7:30pm August 29, 2011

Rev. Al Sharpton Named Official Host of MSNBC’s ‘PoliticsNation’

MSNBC today announced Rev. Al Sharpton will be the host of the new "PoliticsNation" show at 6 p.m. weeknights — August 29 2011

Rev. Al Sharpton is now the official host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” a new show that appears weeknights live from 6-7 p.m. ET on the cable network.

Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, stated “PoliticsNation” will debut tonight.

In his new role, Sharpton will lead a lively and informed discussion of the top headlines, bringing viewers his take on events in his signature style, Griffin said.

While the NAACP applauded Sharpton on his new position, others — from black journalist organizations to mainstream industry interests — were critical, saying he was taking a position that should have gone to an African American journalist. Sharpton, however, credited the show as a continuation of his life’s work.  He reportedly stated that the position would not have gone to a black journalist because no journalist hosts a show on MSNBC after 5 p.m.

“I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to Lean Forward,” said Sharpton, using the network’s new tag line. “It is a natural extension of my life work and growth. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling, and one must either learn to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.”

Griffin defended his choice. “I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him,” the MSNBC president said. “He has always been one of our most thoughtful and entertaining guests.”

Griffin indicated he expects Sharpton to draw new viewers. “I’m thrilled that he’s now reached a point in his career where he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show,” Griffin said. “‘PoliticsNation’ is going to be an incredibly strong kick-off to our evening schedule.”

Sharpton is no stranger to the media and has appeared numerous times as a guest host on different shows.

Sharpton has devoted over 40 years as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate. He has been youth director of New York’s Operation Breadbasket and director of ministers for the National Rainbow Push Coalition, and he founded his own civil rights organization, the National Action Network. Additionally, Sharpton hosts a nationally syndicated radio show that is broadcast in 40 markets.

About the Author

Bederia Moore
Bederia Moore, Esq., is an attorney and business consultant. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law. She works in Jacksonville, Florida as an attorney with Lawrence & Parker, P.A., and as a business consultant with Linking Solutions, Inc. She is an active member in the Christian Legal Society and the Florida Bar.



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  1. Khaliph Bey

    Bro. Al What should be asked is how can the states propose sovereignty when in 1933 the states declared bankruptcy which made them state corporate charters. Their sovereignty was suspended by the sigining of the Wars Powers Act I believe March 16, 1933. They are still in debt to the union which save their butts. The United States of America is the Republic belonging to the people and the United State is a corporate Charter (The Mother Corporation) See Title 26 USC of the Tax Codes which clearly Expresses this fact. Just trying to help a brother out.

  2. sam f

    Rev You did a very good job you don't play games get right to the point we the people need more of you keep up the good work

  3. madeline Hargrove

    Congratulations! Al is a man of integrity faith convictions and action. Thank you Phil and MSNBC for giving us another voice of reason. I look forward to his thoughtful and informative show.

  4. Beverly frencher

    Every minority, eligible voter should immediately get a state ID. If u can’t afford it now u have ample time to save or borrow the fee.this is the only way u can be sure u can vote for President Obama in the next election

  5. Teri Banegas

    Wow! A million thanks to Rev. Sharpton. I've been waiting for a Democrat to give it right back to the sour-puss-mean-spirited Republicans, and I think I found him! At first I thought this is not going to work… the Rev. will be like all the others… they'll wimp out and the SPMS Republicans will recognize they can get to him as well…
    Please oh, please Rev. Sharpton, keep it up … you are the only one that can give it right back to them.

  6. freddie gavin

    Rev. Al, I enjoy your show. Keep up the good work. I have one request. When you call someone out, you always point your finger at the T.V. and say "Got Ya!" I think that should be a segment of you show like Chris Mathews, "Let me finish" segment. Maybe you can call your segment–"GOT YA!" And like always, make sure you point your finger at the viewers as if you are talking to the person you got.

    Keep strong and keep it , like always–real!

    Freddie G (From the home of the God Father of Soul–Mr. James Brown–Augusta, Ga.)

  7. rhoda simmons

    I love the show! I am glued to the tube every day a 6 p.m. Rev. Sharpton doesn't let anyone get over on him,he tells it like it is and he interviews people the way it should be done(not with kid gloves). Thank you for Rev.Al, MSNBC!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Kenrick Carter

    I would like to inform host Al Sharpton and his viewers of an ID that all citizens can can apply for it's called a passport card. You can apply for this with a birth certificate, natralization certificate etc., This can be applied for at any passport office or post office with the correct documents. This card has the benefit of sea and land travel and should be able to be used as an ID for voting. On your computer go to search and type (US Passport Card) Best Regards, Ken

  9. Tony

    I welcome Al Sharpton to his new show, he has done very well. He is tough and always has answers for the other side. I have enjoyed all the shows from Harball to Lawerence and Rachel. I wished the adminstration would consider these people advise. Reverence Sharpton continue the fight and let the nation know where we stand.


      Yes, he has done well. in the words of Booker T Washington "Naturally, most of our people who received some little education became teachers or preachers. While among those two classes there were many capable, earnest, godly men and women, still a large proportion took up teaching or preaching as an easy way to make a living." (p 55, Up From Slavery) Which is Al? What has he actually DONE?


      Which one is AL (from Booker T Washington) "Naturally, most of our people who received some little education became teachers or preachers. While among those two classes there were many capable, earnest, godly men and women, still a large proportion took up teaching or preaching as an easy way to make a living."


  10. Mary Keemer

    I love watching PoliticsNation, with Mr. Al Sharpton. I'm so happy MSNB gave him this opportunity. I fine myself rushing to get home from work in time to see PoliticsNation.

    Great job Mr. Sharpton!

  11. Fernando Portillo

    I think we should focus on the two major candidates Ronniie and Perry Those are the two that will hurt the American workers and middle class. No Republican will do better including the rest of the GOP candidates who are only a diversion. People has to see them as a fact for their agenda are to protect the rich and make laws so they can destroy the Roosevelt protection way of government, and make more money for themselves. During the Roosevelt government, he even the playing field for the middle working class that the Republican party while in power brought America to her knees in 1929 and now they are trying to do this again. First creating a diversion and stopping any kind of progressive go ahead on Obama's administration to make him a one time President and to checkmate the American middle-class. We have to learn to never vote for party who put political interest of the rich before the substance of the nation and its citizens, who likes to make our people suffer in order to defeat President Obama.

  12. Andy

    Hello fellow Democrats that have passion and actually care about the direction that this country is headed. Rev. Al keep doing and talking about the issues that matter JOBS, JOBS and health care to the average american person. Someone needs to fight back against the Fox Right wing Republicans attacks on the poor, middle class users of public education. Please tell President Obama that he needs to stand with the people and be bold and tell Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the obstructionist to go to hell , that we are sick of the rudeness that they keep showing to our president , just because he is a Democrat and worst of all that , he has a darker skin color than they do?

  13. Undeniably believe that that you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest factor to have in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get irked at the same time as people think about worries that they plainly don’t realize about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and outlined out the entire thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thank you

  14. Gasface49

    …Hey Rev Sharpton, did you he? President O out thought Perry, Huntsmen and other heartless soul with out foxes these GOP hopefuls. He appointed, in Dec 10, 2010, Senate appoved, U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney jr. form Easton Virginia. ( as Perry might add, "it was a blind cannon with one was out-we thought we had him, but he had of). Intellect and street smarts, and one heck of a fighter. GO MR. PRESIDENT, GO…

  15. gasface49

    …Hey Rev Sharton, did you here? President Obama out thought Perry, Huntsmen, & other heartless souls, when he out foxed these GOP hopefuls, He appointed, Dec 10,2010, Senate Confirmation, U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney jr., Easton Virginia. (2 month from hostipal via a Stroke, sorry about the word missplacements)…

  16. Bob Wray Sr,

    Good morning follow DEMOCRATES do not coment on GOP out house with OBOMA name on it that is Mitts romney WHITEHOUSE so be nice do not talk much about it JOHN CORNyn, and house GOP going to clean it after mitt romnry usrs it

  17. marcy Glickman

    Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't even touch on the topic of religion because it is everybody's right. Overwhelmed everyday with racist statements about Muslims and our president from the right, I have done some research on the Mormon Church. Since LYING Mitt the "Twitt" is a bishop in the Mormon Church wants to attack president Obama, I thought I'd give you a peek at Mitt's religious background. It is interesting – see below:

    " THE GOD MAKERS" You Tube

    Romney wants America to go to war! He nor any of his son's have military experience and probably won't ever! Yet, he wants to send the son's and daughter's of Americans to another war. He didn't even give honor or respect to our veteran's and their families at the Republican National Convention, which was held in the Sports Arena (Tampa). By the way, for a group of people against government intervention, the Sports arena had received 2/3 government funding for its construction – go figure. And, many of those republican governors sure accepted Obama's Stimulus package for their states, while knocking it at the same time. The Tea party folk's at the convention honored the Koch brother's as entrepreneur's – huh! These guy's are not entrepreneur's, they inherited family wealth. Entrepreneur's?!!! What a bunch of right-wing hypocrites!

    There were 12 American Embassy attacks during Bush's administration; and 8 during Rumsfeld's watch. Bush was briefed about the possibility of an attack occurring on American soil – and it did. Has America already forgotten? President Obama has been more aggressive taking out Al Qaeda than any other country on this planet! He gave the orders to kill Bin Laden. Even Osama Bin Ladin was upset because our president didn't focus on Islam, and he shouldn't have. Instead he focused on Al Qaeda. It drove Osama crazy! You will probably not hear about this from the right though.

    The right wing (Christians/Republicans) are aware of president Obama's success, they just want to let the hate talk continue. Yet, they are pushing a guy who can't state a sentence without a lie attached to it, and seems as if he come from another planet – maybe Kolab(?). Now, let's get back to ask Romney to show us his taxes! He is a bad candidate, rude, insensitive and irresponsible. He is such a LIAR! He is rooting for an American recession. We don't need him at all- he is not presidential material, nor truly committed to the American people.

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