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A programming change on MSNBC – the cable “news” channel that gave you Brian “My helicopter was hit by an RPG in Iraq” Williams – is being announced via a television ad promoting the move of Al Sharpton’s PoliticsNation program from its primetime weekday slot to an hour on Sunday mornings, that may succeed more in garnering laughs than viewers.

The MSNBC ad touts the program as “where a nation gets answers,” among other highly dubious and unintentionally amusing claims in the ad.

Sharpton’s program, Politics Nation, suffered from low ratings in the daily 6 p.m. slot throughout its four-year history, suggesting that America is, in fact, going elsewhere for its answers or at least not interested in asking Sharpton any questions.

Sharpton is spinning the move to a single hour early Sunday mornings as his idea, saying he wants to compete with highly-rated long-running Sunday shows like Meet the Press.

The half-minute ad shows video of Sharpton talking with Democrat candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, with narrator earnestly intoning the over-the-top praise, although the statement, “…his perspective is unique” is certainly accurate.

Sharpton, who is also known as “Reverend Al,” gained national attention in a series of highly visible racial incidents in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s, including the Tawana Brawley rape case hoax and the four-day Crown Heights riots that targeted Jews.

His claim that he worked as a government informant in various drug stings directed at New York Mafia families in the 1980s has been corroborated by a FBI videotape, and caused controversy amid allegations that he secretly bugged black activists.

Sharpton, who owes more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens according to the New York Times, has visited the Obama White House more than 100 times since 2009, and is referred to as President Obama’s “go-to black leader” according to 60 Minutes.

 

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