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Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« on: March 18, 2007, 03:38:19 PM »
Why Sharpton is badmouthing Obama

March 18, 2007
BY MONROE ANDERSON

Al Sharpton is on a jealousy trip, power trip, ego trip and is tripping over his own two right feet. Last week, the New York preacher declared that presidential candidate Barack Obama should not take the black vote for granted. He also bad-mouthed Obama for supporting Sen. Joe Lieberman. Sharpton's Obama-drama took center stage last week when the New York Post reported a pro-Hillary activist charged that a jealous Rev. Al was out to do deadly damage to Obama's presidential bid. ''He's saying that Obama never did anything for the community, never worked with anybody from the community, that nobody knows the people around him, that he's a candidate driven by white leadership,'' the Post quoted the activist.
Bathing in the warmth of glowing television cameras and hyped by headlines, once again, Sharpton denied and deflected. He wasn't jealous; he was just doing what he's always done, he said. ''I want to talk about a civil rights agenda as a priority.''

That civil rights agenda Sharpton wants to talk about is just fine if you're in the presidential race to see if you can get more votes than the Rev. Jesse Jackson did back in the '80s so that you can claim the de facto Leader-of-Black-America crown. But it won't play in Peoria if you are seeking to become Ruler of the Free World. That calls for universal, not racial, appeal. And whether Sharpton knows it or not, universality in good hands is great for civil rights. Universal health care appeals to all Americans but will help African Americans proportionately more. An African-American president, elected on universal appeal, can launch a public school initiative that will ensure that each child is well-educated and that voting rights are enforced.

To say that Sharpton is jealous is about as obvious as saying that America's not about to elect a black man who wears his hair conked. Why should the media again seek out Rev. Sharpton, a self-appointed leader, when it can call on Sen. Obama, the first competitive African-American presidential candidate? Why go to Sharpton to get a quick quip on how we're losing the war on poverty, when you can go to top-tier candidate Obama for a substantial response on what he'd do about us losing the war in Iraq?

Some of the over-the-hill New York politician's over-the-top anti-Obama snipes and gripes are transparent. Lieberman for one. While both he and Obama opposed the Iraq war, Sharpton tongue-lashed the Illinois senator for campaigning in Connecticut for the pro-war Lieberman. Sharpton failed to mention that Obama's support came during the primary with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate up for grabs. In the general election, Obama backed the party nominee, Ned Lamont. In both elections, Obama was acting as a loyal Democrat. Sometimes Sharpton does not.

In his 2004 presidential loss, Sharpton strangely fellowshipped with GOP Watergate trickster Roger Stone. Back during that symbiotic relationship between the civil rights leader and the right-wing operative, I'm not sure who was tricking whom. A Village Voice investigation revealed that Sharpton's campaign was staffed, financed and finessed by Stone and other rich Republican conservatives. The Stone hookup also helped pave the way for Sharpton's unlimited access to Fox Cable News, the semi-official Voice of the Bush White House. The Republican strategy was to keep hope alive in Sharpton's campaign, allowing him to bloody the eventual Democratic nominee, undermining the chances of the Democrats winning the presidential election. With a war chest of a mere $600,000 for the 2004 race -- Richard M. Daley had 10 times that amount for a run in a sure-win contest -- I'm not sure what was Sharpton's strategy.

Power to the people protests aside, Sharpton has a history of hanging with the GOP -- from 1986 when he endorsed Republican Al D'Amato for the U.S. Senate to his 2004 presidential bid when his campaign co-chairman gave as much money to the Bush-Cheney campaign as to Sharpton's.

Sharpton hasn't said whether he'll endorse Obama or make another run for the presidency himself. He may be waiting for Fox's flamethrower Bill O'Reilly to cheer him on before he makes the big decision.



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Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007, 06:05:24 PM »
Sometimes, I think the good Rev. is a caricature of himself.


I still like Al...I used to be on the anti-Al bandwagon until I heard an interview he was giving a few years back on the radio, (when he was arrested or something) and I realized three things...the man had no guile, no tact and no reason to ever believe he could be President, which really is all you could want in a minor politician, or whatever he is these days...

Basically, Al's that kid who'll say what other folks are thinking, but are constrained by good manners to keep to themselves...if Obama can survive Al, he'll be a better candidate for it...

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Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 09:12:03 PM »
al. al. al. ???   losing touch? 

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Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 11:25:57 AM »
It's simple. He's a player hater.

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Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2007, 10:02:13 AM »
wow...bashing Al based on comments he supposedly made about obama based on 2nd hand information derived from a clinton insider.  alot going on there..  great reporting, NOT.  we must look like puppets

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Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2007, 10:09:03 AM »
Why is it wrong for a Black person to criticize Obama?

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Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2007, 10:18:22 AM »
I know Bond.  You are like the only person on this page other than myself, it seems like, to feel that way.  its like barack is beyond reproach or something, especially if the "reproacher" is black

Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2007, 04:11:46 PM »
Why is it wrong for a Black person to criticize Obama?

It wouldn't be wrong if he was offering specific criticisms. All Big Perm keeps saying is "I have the right to question (Obama) as a candidate" and "the black vote shouldn't be taken for granted."

All true, but where are the substantive question in any of his statements? One about health care? Employment?

I wouldn't be so down on the "Old Guard" if they weren't so vague in what they want to see from Obama in order to receive their endorsements.

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Re: Al SHARPTON is badmouthing OBAMA???...wonder why???
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2007, 04:52:23 PM »
I love me some Obama and I never liked Sharpton- it's really sad when jealousy is so apparent. I just want to be like "get over it". It kind of reminds me of Mr. Dubois on the boondocks- he thinks he's helping black people but in reality he is just working to keep them down

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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2007, 05:42:47 PM »
Al Sharpton Defends African American College Students


NEW YORK (AP) -- Unimpressed by his on-air apology or corporate promises of a tighter leash, critics of syndicated radio host Don Imus are calling for his dismissal over his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

"I accept his apology, just as I want his bosses to accept his resignation," said the Rev. Al Sharpton.

He promised to picket Imus' New York radio home, WFAN-AM, if the veteran of nearly 40 years of anything-goes broadcasting isn't gone within a week.

Sharpton was not alone in his anger over Imus' description of the Rutgers women, most of whom are black, as "nappy-headed hos" during a Wednesday morning segment of his show.

The Imus show airs for millions of listeners on more than 70 stations and the MSNBC television network.

On Friday, after Imus delivered an on-air apology, both WFAN and MSNBC condemned his remarks. WFAN issued a statement promising to "monitor the program's content" but Imus, a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was not publicly disciplined.

The National Association of Black Journalists, the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and a New York sports columnist joined the chorus against Imus.

"What he has said has deeply hurt too many people -- black and white, male and female," said NABJ President Bryan Monroe. "His so-called apology comes two days after the fact, and it is too little, too late."

Angela Burt Murray of Essence magazine called on Imus' bosses to take a harder stance over his "unacceptable" remarks. "It needs to be made clear that this type of behavior is offensive and will not be tolerated without severe consequences," Murray said.

Columnist Filip Bondy of the Daily News, in a column headlined "Imus spews hate, should be fired," said the radio star "should be axed for one of the most despicable comments ever uttered on the air."

The Rutgers team, which includes eight black women, lost the NCAA women's championship game Tuesday, and Imus was discussing the game with producer Bernard McGuirk.

"That's some rough girls from Rutgers," Imus said. "Man, they got tattoos ..."

"Some hardcore hos," said McGuirk.

"That's some nappy-headed hos there, I'm going to tell you that," Imus said.

Karen Mateo, a spokeswoman for WFAN's parent company, CBS Radio, said Saturday there was no additional comment on the Imus situation.

Imus' success has often been a result of his on-air barbs.

"That Imus is in trouble for being politically incorrect is certainly not new," said Tom Taylor, editor of the trade publication Inside Radio. "He's lived his life in and out of trouble. ... This is something CBS will be watching very carefully."

Recent controversies involving Imus focused on a member of his morning team, Sid Rosenberg, who was fired two years ago after a particularly vile crack about cancer-stricken singer Kylie Minogue. Before that, a racially tinged comment by Rosenberg about Venus and Serena Williams stirred another controversy.

The NABJ cited two other incidents in which Imus himself insulted two black journalists. Imus has called PBS' Gwen Ifill a "cleaning lady" and described William Rhoden of The New York Times as "a quota hire," the group said.

Sharpton said he was writing to the Federal Communications Commission about Imus' remarks.

"This is not some unemployed comic like Michael Richards," Sharpton said, alluding to the "Seinfeld" actor who used the N-word and referred to lynching in a rant last year. "This is an established figure, allowed to use the airwaves for sexist and racist remarks."