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Yes, let’s talk about Al Sharpton’s racial demagoguery, shall we?

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 19, 2009 09:51 AM

Here is Al Sharpton fuming over Rush Limbaugh calling him out on his poisonous career of racial demagoguery:

“He doesn’t have the right to lie and accuse people of crimes,” Sharpton said.

Yes, Al Sharpton, perpetrator of the Tawana Brawley racial hoax crime, is braying about false criminal allegations. The charlatan knows no shame.

Sharpton says he’s going to sue Rush Limbaugh unless he gets an apology.

He’s not going to get an apology.

And he’s not going to sue.

Sharpton has long enjoyed the silence of his coddling enablers about his race-hustling ways.

He loves soaking up the spotlight as a legitimate public policy player out on the trail with Newt Gingrich and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, yukking it up on cable TV, and hanging with politicians in both parties:

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The last thing Clown Sharpton wants is a thorough and blistering examination of his vile shakedowns, bigoted incitements, and police-bashing antics in a court of law– and the court of public opinion.

But let’s talk about Al Sharpton’s racial demagoguery, shall we?

1987: Sharpton spreads the incendiary Tawana Brawley hoax, insisting heatedly that a 15-year-old black girl was abducted, raped, and smeared with feces by a group of white men. He singles out Steve Pagones, a young prosecutor. Pagones is wholly innocent — the crime never occurred — but Sharpton taunts him: “If we’re lying, sue us, so we can . . . prove you did it.” Pagones does sue, and eventually wins a $345,000 verdict for defamation. To this day, Sharpton refuses to recant his unspeakable slander or to apologize for his role in the odious affair.

1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin’s funeral he rails against the “diamond merchants” — code for Jews — with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting “Kill the Jews!” and stabbed to death.

1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy’s Fashion Mart, Freddy’s white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. “We will not stand by,” he warns malignantly, “and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s are spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shout, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy’s, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno.

If Sharpton were a white skinhead, he would be a political leper, spurned everywhere but the fringe. But far from being spurned, he is shown much deference. Democrats embrace him. Politicians court him. And journalists report on his comings and goings while politely sidestepping his career as a hatemongering racial hustler.

Jeff Jacoby wrote that in 2003. After the Washington Post wrote another in an endless series of gushing profiles whitewashing Al Sharpton’s lies and crimes, I wrote:

He derives his role in large part because of the MSM’s continued need for minority charlatans to provide demagogic soundbites and deliver good ratings for the cable clown shows…Some readers wonder why I continue to write about the Sharpton-MSM lovefest. Why? Because the enablers deserve to be held responsible and shamed publicly until they stop.

Those enablers run fabricated quotes about Rush while whitewashing Sharpton’s sordid history and propping him up. Now, watch them help Sharpton spin once more.

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