Entries in CNN (6)

Friday
Dec052008

Screaming Bloody Murder:CNN Redeems Itself (This week anyway)

Y'all know I am not a fan of CNN. Not after they gave the Blackwoman/self-hating minstrel DL Hughley a platform to embarrass us on the eve of the election of the first African American president. Coincidence? I think not!

I've already given my opinion about Soledad O'brien's "Black in America" also known at "The Parade of Black Pathology or "Black Folks It Sucks 2 B U". I do however read CNN.com daily and they've been doing some important reporting or should a say re-reporting about conditions in the Congo for Black women and children in the Congo. They've also been running online pieces about people who attempted to prevent genocide, but were ignored. Last night they aired the full documentary called Screaming Bloody Murder by Christiane Amanpour.
They share a deep sorrow: an idealistic American who tried to protect the Kurds of Iraq, a Canadian general who refused to follow orders in Rwanda, a French priest who fought for the soul of Cambodia. Each one tried to focus the world's attention on the world's most heinous crime: genocide. Each time, they were shunned, ignored or told it was someone else's problem. To understand why, CNN's Christiane Amanpour traveled to the killing fields of Europe, Africa and Asia for a two-hour documentary, "Scream Bloody Murder." CNN.com
If you missed it, that's okay you should be able to see it all online or catch it in reruns. Additional dates and times: • CNN/US: 8 p.m. December 6; 3 a.m. and 8 p.m. December 7; and 3 a.m. December 8 (All times ET) • CNN International: 1000, 1700 December 5; 1200, 2000 December 6; 0100, 0600, 2200 December 7 (All times GMT) CNN has a halfway decent site dedicated to Screaming Blood Murder with some good historical perspective and interactive maps. Here are some of the stories on the website. The world's most heinous crimeAmanpour: Voices of hope in the face of evilPolish Jew gave his life defining, fighting genocidePriest tried to warn of Cambodia's insanity'Idealist' tried to halt Saddam's Kurdish slaughterRead once-secret Reagan administration documents on Iraq'Bombs for peace' after slaughter in BosniaAs genocide raged, general's pleas for help ignored'A horror movie and a snuff movie'They killed their neighbors: genocide's foot soldiers Sometimes you have to speak up about something even when other people ignore you, mock you, insult you or try to harm you. Why? Because you CAN speak out that those being persecuted cannot. The question is, will you be one of the ones screaming bloody murder or a silent spectator?

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Monday
Nov032008

Al Sharpton and DL Hughley Hate Each Other...411 on Why Sharpton was on Hughley's CNN Show?

AL Sharpton was on DL Hughley's CNN Show, D L Hughley Makes the News, which shall forever be known on THIS BLOG as DL Hughley Makes me Snooze. I am probably the only person that understood why their conversation was talking around an elephant in theroom. Its because these two individuals can't stand each other, so why were they playing so nice on CNN? Lets have a recap shall we...

Al Sharpton on referring to people as "bitches" and "hoes" -Where is the standard against 'n-----,' 'ho' and 'b---h'?" Al Sharpton Al Sharpton on DL Hughley Calling Black Women "Ugly"-We do not accept or find humor in the denigration of women or any other group. It does not matter whether the person making the statement is black, white or from any other race. Nor does it matter whether the intent of the comment is a lame attempt at humor, a racist attack, or in the case of Mr. Hughley, an obvious attempt to create publicity for himself. It is sad that after a very successful career in comedy, Mr. Hughley would stoop to behavior that is disrespectful to women as a means of self promotion. We hope that the entertainment industry will see through this feeble attempt to gain publicity in order to find his next job. D L Hughley on Al Sharpton Last Fall - "I don't care what Al said. I honestly could care less what he thinks. ...I think these cats are just opportunists....ow many people really respect what Al Sharpton says, really? He doesn't show up unless there's a camera around. I'm one of the best in the country at what I do, and I don't need to pretend to be anything else. I'm not pretending to be a preacher while going all over the country getting involved in bullshit fights. I don't go to Duke University and accuse people of shit and then when I found out I'm wrong, not apologize. I don't pretend to be a leader and then do the most asinine shit. "DL Hughley
I don't know Rev. Sharpton, I thought you declared yourself the "Decency Czar" and was going to stamp out referring to women as "b*tches" and "hoes." So I am perplexed [NOT] as to why you were a guest on D L Hughley's show this week, didn't catch the last episode? Here is a refresher in case you forgot about the content of DL Hughley's show just one week before you were on: Folks, have you wondered why the usual town chorus has been silent about DL Hughley on CNN. I mean they had a conniption when Don Imus called Black women nappy headed hoes, but where was their outrage when DL Hughley's first show featured such flowery phrases as "Shut Cha Mouth B*tches" Pimps up Hoes Down, "Bitch Betta have my money", "Financing hoes"etc? Much like their reaction to Hughley taking his minstrelsy on to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to say Black women are the ugliest women he has ever seen in his life, the Black Elite Establishment has silently looked the other way as DL Hughley transforms CNN into the Cooning Negro Network. A WAOD reader aptly pointed out the reason for the silence about Hughley propping his show up on perpetuating racial stereotypes and calling women B*tches and Hoes for Jollies is that all the usual suspects want to be on Hughley's show. For those who didn't know, let me give you some background on Sharpton and Hughley's recent history. Back when the Black Elite Establishment was being silent about Hughley's comment on the Tonight Show, this blog, barely three week's old called Al Sharpton on his double standard in screaming about Imus while remaining silent about Hughley. After WAOD readers mobilized ( for the first time in history) AL Sharpton issued this statement condemning Hughley. Sharpton was the only member of the Black Elite Establishment and the Civil Rights Industrial Complex to do so, but only after we overwhelmed the National Action Network switchboards:
It has recently come to our attention that D.L. Hughley has made disturbing comments about the young women of the Rutgers basketball team. Let me start by reaffirming the position of the National Action Network. We do not accept or find humor in the denigration of women or any other group. It does not matter whether the person making the statement is black, white or from any other race. Nor does it matter whether the intent of the comment is a lame attempt at humor, a racist attack, or in the case of Mr. Hughley, an obvious attempt to create publicity for himself. It is sad that after a very successful career in comedy, Mr. Hughley would stoop to behavior that is disrespectful to women as a means of self promotion. We hope that the entertainment industry will see through this feeble attempt to gain publicity in order to find his next job.In Progress, Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network & Tamika Mallory, Director of National Action Network Decency Initiative
OUCH! Sharpton didn't exactly publicize his condemnation of Hughley in the same way that he threw himself in front of every TV camera he could find during the Imus brou ha ha. Hughley didn't even know that Sharpton had condemned Hughley until I told a reporter who interviewed Hughley and me for an article about the Hughley's attack on the Tonight Show. When the reporter read Hughley Sharpton's condemnation, this was Hughley's response:
DLH:It's funny that of all the people in this, they sent letters to Al Sharpton, to Bill Cosby, to the girls at Rutgers. Did any of them ever respond? No! Who the fuck takes this—I mean, we got people dying on bridges, and this is a four-month-old story, and people are still worried about it? AVC: Actually, they did get a response from Al Sharpton. DLH: And what did Al say? You know what, I don't care what Al said. I honestly could care less what he thinks. I think these cats are just opportunists. I don't see where they've made the world any better, or actually taken a stand about anything that matters. I think in the quest to be relevant, they've put themselves in the bin of obscurity. Al Sharpton's been on my TV show, and he's sat in front of me, and I've said the exact same things. AVC: It's funny that you call Sharpton an "opportunist," because his letter says your joke was an "obvious attempt to create publicity" for yourself, and that it's sad that you would "stoop to behavior that is disrespectful to women as a means of self-promotion." DLH: Al Sharpton's actually gonna say "self-promotion"? Al Sharpton?! C'mon, man, let's be real. How many people really respect what Al Sharpton says, really? He doesn't show up unless there's a camera around. I'm one of the best in the country at what I do, and I don't need to pretend to be anything else. I'm not pretending to be a preacher while going all over the country getting involved in bullshit fights. I don't go to Duke University and accuse people of shit and then when I found out I'm wrong, not apologize. I don't pretend to be a leader and then do the most asinine shit. I don't pretend to ban the "n" word while watching people starve. The only difference between me and Al Sharpton is that I'm paid to make people laugh. And when his tally is said and done, if the fact that he got Don Imus off the air is his greatest accomplishment in civil rights? If Al Sharpton's mad at me, I think I've done something right. [Laughs.] That's the fucking truth.
Pretend Preacher? Asinine? DL Hughley is Right about one thing, Al Sharpton doesn't show up unless there is a camera around. CNN has LOTS of cameras. HELOOOO! Why isn't anybody pointing this mess out. They hate each other's guts, call each other names in the press, but will bury all of that, including their "principles" to stay in front of the camera. Hypocrites! Sharpton purports to be the decency czar, but sat across from Hughley and didn't say a word about last week. Now that you know that, it probably changes how you viewed that AWKWARD exchange with Al Sharpton. Sharpton and Hughley were talking around their exchange. Sharpton basically agreed to give Hughley cover to continue being an embarrassment to All of Black America in exchange for being a guest on the show. And so you now know why the chorus of condemnation for Hughley's dreadful show is coming from ordinary African Americans like you and me and those of us in NEW MEDIA. You won't hear all the usual suspects from the Black Elite Establishment and the Civil Rights Industrial Complex complaining, because the prospect of being given an extended segment on CNN is just to tantilizing for them to resist. Its an incestuous relationship. I hope Al Sharpton made Hughley beg a little before he agreed to be on that dreadful show. The only whores around here are Sharpton and Hughley... Camera Whores!

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