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Apr 16, 2007

In a highly combative interview of the Reverend Al Sharpton yesterday by Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace, Wallace revealed his uninformed bias in an embarrassing way. He billed the interview in his introduction as "fair and balanced" and then proceeded to try an on-air lynching of Sharpton, accusing him of not fighting for the same standards against rappers that he did against Don Imus.

Wallace claimed that his researchers were unable to find any evidence that Sharpton had pursued these matters before the Imus ordeal. Wallace pressed Sharpton with a narrowly framed question, "Have you led marches ? and educate me, because we couldn't find any record of it. Have you led marches? Have you called for boycotts when it involves this kind of racist and misogynist language?"

Instead, Wallace 1) should have asked him what he had been doing, rather than ask if he used specific types of tactics, and 2) Wallace should have checked his own network's archives before saying he couldn't find any information about Sharpton's past efforts.

With one Google news search for "Sharpton Rappers" and an additional click to the Google News Archive, I found this piece from Fox News within 30 seconds: "Sharpton to Buy Stock in Record Companies." The story explains how Sharpton used a different tactic, buying stocks in record companies, to exert shareholder pressure against these companies for the vile language their artists use. Sharpton put his money on the line. Maybe it wasn't a march, but it was certainly substantial.

This is but one story of many available in the archives about Sharpton's efforts to confront the rap music industry.

So, as for being "fair and balanced," Chris Wallace was neither. Worse still, he was incompetent and misleading, framing his questions with factually incorrect premises.

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Posted: Monday April 16, 2007, 9:16 am
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