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
That Limbaugh is such an idiot, i am surprised he is not sued out of contention yet? He is a rogue full of hate politician. He he just not a nice person!!
It should trouble freedom loving Americans that a citizen is being blackballed from a business venture because of his ideological viewpoint. This is a direct assault on freedom of speech and a coordinated effort on behalf of Limbaugh's enemies to defame him by playing a false race card.
It is obvious to me that the author of this thread has ever listened to Limbaugh's show.
you left off the fact if someone looking like sharpton had run down a little jewish boy in same neighborhood. and drove off leaving the boy to die he'd have been jailed NO QUESTIONS ASKED?
never been a sharpton fan. but for decades the only
salvation and corrdination
for fairer treatment in america by black people
was the assistance of the church.
the courts weren't fair.
the police they liked to beat "i'm former law enforcement I KNOW what i speak of"
who was left?
so there was a place for guys like rev al. if nothing else it brought all eyes on situations that most wanted to close blind eyes to.
yet now you are correct guys like rev al are no longer needed in the light they continue to travel
as our dear america has show its had they don't care if we are black or white WE mean nothing TO THEM. if you get my drift.
so spend time hating on guys like rev al, but i betcha if an injustice came to you or those like you a guy like that would stand up for you if you had a case and asked.
THERE IN LIES THE DIFFERENCE of life experices in america.
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.
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