Street preacher Al Sharpton was allegedly paid millions to keep his mouth shut while cable TV discriminated against black programming.
According to a $20 million dollar lawsuit brought by the National Association of African-American Owned Media, Sharpton and his shell non-profit, the National Action Network, took cash donations in exchange for not protesting against the lack of black programming on cable.
Sharpton was also promised that he’d keep his MSNBC job, which pays $750,000 per year, according to reports.
[tweet_box]Street preacher Al Sharpton sold out black community in “chicken dinner payoff”, says Byron Allen[/tweet_box]
“The black community has been sold out by him,” comedian Byron Allen, a co-plaintiff and owner of Entertainment Studios, told The New York Post.
“Al Sharpton should be ashamed of himself for defending Comcast for a simple chicken-dinner payoff.”
Even though Sharpton was allegedly promised that he’d be able to keep his MSNBC show, rumors have been swirling that his show is about to be sidelined to weekends:
In the longer term, these sources said, the Rev. Al Sharpton—a larger-than-life personality who attracts a 35 percent African-American audience but continues, after 3½ years of nightly practice, to wrestle with his Teleprompter—could eventually be moved from his weeknight 6 p.m. slot to a weekend time period, as MNSBC President Phil Griffin attempts to reverse significant viewership slides by accentuating straight news over left-leaning opinion.
Watch BreakingBrown Founder Yvette Carnell and Dr. Boyce Watkins discuss MSNBC’s purging of black race explainers as the Obama administration winds down: