Al Sharptons Long Bill of Goods, From Tawana Brawley to Primetime
by Stuart Stevens Jun 3, 2013 5:00 AM EDT
As a Times documentary revives one of the many ugly incidents from the reverends past, its time NBC accounted for its decision to rehabilitate and promote him, writes Stuart Stevens.
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 Retroreport.org 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 Rev. Al Sharpton.