Apparent Teleprompter Failure Leaves Sharpton Flailing

Probably not the "defining moment" MSNBC had in mind last night.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, invariably the glibbest pundit in the green room, hit a bumpy patch last night and veered into incoherence. (video after page break)

 

Sharpton was talking about that day's recall elections in Wisconsin when he said this --

Tonight is the measure of whether the country begins in the state of Wisconsin a national drive to push back or whether we have more to go to build a movement of resistance. But resist we much. We must and we will much about that be committed.

Such gaffes may help explain why MSNBC has yet to sign Sharpton for the 6 p.m. hour, a deal reported as "all but certain" in July after the network gave Cenk Uygur the bounce.

John Hudson at The Atlantic Wire wrote an interesting post on Friday, "The Case Against Al Sharpton at MSNBC," from the perspectives of black journalists, left-leaning pundits, "conspiracists" and conservatives.

A suggestion to MSNBC for helping its audience decipher future meanderings from Sharpton -- subtitles.

Jack Coleman
Liberated ex-liberal from the People's Republic of Massachusetts