February 26, 2015 12:12 pm
Unlike Rev. Al Sharpton and most other black talking heads, Byron Allen owns his own media platform. According to Allen, Sharpton is getting paid pennies on the dollar, what he describes as a “chicken dinner payoff”, to give Comcast cover as the company actively discriminates against black owned media companies.
Allen, chairman and CEO of the production company Entertainment Studios, combined forces with the National Association of African-American Owned Media to file a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Sharpton’s National Action Network, the NAACP, and the Urban League. All of the listed organizations have taken “payoffs” from Comcast, according to the lawsuit.
“It’s cheaper to give Al Sharpton money than it is to do business with real African-American owned media,” Allen said during an interview with The Daily Caller. “What Comcast does is they give Al Sharpton money so he doesn’t call them racist. That is the issue here.”
As Allen points out, Comcast pays $11 billion in licensing fees to networks that it carries, but only $3 million of those dollars go to African-American owned companies.
Many critics speculated that Al Sharpton’s MSNBC gig was a payoff for him having signed off on Comcast’s merger.
“Why is Sharpton on TV every night on MSNBC? Because he endorsed Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal. He signed the memorandum of understanding back in 2010,” said Allen. “He endorsed the merger. Next thing you know we’re watching him on television trying to form a sentence. Every night we have the privilege of watching adult illiteracy.”
Allen says what makes matters even worse is that Sharpton doesn’t understand how he’s being played by his paymasters.
“Al Sharpton is nothing more than a black pawn in a very sophisticated white economic chess game,” Allen continued. “He’s not even bright enough to know he’s on the chess board and he’s being used by his white masters at Comcast, specifically [executive vice president] David Cohen and [chairman and CEO] Brian Roberts.”
Allen, who has also filed a discrimination lawsuit against AT&T, says Sharpton’s been bought off by them as well.
“I find it outstanding that AT&T is the biggest sponsor of Sharpton’s 60th birthday party,” Allen said. “AT&T spent more money on Al Sharpton’s birthday party than they have on 100 percent African-American owned media combined. [Sharpton] should return the money because AT&T doesn’t even celebrate Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday. The employees there take it as a sick day.”
Allen then continued, calling out Rev. Jesse Jackson as well.
“Reverend Jesse Jackson, you were on the balcony when Martin Luther King was assassinated. Why are you taking money from AT&T? Why is Al Sharpton getting more money from AT&T than Ebony Magazine, which has been around for 70 years?”
Allen says the bigger problem is with having a racial spokesperson at all. There is no “white guy who speaks for all white people”, Allen says.
Allen went on to blast President Obama, saying that “Obama uses him to control the Negroes.”
He goes on to call out Obama for doing nothing to help African-American owned media.
“President Obama, you control a couple billion dollars in advertising. What have you done to make sure African-American owned media is participating in government advertising? We got more respect from President Clinton.”