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The good Reverend (Village Voice)

Oh, good news!

Now TVNewser hears Uygur may be moved out of the 6pm hour, possibly to be replaced by Al Sharpton. When the host changes happened earlier this year, the 6pm hour was simply known as “MSNBC Live,” a telling sign that MSNBC was trying out Uygur.

No doubt Sharpton’s turn would be more entertaining than whatever msnbc is slopping out that hour. But having grown up in the NYC area, I've had enough of Sharpton for a few lifetimes. It's one thing to overcome personal faults -- Eliot Spitzer only hurt his family, after all -- and quite another to make your name in the cesspool.

I know. I know. Old news. It no longer matters that Sharton found fame championing Tawana Brawley, who claimed to be abducted and raped by six whites guys in Dutchess County – including assistant prosecutor Steven Pagones. It doesn't matter that Sharpton help plunge the entire city into racial unrest on the back of the obvious lies of a disturbed teenage girl. He's never apologized. He's a Reverend.

Yes, Sharpton also helped whip up a wave of anti-Semitism and racism in the early 90s, calling out "the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights," telling them to “pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house” and duke it out. Remember Sharpton's "white interloper" talk and the 1995 arson attack on a Jewish shop in Harlem where eight people were murdered.

The criticism of conservative radio talk these days hinges on the existence of “dog whistle” racism, or in actuality, simply disagreeing with Barack Obama on policy issues. (The dog whistle frequency is heard clearest in the offices of Media Matters and by an array of msnbc hosts.) But a real live racist bomb thrower? At msnbc, you get a show.


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