al sharpton is under attack. But not by the usual suspects; this time it is a Black media group that is claiming he sold out to Comcast for personal benefit: to get his own TV show and lots of $$$$$.
Let me explain, via the following excerpt from Eriq Gardner\’s article at hollywoodreporter.com…and please pay special attention to the last part, which I\’ve put in bold print:
Eventhough the FCC hasn\’t yet ruled on the proposed merger betweenComcast and Time Warner Cable, one group has already filed a lawsuitclaiming at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giantsallegedly discriminate against black-owned media.
Thecomplaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the NationalAssociation of African-American Owned Media, which also filed asimilar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December.
Thistime, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC – onthe eve of the two companies merging to become what would be thelargest pay television distributor in the United States – but alsovarious African-American advocacy groups and MSNBC host AlSharptonfor allegedly facilitating discrimination.
Sharptontells us that he “welcomes the opportunity to answer thefrivolous allegations” and says he will be bringingcounterclaims for defamation.
Atthe time of Comcast\’s 2010 acquisition of NBCUniversal, Comcastentered into memoranda of understanding with the NAACP, the NationalUrban League and the National Action Network, but the lawsuit saysthe voluntary diversity agreements are “a sham, undertaken towhitewash Comcast\’s discriminatory business practices.”
Thelawsuit goes on to say that Comcast made large cash “donations”to obtain support for its acquisition. The money includes $3.8million to Sharpton and his National Action Network. The money, it\’scharged, was meant to pay Sharpton to endorse the NBCU deal anddivert attention away from discrimination. As for Sharpton\’s MSNBCgig, the complaint says, “Despite the notoriously low ratingsthat Sharpton\’s show generates, Comcast has allowed Sharpton tomaintain his hosting position for more than three years in exchangefor Sharpton\’s continued public support for Comcast on issues ofdiversity.”
Sharptonobjects that the budget for National Action Network is not even $4million, and as for his MSNBC show, he believes he has the mostsuccessful show in the 6 p.m. hour at MSNBC, that “the numbersspeak for themselves.”
Let\’s start at the end. Here are the cable news ratings for 6:00PM – al Sharpton\’s time slot – for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week. See if they coincide with Sharpton\’s claim of being the most successful show in his time slot:
Tuesday, February 17th: Fox: 2,213,000 viewers, CNN: 553,000, MSNBC (Sharpton) 502,000
Wednesday, February 18th: Fox: 2,307,000 viewers, CNN: 499,000, MSNBC (Sharpton) 490,000
Thursday, February 19th: Fox: 2,136,000 viewers, CNN: 570,000, MSNBC (Sharpton) 352,000
Does that look like sharpton has the most successful show in his time slot to you? Does he think no one will notice that he is lying about this?
Beyond the lie, how do you think this lawsuit will go? Do you think al sharpton is capable of selling out for personal gain – and, by so doing, screwing over other Black people and apparently not caring about it?
In my opinion that\’s like asking if you think Rudy Giuliani is capable of saying negative things about Barack Obama.
I\’ll keep an eye out on this one, and blog about it as things progress.