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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 07:09 PM

Al Sharpton, power player

Al Sharpton, power player

By Dana Milbank, Published: April 13


The Rev. Al Sharpton is lord of all he surveys.

“Check out this,” the flamboyant civil rights leader told me during breakfast at his organization’s annual meeting this week. He flipped through the program until he found a full-page ad with the logos of Fox News, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal. “News Corporation Proudly Supports National Action Network’s 2012 Convention,” it said.

Sharpton grinned. “They bash me on Fox News,” he said. “But they sponsor my conference.”

Everybody wants to be on Sharpton’s good side these days. No fewer than five Cabinet officers and a senior White House official went to this year’s convention to kiss his ring. President Obama spoke at last year’s conference and has sought Sharpton’s advice on policy. Sharpton has a show on MSNBC five nights a week, and he doles out airtime to a procession of politicians and journalists (including me).

Wednesday night brought the sweetest moment yet in Sharpton’s long and controversial career: the announcement that Florida authorities would charge Trayvon Martin’s shooter. Sharpton, at the request of the boy’s parents, had done more than anyone else to bring the case national attention.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 07:17 PM

1. No surprise for those who recall him in Dem primaries, '04:

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 07:22 PM

2. I like, understand, and appreciate Al Sharpton

I just can't get used to Milbank. I think this was just an excuse to muddle his recent successes with the man's past (media-hyped) mistakes and missteps. Ick.

(thanks for posting, tho)

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 07:27 PM

3. You could be right; I'm just glad Rev. Al is getting some respect. I like him, too. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 07:53 PM

4. me too

I think the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder showed up and spoke at one of his recent events said everything about how the Reverend is regarded.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:43 PM

5. At President O's next inauguration I hope he chooses Rev. Al to give the blessing

or sermon or whatever those guys call it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:28 PM

6. dana milbank was banished during Olbermann's time....

..and i'm sorry he's back ( milbank) Olbermann got it right!

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