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MSNBC'S Sharpton Sinkhole


A few nights back, Mark Levin made a powerful point on his radio show: Fox News boss Roger Ailes is a well-known and infamous name in media circles, like some sort of cable-news Voldemort or Darth Vader. Meanwhile, MSNBC boss — quick, can you name him? — Phil Griffin is unknown and not the least bit controversial after hiring, as Levin unforgettably put it, a "conga line of morons."

NBC news used to be the channel for sober, boring Huntley-Brinkley journalism. It was liberal, to be sure but serious. NBC's news wasn't always objective, but it had a reputation for professionalism. Think Tim Russert. But in today's era, Brian Williams going on saucer-eyed burger runs with President Obama is a refreshing improvement over MSNBC's lineup, chock-full of vicious, uncivil, shamelessly partisan left-wing hacks.

Griffin is the man who should be held responsible for this. This man fired Pat Buchanan because he didn't think his latest book "should be a part of the national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC." Buchanan worried in print about a possible "end of white America." But Griffin hired and now promotes the race-huckstering activist the Rev. Al Sharpton.

By giving Sharpton a platform and showing Buchanan the door, Griffin is engaging in mind-boggling hypocrisy — duplicity unbecoming of a "news" network executive, unless he works for MSNBC.

Before Buchanan was thrown out, the blog Inside Cable News — no conservative hot spot — decried "The Sharpton Sized Elephant in MSNBC's Buchanan Room." The blogger saw danger around the corner: "MSNBC is all but inviting the same litmus test to be applied to Sharpton. And Sharpton would fail that test just as Buchanan apparently has."

Before his hiring, Sharpton was infamous for perpetuating a hateful racist hoax in 1987 starring a teenaged Tawana Brawley, who smeared dung and wrote racial epithets on herself and then falsely accused a pack of white men of repeatedly raping and sodomizing her. In 1991 and again in 1995, Sharpton was ranting at the center of racial protests — filled with blacks shrieking anti-Semitic insults — that wrapped up with funerals. But this didn't stop Sharpton from running for president in 2004, with placid calm in the liberal media seas.

Since Obama was elected, Sharpton lost a bunch of weight, then underwent a different sort of makeover — a PR scrub by the national media, honored as "reinvented" in a fawning Newsweek cover story and boosted by Lesley Stahl on "60 Minutes" as "now, a trusted White House adviser who's become the president's go-to black leader." Does anyone believe the "trusted White House adviser" thing had nothing to do with these gooey stories or Sharpton's new job last summer at MSNBC?

David Duke underwent a face-lift, but he still had to answer for David Duke.

Sharpton not only anchors a TV show, but with MSNBC's permission he moonlights as an activist as well, leading his marches and crusades. A few days ago, NBC's "Today" brought on Sharpton to condemn Rush Limbaugh for being "offensive and misogynist," with co-host Amy Robach wondering: "Is this something the Republican Party needs to deal with right now?" Like a good company servant, Robach had nothing to say about whether Sharpton is a judge of anyone else's moral integrity or political appeal.

While MSNBC unloads both barrels on Rush Limbaugh for "vicious attacks" and lobbies for his show's complete implosion, they continue to employ Sharpton and Ed Schultz, who advocated on-air for ripping Dick Cheney's heart out of his chest and calls Joe Lieberman's wife a "whore." The idea that MSNBC can lecture anyone else for being an uncivil cesspool is beyond ridiculous. It's just sick.

But then, MSNBC is very talented at denial. Rachel Maddow also entered beyond-laughable territory when she granted an interview to Slate at the end of 2011 and claimed "there may be liberals on TV at MSNBC, but the network is not operating with a political objective."

There is no party line to toe at MSNBC, she insisted, just a herd of independent minds. Maddow continued, with a straight face: "Whereas Fox is operating with a political objective to elect Republican candidates, and particularly, to elect Republican candidates Roger Ailes likes. I think Roger Ailes is a really good TV executive, but their operation is essentially a political operation to elect Republicans."

Comcast now owns NBC and MSNBC — thanks to a merger approved by the Obama Justice Department. Comcast was aided by the activism of one Al Sharpton, so perhaps his program was part of the deal. Comcast executives and employees have also shoveled millions of dollars to Obama's re-election campaign. The definition "essentially a political operation to elect Democrats" has never been more accurate.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Come on L. Brent, you're just pissed that MSNBC is covering the news, Fox has been a hooker for the GOP for years under the guise of "news", fair and balanced, my ass.. Turnabout is fair play, now put on your big boy pants, turn on Maddow's show and learn something.
TeeHee you old sour fart.....

Rachel for President in 2016
Comment: #1
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:19 PM
Seriously Broom do you have a brain? The whole point of the article is that Fox is criticized in the media for being biased while MSNBC which is the most vile, partisan, propaganda filled garbage on the air gets a free pass because it serves the lying, corrupt, incompetent Liberals politicians. Look at the ratings Broom, only idiots like you swallow the lies from the talentless losers on MSNBC. You are the one who needs to grow up and stop whining because somebody dared to criticize your masters,
Comment: #2
Posted by: Thetruth
Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:57 PM
Truth, you are correct. Once again, a liberal can't handle the truth and deflects from the story. Al Sharpton has directly been involved with activity that has caused the DEATH of people, been involved with the Tawana lie and was convicted in court. It is so obvious that MSNBC is totally apolitical, YEAH RIGHT!! MSNBC is the liberal mecca and all the mindless robot sheep watch it and get fed their tainted BS. MSNBC is the Democratic parties whore and everybody knows it.
Comment: #3
Posted by: rightbrain
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:11 AM
Re: rightbrain
The Truth, dumb and dumber,
OK, I will not argue that Fox is the ventrioquist for the GOP, jeeeesh, I love the GOP. I watch Fox all the time, it is the greatest entertainment on TV.
Etch a sketch Romney
What's wrong with this country is Porn, Santorum
The President and First mistress, Newt Gingrich and his lovely marriage wrecker Callista.
These are your people and you should be proud, how can Fox report on these characters and call it news? I mean really, you can't possibly take it seriously, with a straight face, this is the best you have to offer, and Fox calls it fair and balanced. Rachel Maddow would make worm salad out of you in about 3 seconds, you are way out of your league.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:53 PM
Broom you truly are the definition of a useful idiot. I don't watch Fox you well-trained seal. Unlike you, i form my own opinions without biased morons like Rachel Maddow tring to tell me what to think. Also, Ed Schultz is a real classy guy who isn't biased in the least bit. By the way Broom, I am still waiting to hear a single thought from you that even slightly deviates from your Liberal masters party line.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Thetruth
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:02 PM
What is wrong with this country is that we have a lying, incompetent, uncompromising, hyper partisan, unintelligent, elitist President who clings to ideas that failed all around the world last century. We have a President who was so lacking in intelligence and in having the ability to think for himself that he attended a church every Sunday for 20 years where the Pastor spewed out racist, hateful rants. Then Obama had the audacity to tell the entire country that he never heard any racist, hateful words from Wright. His blatant lies have just continued from that pathetic attempt at excusing his behavior for 20 years.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Thetruth
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:10 PM
Re: Thetruth

HMMMMM, I'm trying to read between the lines here, are you trying to say that you don't care for Obama?

Just asking
Comment: #7
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:50 PM
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