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August 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Al Sharpton

The Rev. Al Sharpton has canceled a scheduled appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Philadelphia on Thursday after some of the group’s members voiced criticism of reports that he is being considered to take over as host of the 6:00 p.m. talk show on MSNBC. In an interview with Brentin Mock of, Sharpton observed that he had agreed to appear on a panel to discuss next year’s presidential elections. “But to put me on a political panel and then for it to go into something else about MSNBC, that wouldn’t have been good.” Moreover, Sharpton added, no one running reports about the rumored MSNBC deal “had pick[ed] up the phone to ask me, ‘Is he doing this show and, if so, what is the format?'” (Monk didn’t ask him, either; MSNBC has declined to comment on the rumors.) The complaint by some black journalists is that the news channel would apparently rather hire a celebrity rather than a journalist to host the program. But Sharpton pointed out that only CNN “actually does journalism in the evening. MSNBC does not have journalists hosting shows in the evening. Fox does not do journalism in the evening.” Meanwhile, NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. has told that Sharpton’s critics within the organization do not represent its “official stance.”