Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!!! Hold the press conferences!
The Rev. Al Sharpton just held a press conference after CBS has announced that they too will fire Don Imus over his controversial remarks about the Rutgers women basketball players.
The Rev. says the fight to get Don Imus fired was never about the man but rather about how he abused his position as a radio show host. A movement was created to pressure MSNBC & CBS to fire Imus by pressuring sponsors of the show. Obviously, it was effective. Sharpton says this is just the beginning and he plans to go after the rap artists who also use racial slurs, and who spew derogatory lyrics in their songs. Good luck with that...it's called "art" and freedom of speech.
But here's what really gets me steamed today:
WHERE WAS AL SHARPTON YESTERDAY WHEN WE WERE TOLD THAT THE WOMAN IN THE DUKE CASE LIED ABOUT BEING RAPED?
WHERE WAS AL SHARPTON YESTERDAY WHEN WE LEARNED THAT A STATE PROSECUTOR PURSUED A CASE THAT HAD NO EVIDENCE?
WHERE WAS THE PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY??????
There was none. Not even a peep. Maybe he talked about it on his radio show this morning, but he didn't rush to the microphone to hold a press conference like he did when the rape charges were first brought.
Why is he not DEMANDING that this woman be charged? Why is he not apologizing for encouraging protests to support her claims? By assuming the circumstantial evidence was correct, was HE not guilty of stereotyping? Where is his outrage at the injustice that was done to those young men by a politically motivated prosecutor?
The Rutgers women's basketball players will be OK, and will recover from the nasty thing Don Imus called them.
The Duke players have lost more than a year of their lives that they will NEVER get back. They will be haunted by this false allegation for the rest of their lives. Their reputations were ruined.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson just stood by and watched. They NEVER demanded that people believe the Duke player's claim of innocence.
A year ago, Jesse Jackson announced that his Rainbow/PUSH coalition would pay the college tuition of the "victim" in the scandal. Now that the tables have turned, will he make the same offer for the Duke students who have yet to finish their college educations?
I'll bet not.
Archived interview between Bill O' Reilly and Al Sharpton on the Duke Lacrosse team accusations
Rutgers players speak out on Oprah
Imus calls Sharpton a hypocrite