In their examination of the "black agenda," MSNBC turned to its most reliable and readily available sources: the liberal left and the far liberal left. Squaring off in a debate over how President Barack Obama has performed in office and what he and government have done for the black community, Rev. Al Sharpton debates Cornel West, a professor at Princeton University and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America:
Exit question: Putting aside all comments about a "black agenda" versus any other kind, I can't help but ask -- is this lopsided political debate really representative of the black community?
Could MSNBC not get a conservative African American for their panel? Today with a number of prominent black conservatives rising to the forefront of the national debate, where are Reps. Allen West and Tim Scott? Herman Cain, a successful businessman and potential GOP contender in 2012? Star Parker, a syndicated columnist and urban activist?
Black conservatism threatens the supposed pre-eminence of the left's liberal ideology. To offer an actual media platform for black conservatives would validate the conservative message.
It seems that the only real agenda MSNBC is focused on is its own.