Not a Rat, a Cat

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at his National Action Network headquarters in East Harlem about reports that he was an FBI informant in the 1980s. Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at his National Action Network headquarters in East Harlem about reports that he was an FBI informant in the 1980s. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Mark Riley, journalist and political analyst, discusses recent revelations that Rev. Al Sharpton cooperated with the FBI to get information from one of New York's most notorious mafia crime families in the 1980s.


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Comments [11]

Oh, yeah, loved when Brian said of Al The Wire "...when he was a young civil rights activist"

Do "civil rights activists" advocate to "get the Jews out of Harlem" before one of their stores is torched and people die?

Not a rat or a cat ... a slime bag.

Apr. 10 2014 05:06 PM
maggie from nj

Sharpton? Put this following small but telling incident together with the big Tawana Brawley issue & I see no reason we should respect his word.
A few years ago, either on Brian's show, or Leonard Lopate's show, Sharpton was in the middle of an on-the-air interview, took a call, and walked out of the studio without a word--not even "Sorry, gotta run." The host said something like: Wait, are you just walking out in the middle of an interview? Got no answer. Sharpton just plain left. Nothing in the interview to offend him; just had something better to do, and an apology was not in order as far as he was concerned. I saw it as a clear & total lack of respect for the listening audience, not to mention the show & WNYC as well as complete disregard for his responsibility as interviewee. My takeaway was Sharpton does what's convenient for Sharpton.

On a different note, is wearing a wire to nab mafia criminals a bad thing?

Apr. 10 2014 12:17 PM
Ian from Yonkers

Isn't the question: what did the FBI have on Sharpton to compell him to wear a wire? Do we really think he would take that huge risk without a threat from the Feds hanging over his head? I don't think the reverend is coming clean about the choices he faced when deciding to gamble with his reputation, not to mention his life.

Apr. 10 2014 12:00 PM

It's great to hear Mark Riley on WNYC...please have him on more often! His perspective is missing from the station and would attract a larger/more diverse audience.

Apr. 10 2014 11:58 AM
Andy from NYC

Back in the 80's the Village Voice ran a Sharpton expose- where among other things - they found out that he exorted those tickets that your guest was offered from Michael Jackson ( after threatening a picketing operation )
Sharpton scalped most of the tickets and pocketed the cash, according to the Voice piece.

Apr. 10 2014 11:55 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

It's true he'll never live down Tawana Brawley but I don't see why this is a story. Sure, he probably got caught doing something dirty... is there anyone who didn't expect that? Calling this guy a rat is ridiculous. Mafia people are scummy degenerates one and all. It ain't like the Sopranos or even Goodfellas they are truly vile human beings and if Sharpton helped put some in the clink I'm glad he did it.

Apr. 10 2014 11:51 AM
Anonymous from Upper East Side

Back up from the phone receiver caller LISA!! Annoying!

Apr. 10 2014 11:51 AM

Sharpton is a goon.

The guest speaking is too close to Sharpton to give a reasonable appraisal. Still glowing about the Michael Jackson tickets, eh?

Sharpton is a loudmouth who promises much and delivers nothing.

Apr. 10 2014 11:49 AM
Robert from NYC

But then why would the president and the atty gen hold THAT against him!!! He was working for the govt, wasn't he. Duh!

Apr. 10 2014 11:48 AM
Robert from NYC

True but the clubs in those days were called discos.

Apr. 10 2014 11:45 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Mr. Sharpton lost his credibility with the Tawana Brawley (sp?) incident, so there is nothing he says about anything at any time that I believe. When will the press learn to ignore him so he will quietly fade into obscurity?

Apr. 10 2014 11:44 AM

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