"The idea of a possible presidential race -- two African Americans squaring off against each other -- has to feel like an achievement for people who worked in the civil rights movement," Stewart said.
Sharpton began filling in for Cenk Uygur in early July while he was out on vacation, and put up solid ratings in his stead. Shortly after Uygur returned, he and the network had a very public falling out in which Uygur alleged he was pressured to "tone it down."
"I've known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him. He has always been one of our most thoughtful and entertaining guests," said MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a statement. "I'm thrilled that he's now reached a point in his career where he's able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show. 'PoliticsNation' is going to be an incredibly strong kick-off to our evening schedule."
Uygur's video report about what went down in his final weeks at MSNBC is fairly dramatic. Despite improving on Ed Schultz's numbers when he occupied the 6 PM timeslot and besting CNN in June, Uygur paints a picture of network executives, including MSNBC President Phil Griffin, that were more concerned with reining in his brash, challenging, outsider style than ratings. The network offered him a high-paying job as a contributor when they moved him off the 6PM slot, Uygur said, but he turned it down.
The civil rights activist appeared on the 'Ed Show' (weekdays, 6 PM ET on MSNBC) to discuss this meeting. While Sharpton conceded he wasn't able to get the FCC to take an "affirmative" stand against Limbaugh, he believes Limbaugh may be forced to testify in a hearing about radio standards.
"(The FCC) can not infringe upon free speech, but they can talk about standards, and can have open public hearings where radio owners and personalities (appear) and certainly we would want Mr. Limbaugh to be one of them," Sharpton said.
Then Sharpton added he would "love to see" Limbaugh explain in public why some of the statements he's made "are not racist."
We agree. Limbaugh vs. a FCC panel on what constitutes racism would probably be some highly entertaining television.
"Rush Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants to say, he does not have the right to do it on the public regulated airwaves," Sharpton told Ed Schultz.
"The FCC has the responsibility to set standards to say the public can not be offended based on their race and their gender in this country and use federally regulated airwaves that (the FCC) gives licenses to."
Although Sharpton plans to meet with the FCC to discuss the matter, his appeal seems to have a very small chance for success. However, his attempt to do so should certainly give polemicists a topic of conversation with which to fill our federally regulated airwaves.
Sharpton told The Hollywood Reporter that he started his own media company, ESH Holdings, to produce the 30-minute show and create an accompanying print magazine.
The first installment of the show will air on Sept. 26, and will include "news and roundtable discussions primarily about education," THR reports. Already scheduled to appear on the show are public figures such as Bill Gates, Newt Gingrich, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten.
While making sure to clarify that he only meant a political crucifixion (and not the kind with Romans and nails), Sharpton stuck with his original statement. He also predicted that Rangel, his long-time friend, would be "resurrected" by the voters in his Harlem district.
Sharpton does happen to be a reverend, so we'll just have to take his word on all this crucifixion/resurrection business.
I thought of that when I saw this clip this morning from her Bravo show, where she went on Reverend Al Sharpton's radio show to talk about her performance at the Apollo Theater later that night.
Comedian Eddie Griffin (Malcolm & Eddie) had his stand up performance cut short on August 31st while performing at an event for Black Enterprise Magazine. According to a spokesperson for the magazine, Griffin repeatedly used the N word which prompted the host to come on stage and tell Griffin that he was finished.
Black Enterprise spokesman, Andrew Wadlium told the press that he supported the decision as the right thing to do.
While there has certainly been much controversy over the word in question, it may come as a surprise that a black comedian was censored for using the word in front of a black audience.
Yesterday, the women of TV talk weighed in on the "Imusgate" fiasco.
On the heels of a recent interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show, Al Sharpton decided yesterday to make an encore presentation of his opinions with Meredith Vieira. This visit was more targeted at addressing the racist/chauvinist double standards in the music industry. Hmm, no wonder Lauer didn't score this interview -- it was worthless. I'm scratching my head. Where is the logical nexus between Don Imus and rappers?
In a somewhat predictable move, Oprah Winfrey sat down with the Rutgers woman's basketball team and discussed the situation in grand Oprah style.
There's been a lot of talk lately about the third place ratings that The CBS Evening News continues to get. There are people saying that you aren't professional enough and that the show doesn't cover hard news the way it should. You even fired your executive producer and hired another, and then this week fired a producer for plagiarizing (and just what are those first person "Notebooks" if other people are writing them?). These are all things that you have to fix, but may I make one suggestion that might help immediately?
Don't lead your newscast with news about Don Imus on the day that there was a major bombing in Iraq.
Don Imus is obviously old school in his thoughts and prejudices. If he were more in tune with popular culture and current social mores, he might have realized that you can only get away with making disparaging remarks about one person's hair. And that is Sanjaya Malakar.
It would have yielded Imus equal amounts of publicity for his show and his name would not be on the tip of Al Sharpton's tongue. He could have also been a foil for the tone-deaf Jennifer Lopez, who couldn't get enough of her Spanish-singing crooner, Sanjaya, on American Idol last night.
Talk show host Don Imus has been suspended from his show by both CBS Radio and MSNBC, which telecasts his radio show every morning. The suspension is for two weeks but doesn't start until next Monday.
This is because Imus referred to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." Imus went on Al Sharpton's radio show on Monday and, as Howard Stern pointed out today, probably made things worse by the apology he made there and other comments he made.
MSNBC says that any "any future relationship with Imus is contingent on his ability to live up to his word." I wonder why the suspension doesn't start til next Monday. Do they want the ratings bump the controversy is going to create? Will Imus talk about it on his show the next four days? CNN has certainly been talking about it all day.
"Ebony and Irony": The Whistlin' Dixie was all right. Reverend Al Sharpton was a good sport for agreeing to come on The Daily Show. This must have been such a crazy subject to talk about. I think both the Reverend and Jon handled it very well.
Of all the 24 hour news channels, I'd have to say that I like CNN the best and watch it the most. FOX News is FOX News, and MSNBC blows hot and cold. But sometimes CNN just makes some really odd decisions that leave you scratching your head.
Right now they're showing the James Brown funeral. Again.
Now, James Brown was important to rock and roll, blah, blah, blah, but we already saw this funeral, the whole thing, just a few days ago on CNN and the other channels. Do we really have to see it again? I know it's New Year's Day, but isn't there any news going on in the world? Any war news we should know about? How about President Ford's body, which lies in state right now, with people walking past it giving their respects?
I know that pop culture is an important force in the world (I write about it full-time, so I'm all for it), but come on. It's 3pm on a Monday and you're repeating a singer's funeral? Not that the others are any better. FOX News is showing a special on religion and politics and MSNBC is showing more of those damn documentaries about crime. Gah.
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