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Al Sharpton Criticizes White Media
Associated Press ^ | August 6, 2003 | Mike Glover

Posted on 08/06/2003 6:09:58 PM PDT by schaketo

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Veteran black activist Al Sharpton contended Wednesday that the news media are dismissive of his presidential campaign because newsrooms are overwhelmingly white.

"I think when you look at the lack of diversity in the newsrooms, when you look at the lack of diversity from the editors and those in power, then you see them as automatically dismissive of anything that is not like them, which is white males," said Sharpton.

"I think we've seen some very blatant racial insensitivity in the coverage of this race so far," said Sharpton, in an interview with The Associated Press.

Sharpton complained that former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has been virtually anointed the hot candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 — a case, he said, of a white-dominated media focusing on a middle-age white man.

He noted that many commentators have compared Dean to former presidents Carter and Clinton, both governors of relatively small states, without mentioning that both Georgia and Arkansas have sizable minority populations, while Vermont is nearly all white.

"No one has even asked about the fact that this surge of support has been really one-dimensional," said Sharpton.

In addition, Sharpton said he is often asked about how he can hope to lure white voters in key early states like Iowa and New Hampshire, while Dean is never pressed on how he will appeal to minorities.

"When I come to Iowa, they ask how can Sharpton get the white vote," said Sharpton. "I've run in New York and gotten more white votes in my races than he's gotten black votes in Vermont? Why aren't we talking about that?"

Sharpton said former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, another Democratic presidential who is black, also isn't getting serious news coverage.

"That kind of racial insensitivity has permeated this race," he said. "I think we've seen some very blatant racial insensitivity in the coverage of this race so far."

Sharpton was in Sioux City to join Sen. Tom Harkin (news, bio, voting record) in a series of forums Harkin is sponsoring giving the nine Democratic candidates a chance to make their case with activists pledged to attend next January's precinct caucuses. The caucuses will launch the presidential nominating season.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 2004; diversity; liberalmedia; sharpton

1 posted on 08/06/2003 6:09:58 PM PDT by schaketo
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To: schaketo
Al's right here.....

There are too many white males....LIBERAL white males.

2 posted on 08/06/2003 6:10:38 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("This ain't no place for a nervous person." - Mickey Redmond)
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To: schaketo
Veteran black activist Al Sharpton contended Wednesday that the news media are dismissive of his presidential campaign because newsrooms are overwhelmingly white.

More like, overwhelmingly Dimocrat.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

3 posted on 08/06/2003 6:14:22 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Dan from Michigan
That's the way to get votes: BLAME WHITEY!
4 posted on 08/06/2003 6:15:05 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: schaketo
I really did not need to see my home town and Al Sharpton mentioned in the same line.

Go Al Go!

LVM

5 posted on 08/06/2003 6:16:28 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (two thirds majority means only the state SC will overturn the voters and make it a simple majority.)
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To: Paul Atreides


6 posted on 08/06/2003 6:17:07 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Coming Soon !: Freeper site on Comcast. Found the URL. Gotta fix it now.)
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To: Paul Atreides
No one is shocked Sharpton is playing the race card, only surprised it took so long.
7 posted on 08/06/2003 6:17:53 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: schaketo
What is his take on the NY Slimes? They tried affirmative action, look what it got them.
8 posted on 08/06/2003 6:18:53 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: schaketo
Al Charleton has two openings, his mouth and his BIG butt. His problem is that it is difficult to determine which one he is speaking from!
9 posted on 08/06/2003 6:23:54 PM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: Peach
only surprised it took so long.

Well, those trips to the hairdresser took up a lot of his time.

10 posted on 08/06/2003 6:24:48 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: schaketo
What a bitter (and delusional) little man.
11 posted on 08/06/2003 6:26:45 PM PDT by peteram
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To: schaketo

Not a single democrat even SHOWED UP
at the Carrol Mosley Braun coming out party.

If Al wants racists, go DNC.COM.


12 posted on 08/06/2003 6:29:08 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: schaketo
when you look at the lack of diversity in the newsrooms, when you look at the lack of diversity from the editors and those in power, then you see them as automatically dismissive of anything that is not like them, which is white males...I guess that's why Jayson Blair keeps getting work.
13 posted on 08/06/2003 6:30:24 PM PDT by RWG
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To: Dan from Michigan
"Al's right......."

There you go, dissing Al-Al is left.
14 posted on 08/06/2003 6:34:05 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (It is just plain just that we remove unjust Justices-the survival of America depends on it.)
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To: ChadGore
Two problems with that picture:

1. The proper way to address a female President would be "Madame President". "Ms. President is just bad grammar.
2. The flag hanging behind her is touching the floor. This is a No-No. Sows a great lack of respect for our nations symbol.

As J.H. would say - "Just my 2 cents."

15 posted on 08/06/2003 6:34:38 PM PDT by peteram
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To: RWG
Hey... is the Braun woman from Texas?
16 posted on 08/06/2003 6:34:58 PM PDT by FloridaBoy
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To: schaketo
There is no doubt about it! America will be a far better place if Rev. Sharpton is the dem party nominee for President in 2004.

Al most know, however, that he gets a far better deal from ultr-left wing, white pressitutes than he would from an equal number of honest black people who worked for the media.

17 posted on 08/06/2003 6:39:45 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: Peach
Al Sharpton has been, still is, and will be an opportunist. If it weren't for a liberal white media always trying to make amends, Al would have been dismissed by any objective news media long ago. Al has no more chance of election , given his history of peculiarity, than a fart would have in a whirlwind; he's the sort who has given narrowly ethnic candidates a bad name. It takes more than a minority to gain election in a democracy, so Al would need to appeal to more than his particular minority, whereas I doubt he could gain the votes of his ethnic minority, let alone enough of the rest of the electorate to amount to a hill of beans. He makes a good living doing nothing, however, and probably is secretly satisfied with the largesse he acquires simply running his mouth.
18 posted on 08/06/2003 6:43:34 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: schaketo
Sharpton's words spoken like the defender of slimy characters that he is and reporters of any ethnic origin are not capable of reporting anything positive about little Al because there isn't anything positive.
19 posted on 08/06/2003 6:43:45 PM PDT by hgro
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To: schaketo
Maybe BIG AL should try local government first or elsewhere.

MEDIA FRIENDLY?

Run AL - Other Contenders



20 posted on 08/06/2003 6:56:34 PM PDT by Major_Risktaker (same old problems, different day...)
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To: ChadGore

21 posted on 08/06/2003 7:06:55 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals ("they took 2 steps to the left, I took 3 steps to the right")
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To: ChadGore

22 posted on 08/06/2003 7:09:00 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals ("they took 2 steps to the left, I took 3 steps to the right")
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To: At _War_With_Liberals
ROTFLMAO! Please tell, is that pic a spoof or real? Looks real to me!
23 posted on 08/06/2003 7:09:16 PM PDT by demkicker ((I wanna kick some commie butt))
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To: schaketo
GO Rev! He's our official democrat candidate.
24 posted on 08/06/2003 7:10:42 PM PDT by breakem
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To: FloridaBoy
I think Illinois, where she fooled enough voters to get in
25 posted on 08/06/2003 7:12:00 PM PDT by breakem
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To: schaketo
Gosh darn, those white guys sure goof up a lot of things. Maybe Sharpton should appeal to the NBA or NFL - not too many "whities" there.
26 posted on 08/06/2003 7:23:24 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: From The Deer Stand
SLAP DA (white) DONKEY bump!
27 posted on 08/06/2003 8:39:08 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (http://righteverytime.blogspot.com - home to Tall_Texan's new column.)
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To: mhking
BC ping.
28 posted on 08/06/2003 8:51:23 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: Dan from Michigan
There are too many white males....LIBERAL white males.

LIBERAL white GAY males. I thought the editorial staff of the NY Times was 50% gay (and 50% might-as-well-be-gay)

29 posted on 08/06/2003 8:54:11 PM PDT by evolved_rage (Davis is a POS!)
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
No, we dismiss Al because he's out of his bloody mind!

Black conservative ping

If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know via FREEPmail. (And no, you don't have to be black to be on the list!)

Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.

30 posted on 08/06/2003 8:57:18 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Major_Risktaker
Al Sharpton, ja nee? nee. He's a bigot,and hates more than just white people but blacks who disagree with him. I actually feel sorry more for black conservatives. There isn't a black conservative he doesn't hate. I remember watching Morton Downey Jr. when Roy Innis punched his face for calling him a coconut and an oreo(a perjorative towards black West Indians by black Americans).
31 posted on 08/06/2003 9:05:44 PM PDT by cyborg (i'm half and half... me mum is a muggle and me dad is a witch)
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To: demkicker
ROTFLMAO! Please tell, is that pic a spoof or real? Looks real to me!

Take it from a New Yorker, who's followed this buffoon's plight from day one. Those pics are VERY real.

32 posted on 08/06/2003 9:19:40 PM PDT by NYC Republican
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To: mhking
*I'm* not dissin' Al - Hell, I fully intend to vote for him in round1
33 posted on 08/06/2003 9:22:50 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: cyborg
oh, MAN, that takes me back...
"pabulum puking liberals!"
34 posted on 08/06/2003 9:24:17 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: demkicker
These pictures of al are real!

the media and his PR people have tried to make him appear and act somewhat respectable.

here in ny/nj, we know he is a complete idiot and fraud. he has never held any political office and he cannot name a job he ever had.

Enjoy.
35 posted on 08/06/2003 9:39:46 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals ("they took 2 steps to the left, I took 3 steps to the right")
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To: schaketo
Well, that's who I always listen to about the "white" media. I can expect nothing less than an objective, non-partisan, issue-free appraisal.
36 posted on 08/06/2003 9:44:41 PM PDT by jimfree ("Never did no wanderin' after all.")
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To: cyborg
Morton Downey Jr. when Roy Innis punched his face for calling him a coconut and an oreo...

God, I saw that show in College. Being from new jersey and knowing Sharpton made that show an all time classic. Imagine showing the tape now?
37 posted on 08/06/2003 9:48:04 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals ("they took 2 steps to the left, I took 3 steps to the right")
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To: FloridaBoy
Puhleese! She's Chicago,Ill. Texas has its own Ms.Braun--Sheila Jackson Lee. Wish she would volunteer for space travel. SJL is Miz Racist herself.
vaudine
38 posted on 08/06/2003 10:36:04 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: schaketo
So tell me what is the percentage of the Black population in Iowa?
39 posted on 08/07/2003 6:35:20 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If everything you experienced, believed, lived was a lie, would you want to know the truth?)
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To: schaketo
Sharpton is getting 100 times more press than he deserves. He's a corrupt racebaiter and he's lucky the media treats him with kid gloves.

If I were in charge of a media outlet I wouldn't even bother to cover this loser has he has ZERO news value.

40 posted on 08/07/2003 6:53:14 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: schaketo; presidio9; dubyaismypresident; hobbes1; apeman81; Grampa Dave; try phecta tom; ...
Al Sharpton:
Curled, Rested and Ready for '04

If you would like on or off the Go Al Go ping list, please freepmail me.


41 posted on 08/07/2003 10:41:26 AM PDT by amused (Republicans for Sharpton!)
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To: Brimack34
What is his take on the NY Slimes? They tried affirmative action, look what it got them.

I suppose his take is that Jayson Blair is a victim of the "racial insensitivity" that "permeates" the NYT.

42 posted on 08/07/2003 11:33:07 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (Just government means organized self-defense. A "compassionate" government is organized crime.)
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To: At _War_With_Liberals

Hey, is that young GerogeW on Al's shoulder?

43 posted on 08/07/2003 11:36:17 AM PDT by SGCOS
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To: All



44 posted on 08/07/2003 2:06:59 PM PDT by Coleus (God is Pro Life and Straight and gave an innate predisposition for self-preservation and protection)
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To: SGCOS
Hey, is that young GerogeW on Al's shoulder?


Man, that looks just like GW. That's bizarre.
45 posted on 08/07/2003 3:18:27 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals ("they took 2 steps to the left, I took 3 steps to the right")
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To: SGCOS
Looks more like Jeb to me.
46 posted on 08/09/2003 12:15:36 AM PDT by Impy (Don't you fall into the trap, democrats are full of crap.)
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To: schaketo
"Sharpton said former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, another Democratic presidential who is black, also isn't getting serious news coverage"

Ethically challened communists should be taken seriously?
47 posted on 08/09/2003 12:45:51 AM PDT by Impy (Don't you fall into the trap, democrats are full of crap.)
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To: Impy
Only in America could this miserable, disgusting, bitter, racist freak run for President. Reverend Al (not-so)Sharpton. Reverend, my a*s. More like: Revulsive.
48 posted on 08/30/2003 12:42:22 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Levante
"Only in America could this miserable, disgusting, bitter, racist freak run for President."

That's true, since he's not a citizen of any other country. ;-)
49 posted on 08/31/2003 12:02:01 AM PDT by Impy (Don't you fall into the trap, democrats are full of crap.)
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