Uygur calls rival Sharpton an Obama cheerleader

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, December 9, 2011 8:32 EDT
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Current TV host Cenk Uygur mocking MSNBC host Al Sharpton as a cheerleader for President Barack Obama. Image: Screengrab via Current TV.
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Responding to a reader poll on Thursday night, Current TV’s “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur suggested that Al Sharpton, whose MSNBC program “PoliticsNation” airs at the same time as Uygur’s, is a cheerleader for President Barack Obama.

The Current reader poll Uygur was responding to showed that 84 percent of his viewers believed he was not being too tough on President Obama. Making good on his promise for “real interaction” with viewers, Uyger defended himself and pointed to Sharpton as the alternative.

“If [Obama's] wrong about something, I’ve got to tell you,” Uygur insisted. “I can’t be like, ‘Give me an O! Give me a B! Obama’s great!’ If you want that kind of show, go to Al Sharpton.”

“Did I say that?” he quipped immediately thereafter, drawing groans and laughter from the rest of his crew.

Uygur, whose first week of shows on Current TV ends today, has been strident in his criticism of the liberal MSNBC network, which he left in July after being offered his own prime time program and a substantial raise.

“I didn’t want to work at a place that didn’t want me to do my kind of show, that wasn’t interested in my kind of show, didn’t want to challenge power,” he explained at the time.

Uygur later told fellow former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann that he felt like MSNBC sacrifices truth for access to elected officials, and he wanted no part in it.

This video is from Current TV’s “The Young Turks,” broadcast Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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