Ed Driscoll

'When Will Media Demand Obama Repudiate His Ally Al Sharpton?'

At Big Journalism, John Nolte writes:

It’s an old and obvious trick and just a few minutes ago the basement-rated CNN assumed its favorite position — shilling for Obama — with this. Note the chryon: Romney supporter under fire for “birther” comments.

The rationale behind the media drawing a direct line from Romney to Trump is that Romney has met with Trump, accepted his endorsement, and won’t distance himself from the famous billionaire.

But as is always the case, the media’s double standard is a glaring one. After all, Al Sharpton is a proud and open Obama supporter, Obama has met with Sharpton, and Obama hasn’t distanced himself from the MSNBC’ racial demagogue — who just this weekend made headlines with this: Republicans Want To ‘Wipe Out Innocent People’ Like ‘Hitler’s Germany’.

And this is the least of the hateful, racially divisive things Sharpton says on a disturbingly regular basis.

And yet, as recently as Easter, Obama invited Al Sharpton to the White House. In April, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, publicly praised Sharpton.

Never once, though, has the media ever coordinated and dedicated — as it did today — a full day’s narrative push to damage Obama with what his ally Sharpton had done and said.

Why would they, when Old Media created the current incarnation of Sharpton by airbrushing away his radical chic past — and view him in much the same way that MSNBC President Phil Griffin does, based on what Griffin told NPR in September:

I’m a big fan of the Reverend Sharpton. I’ve known him quite a bit. he’s smart. He’s entertaining. He’s experienced. He’s thoughtful. He’s provocative, all the things I think that MSNBC is.

Which, come to think of it, would make a great MSNBC “Lean Forward” ad, as seen at the top of our post.