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Stewart Talks With Al Sharpton About Possible Herman Cain v. Obama Election (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 20th 2011 4:30AM
Al Sharpton, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'While talking with Rev. Al Sharpton about the current political landscape on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon Stewart marveled at the possibility of Herman Cain winning the Republican nomination, and how significant that might be. Cain is the current Republican front-runner.

"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.

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Al Sharpton Gets MSNBC Show 'PoliticsNation'

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 23rd 2011 2:45PM
MSNBC has officially blessed the Reverend Al with his own show. Sharpton, who's been filling in on the network's 6 PM hour for the past two months, will now host his own show, called 'PoliticsNation.'

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."

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Cenk Uygur Out at MSNBC, Blasts Network for Telling Him to Tone It Down (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 21st 2011 11:20AM
Cenk Uyguy out at MSNBC.Cenk Uygur's brief run as the 6 PM anchor on MSNBC has come to a close. The former 'Young Turks' web host left the network Wednesday after starting there in January. The parting of ways was, according to his own blistering account, mutual, and came after MSNBC executives told him to tone down his show because he was making "people in Washington" uncomfortable.

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.

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Al Sharpton: Rush Limbaugh May Be Forced To Testify Before FCC About His 'Racist' Comments (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 17th 2010 7:00PM
Recently, Al Shapton meet with the FCC in hopes he could convince them to take action against Rush Limbaugh, who Shaprton believes has made racist statements about Barack Obama and other black political figures.

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.

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Al Sharpton Wants the FCC to Take Rush Limbaugh Off the Air (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 7th 2010 6:40PM
Appearing on 'The Ed Show' (weekdays, 6PM ET on MSNBC) Al Sharpton called on the FCC to take Rush Limbaugh off the air, citing examples of allegedly racist comments the right-wing radio host has made about President Obama and Congressman Jim Clyburn.

"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.

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Al Sharpton to Launch Sunday Morning TV Talk Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 14th 2010 11:10AM
Al SharptonRev. Al Sharpton announced yesterday that he is launching a syndicated Sunday morning talk show called 'Education Superhighway' that will air in more than 150 markets across the country.

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.

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Al Sharpton Says Charlie Rangel is Being Crucified, Predicts Resurrection (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 13th 2010 4:30PM
On 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Joe Scarborough gave Al Sharpton the opportunity to back away from his charge that the media has "started and executed the political crucifixion" of Charlie Rangel, an accusation Sharpton made Wednesday night at the embattled congressman's 80th birthday party.

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.

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Kathy Griffin talks to Al Sharpton

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 17th 2009 6:02PM
Did you know that Kathy Griffin was on the stage during the filming of the 1984 Pepsi commercial that injured Michael Jackson? She mentioned it on one of the gossip shows last night (can't remember which one and I'm ashamed I even tuned in), but she revealed that she was an extra in the commercial.

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.

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Eddie Griffin gets cut off for his use of the N-word

by Paul Goebel, posted Sep 7th 2007 9:20AM

Eddie Griffin in Undercover BrotherComedian 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.

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Oprah weighs in on Imusgate

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Apr 13th 2007 1:20PM
Don Imus' career on television is done, but television is not done with Don Imus.

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.

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A note to Katie Couric and The CBS Evening News

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 13th 2007 7:39AM

Katie CouricKatie,

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.

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What if Don Imus commented on Sanjaya's hair instead?

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Apr 11th 2007 3:04PM

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.


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MSNBC suspends Don Imus

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2007 7:33AM

ImusTalk 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.

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The Daily Show: March 1, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 2nd 2007 9:20AM
Jon StewartRob Corddry recently appeared on FOX News to promote his new show, The Winner. He ended his interview with "This crawl is chafing my nipples!" Aww. I really love Rob Corddry, and that's why I'm so disappointed that The Winner is a load of crap. I started watching a few episodes online and I couldn't make it through the first ten minutes of any of them. Sad.

"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.

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Why is CNN showing the James Brown funeral again?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2007 3:33PM

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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