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‘The Weekly Standard’ is bias and unreliable at best. But they sure got it right with this one – Media Malpractice

2012 April 15

order viagra 100mggway” width=”150″ height=”150″ class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-57851″ />BY MARK HEMINGWAY,weeklystandard – Any hope that the media might fairly and responsibly cover the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin was effectively doomed the moment Al Sharpton descended on Sanford, Florida, and started holding rallies with the victim’s family. Recall that Sharpton once said of Clarence Thomas’s tenure on the Supreme Court, “I remember growing up reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Now I get to see it.” Unless they agree with his race-driven political agenda, Sharpton is not above accusing even African Americans of wanting to return to a day when the Fugitive Slave Act was still on the books.

Once upon a time, Sharpton was covered by the media only as a colorful race hustler who stirred up trouble. Now Sharpton is the media, host of the MSNBC show Politics Nation. Despite scant evidence that race was a factor in Martin’s death​—​George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin while on a neighborhood watch patrol, is Hispanic and claims the killing was self-defense​—​Sharpton came to Florida to tape on location, thundering that Martin was a victim of racial injustice. Not surprisingly, Sharpton promulgated at least one glaring untruth, claiming Martin was in the morgue for three days before his parents were informed he’d been killed. “How do you leave this kid in the room like he’s a worthless piece of meat?” he railed. However, this is contradicted by the fact Martin’s parents were discussing their son’s killing on a local news broadcast the next day.

Asked about this less-than-responsible coverage of a criminal investigation, MSNBC issued a statement defending its host: “It’s because of his work and his decades of activism that Rev. Sharpton brings such a unique perspective to our lineup.” Unique perspective? Given his handling of the Freddie’s Fashion Mart protest in Harlem in 1995, Sharpton is the only MSNBC host with a history of instigating fatal mob violence. Read more…

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