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NB Publisher Bozell to MSNBC President: Al Sharpton Is More Evidence That Network's a 'Platform' for 'Hate Mongers'

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Editor's Note: What follows is a letter that NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell sent to MSNBC President Phil Griffin early today.

Dear Mr. Griffin,

Last week, in my open letter to you I called for Ed Schultz’s termination.  I also called for you to resign as President of MSNBC because you hired Ed Schultz.  Today, I have yet another reason you should step down - one which some might argue is even more compelling than Schultz. His name is Al Sharpton.

I have already provided you with ample, documented evidence of Schultz’s repeated, over the top attacks against women, the elderly, tea party activists, and anyone else who happened to be in his crosshairs.  

I have also made known the fact that your network is the mouthpiece for the George Soros funded Media Matters, a radical group whose mission is to slander everyone who disagrees with its fringe leftwing ideology.  I also pointed out these assaults by MSNBC have nothing to do with what Rush Limbaugh said about Sandra Fluke, and everything to do with censoring prominent voices on the right. Instead of reporting on the woeful state of our economy and the catastrophic debt crisis, MSNBC goes after Limbaugh with entirely unmerited and phony moral righteousness.

The Media Research Center repeatedly discussed, promoted, and circulated these letters in a variety of very public venues last week. 

As the President of MSNBC, you are personally responsible for hiring and promoting Ed Schultz.

You have had every opportunity to respond and take responsibility for this situation.  Yet, neither you, nor Ed Schultz, nor the Chairman and CEO of Comcast have responded.

Therefore, I now offer you (and everyone reading this) another reason to take responsibility - Al Sharpton.

Al Sharpton - a man who made a name for himself by orchestrating the Tawana Brawley hoax that destroyed innocent lives and also incited race riots that led to the death of an innocent child man.        

In addition, some of his greatest hits include:

You fired Pat Buchanan because you didn’t think his book “should be a part of the national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC.”But you retain Sharpton.

By giving a platform to Al Sharpton on the one hand, and by promoting his campaign to suppress free speech on the other, you're engaging in mind-boggling hypocrisy—hypocrisy unbecoming of a “news” network executive.

While your networkcontinues to attack Limbaugh, you continue to employ Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz. Take responsibility and clean house.  If you don’t, we will continue to further expose MSNBC for what it is – a platform for racist, misogynistic, homophobic hate mongers.  And we will continue to ratchet up public pressure for your resignation.

I have already contacted Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast (your boss and MSNBC’s parent company). On March 14, we sent him a letter calling on him to demand Schultz’s termination.  As I noted in my letter, we intend to take this message directly to the shareholders of Comcast and its board of directors. 

I look forward to hearing from you.


L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

CC: Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast

Editor's Note (March 27, 10:47 a.m.): Corrected from earlier.


#1 interesting

Hope the coward responds.

#2 Mutually exclusive....

"hope" and "coward".

#3 I thought it was O's new

I thought it was O's new campaign slogan. I guess I was wrong.

Maybe I was thinking Dope and Coward.

Obama.  Putting the P.O.S in P.O.T.U.S. since Jan. 20 2009.

#4 Dems and pigs

This reminds me of that joke: "never try to teach a pig to dance: it frustrates you and annoys the pig"

Which is what I believe will happen when we keep trying to draw the attention of the committed drones to the facts. They won't ever get it.

But I sure do love drawing the attention of those with functioning synapses to the issue because someone, somewhere may finally make life uncomfortable enough for the slugs like the MSNBC prez that he and his sort will have to crater anyway - no effort required on their part. Just keep doing what they're doing.

Me - "The libs/dems of today are the Quislings of former years - the cowards who would vote a fraud into office in exchange for handouts from the devil."

#5 He couldn't care less.

His mission is to reelect Barack Obama and he needs all the left-wing bomb throwers he can muster.
Obama cannot run on his appalling record.
He needs racial division,OWS riots, union thuggery, gay politics, voter fraud and a coordinated campaign of lies and smears and MSNBC is leading the way.
Mr. Bozell is asking a zebra to lose his stripes.
Phil Griffin despises men like Mr. Bozell because he calls him on his lies.

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#6 Don't think it will help, but. . . .


Americans keeping their own earnings is a Civil Right! Demand your Civil Rights!

#7 +1


#8 You are chasing Moonbeams

The chances of the lead propaganda network showing any intergrety is nonexistant.
The chances of a far left liberal in command of that agency is a pipe dream.
The chances of finding honest reporting on the Hate network would be impossible.

Review their talking heads lineup, can you find even one honest reporter of facts?
Can you find one that has shown a degree of honesty in their efforts?
Can you find one that has shown even a modicum of integrety?
Can you find one that has not produced bile on anything that did not meet the liberal agenda?

I am unsure if the rot of this network started at the top or at the bottom.

The question would be mote if they had any real talent but because of the lack of talent and their obvious bias they have no real credibility except with the very far left and the Kool-aid drinkers.

#9 When the shareholders start complaining

When the share holders see their investment tanking, then Comcast will take action. The powers that be at Comcast knew what kind of partisan hacks worked at MSNBC when they bought it . Anyone who is not a democrat loving racist, lying crook should have left Comcast a long time ago. What decent person wants to be affiliated in any way, either as a shareholder or subscriber of Comcast, with such dispicable people?

#10 Shareholders are meaningless.

When the network completely tanks, scumbags like Soros will throw money at them, just as he did for Air America. It will probably still fold, but the uber-left only needs it to operate till the election.

#11 The poor guy is a zero in the literate department

Perhaps the least Phil Griffin could do is send the Rev. Al to a remedial talking course so the few viewers there are could at least understand a snippet or two of his verbal struggles.

#12 Bozell

I wish you well in your quest. Or better said-lots of luck. Al is a poverty pimp and should be in jail for a number of things-back taxes for starters. Griffin and his crowd think they are on the high road-no viewers- the viewers just don't understand what this channel is trying to do. They are going to save us from the evil conservatives. The Comcast crowd doesn't care either-Roberts is a big nobama supporter and the family owns most of the stock. There just have to be people and networks like this, "just because".

#13 Some dots we can connect

Some dots we can connect about MSNBC's compulsive pro-Obama, anti-republican programming:

1. GE still owns a 49 percent share of NBC. Their influence on the network is still huge.
2. Non-GE coal fired power plants are essentially the energy plants being shut down by the Obama administration (over 100 so far)
3. MSNBC is hysterically supporting Obama and his policies.

Is GE and NBC getting a free ride from the Obama adminstration because of their support of Obama's radical policies and therefore specifically hire rabid anti-Republican hosts as a payback?

Inquiring minds want to know.

"This is not your mother's Democratic Party"--Andrew Breitbart, CPAC, February 2012

#14 Which is easier...boycotting 100 sponsors or 1 company?

Comcast is the head of the far-left snake.

If the left wants to try to get Rush thrown off the air by boycotting 100 of his sponsors, then every Conservative should take up the battle and cancel their Comcast products. Don't use Comcast products and ask your friends and family to do the same.

#15 Look through your stocks and those held by your pensions

if any are in Comcast, fight back by selling what you can, and letting whoever is managing your pension fund that you don't think Comcast should be in the portfolio.

Proud member of the 53%!

#16 Sign it!

Loud Pipes Saves Lives!

#17 Cue Bill O'Reilly

Lets see if O'Reilly defends his good buddy Al.........I bet he does!

#18 Meh!

I take everything that bloviating bigmouthed bully says with a barrel (VS "a grain") of salt.

#19 Rev Al-is a hate monger-racist

and Tax Evader-however he never has to answer up to his criminal acts. Why???
The Good Rev-needs to have his financial history exposed and then pay the piper.

Fast & Furious along with Solyndra are example of who BHO is BHO Policies have caused Failed Economy- Liberals = Wealth Re-distribution




#20 "Rev" Al

is the new David Duke

A Recession is when your neighbor is out of a job. A Depression is when YOU are out of a job.. A recovery is when OBAMA is out of a job Hat tip to Ronald Reagan

#21 Don't Hold Your Breath

Hypocrites normally don't care what others think. I'm sure Griffen just looked at the letter, laughed, and threw it in the trash. The left has gone way beyond disgusting the past few years.

#22 He'll never see it

As much as I admire Mr. Bozell's efforts I wonder if Mr. Griffin ever will even see the letters. Likely all of his correspondence is opened and screened by an administrative assistant who dutifully weeds out anything they deem to be irrelevant.

#23 It may be true that one of

It may be true that one of Griffin's flunkies will spike the letter. But the value of Brent's efforts is that it puts Griffin's name out there as responsible for the political trash and war on conservatives we see every day on MSNBC. It's relentless. Lots of people will see Griffin being called out and held responsible, others will pick up on it, including shareholders. That's a good thing.

"This is not your mother's Democratic Party"--Andrew Breitbart, CPAC, February 2012

#24 would be nice to hurt GE too

while not majority owner (iirc) I suspect they are possibly more susceptible to bad perception.
and we all know how in the tank for obama they are.

#25 Now why would you want?

To hurt GE. That is the company founded by Tomas Edison. The quintessential american entrepreneur.

#26 It ain't what it used to be

Edison would be horrified at the monster that GE is today.


#27 well seeing as he's dead

pretty sure I don't care who started it.
I only care about what its doing now.

#28 Bigot

Al is an overseer on Lyndon's plantation. Keeping blacks down is the only way democrats get them to vote the way they do. I was born in the '40's. Some things needed to change. Giving away money was not one of them. Making people work for what they had instilled pride in minorities. They had their dignity. Al sees them all as George "Kingfish" Stevens. Loveable idiots that vote in lockstep. This is sick.

#29 Like my Boycott Comcast/MSNBC Facebook Page

Boycott Comcast/MSNBC!!!

Loud Pipes Saves Lives!

#30 An Open Request to Mr. Bozell

Can you please publish a listing of the top 10 sponsors for each of the following shows:

1. Hardball with Tingles Matthews

2. The Ed Show with Schultz the Hate Monger

3. Rachel Maddow, starring Randy Madcow

4. Al Sharpie


I want all visitors to Newsbusters to have all the information they need to punish the left wing hate mongers.


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