Appearing on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” MSNBC host Al Sharpton stressed how important it is for Democrats to get out and vote in the midterm elections. “If there ever was a time we got to come out and vote in the mid term elections it is this year,” Sharpton.
Sharpton took his support for Democrats a step further calling for a “war” against Republicans “this summer,” as Republicans, who are leading in recent polls, only need a half dozen Senate seats to regain a majority.
Sharpton, who ran for president on the Democratic ticket in 2004, has a long history of supporting the Democratic party. As recently as last month, Sharpton could be seen standing next to Barack Obama as the President accused Republicans of trying to block seniors and minorities from voting.
Again, Al Sharpton is an MSNBC host. In 2010, that network suspended its longtime anchor Keith Olbermann after POLITICO reported that he made three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.
Al Sharpton is not (as far as we know) donating to Democrats like Olbermann reportedly did. But Al Sharpton sure is donating a large amount of his time to doing everything he can to see that Democrats win elections.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin said that when he “became aware of Keith’s political contributions,” and “mindful of NBC News policy and standards,” he “suspended [Olbermann] indefinitely without pay.”
So, have NBC’s policies for political donations and activism changed? Or is Al Sharpton just getting a pass from the peacock network?
Keith Olbermann couldn’t participate in partisan politics and donate money to Democrats in his spare time, but Al Sharpton can appear on national radio, give partisan speeches with Obama, and declare war on Congressional Republicans and still keep his job?
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