Rev. Al's A Little *TICKED*!

John A. Quayle blueoval at SGI.NET
Mon Feb 3 14:31:21 MST 2003

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003 12:52 p.m. EST Sharpton: I Want Clinton, Kennedy
Scandal Protection Citing the media's reluctance to confront Senators
Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy about scandal skeletons in their closet,
Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton demanded Monday that the
press give him the same pass on ethical questions about his past. "The next
time anybody wants to know about Tawana Brawley, I'm going to ask them, 'Do
you ask Teddy Kennedy about Chappaquiddick? Do you ask Hillary Clinton
about her husband?'" the firebrand reverend complained to Newsday columnist
Jimmy Breslin, while he was preparing for his Martin Luther King Day
commemoration. During an appearance nine days ago on "Meet the Press," host
Tim Russert grilled the Harlem-based presidential candidate relentlessly on
the 1986 Tawana Brawley rape imbroglio. But the NBC Washington bureau
chief, who has interviewed Sen. Clinton on several occasions, has yet to
question her about a still-outstanding rape allegation lodged against her
husband in 1999. And neither has any other reporter. In fact, the account
given by Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick to reporter Lisa Myers
should have been a major NBC exclusive. But Russert and other network
decision-makers sat on the news until after the Wall Street Journal scooped
their story. Sen. Kennedy granted a lengthy interview to ABC's "This Week"
last Sunday. But host George Stephanopoulos declined to raise the
Chappaquiddick scandal, where the Massachusetts Democrat left campaign aide
Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in a car that he had driven
of[conservativefriends] Fwd Sha.ems f a bridge - while swimming to safety
himself. Though Sharpton didn't mention the racial disparity specifically,
his comments are sure to fuel speculation about whether race has anything
to do with the decision by white reporters to give white Democrats like
Mrs. Clinton a pass, while repeatedly pressing the leading black candidate
about a 16-year-old controversy.
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