Al Sharpton, Entrepreneur

I saw that pic of Al Sharpton and his new squeeze today on Drudge. Gotta say, I’m impressed.

I mean, here’s a guy who looked like this when he was 29. He was a better candidate for the dead pool than the dating pool. By any measure, the man’s been hugely successful. But at what?

As far as I can tell, the man’s basic skill set consists of an uncanny ability to get out in front of a crowd, to whip up that crowd with remarkably poor rhetoric, and to avoid being held accountable for the subsequent, frequently substantial, damage resulting from his actions.

This can’t just be a run of incredibly good luck. No, Sharpton seems to have identified–or stumbled upon–a previously unmet demand in the marketplace: a demand for ignorance. The thoroughly depressing aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict demonstrates that that many of our fellow citizens seem positively eager to hold strong views fueled by massively mangled facts. This is as true when the subject is economic policy as it is when the topic is criminal justice. When the truth is readily available at low cost and people still prefer to be wrong, then it’s got to be concluded that they prefer to be wrong. In econojargon, they demand it. And Sharpton supplies it the way Nike provides shoes.

So, in the spirit of reconciliation, I salute Al Sharpton as a canny entrepreneur with apparently excellent taste in female companionship. What Bill Gates did for personal computing, Al has done for ignorance.


Filed under Media, Politics, Social Justice, TV

3 responses to “Al Sharpton, Entrepreneur

  1. ndspinelli

    Great to see you back, coach! Sharpton looks like he didn’t have his stomach stapled, but removed.

  2. Good to hear from you, Nick. Congrats to Leslyn on her success with her first novel, Taken for Granted.

  3. Al Sharpton, Anorexic

    Wow, I knew he’d lost weight, but that’s crazy. Unhealthy looking.

    From NPR:
    “Did He Undergo Gastric Bypass Surgery To Lose Weight?
    That’s fiction, Sharpton says, although Sharpton has lost 110 pounds in two years.

    His first significant weight loss, of nearly 40 pounds, came from a 43-day hunger strike to protest the U.S. naval bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques in 2001.

    Sharpton says he tried several diets but “none of them worked.” Finally, he decided to go almost entirely vegetarian. He eats fish, usually sea bass, on Saturdays. Otherwise, he follows a strict regimen: two pieces of toast about 5:30 a.m., and then a treadmill workout; a salad, banana and hot tea for lunch about 12:30 p.m.; two pieces of toast and tea in the afternoon.

    “I don’t eat anything after 6 o’clock,” he says.”

    He also says in the article, “To eat and lay down on that food — the worst thing in the world.” I myself would contend that stoking racial hatred and violence would be worse than going to sleep after eating, but that’s just me. It’d be nice if Al could push back from that buffet of manufactured grievances for awhile.

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