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In this video, Rev. Al Sharpton is going to battle with the teleprompter on this show on MSNBC. People are sharing the video everywhere, wondering how Sharpton got the job.
Sharpton is smart enough to be a power broker in civil rights and also smart enough to jump ahead of the line when other journalists tried to get a night time news show. But when you hear him pronounce some of these words, you might be as curious as we are about why he is on the air.
But don’t get mad at him. He’s doing his best.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about Sharpton and his legacy. What do you think it will be?
Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton, Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin’ It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances on Fox News (such as on The O’Reilly Factor), CNN, and MSNBC. In 2011, he was named the host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, a nightly talk show.
Sharpton’s supporters praise “his ability and willingness to defy the power structure that is seen as the cause of their suffering” and consider him “a man who is willing to tell it like it is”. Former Mayor of New York City Ed Koch, a one-time foe, said that Sharpton deserves the respect he enjoys among Black Americans: “He is willing to go to jail for them, and he is there when they need him.”
His critics describe him as “a political radical who is to blame, in part, for the deterioration of race relations”. Sociologist Orlando Patterson has referred to him as a racial arsonist, while liberal columnist Derrick Z. Jackson has called him the black equivalent of Richard Nixon and Pat Robertson. Sharpton sees much of the criticism as a sign of his effectiveness.