Tuesday evening, NBC announced Brian Williams would be suspended without pay for the next six months. If they are to be consistent in their punishment, they should be suspending Al Sharpton for a much longer period. After all Williams lies were expressed just to make him look macho, Sharpton’s lies were much worse, his slandered others, and while some of his falsehoods may be 20-years-old, he has never recognized his mistakes or apologize for the falsehoods. Below are seven examples of Sharpton’s lies, one for every day of the week.
Lie #1- Most remember the Tawana Brawly case, not only was Brawley’s story a fraud but it was Sharpton who at a a March 1988 news conference, blamed Dutchess County’s assistant district attorney Stephen Pagones for being one of Brawley’s rapists. He also accused district attorney William Grady of trying to cover up Pagones’ involvement in the crime, and demanded that Governor Mario Cuomo arrest the two “suspects.” . Sharpton even told Spin magazine that Stephen Pagones had privately confessed to the crime. When asked for evidence of his claims Sharpton and his cabal insisted they would reveal the facts when the time was right. He never revealed that evidence because there never was any. To this day the NBC News employee has never admitted or apologized for his lie.
Lie #2- Yosef Lifsh was the driver of the car that tragically struck Gavin Cato in Crown Heights during August 1991. Lifish was falsely accused by Al Sharpton falsely of driving drunk that night despite the fact he knew police tested his blood alcohol level and he was clean. Al Sharpton incited so much hate against Lifsh that he had to flee to Israel.
Lie #3- Sharpton says his only role in the Crown Heights riot was attempts to make peace, but according to the sworn testimony of Efraim Lipkind, a Hasidic Jew and former resident of Crown Heights:
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“Then we had a famous man, Al Sharpton, who came down, and he said Tuesday night, kill the Jews, two times. I heard him, and he started to lead a charge across the street to Utica. —“
Lie #4- A false rumor began to spread that the Hasidic ambulance crew had ignored the dying black child in favor of treating the Jewish man, and that Gavin Cato died waiting for another ambulance. Actually the two ambulances were seconds apart and the police told the Hasidic ambulance to pick up an injured Jew. Despite the fact Sharpton knew the truth, he used the lie to incite the crowd at Gavin Cato’s funeral. “The world will tell us he was killed by accident. Yes, it was a social accident. … It’s an accident to allow an apartheid ambulance service in the middle of Crown Heights. … Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid. ... All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no kaffe klatsch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’. Pay for your deeds.”
Lie #5- Central Park jogger,” was monstrously raped and nearly beaten to death. Supporting the defendants Sharpton lied and said the jogger’s boyfriend did it and organized protests outside the courthouse, chanting, “The boyfriend did it!” and denouncing the victim as a “whore!”
Lie #6-Remember the controversy surrounding the Duke lacrosse team? They were falsely accused of rape and without any facts Al Sharpton declared that these ”rich white boys” had attacked a ”black girl,” and he warned that if arrests were not made immediately, there would be no peace. The “victim” was proved to be a liar and eventually recanted—Sharpton never recanted.
Lie #7-The Jewish owner of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem was forced by its landlord a Black Church to raise the rent on a black-owned sub-tenant. Sharpton falsely blamed Freddy’s for the rent dispute, and called him a “white interloper” even though the store had been in the same location for 40 years. Following one of the Sharpton incited demonstrations, one of the protestors, a black man, stormed Freddy’s Fashion Mart with a pistol, screaming: “It’s on now! All blacks out!” In addition to shooting, he set fire to the building, eventually killing himself and seven others. Sharpton denied having spoken at any rallies and refused to accept any responsibility for poisoning the atmosphere, but the Jewish Action Alliance had recordings of Sharpton proving he was lying. While never acknowledging he incited the incident, the MSNBC Star did apologize for calling Freddy’s owner a white interloper. He claimed his error was not leaving out the word “white.”
NBC News’ Al Sharpton has told lies much more damaging than those told by Brian Williams, yet they aren’t investigating his lies.
The Florida Times Union once explained, “Although he was 14 when Martin Luther King was assassinated, Sharpton claims he “came out of the King movement.” Sharpton once explained, “I was on some show this week, and people said, ‘Why don’t you just let it go? Why don’t y’all just get over it?’ Get over what? Get over Dr. King dying? Get over Medger Evers dying? Get over Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner dying? Get over those four girls in Birmingham dying? We are never gonna get over it, and we are never gonna let you forget it!”
Guess what Al? You have spent your life lying and inciting hatred, and until NBC punishes you for it, as you said, “we are never gonna get over it, and we are never gonna let you forget it!” And if NBC doesn’t do the right thing we will continue to hound you until you admit the error of your ways. If that never happens we will never stop.