Sharpton covers Sharpton: MSNBC Responds…

The Tampa Bay Times’ Eric Deggans gets MSNBC to comment on Al Sharpton covering Al Sharpton in the Trayvon Martin case…

After our segment, I emailed MSNBC about the questions we raised; spokesman Jeremy Gaines replied: “When Rev. Sharpton joined MSNBC, it was with the understanding that he would continue to do his advocacy work. We’re fully aware of that work and we have an ongoing dialog. His participation in these events is very public and our audience is completely aware of where he stands on the issues. mary-cutcher.jpgIt’s because of this work and his decades of activism that Rev. Sharpton brings such a unique perspective to our line up.”

Did this statement address anything at all? I’m not sure but it doesn’t look like it. It does however follow the line established by previous statements from MSNBC and NBC News executives regarding MSNBC’s primetime hosts anchoring special coverage (especially special political news coverage); that the audience “gets it” vis a vis pundits in the news anchor chair.

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16 Responses to “Sharpton covers Sharpton: MSNBC Responds…”

  1. I rarely agree with Eric Deggans, but yesterday on Reliable Sources he was the panelist who made the most sense and asked the right questions. For instance, he asked, while NOT excusing him, if Mr. Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin out of pure racism or because most of the people who have been committing crimes in that neighborhood look like Trayvon Martin. He also said that Zimmerman has gotten a lawyer. Deggans asked if that lawyer or Zimmerman would ever consent to speak with anyone from MSNBC or NBC because of Sharpton’s advocacy.

  2. imnotblue Says:

    ^ That’s a fair point, about not talking with MSNBC… but it’s also naive. Does anyone think that MSNBC would want to talk to him? Perhaps the lawyer, but only to shout at him (this is kinda how FOX treats terrorist lawyers… but I’d guess MSNBC would be even more aggressive… but that might just be my own bias speaking).

    I’m sure they have a mutual dislike for each other, and that works just fine.

  3. “Does anyone think that MSNBC would want to talk to him?”

    ^^Are you serious? đŸ™‚ đŸ™‚

  4. “if Mr. Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin out of pure racism or because most of the people who have been committing crimes in that neighborhood look like Trayvon Martin.”

    ^^ or — ‘if Mr. Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin out of pure racism or because most people who have been committing crimes in that neighbourhood look black’.

    Mr. Zimmerman’s argument is that he shot Mr. Martin in self defense not because he was black, looked like a criminal or because he was a racist.

  5. imnotblue Says:

    @ fritz

    Yes. Other than to yell at him (and for ratings), why would MSNBC want to talk to him? Do you really think they’re interested in his side of the story?

    As for the quote you are referring to… I think he should have said, “Stopped” or “Followed” Martin. Not, “Shot.” I think that was a mistatement.

  6. MSNBC would jump on the chance to talk to Zimmerman and his representatives just to tamp down any claim to a defense their audience might hear elsewhere. A Lawrence O’Donnel interview would consist of little but LOD talking over whatever the guest was trying to say. Hoodie-wearing MSNBC has their crusade and it won’t be over they retake the Holy Land.

  7. “Yes. Other than to yell at him (and for ratings), why would MSNBC want to talk to him?”

    ^^Zimmerman is the biggest ‘get’ out there at the moment. MSNBC or any cable net would kill to get him and they would bend over backwards to be ‘fare and balanced’ just because of what biased people like you would say.

    But in reality no cable net has a chance of the first interview. That honor will go to Today, 60 Minutes or Dateline etc.

    “I think that was a mistatement.”

    ^^ Woulda, coulda shoulda. What he said is what he said; unless carol misquoted him.

  8. savefarris Says:

    Zimmerman is the biggest ‘get’ out there at the moment. MSNBC or any cable net would kill to get him and they would bend over backwards to be ‘fare and balanced’

    You might be right: Maddow was the first “major” news outlet to interview Anthony Weiner after his story broke and ‘bend over’ pretty much describes it.

  9. She never did understand why Weiner got pulled.

  10. Ari (Melber?) from The Nation was on NOW this morning and he said the media has been on the wrong side of almost every racial issue. He mentioned Sean Bell being wrongfully shot by police on the eve of his wedding in NYC, he mentioned the media unfairly criticizing Al Sharpton (so does Ari think Tawana really WAS raped?). Curiously, he neglected to mention the Duke Lacrosse case.

  11. Their Nation, not mine.

  12. How far off-the-beam do you have to be to think that the press is too rough on racial minorities? Leaving aside the premise that the media should be on one “side” or another.

  13. “How far off-the-beam do you have to be to think that the press is too rough on racial minorities?” – Laura

    Just far off-the-beam enough to be a panelist on NOW. No one disagreed with Ari.

  14. Those are the people who honestly believe that the press is too conservative.

  15. imnotblue Says:

    fritz3 Says:
    March 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

    MSNBC or any cable net would kill to get him and they would bend over backwards to be ‘fare and balanced’ [sic] just because of what biased people like you would say.

    Not. On. Your. Life.

    MSNBC might kill to get him… but “fair” there’s NO WAY they would be. They couldn’t be, because they know if it was FNC that got the interview, they’d call who ever did it “too soft,” and “a racist” for not asking the hard questions. They should shout and berate him, and the moment someone said, “That’s not how you interview someone,” they’d respond with some line about FOX, or “Let’s ask Trayvon what he thinks… oh wait, he’s dead” (which they’ve already used about a 1000 times at Mediaite), and so on. Not a chance.

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