MSNBC’s ‘Curious Decision’ To Let Al Sharpton Anchor Boston Terrorist Attack

At MSNBC, quality is Job 1.

At MSNBC, quality is Job 1.

CNN Reliable Sources host and Daily Beast media marvel Howard Kurtz:  MSNBC made the curious decision to let Al Sharpton, no one’s idea of a breaking-news specialist, take the reins from Chris Matthews when his hour came up. The reverend was assisted by Mike Barnicle, a former Boston columnist who at least knows the cop scene there.

Huff Post on media coverage: Fox News was first to turn to the news, with Shepard Smith anchoring coverage, with CNN quickly following. In the next five minutes, MSNBC also switched to breaking coverage. Fox News was also the first to post chilling video from the scene. A man could be heard offscreen saying, “Oh my god, they’re dead.” The network was later the first to say that there had been fatalities. MSNBC kept its coverage rolling through the 4:00 p.m. hour, replacing Martin Bashir’s show with breaking news coverage anchored by Tamron Hall.

CNN was the first to dub the explosions a “terror attack,” which it did just before 6 PM.

Related:  Reporters running the Marathon ended up covering it.  Huff Post.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 8:15 AM

  • jimbotalk

    Sharpton was the ideal choice, given his long experience at terrorizing businesses with extortion demands.

    • Sentinel

      I didn’t look at that angle, I was sure he was there as the color(ed) commentator where he could inject racism at each twist and turn.


      Will there ever be a time when I can call this low life
      Creep by his correct name??

    • Marty Davis

      In the parallel universe.
      Via BlackBerry

    • Marty Davis

      Sharpton is like Piers Morgan and Geraldo Rivera when it comes to wrangling breaking news. Via BlackBerry

    • Marty Davis

      Good point.
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  • Jim Coles

    Al Sharpton as a breaking news anchor … mein gott, we have fallen through the looking glass.

    • Marty Davis

      I’m glad I’m babysitting my grandsons today, Jim! I cannot take the media BS. Via BlackBerry