In the Daily Beast (via Romenesko) Sharpton counters the criticism that he’s just some affirmative-action hire who’s occupying a seat that rightfully belongs to a black journalist (who would not be an affirmative-action hire, presumably).
Regarding the latter charge, leveled by the National Association of Black Journalists, Sharpton said this to Lloyd Grove:
“To be fair about it, the NABJ understood that if I didn’t get it, it wouldn’t have gone to a journalist. It’s a moot point. There are no journalists [as hosts] after 5 p.m. on MSNBC. Everyone after 5 deals with opinions. So the argument is kind of apples and oranges.”
What do those oranges think, though? Does Chris Matthews consider himself a journalist? Does Rachel Maddow consider herself a journalist? I’m guessing yes.
But Al Sharpton is saying no.