Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer reported the "Reverend" Al Sharpton gloating on his talk radio show over his successful cable-news campaigning to ruin Rush Limbaugh's ownership bid for the St. Louis Rams, mocking Limbaugh's "bellyaching" and the "screeching of the defeated." He went on to question whether Limbaugh was losing his mind.
SHARPTON: You know I’m told now through e-mails that Mr. Limbaugh now is saying that this is a conspiracy with the President Obama and me and George Soros and everyone. I really think he’s having delusions Brittany, I mean (Brittany Sharpton giggling in the background) his partners dropped him. I mean, what is he talking about? They withdrew his name, he was exposed for what he said and now the whole government and me an everybody’s conspired against him? I mean you know this is -- he’s not well.
BRITTANY SHARPTON, niece and radio show sidekick: He’s way too old to be crying like a baby. Ha ha ha.
SHARPTON: Yeah, this is making less and less sense.
News reports suggested Soros might be involved in the same Dave Checketts bid that Limbaugh had been invited to join. The St. Louis Business Journal reported that's not the case, but several former Soros hedge fund managers are involved.
Then there's the same old shameless Sharpton pose against being "divisive and incendiary" in the Associated Press:
"It is a moral victory for all Americans — especially the players that have been unfairly castigated by Rush Limbaugh," Sharpton said in a statement. "This decision will also uphold the unifying standards of major sports."
Sharpton added in a telephone interview that major sports leagues shouldn't welcome owners who are "divisive and incendiary."
On his national radio show Thursday night, Mark Levin told his millions of listeners that the conservative National Legal and Policy Center was contacting the corporate sponsors of Al Sharpton's National Action Network and holding them responsible for the shoddy campaign of Sharpton, which even suggested Rush was racist for criticizing the dog-killing of Michael Vick. Peter Flaherty of the NPLC reported:
Al Sharpton’s platform for his assault on Rush Limbaugh’s NFL ownership bid was the National Action Network (NAN), which is bankrolled by corporate America.
The following companies were identified this year by NAN as “sponsors”: American Honda, Anheuser Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Comcast, Entergy, Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, PepsiCo, Pfizer and Wal-Mart. Sponsorship reportedly cost $50,000.
NLPC is asking these companies to end their support for Sharpton and NAN.
This is the same Al Sharpton that liberal media outlets allow to run for president as a Democrat and allow to play kingmaker in New York politics with honorific labels like "civil rights leader." There seem to be no black leaders (on the left) they are willing to curb or condemn.
Every once in a while there's a contrary moment -- like the 2004 presidential debate in which Peter Jennings "calmly asked Al Sharpton to explain his philosophy on nominating governors to the Federal Reserve Board, and Sharpton collapsed like a ten-year-old kid whose dog allegedly ate the homework."