Posted: October 17th, 2009 03:37 PM ET
From CNN Associate Political Producer Emily Sherman
Reverend Al Sharpton is threatening a defamation lawsuit against Rush Limbaugh.
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Reverend Al Sharpton and his lawyers say they are preparing to file a defamation lawsuit against conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for an op-ed published Saturday, which Sharpton alleges "erroneously" characterizes his (Sharpton's) role in a string of violent incidents in New York in the early 90's.
In the op-ed published in Saturday's Wall Street Journal Limbaugh writes Sharpton "played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot (he called neighborhood Jews ‘diamond merchants’) and 1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot."
The Crown Heights riot began after a Hasidic Rabbi accidently struck and killed an African American boy with his car. The boy died from the injuries–sparking four nights of riots. The Rabbi was not charged, but Sharpton played a large role in rallying on behalf of the young boy’s family and the African American community.
According to a statement put out by Sharpton’s media consultant, a study New York Governor Mario Cuomo commissioned showed Sharpton was not involved in the Crown Heights incident until after the rioting concluded.
"Mr. Limbaugh's blatant and defamatory statements regarding the Crown Heights Riots falsely give the impression that Rev. Sharpton was present during the violence that occurred when in reality he had been called in by the family after the violence," Sharpton’s statement says.
"In terms of Freddie's Fashion Mart, Rev. Al Sharpton, along with local elected officials supported the protests. However, a lone gunman who disagreed with the nonviolent nature of the protests entered the store and killed seven people and himself… For Mr. Limbaugh to imply that Rev. Sharpton has anything to do with someone that killed people and himself is blatantly wrong," the statement continues.
Limbaugh’s attempt to invest in the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams franchise was overshadowed by a controversy over his “racial views,” which Limbaugh says were false. In the op-ed, he also lashes out at several media outlets, including CNN and “the sports writer community,” for what he calls "contempt in the news business
You are the racist. The only thing you do is go around calling others racist. You do that to make your self feel better about your hate. You need someone to hate so you call others racist.
guess you met a black man that definately has more money than you.
and also has heard and digested all the bull crap you biggoted types chose to use.
STAND DOWN RACISTS
america is not the land of racism IT'S ONLY A FEW of your types left. and really there is no room for you in this country or any other place on this planet
most humans are decent, kind loving, and confident in who they are. they don't have to try and brow beat others and they darn sure don't have to judge anyone because of the color of their skin.
fewer and fewer of your type and it would be a good idea for you not to raise your children to be as limited in life as you are.
The bible is for the weak minded. And you have not studied history or you would know about Rhodesia. Why do you assume I am white? When I fought in Rhodesia. You do not even know where it was.
one day you will read your bible. and you will study history.
maybe you will realize that actually on a global picture u and those like you are actually the minority.
you are actually decendants of people of color THIS is a turth you'd like to deny
you actually carry the recessive genes BUT this you'd also like to deny
this is why you feel the need to have big guns and authority over others.
your ancestors from the beginning of time hid you in caves to protect you from the sun AND THIS made you angry because you felt all alone.
truth is your parents did love your ancestors and just tried to protect them from nature DUE TO THE RECESSIVE GENES THEY CARRIED
when is the last time you saw anyone black going into a tanning salon or using shit in a can trying to get color?????????????
THINK before u speak I'M a student of history AND i know the truth many of you would choose to ignore.
WASN'T like that till europeans and americans
went there and taught them how to act that way
u know to steal the natural resourses on the land
kinda like ya'll did to the american indians
BTW keep at it with those warped mindsets
WE CAN AGREE nobody black PHUCKED UP AMERICA LIKE THIS
If whites are so unfair to black then why are blacks trying to get in this country? You are the racist. Just because things are not being handed to you like Obama promised does not mean whites are racist.