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‘Daily News’: Dull on Sharpton

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Many New Yorkers have fled the city because of the heat (or because they’ve been laid off), and the interns and second-stringers are filling in, but those of us who are still here are suffering at the hands of the tabloids.

Joining the Post in the bad-headline assault is the Daily News, which bannered its Al Sharpton story this way on its website:

‘They’re not “Al” out to get me: Sharpton’

That’s almost as stoopid as the who-gives-a-shit story itself, which starts like this:

A day after the feds dropped a criminal probe of Al Sharpton’s finances, the activist minister said he’d learned a lesson.

“I have learned that everybody is not necessarily out to get you,” Sharpton told the Daily News. “And, I hope [prosecutors] have learned that everybody who questions the system is not trying to beat the system.”

That is a big shift in attitude for the usually combative Sharpton, who has claimed that investigators unfairly targeted him and his National Action Network because of his civil rights activism – as they did the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Get it right: Sharpton hasn’t learned any lesson, people are out to get him, prosecutors are out to get people who question the system, Sharpton hasn’t had a “big shift in attitude,” and if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he’d bitch-slap Sharpton. And then he would try to throttle the reporter who put his name in the same sentence as Sharpton’s.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2008

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