As NewsBusters reported Saturday, Al Sharpton on his radio show last week suggested Republicans want to commit genocide on African-Americans.
On Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin called for Sharpton to be fired for "this vile statement" (audio follows courtesy Right Scoop with transcribed highlights and commentary):
MARK LEVIN: We conservatives in talk radio, we come under blistering attack from the Left, from phony reporters, even from executives in this business or in that business. And really when you think about what most of us say and how most of us behave and how and many of us have passion and so forth. It’s the way nature, it’s the way people operate and work normally. You know, you’re not a talking head. You’re a human being with emotions and moods and interests, and some things rile you and some things make you happy, some things get you excited. You know?…But there are lines. And the lines for conservative talkers are much tighter, much harsher than they are for the others.
Al Sharpton is a disgrace. And yet everybody’s afraid of him. He’s on the radio. NBC News hires him over at MSNBC, or MSLSD as I call it. He brings nothing to the table. Nothing. He can barely speak in complete sentences. No, it’s true. He’s a race-baiter in my humble opinion. You saw what he did in Florida, first one on the scene if not the early ones in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case. And that’s certainly not the first. And yet, he’s not considered that controversial.
But today I’m calling for the, for the firing of Al Sharpton. I don’t believe I’ve ever done this before…But enough is enough. It’s not a bad word here or a bad thought, bad comment here over a long record. No, this man is loathsome.
Levin then played the audio tape of Sharpton's comments Thursday:
AL SHARPTON: It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right, it’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable.
After playing the audio and a little discussion of its contents, Levin continued:
LEVIN: So Al Sharpton should be fired. But he won’t be fired because this is all too common fare over there at MSLSD and apparently on his radio stations, or his radio program such as it is. And why is that? We know full well if Rush said something like this, which he never would, or Sean said something like this, which he never would, or if I said something like this, which I never would, or Neal Boortz said something like this, which he never would, and so forth, that there’d be hell to pay.
Why is it when we talk about cleaning up the airwaves we never talk about the Left, the despicable, poisonous, vile things that come out of the mouth of the Left?
Levin then mentioned other left-wing talkers such as Randi Rhodes, and alluded to Eliot Spitzer and Mike Malloy. He continued:
LEVIN: There’s never any focus on these people. Never any demands for their career heads. Never. They say damned-near anything they want, damned-near any way they want...This vile statement by Al Sharpton, which by how I interrupt it is accusing Republicans of genocide, is unacceptable to me under any circumstances, and I think for most of you, too…This guy’s gotten away, from the beginning of his phony civil rights career, to this day with comments like this, with virtually anything he wants to do or say.
As readers are aware, NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center president Brent Bozell has recently sent letters to MSNBC and Comcast executives about Sharpton's deplorable behavior:
- NB Publisher Bozell to MSNBC President: Al Sharpton Is More Evidence That Network's a 'Platform' for 'Hate Mongers'
- NB Publisher Bozell to Comcast Chairman: Time to Clean House at MSNBC
"We must remember that it was on his radio show," Bozell said of this most recent incident. "On the other hand, given he's now on the record with this atrocity, how can he remain on MSNBC?"
"Pat Buchanan also said (wrote) things that were allegedly offensive, and made elsewhere (a book), and yet he was summarily fired by MSNBC," Bozell continued. "It is indisputable that Sharpton's comments were far, far more offensive that anything Buchanan wrote. So how can MSNBC not fire Sharpton?"
After Sharpton's disgraceful comments Thursday, and Levin's call today, will MSNBC, NBC, and Comcast recognize the serious problem they have on their hands?