has rejected an issue that has support in Congress and could have a positive impact on African-American employment, particularly in the states through which the pipeline would run.

“There are lots of things he could do, but he has not done so,” he added. “He could start with opening up the Keystone pipeline. He could stop his administration from trying to put the coal industry out of business and he could just let business be business.”

There is that.

Anything else he’s done to black people that they wish he hadn’t?

Especially disappointing is the lack of progress for blacks in education since Obama took office, after strides were made during the previous decade.

“Gains under the Obama administration by all students range between minimal and nonexistent, and the black-white gap on test scores threatens to widen after having narrowed steadily over the previous nine years,” Paul E. Peterson, professor of government at Harvard University, wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

Between 1999 and 2008, white 9-year-olds gained 11 points in math, while black student performance rose by 13 points. In reading, black performance gained 18 points. However, from 2008 to 2012 those gains slowed, with scores rising just two points in each subject for 9-year old African-Americans.

The education gap is even more prevalent in urban centers such as Chicago. According to the 2013 National Report Card, the gap in fourth-grade math test scores between black and white students widened to 40 points — the largest gap since the national study began in 2003.

Nationally, only 52 percent of black males graduate from high school in four years, according to the Schott Foundation’s 2012 report.

Despite the troubled state of education in black communities, the Obama administration has fought efforts to expand minority students’ access to school choice.

The most recent example is the lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Louisiana’s tuition voucher program, which has produced record gains for blacks and Hispanics.

We’ve hit the voucher scandal before. Obama sold the most vulnerable down the river for support from teacher unions. Repulsive.

But did you know that barely half of young black men make it through high school? With Obama as a role model for five years (almost ten if you count his Senate years)? They got the Choom Gang thing down, but where are their Ivy League diplomas? (Where are Obama’s?) Why are we wasting money on Head Start (whose recipients lose any advantage over non-recipients by third grade) when we should be putting that wasted money toward vouchers and trade schools (or whatever keeps young black men coming to class)?

At least this will keep Al Sharpton employed (if few other black men):

Give Al Sharpton credit: whatever else he’s done – the Tawana Brawley hoax, his inciting deadly violence in the Crown Heights Riots and the Freddy’s Fashion Mart incident, possible money laundering, and more – he’s given MSNBC its money’s worth.

Sharpton said “race,” “racism” or “racist” 215 times in 2013 during his MSNBC show, “Politics Nation.” From opposition to the Obama agenda to guns and even into fashion and food, Sharpton’s finely tuned nose for racism rarely took a day off last year.

Assuming Sharpton himself never took a day off, he would have hosted 260 shows. What the hell was he talking about on the other 45 days when he didn’t talk about race? What else does he talk about? Tawana Brawley? Yankel Rosenbaum? Freddie’s Fashion Mart?

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Left Shocked—SHOCKED—to Learn Al Sharpton’s Racist Past

What a discovery! How’d they get the scoop? Were Bradley Manning and Julian Assange involved? Did Eric Holder swipe phone records to get to the bottom of it?

The Tawana Brawley case that captivated New York in the late eighties is a shocking reminder of the toxic mix racial exploitation and personal ambition can produce. The New York Times and have just released a new 15-minute documentary on the despicable hoax, which should be required viewing for the NBC news executives who are heavily invested in rehabilitating a key culprit of this loathsome episode: the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Brawley was 15 years old in 1987, when she was found in her hometown of Wappingers Falls, New York with “Bitch,” “KKK” and “Nigger” written on her stomach, her jeans burnt in the crotch, feces in her hair and her tennis shoes sliced open. She said that she had been abducted and raped by a group of white men.

A trio of increasingly prominent, and radical, New York City black activists represented her and her family: attorneys Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Brawley told them said that a cop had been one of her attackers and Sharpton named that officer as Harry Crist, Jr., a police officer from a nearby town who had committed suicide shortly after Brawley was found. Sharpton also named a local prosecutor, Steven Pagones, as one of the attackers. He offered no proof.

Governor Mario Cuomo dispatched a veteran prosecutor, Jack Ryan, to handle the case. Brawley and her advisers refused to co-operate in any way with Ryan and his team. “That was the decision of the lawyers,” Sharpton says defensively in the Times interview. When asked why Brawley’s team would not meet with New York State Attorney General, Robert Abrams, Sharpton said it would be “like “asking someone who watched someone killed in the gas chamber to sit down with Mr. Hitler.” Sharpton later accused Ryan of kicking a blind man in a scuffle with demonstrators. Ryan was nowhere near the scene.

After a six-month investigation a grand jury investigation found that the entire episode had been a hoax, with Brawley having defaced herself to avoid the wrath of her step-father after staying out late to visit a boyfriend.

I remember the front-page evisceration of the case in the New York Times (back when they still occasionally practiced journalism). More than an evisceration, it was a flaying and filleting of the case. There was nothing left but the dripping puddle of the reputations of Maddox, Mason, and Sharpton. The first two sank into relative obscurity.

Sharpton was just getting started:

Sharpton was a key player inflaming the 1991 Crown Heights riots following the death of a young African American who was hit by an ambulance driven by a Hassidic driver. Sharpton called Jews “diamond merchants” with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. A mob subsequently attacked and murdered an innocent Hassidic Jewish student visiting from Australia. (Twenty-five years later, he wrote a mealy-mouthed not-quite apology for his rhetoric.)

A few years later, an African American Pentecostal church asked a Jewish tenant of a church owned property, Freddie Fashion’s Mart, to evict one of his subtenants, an African American run record store. Sharpton led protests crying, “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” One of the protestors attacked Freddie Fashion Mart, shot several customers and started a fire that killed seven employees.

The Democratic Party and its candidates for President in 2004 were perfectly content to have Sharpton appear in Presidential debates. Not one candidate called Sharpton out for his outrageous history of hate.

You know where this is going. You should:

And today one of the great American news organizations, NBC news, is spending millions of dollars to rehabilitate and promote Al Sharpton. Americans have been pretty good at sniffing out and discarding haters, but here is Al Sharpton on NBC and MSNBC being promoted as a credible source of information. Sharpton has gone from manipulating the news with vile accusations to delivering the news for NBC. When the Boston bombing story broke, there was Al Sharpton delivering breaking news for MSNBC.

“You would think that if he sold you such a terrible bill of goods for such a giant story that dominated the news for such a long time,” says former Village Voice journalist Wayne Barrett in the Times documentary, speaking to his journalist brethren, “that you would not show up at his next news conference with a camera.”

NBC has gone far beyond showing up. They have made the ethical and news judgment that Al Sharpton should be a credible news source for Americans.

Boy, the Daily Beast gets credit for laying out all the facts, and then goes all Fox Butterfield on the conclusion. What if NBS isn’t “one of the great American news organizations”, and what if Sharpton’s disgraceful presence on their airwaves is just proof (more proof, as if Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and Andrea Mitchell weren’t enough)?

Even more, what if a lot of the other “great American news organizations” aren’t so great either, the New York Times first (or least) among them? Not only today, with its abdication of impartiality in favor of hyper-partisanship, but over decades—just ask Walter Duranty?

Sharpton’s record has been no secret—we’ve written about it dozens of times ourselves. For the Times to have “rediscovered” it, and for the Beast to be so exercised over it, strikes us as pretty weak stuff. We all know who Sharpton is; there is no news or scandal here. The only scandal is how anyone could think such a reprobate should be embraced to the bosom of the American Left and attached to the heart of the Democrat Party.

But there you go.

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