Sharpton: Journalist wouldn't have gotten MSNBC job anyway

The Daily Beast

Al Sharpton is defending his new job as host of the MSNBC show "PoliticsNation." "I don’t come to this totally without some background,” Sharpton told Lloyd Grove. Sharpton canceled an appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention after people criticized MSNBC for picking a black celebrity instead of a journalist, though the disagreement was smoothed over later.

To be fair about it, the NABJ understood that if I didn’t get it, it wouldn’t have gone to a journalist. ... It’s a moot point. There are no journalists [as hosts] after 5 p.m. on MSNBC. Everyone after 5 deals with opinions. So the argument is kind of apples and oranges.

He also dismissed claims that he got the show as a reward for lobbying on behalf of the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. "There were many people that supported the Comcast merger [including Urban League president Marc Morial]. Did they all get shows?... It’s so ridiculous.” Sharpton says he has plenty of experience in media, though he hates teleprompters. || Earlier: Sharpton could be first person to host TV show after lobbying for media company | African American journalists criticize MSNBC for possible Sharpton hire

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    Steve Myers was the managing editor of until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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