Over the weekend the New York Post slammed Al Sharpton for accusing corporations of racism, then silencing those protests once he received hush money. In his defense, Sharpton says the Post has no room to throw stones since they too have met with him on diversity issues. Also, as revealed by the New York Daily News, the Post’s parent company, NewsCorp, started donating to Sharpton’s National Action Network around that time:
In February 2009, when Sharpton was leading protests outside the Post’s Midtown headquarters after it ran a cartoon that many New Yorkers felt compared President Obama to a chimpanzee, Sharpton says he met with the Post’s parent, News Corp., to hammer out a deal.
“I met with Murdoch, he issued a statement, and we let it go,” Sharpton said. “After that they formed this diversity board where we were supposed to have input, then the board fell apart.”
Sharpton insists he wasn’t paid for his consultancy on that board, but he estimates it was “four or five years ago,” right around 2009, that News Corp. started buying $5,000 to $10,000 tables at his NAN events.
Sharpton insists that there is no connection between the donations NAN received and his decision to end protests against the Post.
This, however, according to the Post, is a trend for Sharpton, who reportedly stopped protesting discrimination at Honda after the company agreed to financially support NAN.
“We support those that support us,” Sharpton wrote to the company. “We cannot be silent while African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire, promote or do business with us in a statistically significant manner.”
Only two months later, after the company began to support NAN financially, the protests ended.