Since I wrote my most recent Townhall column (I turned it in Wednesday night), I was pleased to see that GMA’s Kate Snow did something I criticized those in the media for not doing. On yesterday’s Good Morning America, Snow raised the issue of Al Sharpton’s role in the Tawana Brawley case.
On Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” reporter Kate Snow hosted a segment on whether the Duke lacrosse players will be able to get their reputations back. In so doing, she discussed Reverend Al Sharpton’s role in falsely accusing New York prosecutor Steven Pagones of raping then 15-year-old Tawana Brawley in 1987.
Though this segment was not specifically related to the unfolding Don Imus story, GMA has thus far been the only network morning show to interview Pagones and, by implication, seriously question Sharpton’s role as moral arbiter in the Imus case. (In fairness, “Today” has mentioned the Tawana Brawley case in general as has MSNBC.) After discussing the Duke case, Snow segued into other high profile, false accusationsNewsbusters also reports that Sharpton’s history was raised on The View yesterday. I agree with Scott Whitlock that “this is encouraging and NBC and CBS should follow-up and also interview the falsely accused Pagones.” Here is the link to the Newsbusters post on The View segment featuring a transcript of guest co-host Rose McGowan’s comments on Al Sharpton.
On April 12, for the third straight day “The View” co-hosts discussed the Imus controversy. Most noteworthy, though, they also discussed the lack of moral authority from Imus’ most visible critic, Reverend Al Sharpton. Guest co-host Rose McGowan read verbatim Sharpton’s most inflammatory, anti-semitic remarks including the Tawana Brawley hoax and labelling Jews “diamond merchants.” Co-host Joy Behar editorialized on the key remarks. Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck called Sharpton’s comments “hatred” and McGowan called them “complete bigotry.” Rosie O’Donnell was unusually quiet.
I am thrilled to see some on the networks finally alerting viewers to Sharpton’s history of exploiting race.
Update: In this parody at The Kilroy Report, Al Sharpton takes over the Imus In the Morning show. It is a parody, but the idea of Sharpton’s show replacing the Imus show is certainly not outside the realm of possibility. Stranger things have happened.