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Imus ‘fight’ is over money, fame
Kansas City Star ^ | April 15, 2007 | JASON WHITLOCK

Posted on 04/15/2007 10:36:23 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

When I criticized his and Jesse Jackson’s irresponsible and divisive methods of seeking social justice Friday morning, Al Sharpton dismissed the attack by questioning my credibility to lodge a complaint.

“There are always guys that are not in the ring who want to call the fight,” Sharpton said. “You know that going in the ring; you’re going to have critics … You can’t satisfy people who are not in the ring.”

It’s a clever response. It ignores the obvious.

Jesse and Al don’t want anyone else in the ring. They’ve turned the fight for racial equality into a money and fame pit, a place to wrestle for camera time, “consulting” jobs and handshake deals that would make NCAA investigators blush in astonishment.

If people with a modicum of integrity were allowed in the ring and, more importantly, allowed to choose the opponents and the length of the battle, the money would run dry and Jesse and Al would be forced to look for real work.

Fighting bums is easy. Just look at what Jesse and Al James did to Don Imus, a washed-up, recovering drug addict. They knocked out Imus in a couple of rounds.

(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: imus; jackson; sharpton; whitlock
Another column from Whitlock.
1 posted on 04/15/2007 10:36:24 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I wish they’d go after Rush. Rush can counter-punch. But they know they’re out classed, so all they can do is have their henchmen prosecutors try to indict him.


2 posted on 04/15/2007 10:40:44 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The Drive-By Media is attempting to Cronkite the Iraq war.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Yes, some good analysis that will be ignored by the rest of the liberal press.


3 posted on 04/15/2007 10:41:50 AM PDT by kjo
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Every ounce of Power Sharpton & Jackson have comes from the Liberal MSM. If they told the truth about them, or ignored them, they would fade away almost instantly.

Now Sharpton and Jackson have the Liberal media in their cross-hairs. Jackson put MSNBC on notice that they were “all white.” Now, I bet we’ll see the way Sharpton and Jackson are covered will change dramatically unless they back off.


4 posted on 04/15/2007 10:43:18 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

A haymaker from Whitlock.


5 posted on 04/15/2007 10:43:59 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
It was irresponsible, self-indulgent and typical of the kind of domestic terrorism Sharpton and Jackson have come to specialize in.<<

WOW!!! a Home Run!!! “DOMESTIC TERRORISM”
It’s time to put some pressure on the free market enterprises that support and consult them...expose them for what they are...

After all.... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1817633/posts

Sharpton Lied!!!...People Died!!!
Imus Joked!!...and the MSM Choked!!

6 posted on 04/15/2007 11:00:37 AM PDT by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Sharpton and Jackson ARE the leaders and spokespersons for the mainstream media/liberals/Democrats — in the same vein they’ve been anointed the leaders and spokespersons for “blacks.”

The media lynch mob is just looking for its next victim. That’s how it works.


7 posted on 04/15/2007 11:08:44 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: MikeHu

They’re not looking for people to talk sense to one another.

They want to maximize hatred and bigotry — so they have something to report on and be “experts” about.


8 posted on 04/15/2007 11:12:12 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: MikeHu

The Media itself IS the next target. Jackson already told MSNBC they have a “problem.” Now that the Justice Brothers have turned on their MSM, the MSM will begin to marginalize them. It’s already begun. A lot of stories about Sharpton and Jackson over the last few days have been negative.


9 posted on 04/15/2007 11:15:07 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: MikeHu

Why do BLACKS need leaders.....you never hear of a WHITE leader??


10 posted on 04/15/2007 11:19:15 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Aw-w-w-w look at the bright side. With the fortunes ole Al and Jesse have acquired maybe they’ll take on the fight to reduce the inheritance tax. One can hope.


11 posted on 04/15/2007 11:22:34 AM PDT by hardworking (The Clintons are proof that anyone can pretend to be President - the others are in mental hospitals.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

There are lots of intelligent (black) people to pay attention to, so why should the media spend so much time denouncing Sharpton and Jackson as icons of any stature.

Wouldn’t a more intelligent thing be, to find the most lucid thinking people in the world and bring them to our attention instead of a constant parade of media mediocrities and charlatans who have nothing intelligent or of value to say — just so one can prove their superiority to one another?

Why are they concerning themselves with who is worser in American society? Wouldn’t it be more productive to find the best and the brightest?


12 posted on 04/15/2007 11:27:37 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Jackson put MSNBC on notice that they were “all white.”

The first ad for Tiki Barber's new gig ran on NBC today. After John Ridley's comments that "unless Imus is replaced with a man/woman of color, things will just go back to the way they were," perhaps the former Giants running back will be sentenced to the early morning time slot on MSNBC. Then he can compete with his former "friends" on Fox and really find out what it's like to be clotheslined.

13 posted on 04/15/2007 11:35:05 AM PDT by Use It Or Lose It (I'm not happy until you're not happy - - - Don Imus)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Intelligent people don’t need “leaders” to speak for them; that is the whole condescending and patronizing mentality of the (white) liberals that belies and betrays their real feelings of magnanimity and equality.

The worst thing about liberals is that they believe their own lies they are trying to get everybody else to believe about themselves.


14 posted on 04/15/2007 11:36:00 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: MikeHu
Sharpton and Jackson ARE the leaders and spokespersons for the mainstream media/liberals/Democrats

They are the MULLAHS of racism pandered to by the media, liberals & dems.

15 posted on 04/15/2007 11:40:29 AM PDT by chit*chat
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To: chit*chat

When we see these things clearly, the problems disappear immediately — rather than being perpetuated and escalated in a national dilemma and quandary.

The con-artists of the world will insist we need a lot of time and much more money to solve these problems — of simple clarity and understanding.

Everybody can go home; they’ll be no crucifixion today.


16 posted on 04/15/2007 11:44:17 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: Suzy Quzy

Because liberals believe that black people are too stupid to think for themselves and need the help of “leaders” in the form of preachers-in-name-only and government entitlements. When liberals stole blacks from Africa, it reinforced their thinking that these “savages” would always need guidance to survive. So liberals in every institution prop up Jackson and Sharpton and call them civil rights’ guardians, meanwhile they enslave blacks and other minorities by promising more and more money as long as they don’t work or try to help themselves in a positive manner. Some blacks find it easier to wait for the next insult to explain the reasons they don’t succeed, rather than better themselves through hard work and stable families.


17 posted on 04/15/2007 11:44:57 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: chit*chat
Jackson and Sharpton were simply obeying the command of their master...Hillary Clinton. She wants to be the Democrat candidate for President and Imus was steering his liberal audience towards Obama.

Jesse and Al were happy to oblige because they see Obama as a threat to their positions as "leaders" in the black community. It was their own campaigns that gave them some semblance of legitimacy (and somehow got the media to forget about their own race-baiting history). A nomination for Obama would move him ahead of both Jesse and Al, because neither one had made it that far in their campaigns, plus Jesse has already jumped the media shark, and Al is just a media whore who really doesn't add any substance to a real political discussion.

18 posted on 04/15/2007 12:11:28 PM PDT by kaboom
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Thank God for someone taking on the race baiting, hate loving, poverty pimp twins.


19 posted on 04/15/2007 12:24:49 PM PDT by bfree (liberalism is the enemy of freedom!!!)
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To: MikeHu

The problem is, the MSM built them up and gave them national platforms. Now that the MSM is their target, they have to break them down on the way to ignoring them all together.


20 posted on 04/15/2007 12:56:21 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

What media should do is find the best and brightest people in the world rather than featuring the most dysfunctional — so they themselves can appear the best and the brightest.

You don’t have to break down these empty suits; they implode on their own.


21 posted on 04/15/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: kaboom

I could not agree more and I am surprised that this seems to have been missed as the basis for the over-reation to his comment. Oh, the mornings just are not the same.


22 posted on 04/16/2007 9:59:00 PM PDT by chit*chat
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