Al Sharpton Paid off to Keep Silent About Lack of Black TV Programming?
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Al Sharpton has always had critics who questioned his true motives but now he’s been slapped with a lawsuit because some suspect he took money from Comcast to keep quiet about the lack of black TV programming.
The New York Post writes:
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s silence was bought for a cool $3.8 million — so that he wouldn’t complain about the lack of black cable TV programming, an explosive $20 billion lawsuit alleges.
The National Association of African-American Owned Media claims Comcast paid Sharpton and his National Action Network “cash ‘donations’ ” in exchange for not screaming about its lack of solely black-owned channels.
The cable giant also assured that the activist would keep his $750,000-a-year gig as a host on MSNBC, which it co-owns, even as his ratings slump, the suit alleges.
Sharpton calls the allegations and lawsuit “frivolous” but he did confirm Comcast has made donations to his organization but the total donated isn’t anywhere close to $1 million.