- Quotables April 8
On Monday, The Smoking Gun reported that MSNBC host and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton secretly informed on the mob for the FBI in the 1980s. According to the site, hundreds of pages of FBI affidavits revealed that Sharpton recorded the conversations of members of the Genovese crime family for a joint NYPD/FBI team, amassing intel that ultimately helped secure several convictions.
Yet while admitting that he did in fact record mob conversations for law enforcement agencies, Sharpton on Tuesday pushed back against the "rat" characterization, instead framing his spying as noble.
"Rats are usually people that were with other rats," he said, in remarks flagged by the New York Observer. "I was not and am not a rat, because I wasn't with the rats. I'm a cat. I chase rats."
"It is interesting to me, as we deal with the whole criminalization of many in our community, that the premise of a lot of this media is that I should have been with the mob rather than with the government," he added.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- After Ferguson, we don't need another dialogue on race
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- In defense of Obama's golfing
- The world is on fire and neither Democrats or Republicans have a clue
- The government is getting into the fact-checking business. Be very, very afraid.
- How Democrats might goad the GOP into shutting down the government
- Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: Why postal banking won't work
Subscribe to the Week