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Why Was Sean Hannity Invited To Sharpton's Civil Rights Convention?

Reported by Ellen - March 25, 2011 -

We have repeatedly posted about Sean Hannity's not-so-subtle bigotry. Yet Rev. Al Sharpton not only fails to confront Hannity on it, he has now invited Hannity for a "conversation" at this year's convention for the civil rights group Sharpton heads.

The National Action Network, the organization headed by Sharpton, states on its website:

Each year NAN hosts the convention to bring together influential leaders in civil rights, government, business and media to focus on the issues most important in civil rights that year. Education, healthcare, youth violence and social justice will be the major issues addressed at the 2011 convention.

So what is a guy like Hannity doing in an event like that?

Hannity had a dismal record on race long before Barack Obama became president. Since then, Hannity regularly uses race as a means to attack Obama including, most recently sending out dogwhistles to the birthers and the Obama-is-a-secret-Muslim crowds.

Yet, on the opening night of NAN's convention, Sean Hannity is listed as a special guest. The program states:

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Special Plenary Presentation:
Conversation with Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network & Sean Hannity, Host, Fox News’ Hannity (Tickets Required)

Meanwhile, Sharpton appeared on Hannity last night, one night after Hannity threw out the birther dogwhistle - and minutes before he added "Muslim" to the mix. In fact, Sharpton's old nemesis, Bernard McGuirk, whom Sharpton thought needed to be fired from MSNBC for calling the Rutgers girls basketball team "nappy-headed ho's," was a guest on Hannity that same night, gushing over the idea of birtherism being legitimized. Yet Sharpton never said a word to Hannity about his despicable tactics or hosting McGuirk.

As far as I know, Sharpton has never confronted Hannity or Fox News (let's not forget Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly, etc.) on their blatant racism.

Please, Rev. Al, if you don't call out Fox News on their blatant race-baiting, who else is there of your stature in the civil rights community to do so?

You can contact National Action Network via their web email. You can also Tweet Sharpton at TheRevAl.

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