Carol Platt Liebau: Tarnishing Their Brand

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Tarnishing Their Brand

Unbelievably, CNN has allowed Al Sharpton to post some kind of religious-political screed on

Why, exactly, would a news organization that wants to be taken seriously allow the facilitator of the Tawana Brawley hoax, the anti-Semitic agitator, profligate campaign spender and debtor and all-around scofflaw to publish under its aegis?

Is CNN unable to locate any other African American who can speak with more authority? Or does it just not believe that Sharpton's history matters?


Blogger Dittohead said...


If you want to tone it down here, why not tell us what you don't like about the issues he presents, instead of trying to destroy him as a person?

Your buddy George doesn't have a brilliant past but, that doesn't prevent you from being his follower.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

A qood question that Carol could answer is whether she agrees that the Republicans should continue to disenfranchise black voters to win elections?

7:28 PM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

To reformulate Dhead's question, "Yes or no, have you stopped beating your spouse?"

7:50 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Sharpton is a TV personality and an entertainer. I'm sorry he's so often a go-to guy when the cable channels want a "liberal," because I think he's essentially playing the clown. But he is good TV, and that's why he's on.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Yeah, dh, tell us "tell us what you don't like about the issues 'Bush' presents, instead of trying to destroy him as a person?"

And I wonder who Sharpton "entertains", wrabkin? Rush is a radio personality and entertainer, but he gets slammed regularly by you lefties. I know the difference between Rush and Sharpton - Rush uses facts, whereas Sharpton uses racial and class envy! Yeah, that's entertainment!

Fact is, Sharpton is a divider, just like Jackson! Neither can legitimately be linked to MLK, who was trying to unite the races. And, not that you give a hoot, dh, but the Republican party is for freedom and prosperity for blacks - not disenfranchisement as you claim. More blacks are becoming Republicans as they are treated with the respect they deserve, not played to for votes like the Democrats historically have done.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


You just make up what ever crazy things you want. Don't you.

Bush really won hearts & minds with the dead blacks in New Orleans.

And even more blacks — 88 percent, more than in any other group— say Bush doesn't understand the problems of people like them.

7:14 AM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

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7:35 AM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

I haven't taken CNN or Sharpton that seriously for some time. So in a way, it's a good fit: If they're together, I have fewer places to ignore.

Dittohead, I'll gladly take up your question about what I don't like on issues that he presents. Carol, I'll gladly express it in a civil tone.

Sharpton appeals to fear and anger. He riles up his base by speaking to wrongs and indignities. True leaders, in my view, appeal to our hopes, aspirations, and desires for a better life.

Sharpton appeals to the government (and its money) as the answer to challenges we face. In effect, he advocates government-public to be like parent-child.

CNN and Sharpton are soulmates on this latter point: We the public are cattle, to eat precisely what they choose to feed us and nothing else. Any deviation from their self-proclaimed vision is bigotry (Sharpton) or ignorance (CNN/MSM/NY TIMES) and quite possibly both.

In my view and I would bet in the view of our hostess, the answer to challenges ought to be expressed in terms of self-reliance. We should be taught to fish, not be given a government program to receive more fish. We should be adults, and aspire to be adults, not perpetual children.

FYI - I'm not that big a fan of Bush (pick one) either. 43 in particular strikes me as reckless and immature, a perpetual teen in another sense.

In fact, speaking as a card-carrying X-er (I'm 37), I'm remarkably unimpressed with the leadership of the entire Baby Boom/Vietnam generation.

Lots of changes are to come when I'm president. (Carol, I penciled your name in as my AG. Hope that's OK.)

7:37 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

Oh, a poll from ABC - I am impressed! Really! Can we get a second opinion from Dan Rather?

I am not saying that all blacks are racing towards the Republicans, but more and more are coming around as they realize the Democrats want them to remain dependent on FedGuv for cradle to grave care. It's called welfare dependency, and it's an apparent mainstay of the Democratic platform.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


Cite your source. Thanks.

8:05 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...


You seem to think that I was somehow defending Sharpton by describing him as a clown and an entertainer. I was merely saying that's why he gets on TV. He knows how to speak, and he is quick with a cutting, and often witty, retort. This has nothing to do with the man as a leader of anyone. It's simply a fact of life that he's the kind of personality cable news networks like to put on TV.

12:23 PM  

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