National Action Network
Unburdened by basic journalistic ethics, on Wednesday, a series of MSNBC hosts eagerly promoted 2020 Democratic candidates lining up to speak at the annual National Action Network conference in New York City – put on by their fellow MSNBC host Al Sharpton. Not concerning themselves with the obvious conflict of interest presented by the event, the anchors hailed it as an “influential” forum for presidential hopefuls to “woo” Democratic primary voters.
While Al Sharpton is certainly no stranger to controversy, his latest ploy has raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Before the liberal activist steps down as president of the National Action Network next year, he has apparently found a new way to make money off the charity he founded in 1991: selling his “life story rights for a 10-year period” for more than half a million dollars.
During a Thursday guest appearance on MSNBC, the Rev. Al Sharpton -- whose weekday afternoon show on the liberal cable channel was replaced with a program on Sunday mornings – claimed that former President Bill Clinton should apologize for “lecturing” two protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement in a rally held a week earlier in Philadelphia.
When host Steve Kornacki asked if the civil rights leader agrees with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' demand for an apology, Sharpton replied: “I think that the way that President Clinton responded in terms of his kind of reprimand and lecturing was inappropriate.”
While a guest on Wednesday's edition of Tom Joyner's morning radio show, Al Sharpton -- the host of the PoliticsNation weekday program on the liberal MSNBC cable television channel – used the opportunity to declare that most instances of race-related violence during the past 50 years have been “sparked by police violence.”
The civil rights activist also stated that he had flown overnight to Los Angeles to attend an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, which took place in that suburb of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965.
Amidst all the Morning Joe talk about the Eric Garner case today, there was Al Sharpton looking out for #1. When Mika Brzezinski began to praise NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for the absence of violence last night, Sharpton jumped in to shut her down and claim credit for himself. There's "the mayor and others," sniffed Sharpton, silencing her, but the real kudos for the lack of violence go to "movements" and "organized bodies." Which movements and organized bodies, might you ask? Well, Sharpton—sporting a big button from his National Action Network—went on to praise the way a non-violent march on Staten Island had been organized by . . . Al Sharpton.