The always outspoken Al Sharpton is firing back at charges that he has been shaking down companies for cash and positions of power.
The New York Post on Sunday published a lengthy article contending that the Reverend has threatened companies into donating to his organization, the National Action Network, or into directly giving him jobs so that he wouldn’t cry racism against them.
Sharpton spoke to Evan Gahr of the Daily Caller on Tuesday to refute the allegations and point the finger back at the New York Post.
“I don’t believe any company said it because every company they list has donated, including News Corp., has donated to us for years,” he said. “For five years on the diversity board of News Corp with Rupert Murdoch, one of the three organizations that was given a seat was National Action Network.
“How come when News Corp. supported us, had us on the board and I worked with Joel Kline it was fine but when someone else does it’s a shakedown?” he asked rhetorically. “Why are they doing it? Are they being shaken down?”
Gahr asked the Rev if he was prepared to rule out asking for a donation from Sony’s Amy Pascal, whose hacked emails revealed racially charged jokes she made about President Obama.
Unsurprisingly, Sharpton was not willing to rule out that possibility.
“I’m not prepared to do anything but to say that Rupert Murdoch has given, through News Corp., money to us and that we’re on the board,” he said. “I’m going to force you to use the quote I give you because that’s the only quote I’m giving you.”
While Sharpton spent the majority of the interview talking down to Gahr, the interviewer was relentless in his attempt to get Sharpton to answer specific questions regarding the Post’s allegations.
Unfortunately, and predictably, the Reverend skillfully avoided giving any straight answers.
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