In a column for The Daily Beast, former adviser to the Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign Stuart Stevens questions NBC News's "ethical and news judgement" to have Al Sharpton host his own show on MSNBC.
"[T]oday one of the great American news organizations, NBC News, is spending millions of dollars to rehabilitate and promote Al Sharpton," Stevens writes. "Americans have been pretty good at sniffing out and discarding haters, but here is Al Sharpton on NBC and MSNBC being promoted as a credible source of information. Sharpton has gone from manipulating the news with vile accusations to delivering the news for NBC." ...
Stevens uses Sharpton's past involvement with the Tawana Brawley hoax, and his near-refusal to apologize for it in a new New York Times documentary, as proof of Sharpton's lack of credibility.
This is the second time Stevens has used his new platform at The Daily Beast to put Sharpton's ass on blast. In a column last month, Stevens called Sharpton an "anti-Semitic tax cheat" and suggested he may some day co-host a racist "small cable show" with New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D).