Number of times Sharpton has apologized for his past actions: Zero.
Republican political strategist Stuart Stevens is seeking to publicly shame the executives at NBC Universal for employing and promoting the Rev. Al Sharpton — a man who has an “outrageous history of hate,” according to Stevens.
Stevens, the chief strategist on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, writes in a new column for The Daily Beast that Sharpton “has gone from manipulating the news with vile accusations to delivering the news for NBC.”
The evidence: A new documentary short from The New York Times and Retroreport.org about the 1987 Tawna Brawley hoax, during which Sharpton was found guilty of defaming a local prosecutor who he accused of attacking and raping the 15-year-old Brawley. As the documentary shows, there had been no rape; Brawley had defaced herself. Stevens also accuses Sharpton of using the Brawley case to inflame racial tensions and promote his own career.
Stevens also describes Sharpton “a key player inflaming the 1991 Crown Heights riots,” during which he called Jews “diamond merchants” responsible for “the blood of innocent babies” because an African American had been hit by a car driven by a Hassidic Jew.
NBC executives “have made the ethical and news judgment that Al Sharpton should be a credible news source for Americans. They have the right to make that decision, but what about the reason?” Stevens asks in today’s column.