Accuracy in Media

The day before Al Sharpton’s particular brand of civil rights activism led him to speak at Michael Brown’s funeral, The New York Times was celebrating him with a softball piece that outlined Sharpton’s strong connections to the Obama administration, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, and even New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. What do all these leaders have in common? They lean left—hard left. Or as the motto of MSNBC, where Sharpton has a weekday show, puts it, they “lean forward.”

But Sharpton’s leftward leanings weren’t the subject of the feature by the Times. Instead, authors Nikita Stewart and Jason Horowitz focused on Sharpton’s burgeoning political prowess in the national sphere, and they call him “the country’s most prominent voice on race relations.”

“In little more than 24 hours this weekend, the Rev. Al Sharpton led a march on Staten Island to protest the death of a black man in police custody, went to Washington to appear on ‘Meet the Press’ and flew to Ferguson, Mo., where on Monday he is to eulogize the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by the police set off days of unrest,” reported Stewart and Horowitz. “In between, Mr. Sharpton talked by phone to Valerie Jarrett, a White House adviser and presidential confidante, who told him that representatives of the Obama administration would be at the funeral for the 18-year-old, Michael Brown.”

Some might argue, instead, that Sharpton has made a career of stoking unnecessary racial tension. For example, the Tawana Brawley case, and the Crown Heights riots in New York in 1991 should be enough to keep him from being held up as an iconic civil rights leader. Scott Johnson of Power Line blog has provided an excellent recap of some of Sharpton’s more egregious activities, as well as his unique relationship with both the White House, and a certain cable network that works daily to be very helpful to President Obama.

Johnson cites an article by Howard Kurtz, formerly with The Washington Post and CNN—now with Fox News—who is “dismayed by Sharpton’s multiple roles,” previously in the Trayvon Martin case, now in the Michael Brown case: “Now we see the same syndrome in the Ferguson tragedy,” writes Kurtz. “Sharpton with the family. Sharpton leading rallies. Sharpton quietly working with Obama. Sharpton denouncing the police on MSNBC. How is this allowed?”

President Obama has been criticized by the black community for not being more vocal about the death of Michael Brown, even though the President has been burned in the past by his comments on the Trayvon Martin case and the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates.

But Sharpton has been more than vocal in his opinions about Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Brown. MSNBC titled one segment of Sharpton’s PoliticsNation show, “Still no arrest in Michael Brown shooting.” The implication seems to be that Wilson is guilty of murder, and should be arrested and tried in the courts. But in the Trayvon Martin case, Sharpton publicly and vociferously called for George Zimmerman’s arrest. Zimmerman was later found not guilty of a crime in the case of Martin’s death.

Investor’s Business Daily raises serious questions about Sharpton, calling him Obama’s new Jeremiah Wright, and about Michael Brown. In another piece, IBD looks at the star witness against Wilson, and finds his credibility extremely suspect. All the more reason to allow the wheels of justice to turn, impartially and without political and media pressure, to determine the guilt or innocence of Officer Wilson.

Stewart and Horowitz outline the intimate relationship between Sharpton and the Obama administration in their lengthy feature. He’s been described by Politico as President Obama’s “go-to civil rights advocate,” they write. Then there is this interchange, which is said to have taken place at the 2004 Democratic convention: “He said: ‘Well, reverend, you know, my theme is a little different than yours,’” quoting then-state Senator Barack Obama. “I’m going to try to unite all Americans.” Sharpton replied, “I respect that. You do what you got to do tonight and I’m going to be there applauding.”

“They have since acquired an appreciation for each other’s usefulness,” Stewart and Horowitz cynically report, especially given Sharpton’s “understanding of when to keep his distance.” This comes in sharp contrast to Jeremiah Wright, who proved politically volatile to President Obama during his first presidential campaign.

Sharpton is “rewarded with invitations to White House Super Bowl parties, where he laughs it up with the president,” is a “special host to the president” and “provides the president with protection from his critics in the African-American community,” reports the Times. And, according to Politico, he vacationed at Valerie Jarrett’s condo in Martha’s Vineyard, close to where the President was staying with his family. As for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, Sharpton told the Times that he has a “lot of respect for her.”

What Stewart and Horowitz fail to question is how someone so connected to President Obama that he receives regular invitations to the White House can go on MSNBC and then pretend to be a journalist. Even an opinion journalist. They describe Sharpton as an “incessantly televised pundit,” a “constant presence on TV and radio,” and “a skilled political operator.” The emphasis is on political. It’s all politics for Sharpton—racial politics. His show on MSNBC shouldn’t be considered news, but just an extension of his political ego and activism. It is a stain on the integrity of not just MSNBC, but of NBC as well. They should end this conflict of interest.

Ready to fight back against media bias?
Join us by donating to AIM today.


  • joshuasweet

    perhaps we should look at all those connections that Sharpton has cultivated or that they have used him for the agenda shows his following to propagate the unrest and racial tensions to achieve their goals of conflict along racial lines

  • bbf

    I cannot bring myself to listen to or take any advice from an aging, skinny black man who still straightens his hair.

  • Oddjob

    The 9th commandment”thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor” does not apply to the irreverand alnotsosharpton. For him this is as good as its gonna get. All his expensive suits and forty dollar cigars will do him no good in the fires of hell which exists for scum like him

  • Jay P. Lewis

    I agree with most of your statement bbf. The dishonorable rev-olting all crapton wasn’t always the “skinny black man” he is today, nor has his hair been so stressfully thinned to it’s current propecia-like condition that not even one strand could withstand any attempt at a ‘hair-straighten’ procedure. Remember his larger-than-Oprahs-ufo-do? Not to mention his rotund-O-mitated physique they ‘shared’. Those two examples alone dare to question: How did the piously sanctimonious self-servant of darkness lose all of that weight(excluding his mouth)? And, what has caused the shedding of his hair? Two letters—-{o}–that’s right– he been on the “Down Low”– probably been on more than just A downlow…. Think about it.. That’ll make ya wanna go hmmm?!?!?! [YUCK!]

  • Robbins Mitchell

    Al Shopkins…..the make believe toy “preacher”

  • acworthga

    Explain! Please Don’t understand.

  • Jay P. Lewis

    Self-explanatory, Definitiions of words of the English language– DICTIONARY Reading comprehension skills– KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

  • barry soretoro

    This is the gentle giants adult record… THUG !!
    The papers keep repeating (the lie) that MB had no criminal record.

    Michael Brown’s ADULT criminal record:

    Description: Burglary – 1st Degree { Felony B RSMo: 569.160 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1401000
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

    Description: Armed Criminal Action { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 571.015 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 3101000
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

    Description: Assault 1st Degree – Serious Physical Injury { Felony A RSMo:
    565.050 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1301100
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

    Description: Armed Criminal Action { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 571.015 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 3101000
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

    Also a member of the Vice Lords gang, 6’3? and nearly 300 lbs.

    What else would be found if his juvie record was unsealed ? How about this?

    Brown has a second degree murder charge on his juvenile arrest record.
    Brown’s murder victim was most likely from Brown’s neighborhood. In the long run, the officer probably saved a black person’s life down the line. So, the Ferguson riots are over “the loss of the life of someone who would have murdered one of the rioters in the future!”

    Black-on-black murderers are a highly respected group in the Progressive democrat black community!

  • barry soretoro

    The Color of Crime- Race, Crime, and Justice in America — Second, Expanded Edition, 2005
    Major Findings: Police and the justice system are not biased against

    Crime Rates : Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races
    to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery. When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.


    Interracial Crime : Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed
    every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites
    commit 15 percent. Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
    Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery. Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.

    Gangs : Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.

    Incarceration : Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than
    tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
    Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are
    three times more likely.

  • LudicrousSextus

    So to recap – 8 more corpses and the Ferguson cop will catch up to Al’s mouth.

    Flabbergasting stupidity describes a society that tolerates this huckster.

    As long as Sharpton is on the public airwaves, there’s a pretty valid excuse for anyone to use the ‘N’ word to describe at least ONE human being on the planet.

  • Capnmikey

    He should be in prison for “Income Tax Evasion”..where did he get that “Reverand” a Crackerjack box??

  • susan

    he’s a dinosaur. he does NOT represent me. he is an embarrassment to many as if this is the best we could do.?! he loves the spotlight, the donated monies he lives off of, & exasperates the tension & drama to justify his job. geez, bill oreilly (of all people) had to tell him to go to chicago & help stop the inner city kids from killing each other. he ended up making a couple of speeches, but not much else. when we see him show up at a march or speak about a something happening in the news….oh no, there goes any judicial effectiveness for our causes. what was msnbc thinking??!!

  • susan

    have you seen the ‘personal stylist’ he’s dating? he is still married, btw. some preacher.

  • joshuasweet

    unrest is all he wants truth does not matter

  • Dan Danser

    Why isn’t he in prison for tax evasion? He owes millions in back taxes. The question is rhetorical. We all know why!

  • acworthga

    Hey Jackass most don’t follow the druggie and down low dictionaries What grade are you in 2nd, and talk about someone being piously sanctimonious and self-serving look inward.

  • Jay P. Lewis

    Strike a nerve?

  • susan

    it was a comment not worthy of consideration here anyway. and i cant stand ‘dull-ton’.

  • susan

    no rational person takes sharpton seriously. he is a carnival performer that never retired. only people who follow him have his same agenda. to keep the races hating each other, & keep the black people down. for him, its job security, for those followers, they’re just clueless & easy pickin’s for this con artist.

  • whistleblower

    Actually, the is no “conflict of interest”. MSNBC is just one propaganda tool of the DNC. So the DNC has MSNBC stoke up racial tensions, then the DNC-backed KKK hits back. Rinse, repeat… The end effect is the continued control of minorities by the DNC. Nothing new, as this “control” has been going on for over a hundred years, with the DNC leadership as the beneficiary.