MSNBC's Al Sharpton become a "millionaire celebrity" by "stirring the flames of racial discord," but the "Lean Forward" network won't ever admit that to its viewers, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on the July 18 edition of his eponymous program. "They won't talk about Al Sharpton's record. They won't talk about Crown Heights and the racial discord that he stirred that led to the death of a young Jewish man," the Media Research Center founder noted.
"I believe that Al Sharpton is a racist" and rather than having him hold forth on the fairness of the George Zimmerman trial, "the question to him should have been, 'Who are you to pass judgment on this trial?'!" [watch the full "Media Mash" segment below the page break]
"I believe when you are trying to pit one race against another race, he is trying to pit blacks against whites. There is a racist element, not just a racial element, there is a racist element there. This is some dangerous, dangerous stuff.... If he were David Duke we'd all be denouncing him," Bozell noted.
"No one has a drop of evidence of racism, yet they're all accusing Zimmerman and the white community of being racist," the MRC president noted later in the segment after a clip of PBS's Tavis Smiley slamming President Obama for not doing more to speak out against the Zimmerman verdict. "This is not helping the country come together, I'll tell you that," Hannity added in closing. "No, it's not," Bozell agreed.