Is Al Sharpton over yet?
The Reverend is currently reeling from a number of personal and professional setbacks, compounded this week by a programming shakeup at his network MSNBC and the release of a James O’Keefe video about the Rev.
A close unofficial adviser to President Obama, Sharpton personally coordinated with the White House on the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general. He’s the head of the National Action Network and one of the most visible social justice celebrities in an age that will soon be defined by them.
But to paraphrase Biggie Smalls, more money also frequently correlates to the proliferation of more problems. Let’s take a look.
Just Got The O’Keefe Treatment
Investigators for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught New York police chokehold recipient Eric Garner’s daughter saying that Sharpton, who championed her father’s case, is all about the money.
Losing His MSNBC Gig?
Sharpton is reportedly part of the staff shakeup that snared people named Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid and threatens notable fancy lad Chris Hayes.
“In the longer term, these sources said, the Rev. Al Sharpton—a larger-than-life personality who attracts a 35 percent African-American audience but continues, after 3½ years of nightly practice, to wrestle with his Teleprompter—could eventually be moved from his weeknight 6 p.m. slot to a weekend time period,” The Daily Beast reported.
What a shame. I have to imagine his finale will be like watching Jack Paar’s last show.
Sued for racial discrimination
The Reverend, longtime accuser of racism, became the accused this week when the National Association of African-American Owned Media named him as a co-defendant in a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit. Their contention? Al is bought out by Comcast, and so helps the corporation avoid racial controversy. Sharpton called the allegations “frivolous.”
Is it safe to say that Al was angry when he heard the news?
Rape claim at Al’s birthday party
Iasha Rivers, board member of Sharpton’s National Action Network, accused civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein of raping her at Sharpton’s New York City birthday party last fall. Rubenstein claimed the sex was consensual, the charges were dropped and Rubenstein is now suing Rivers for defamation.
Spurious rape accusations? Who’s ever heard of that?
Not a rat, but a cat
So what will Al say to his many critics?