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ABC Gives Sharpton Platform to Opine on Imus; No Mention of Rev's Racial Controversies
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 04/09/2007 10:39:10 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

If George Allen turned up on Good Morning America to protest an incident of alleged anti-white bigotry, what are the odds the GMA host wouldn't mention Allen's macaca moment? I'd say they'd be a Dylanesqe "Love Minus Zero."

But when GMA aired a clip this morning of Al Sharpton expressing his outrage over Don Imus' recent comments about the Rutgers women basketball players, not a discouraging word was heard about Sharpton's history of racially-charged statements and actions that go far beyond the former senator's gaffe.

View video here

GMA CO-HOST CHRIS CUOMO: Now leaders in the African-American community are targeting Imus as a racist.

SHARPTON: I am not one that feels this can just go away, without establishing a serious precedent that enough is enough.

If Sharpton feels Imus should be fired, as his words and the GMA graphic seemed to imply, that is certainly his right. But how could ABC have given Sharpton such a platform without mentioning the Rev's own run-ins on matters racial? This is, after all, the man who burst onto the national scene as propagator-in-chief of the Tawana Brawley hoax, perpetuating the worst kinds of stereotypes. The man whose "white interloper" remark in the infamous Freddy's affair ended with a mass shooting and store-burning in which seven people died. The man who in the midst of a racially-charged atmosphere in Brooklyn leading to riots in which a Chassidic Jew was stabbed to death, referred to Jews as "diamond merchants." Jeff Jacoby, columnist at the Boston Globe, details the Rev's controversial past here.

But again, ABC referred to Sharpton only as an African-American community "leader," with nary a word suggesting that the man casting stones at Imus is hardly without sin when it comes to slinging racial epithets and stereotypes.

The MSM's double-standard strikes again.

Contact Mark at mark@gunhill.net


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; donimus; georgeallen; tawanabrawley

1 posted on 04/09/2007 10:39:11 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Imus-Sharpton MSM-double-standard ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 04/09/2007 10:39:50 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I enjoy their side’s infighting.


3 posted on 04/09/2007 10:40:37 AM PDT by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
SHARPTON: I am not one that feels this can just go away, without establishing a serious precedent that enough is enough

Like Steven Pagonis?

4 posted on 04/09/2007 10:41:40 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Actually...I think more Freepers would vote for Al Sharpton today that George Bush..

I am not even in the mood to worry about the trivialities of people like Imus, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or anyone else that aren’t serious people.


5 posted on 04/09/2007 10:42:06 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Puppage

Yes, but you see, that’s different, because, uh, because . . .


6 posted on 04/09/2007 10:42:41 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Txsleuth

I’d agree, but when ABC gives Sharpton a platform from which to address millions of people, it begins to matter.


7 posted on 04/09/2007 10:43:38 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Yes, but you see, that’s different, because, uh, because . . .

Exactly!

8 posted on 04/09/2007 10:43:47 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Txsleuth
I think more Freepers would vote for Al Sharpton today tha(n) George Bush..

I think you’re wrong. We’re angry, but we’re not stupid.

9 posted on 04/09/2007 10:45:33 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why don’t they both just go on to the View and have Rosie mediate?


10 posted on 04/09/2007 10:45:38 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Got Towel?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The media smells blood in the water. So their adding more chum. They'd love to see any radio show host fall, except those in Airhead America. But they don't know that Imus went more left in 2000.

11 posted on 04/09/2007 10:46:31 AM PDT by b4its2late (Liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: Puppage

Can you remind us what that was again? I recall a slander suit....


12 posted on 04/09/2007 10:48:20 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: onyx
The chic on FNC was saying that Imus shouldn't’t be fired and how people shouldn’t forget about all the charity and money he’s given to help people

Hmmm .. so basically if you give enough money .. you get a pass and can say anything you want and get away with it?

13 posted on 04/09/2007 10:50:09 AM PDT by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

How long until Imus enters rehab and come out curred?


14 posted on 04/09/2007 10:52:16 AM PDT by DemEater
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To: theDentist

Have you read that thread??? LOL


15 posted on 04/09/2007 10:52:58 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Marvin Kalb was just on Fox News and said that Imus needs to make a “statement”...but, the statement that Kalb was talking about was for Imus to RESIGN.


16 posted on 04/09/2007 10:53:43 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: DemEater

It was just announced: he’ll be sharing a room at the rehab center with Isiah Washington ;-)


17 posted on 04/09/2007 10:54:26 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

these inbreeds.........if Imus was to leave pMSNBC and went to ABC,the promos would be endless.


18 posted on 04/09/2007 10:54:33 AM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: advertising guy

WOW...now that is an idea.

Imus leaves where he is now...and goes to Rosieland at ABC!!


19 posted on 04/09/2007 10:55:48 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Mo1

Sure! It’s just like buying carbon offsets!


20 posted on 04/09/2007 10:56:18 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Txsleuth

just for the record, I have more respect for the brown stuff on toilet paper than anything Marvin Kalb says or does..........a true socialist/marxist is he


21 posted on 04/09/2007 10:56:22 AM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yes, but you see, that’s different, because, uh, because . . .

Selective forgetting. Anyone remember TAWANA BRAWLEY??


22 posted on 04/09/2007 10:57:45 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Txsleuth

but the point is ,besides ABC throwin’ Imus under the bus,they would hire him in a NY second


23 posted on 04/09/2007 10:57:48 AM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This little media circus resulting from the Imus-Sharpton affair is exactly what both Imus and Sharpton want. To them, any publicity, no matter how inane, is good for business.


25 posted on 04/09/2007 11:04:17 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Mo1

yep....this has been the Fox talking point all day....can’t judge a person by just one, eensy, weensy, tiny, itty-bitty “mistake”....oh! And it has been deemed by Fox that Imus’ apology was “sincere”....how nice.


26 posted on 04/09/2007 11:07:36 AM PDT by Jrabbit ('scuse me??)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Imus is a rearend Sharpton is a rearend Jesse "knock um up" Jackson is a rearend so why should anything but the smell of sewer gas come from their pie holes.

America get a life and quit acting so insulted when these rearends rear up and let their filth flow freely into your "sanctimoniousness"!

Get over it!

27 posted on 04/09/2007 11:08:26 AM PDT by VOYAGER (,)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
This is all Al has going for him right now.

Barak Hussein Obama wouldn't play ball with him....he's gotta get some attention right now and he has found his new "cause".

He will find a way of lining his pockets from this. If not, the publicity value is still an asset.

28 posted on 04/09/2007 11:08:44 AM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
He's a flippin' rocket Scientist

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29 posted on 04/09/2007 11:16:01 AM PDT by Sam Ketcham (Amnesty means vote dilution, & increased taxes to bring us down to the world poverty level.)
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To: Txsleuth

Well, not THIS Freeper.


30 posted on 04/09/2007 11:28:17 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe

LOL..I knew there were some sane Freepers left.


31 posted on 04/09/2007 11:39:43 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Mo1
so basically if you give enough money .. you get a pass and can say anything you want and get away with it?

Absolutely, Mo, unless you're a Republican.

32 posted on 04/09/2007 11:41:47 AM PDT by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

just imagine a world in which al “not so” sharpton would have to have an actual skill and make himself employable.


34 posted on 04/09/2007 11:48:05 AM PDT by sappy
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To: Mo1

Imus should have been fired by MSNBC long ago. He is neither smart nor funny and it galls me to no end that he name-calls the way he does seeing as he’s a recovering drug addict. Really-what credentials does this guy have to be on radio?


35 posted on 04/09/2007 12:01:26 PM PDT by katieanna
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

A pompous drunken old bum grovelling to a pompous riot-inciting criminal, and both of them getting paid for it. Good ol’ USA!


36 posted on 04/09/2007 12:04:01 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: sappy

“have to have an actual skill and make himself employable.”

I’ve said that of Imus for years. I see no skill at all.


37 posted on 04/09/2007 12:04:34 PM PDT by katieanna
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To: ozzymandus; Sam Ketcham

OK. I need y’all to explain this one for me. I’m not getting the humor here. And why is NASA spelled with 2 S’s. Unless I’m missing something, this is not funny.


39 posted on 04/09/2007 12:10:51 PM PDT by katieanna
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To: theDentist

Many are both.


40 posted on 04/09/2007 12:21:36 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

does this mean abc will allow civil engineers and demolition experts have their say about Rosie?


41 posted on 04/09/2007 12:23:29 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: katieanna

Go to www.negrospace program.com, if it’s still up.


42 posted on 04/09/2007 12:26:12 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

In all of this there is one thing that should not be forgotten. Exactly, who is IMUS that he should insult those Rutgers college girls playing basketball for their school? They are not public figures who go before the cameras and microphones every day. They played basketball and they tried to win a national championship. Again, who is IMUS to insult them? And to insult them on national radio/television?


43 posted on 04/09/2007 2:20:56 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: katieanna

Research NASSA on the WWW. You will find that there is a humorous, sort of anti establishment, video produced, written and acted by American Negroes. You’ll have to ask them why they spelled it with two “Ss” I don’t know.


44 posted on 04/09/2007 4:40:03 PM PDT by Sam Ketcham (Amnesty means vote dilution, & increased taxes to bring us down to the world poverty level.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

“SHARPTON: I am not one that feels this can just go away, without establishing a serious precedent so I can enhance my power and income bigger than Jesse Jackson...and make me tall and muscular instead of a fat greasy troll.”


45 posted on 04/09/2007 5:24:09 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Sam Ketcham; ozzymandus

Thanks for the answers. You all have a good evening. God bless, Kate.


46 posted on 04/09/2007 5:32:18 PM PDT by katieanna
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

BLACK GROUP CRITICAL OF SHARPTON’S CIVIL RIGHTS FLIP-FLOP
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1016996/posts


47 posted on 04/09/2007 5:35:37 PM PDT by ken21 (it takes a village to brainwash your child + to steal your property! /s)
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To: Continental Soldier

Imus has made a career of the insult. Nobody on the left complains when Imus calls the President stupid or when he refers to the Vice-President as “pork chop boy” or as a lying weasel.

The double standard is alive and well in the drive-bys. Verbally assault religion and conservatives and you get praised; make an offensive comment about women or any minority and there will be hell to pay!


48 posted on 04/10/2007 6:21:36 AM PDT by hotshu
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