In the school of journalism and training I have experienced, the cardinal rule of this profession is that journalists never become the story or part of the story, and never, ever generate the story themselves. But then, we are talking about MSNBC and Sharpton, both of which are as far removed from actual journalism as I am from the moon.
To refresh the readers’ memories, Sharpton got his claim to national headlines in 1987 by pushing the Tawana Brawley rape story, where a group of white men, including police officers, were accused of brutally raping a black teenager. After a seven-month grand jury probe, overwhelming evidence was exposed that indicated the victim had fabricated the story. Brawley later recanted the story herself. Yet, Sharpton to this day stands by the original claims. Sharpton lost a damage suit brought by the accused in this case but refused to pay the judgment.
James W. Anderson