Sharpton cancels NABJ appearance over criticism of MSNBC job
Rev. Al Sharpton cancelled his appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists conference this week following comments NABJ members made about his possible hiring at MSNBC. NABJ members criticized MSNBC last week, saying it's just the latest cable network to hire a black host based on celebrity status rather than journalistic skills. NABJ Secretary Roland Martin said he and NABJ President Kathy Times told Sharpton the comments were reflective of just two NABJ members, not NABJ as a whole. Nonetheless, Martin told NABJ members, Sharpton was "still upset by that and felt that by coming here and being a part, that would be the story."