Yesterday afternoon while people were busy protesting against police at the Mall of America two police officers in Brooklyn were murdered execution style.
They were not in the process of violating tax laws passed by liberals in the state of New York like Eric Garner, they had not just robbed or muscled a store owner like Michael Brown, they were simply in their car doing the job they were hired to do. Protecting the public and were killed for it.
There are many who have for ratings & or financial and political gain lionized those who have violated the law and demonized those who enforce it over the last several week and months. They have done so publicly and proudly.
So when I see self-serving tweets like this:
I am outraged at the killing of 2 police officers in Brooklyn. That is why we stress non violence as the only way to fight for justice.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) December 20, 2014
An eye for an leaves the whole world blind. We all at NAN express our prayers and condolences to the families of the 2 NYC officers. — Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) December 20, 2014
When police officers are murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society. This heinous attack was an attack on our entire city.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) December 21, 2014
and statements like this from the AG’s office:
“This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty,” Holder said in a statement. “On behalf of all those who serve in the United States Department of Justice, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the officers’ loved ones and colleagues.”
You will forgive me if I tend to doubt their sincerity
I don’t hold the ignorant & naive college students who apparently were not taught by their parents the realities of life nor do I blame the ignorant on twitter who are cheering this, for I expect no better from them.
The people I have quoted above, however, are public figures and those figures, elected and appointed, should know better. (I submit DID know better yet charted their course anyway).
Mayor DiBlasio & Barack Obama were lawfully elected and Eric Holder lawfully appointed to their public positions. The people of the United States and New York City choose them therefore they must live with the consequences, however outrageous, of these choices, unless they choose to remove themselves from office (Mr. Holder resigned months ago but still holds his office pending the confirmation of his replacement) we are pretty much stuck with them.
However Al Sharpton hasn’t been elected to anything, he is a TV host on the MSNBC network (Currently owned by cable giant Comcast) and MSNBC has chosen to give him a daily show on their network.
I submit and suggest that by giving his a public platform on their network MSNBC has endorsed his statements and actions of the last several months, and if they continue to do so they implicitly endorse the events of Saturday in NYC.
You might say, “But DaTechGuy Mr. Sharpton has 1st Amendment rights” indeed he does, but said right does not extend to programing on MSNBC, if that was the case then I would demand one myself.
I call upon the network to immediately “suspend” Mr. Sharpton and remove his show from their lineup.
It is their network and they of course have the perfect right to ignore my call for this action, conversely I have the perfect right to express my opinion that a failure to do so is a direct endorsement of the events of Saturday afternoon by MSNBC and by their parent company Comcast and consumers should act accordingly.
The Comcast contact page is here.
You can contact MSNBC here.
Or perhaps you might choose to contact their advertisers, I’m sure they must be delighted to have their brands associated with the face of the anti-police movement at this time.
Closing thought, If Comcast decides the Rev Al is a liability & removes him from MSNBC & said reverend’s followers quit the network in protest, would anyone be left watching?
Update 2nd potential murder thwarted when gun jams:
A second slay attempt on NYPD officers was narrowly avoided early Sunday when a gunman’s weapon jammed as he took aim at two cops outside a Bronx housing project, sources said.
Investigators grabbed the wannabe cop killer after he dropped his gun and ran into the Millbrook Houses on Saint Anns Ave. in Port Morris, sources said.
Yup no pattern here.
Update: Ed Driscoll links and notes an advantage of Sharpton staying where he is:
However, reasonable people can disagree with Ingemi as to whether or not Sharpton should be dumped in the rapidly escalating wake of the violent protests Sharpton helped gin up. As with past anchors Keith Olberman at his must lunatic, Alec Baldwin at his most violent, and Martin Bashir at his most scatological, Al Sharpton is the spokesman for MSNBC — and Comcast — right now. After all, Sharpton is “all the things” its network president thinks “that MSNBC is.” as the network’s president says. And he’s a powerful daily reminder of just much hatred lurks in the hearts of the left:
A fair point, but I think prosperity trumps it, additionally the more we make the unacceptable acceptable the more we enable the next Sharpton, much better to make vice unacceptable and the fall of Sharpton might generate courage in those who appease him.
We need to defeat him and make him feel defeated.
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