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Rev. Al Sharpton threatens to sue Rush Limbaugh over Wall Street Journal op-ed
NY Daily News ^ | 10/17/2009 | Larry Mcshane

Posted on 10/18/2009 1:09:17 AM PDT by iowamark

The Rev. Al Sharpton is ready for a Rush to judgment.

The civil rights leader, typically impervious to insults, said Saturday that he will sue Rush Limbaugh for defamation unless he gets an apology from the right-wing radio host.

Sharpton was outraged by a Limbaugh op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal that blamed him for the 1991 Crown Heights riot and a 1995 killing spree at a Harlem store.

"I am definitely going to prove he makes reckless, unaccountable statements," Sharpton said. "Which is why he was forced out of buying an NFL team in the first place."

Limbaugh lashed out at Sharpton over the right-wing radio host's failed attempt to purchase a piece of the St. Louis Rams. Sharpton, among others, blasted Limbaugh's bid for NFL ownership.

Limbaugh replied in his op-ed piece that Sharpton "played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot ... and 1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot."

Seven people were killed by a gun-toting man who set a fire in the Freddie's Fashion Mart. A Jewish scholar was stabbed to death in Crown Heights three hours after a 7-year-old black boy was fatally struck by a car.

Slanderous, according to Sharpton, who denied both allegations.

"He doesn't have the right to lie and accuse people of crimes," Sharpton said. "He wants to criminalize me.

"That's what got him in trouble. He tried to criminalize the NFL players, calling them Crips and Bloods."

The hard-line conservative also mentioned Sharpton's wrongful accusations in the Tawana Brawley case, and the reverend's "blind hatred" - although Sharpton took no issue with those remarks.

Limbaugh was unavailable for comment Saturday.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: afroamericanahole; alsharpton; blackbozo; jerk; limbaugh; nfl; racebaiter; rush; rushlimbaugh; talkradio
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1 posted on 10/18/2009 1:09:18 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Sounds like somebody can dish it out but can’t take it, eh?
(Except the stuff about Sharpton is true!)


2 posted on 10/18/2009 1:12:02 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: iowamark

Pre-emptive strike. Sharpton and his lawyers realize that Rush has grounds for a lawsuit for damages against him.


3 posted on 10/18/2009 1:12:04 AM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: iowamark

Paybacks are hell.


4 posted on 10/18/2009 1:12:40 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: iowamark

Only you can lie right Al??


5 posted on 10/18/2009 1:13:21 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: tina07

It is time to start dealing with tyrants like Sharpton, who may be the first domino to fall.


6 posted on 10/18/2009 1:16:44 AM PDT by Loud Mime (The time to water the tree of liberty approaches......)
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To: iowamark

Hey, Al. Tawana lied.


7 posted on 10/18/2009 1:18:09 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: iowamark

When was this editorial written?


8 posted on 10/18/2009 1:18:18 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

“”Updated Saturday, October 17th 2009, 4:29 PM “”


9 posted on 10/18/2009 1:19:39 AM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: iowamark

It would be interesting to see how many other writers have blamed Al Sharpton.


10 posted on 10/18/2009 1:24:31 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: iowamark

Reference: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2364577/posts


11 posted on 10/18/2009 1:32:28 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: iowamark

Go to it race you race hustling pimp.

Let him try.


12 posted on 10/18/2009 1:39:10 AM PDT by ChiMark
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To: iowamark

Sharpton actually REPEATED the lie that Rush said anything about the NFL being between the Bloods and the Crips.

Oh man, Rev’rund, BRING IT.


13 posted on 10/18/2009 1:42:39 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: iowamark

Al better shut up while he can! He is heading for really deep water!


14 posted on 10/18/2009 1:51:38 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: windcliff

ping


15 posted on 10/18/2009 1:51:56 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: iowamark

Do it Al, I dare ya.


16 posted on 10/18/2009 1:55:46 AM PDT by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: iowamark

Reverend Al is more full of crap than an outhouse.


17 posted on 10/18/2009 2:03:13 AM PDT by TigersEye (Imagine the uproar when people imagine what Rush says?)
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To: iowamark

I hope Rush drags this pig into court and sues him until he squeals. Maybe we can get lucky and Rush sues him into silence.

Karma is a bitch, Al.


18 posted on 10/18/2009 2:11:17 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: iowamark
In August 1997 Haitian immigrant Abner Louima was brutally assaulted by a New York City policeman. Louima told the press that during the assault the cops kept telling him: “It’s not Dinkins time, anymore; it’s Giuliani Time!” The claim further inflamed the black community already angry over the incident. Later Louima admitted the “Giuliani time” quote was concocted by the Rev. Al Sharpton who visited Louima’s hospital room and persuaded him to modify his account.
19 posted on 10/18/2009 2:28:16 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: iowamark

Oh, I WISH this would go to court!


20 posted on 10/18/2009 2:37:06 AM PDT by ryan71 (Smells like a revolution)
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To: iowamark

Bring it on, race baiter, you might not like the result.


21 posted on 10/18/2009 2:57:10 AM PDT by richardtavor
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“Al better shut up while he can! He is heading for really deep water!”

Sadly, when Al ran for president, I thought he was the best of the Dem’s candidates.


22 posted on 10/18/2009 3:07:01 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: iowamark

1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin’s funeral he rails against the “diamond merchants” — code for Jews — with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting “Kill the Jews!” and stabbed to death.

1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy’s Fashion Mart, Freddy’s white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. “We will not stand by,” he warns malignantly, “and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s are spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shout, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy’s, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno. Jeff Jacoby, 2/23/2003


23 posted on 10/18/2009 3:10:50 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: iowamark

Actually Sharpton is the guy who ought to be nervous. He is really ripe to be sued off this latest episode of lies.


24 posted on 10/18/2009 3:11:01 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Safetgiver

Ain’t diversity just grand; a tune played by Al Sharptone and his Ethnic Pimps, while do’n the race shuffle.

Al is what Black Rapp’n is always talking about; just be’in one o’da brothers do’n and putt’um up as fast as he can. Although, I am sure Rush will stuff Al’s three pounds of worthless human debris in a two pound brown bag, demonstrating one fact; That Al is not worth putting in a three pound bag...mmm-mmm-mmmh.


25 posted on 10/18/2009 3:55:31 AM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: iowamark

I don’t think Rush is worried.....


26 posted on 10/18/2009 4:05:14 AM PDT by The Wizard
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To: iowamark

He doesn't have the right to lie and accuse people of crimes,

poor asshole

27 posted on 10/18/2009 4:07:34 AM PDT by The Wizard
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To: iowamark

Al is hoping for an OJ jury trial.


28 posted on 10/18/2009 4:33:47 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: iowamark
Al Sharpton shouldn't be allowed to sue ANYBODY until he pays for the last suit he lost...

Μολὼν λάβε


29 posted on 10/18/2009 4:34:51 AM PDT by wastoute (translation of tag "Come and get them (bastards)" or "come get some")
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To: iowamark

Bring it!


30 posted on 10/18/2009 4:35:35 AM PDT by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: iowamark

Bring it on, Al. One of the two of you is a racist and it isn’t El Rushbo.


31 posted on 10/18/2009 4:38:46 AM PDT by altair (Obama Wa Nobel-sho Ni Ataeshinai - Newsweek)
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To: ChiMark

On Rush’s show the other day former NFL Ken Hutcherson called Jackson and Sharpton ‘race pimps’. Then he was the O’Reilly segment with Juan Williams. He was fuming!


32 posted on 10/18/2009 4:53:14 AM PDT by beefree
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To: altair

I think Limbaugh’s lawyers would love the chance to get Al under oath. Maybe find out how Al financially supports hisself...


33 posted on 10/18/2009 5:01:41 AM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: altair
The uh Reverend Sharpton

RACE PIMP

34 posted on 10/18/2009 5:05:45 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: iowamark

Reverend my Ass!! sheeeze what a mo!


35 posted on 10/18/2009 5:08:37 AM PDT by timetostand
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To: iowamark

“reckless ,,, unaccountable statements”

Isn’t this who rev. al is ???


36 posted on 10/18/2009 5:46:27 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ 0bama's dream is an American NIGHTMARE }:-)
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To: iowamark

Bring it on, punk. Rush will pulverize you.


37 posted on 10/18/2009 5:50:07 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: iowamark
"played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot ... and 1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot."

LOLOL

And how is Rev. Al going to prove those statements false?

Since Al seems OK with Wiki, here's what Wiki says about Al, Crown Heights and Freddie's Fashion Mart

38 posted on 10/18/2009 6:01:39 AM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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To: iowamark

At first I thought this had to be from The Onion!

Rush has a plan and this might be the first salvo. His goal is to force the DBM to “disown” Obama. It may be a while in development and some of Rush’s moves might not make sense at the moment, but give it time.

Maybe the idea is to just tell the truth about them, and lure Sharpton and other race baiters into suing him. Then what side will the DBM take - the side of the one telling the truth or the side of the one telling lies?


39 posted on 10/18/2009 6:01:47 AM PDT by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: iowamark
“He doesn't have the right to lie and accuse people of crimes,” Sharpton said. “He wants to criminalize me.

So sue Rush, but the light will shine on you, you cockroach............
40 posted on 10/18/2009 6:05:02 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: PeterPrinciple
Sharpton IS a criminal....he's a TAX CHEAT! He OWES HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of TAX DOLLARS!!!!!

FOX needs to FIRE HIM....PRONTO!!

41 posted on 10/18/2009 6:13:35 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: iowamark

As I have said repeatedly, I do NOT think Rush wants to get involved in any legal actions against anyone. During the deposition process, it’s too easy to introduce irrelevant questions that might come back to haunt Rush (re: drug stuff). I keep thinking of Alger Hiss, and how he sued for libel and ended up exposing HIMSELF to real charges of perjury related to his treason. In short, I think Rush wants to stay as far away from a courtroom as possible. Obviously, if he wants to bait Rev. Al into this, he has a strategy to expose Al in the same way, and Sharpton would likewise be a fool to get anywhere near a courtroom.


42 posted on 10/18/2009 6:22:27 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: The Wizard
Where did Sharpton attend school to become a minister?

From Wikipedia:

Sharpton was licensed and ordained a Pentecostal minister by Bishop F.D. Washington at the age of nine or ten.

He attended Brooklyn College, dropping out after two years in 1975.

What school did Bishop F.D. Washington graduate from before becoming a Bishop.These facts are sort of sparse on Wikipedia.

43 posted on 10/18/2009 6:30:43 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: LS

Rush said early last week that he would consider bringing legal action. didn’t hear him say that again, though, for the rest of the week. Maybe he weighed the pros and cons and decided against that option.


44 posted on 10/18/2009 6:31:21 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: randita

the side of the one telling the truth or the side of the one telling lies?

Knowing the media and the democrats they will take the side of the liars. Then attempt to spin it for votes for sommunism.


45 posted on 10/18/2009 6:35:52 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: Yardstick

Exactly. Roy Black probably called and said, “No you won’t!” Roy knows that anything can happen once you get into these situations, and you don’t want Sharpton’s attys to begin bringing in the housekeepers and yardmen, and so on from the 1990s.


46 posted on 10/18/2009 6:46:14 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: iowamark

I am still perplexed that the Twana Brawly hoax gave Sharpton prominence as a black spokesman. Sharpton knew all along it was a hoax and it was proved in court that he was part of the conspiracy to make these false accusations.


47 posted on 10/18/2009 7:20:43 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Al better shut up while he can! He is heading for really deep water!

So far, everyone who has gone after Rush has come away licking their wounds.

48 posted on 10/18/2009 7:24:42 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: LS

Yeah, it could turn into a real mess I guess. What was interesting is that on Friday (I think it was) he talked about how grateful he was for all the emails of support, and he said that people were encouraging him to do two things — to sue the media people who used the quotes, and to go after Sharpton. He went on for a few minutes about Sharpton — he basically said to be patient — but he was conspicuously silent on the question of whether he planned to sue. He brought it up but never addressed it. Rush never does anything without a reason, especially after he’s had a few days to think about it, so I’m guessing he let the possibility that he’d sue stay “out there” — kind of as a threat, maybe to scare people into issuing retractions — but with no intention of actually doing it at that point.


49 posted on 10/18/2009 7:52:08 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: wastoute

Al is all about face time . I doubt Rush will go any further with this.


50 posted on 10/18/2009 7:57:16 AM PDT by sonic109
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