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Al Sharpton to Take Over MSNBC's 6 p.m. Slot
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Posted on 07/21/2011 9:59:32 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Al Sharpton to Join MSNBC As a Host; He's a Perfect Fit for Network By Ken Shepherd Created 07/21/2011 - 12:11pm

When MSNBC shuffled Ed Schultz up to the 10 p.m. slot they placed left-wing blogger and radio host Cenk Uygur (pronounced jenk you-gur) in the 6 p.m. Eastern time slot that Ed vacated as an interim host.

But Uygur has been curiously absent from his dinnertime perch since early July, with the Rev. Al Sharpton filling in but not explaining why Uygur was out. Yesterday MSNBC announced that Uygur had officially left the network and today the New York Times is reporting that Sharpton's hiring as a full-time host is "imminent."

The past is prologue, so a look back at Sharpton's wacky pronouncements to date should be instructive. We at NewsBusters have a full archive on Al Sharpton that you can find here, but I thought we'd highlight a few items that stand out.

Who can forget the time, for example, when Sharpton insisted on March 21, 2010 that "we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama"? Sharpton was defending passage of ObamaCare and dismissing Republicans who claimed that the bill's passage was against the wishes of the American public.

It was a fine moment of raw honesty from the good Reverend, but as we've seen in the past two weeks, Sharpton has been remarkably good at adapting his message to toe MSDNC's party line.

Sharpton, you may recall, has been portraying Obama as more Reaganesque than the Tea Party, and saying that as a way to compliment Obama and bash conservatives over the debt ceiling fight.

One might even argue Sharpton is ahead of MSNBC's bias curve. In April 2010, Sharpton agreed with a guest on his radio program who suggested that Rush Limbaugh's political commentary may set off unbalanced, violent people. MSNBC really picked up that drumbeat in early 2011 after the Gabby Giffords shooting.

The days of Sharpton proudly declaring Obama to be socialistic may be long gone, but his penchant for race-baiting is sure to shine through.

For example, just last month, Sharpton suggested Republican presidential Rick Santorum was racist for saying that America "was great before 1965." Santorum was referring to the advent of LBJ's Great Society, including programs like Medicare, but Sharpton hinted that Santorum really meant the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Sharpton's deranged view of Republican candidates doesn't stop at Santorum, of course. In July 2009, following Michael Jackson's death, Sharpton failed to call out a caller on her crazy theory that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have had something to do with Jackson's death:

FEMALE CALLER: He (Michael Jackson) is truly the soundtrack of my life. I also have a theory about Sarah Palin as well and I'm going to put it out there on radio, hopefully someone can investigate.

But, I think maybe she did something to Michael Jackson. Maybe there's a scandal there. Maybe she's stepping down because something's about to come out. I don't know, but I'm gonna just put it out there on your show so we'll see.

SHARPTON: All right, thank you for your call, Ashley. That's interesting. I'll put it out, we'll see. I don't know.

No objective journalist by any stretch, Al Sharpton is a media-hungry race hustler who has, with the media's help gradually been mainstreamed to the point of acceptable employment by the liberal "establishment" at MSNBC.

He's a perfect fit for a network devoted to Obama boosterism and trashing conservatives.


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KEYWORDS: msdnc; mslsd; msnbc; racecard; racehustler; sharpton; tawanabrawley
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1 posted on 07/21/2011 9:59:33 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh yes, this will be a BIG ratings booster!!! hahahahah


2 posted on 07/21/2011 10:01:12 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Sub-Driver

Scraping the bottom of the cesspool these days.


3 posted on 07/21/2011 10:01:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Sub-Driver
No objective journalist by any stretch, Al Sharpton is a media-hungry race hustler who has, with the media's help gradually been mainstreamed to the point of acceptable employment by the liberal "establishment" at MSNBC.

He's a perfect fit for a network devoted to Obama boosterism and trashing conservatives.



PREFECT! ©


4 posted on 07/21/2011 10:01:45 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Mr. Wright

Purely a response to charges that their entire broadcast team is lilly white. This is unlikely to get any ratings improvement.


5 posted on 07/21/2011 10:02:24 AM PDT by ilgipper (political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Sub-Driver

Just what they needed, a Race Hustling Loud Mouth Idiot.


6 posted on 07/21/2011 10:02:25 AM PDT by tobyhill (Real Spending Cuts Don't Require Increasing The Debt)
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To: Sub-Driver

A move from “going down the drain” to being in the sewer.


7 posted on 07/21/2011 10:02:31 AM PDT by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness with global social consequences)
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To: Sub-Driver

Will he have a bullhorn instead of a microphone?


8 posted on 07/21/2011 10:03:22 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Sub-Driver

The Onion? or You can’t make this stuff up?


9 posted on 07/21/2011 10:03:33 AM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Sub-Driver

Did he ever pay off the judgement against him in NYC by the cops and DA he slandered in the Tawana Brawley case? If not, why has he not been found in contempt of court?


10 posted on 07/21/2011 10:03:58 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s gonna leave a scar!


11 posted on 07/21/2011 10:04:43 AM PDT by swamprebel ((jmho))
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To: Sub-Driver

or as i like to call it. making sure viewership continues to plummet


12 posted on 07/21/2011 10:05:11 AM PDT by sappy
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes!!! He will the clog cleaner of msnbc’s cesspool and take all that garbage down the drain with him. Good riddance.


13 posted on 07/21/2011 10:05:40 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (In loving memory of Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1865)
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To: Sub-Driver

Al Sharpton! I guess MSNBC wants to reduce its viewership.


14 posted on 07/21/2011 10:05:41 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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That is just too funny!


15 posted on 07/21/2011 10:06:00 AM PDT by Jenny217
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To: Disambiguator

Eight posts in before the bullhorn. Congratulations.


16 posted on 07/21/2011 10:06:02 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Sub-Driver

PMSNBC- home of Tokens


17 posted on 07/21/2011 10:08:24 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Sub-Driver

Really, MSNBC? You couldn’t find a respectable African-American anchor to take the slot, instead of that notorious race-baiter?

I wonder what “Shakedown Al” threatened them with?


18 posted on 07/21/2011 10:09:54 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ll bet that he gets Sean Hannity to be his first guest!! I always turned off Sean when that Charlatan was on. You can thank Sean for legitimizing him.


19 posted on 07/21/2011 10:10:15 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL~! ha hHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ha ha .......

no wait-HHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhaha hahaahahahahhhhaaaaaaaaaa


20 posted on 07/21/2011 10:10:57 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s a pretty effective carney. People may actually watch it.


21 posted on 07/21/2011 10:11:29 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Mr. Wright

you took the words right out of my mouth. You’re not me, are you? You wish.


22 posted on 07/21/2011 10:12:39 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I sure hope someone walks him through the intellectual intricacies and mentally traumatizing act of filling out his W-4.


23 posted on 07/21/2011 10:14:17 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Really, MSNBC? You couldn’t find a respectable African-American anchor to take the slot, instead of that notorious race-baiter?

And, they will never be able to fire him without incurring his, "You are a racist" rant.

24 posted on 07/21/2011 10:14:54 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: AppyPappy
He’s a pretty effective carney. People may actually watch it.

that's an apt description. and gawdknows he exudes more personality when he's lying on his back like a beached whale in Aruba than Eliot Spitzer does when he's doing lines in a whorehouse (that's an educated guess).

25 posted on 07/21/2011 10:15:44 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He might be the worst Affirmative Action hire since.....Obama.


26 posted on 07/21/2011 10:17:22 AM PDT by festusbanjo (When they stop listening to us at the ballot box, it's time for the ammo box.)
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To: Disambiguator

I was thinking the exact same thing.

I bet the sound man is going to have fun.


27 posted on 07/21/2011 10:19:39 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Sub-Driver

Just changing one of the gears in the Obummer election machine.


28 posted on 07/21/2011 10:20:15 AM PDT by zavvone
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To: Sub-Driver

This is hilarious. Big Als Adventures in Racism, or How To Be Black Without Really Trying.


29 posted on 07/21/2011 10:21:00 AM PDT by mardi59 (T)
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To: Sub-Driver

MSNBC must need a tax write off.......................


30 posted on 07/21/2011 10:21:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: the invisib1e hand

That’s Charlie Rangel. Sharpton is the other fat crook.


31 posted on 07/21/2011 10:22:48 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Sharpton is officially the quota negro at MSNBC.

. . . good for him? ? ?

32 posted on 07/21/2011 10:23:29 AM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Does Microsoft even care that the station they own is libtard central?

I could tell by the crappiness of their latest software it is going downhill there, but geez... talk about insulting half your customers.


33 posted on 07/21/2011 10:23:51 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Sub-Driver
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34 posted on 07/21/2011 10:24:15 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: LottieDah

Fox could run a test pattern for an hour and get better ratings than Al.


35 posted on 07/21/2011 10:25:50 AM PDT by steve7
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
This is the usual affirmative action appointment...nothing more, nothing less....

....the WHITE honkey muckety mucks at MSNBC are regular self loathing leftist "progressives"...embarrased that they are in the position that they are in, but will not move on themselves to make room for a "minority host".

A little advice to MSNBC to get their ratings out of the gutter would be to hire Walter E. Williams for the slot instead of Sharpton....put Williams up against O'Rielly. I bet that Walter E. would out poll BOR.

36 posted on 07/21/2011 10:27:09 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: Sub-Driver

37 posted on 07/21/2011 10:27:30 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Comic relief. Serious commentary isn’t working.


38 posted on 07/21/2011 10:27:42 AM PDT by csuzieque
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To: Sub-Driver

Just MSNBC playing the race cad.


39 posted on 07/21/2011 10:28:25 AM PDT by Starstruck
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To: Sub-Driver

40 posted on 07/21/2011 10:28:26 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Whatever happened to Alan Grayson’s time slot? Optics man, Optics.


41 posted on 07/21/2011 10:28:26 AM PDT by eaglestar
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To: AppyPappy
oh, you know, they all look alike.

Sharpton -- he doesn't have a sense of humor at all does he? He's a low-downn race pimp. Yeah, I suppose Spitzer's engaging than he is. He's all business.

42 posted on 07/21/2011 10:36:33 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
gawd is that real?

We've come such a long way since then, cuz you couldn't even think "belligerent black activists" without being shouted down and accused of hate speech.

43 posted on 07/21/2011 10:38:34 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

You know how Mr. Wright is . . . quite cynical, to say the least!!


44 posted on 07/21/2011 10:46:06 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Sub-Driver

Rev Al will supply weekly antics to get viewers watching MSNBC. It won’t be ‘news,’ or meaningful news analysis, but it will be fun and funny.


45 posted on 07/21/2011 10:49:46 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Sub-Driver

I thought there were supposed to be a major change when Comcast took over.


46 posted on 07/21/2011 10:49:49 AM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Cenfully Uglier is gone?


47 posted on 07/21/2011 10:50:07 AM PDT by moovova (Obama rolled up his sleeves...and cut 2 strokes off his golf score.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
That is real. I think most people still call him a "belligerent black activist". The proof will be when this clown gets the typical level of ratings that PMSLSD is known for. No one except pundits think this guy is relevant and respectable. Sharpton is a dirt bag.


48 posted on 07/21/2011 10:53:49 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: cripplecreek

49 posted on 07/21/2011 11:05:59 AM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: Sub-Driver

300,000,000 in America, and msnbc is hiring the same old stump. The worst malady these timid little people suffer from is a terminal lack of imagination.

Hey, helps Reb’rend Al make a libin’, dough.


50 posted on 07/21/2011 11:44:11 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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