It’s only been 24 hours since a story broke about Al Sharpton allegedly accepting cash to stay quiet regarding TV’s lack of black-owned stations, but the “PoliticsNation” host is the subject of another money-related story.
Controversial conservative activist James O’Keefe’s group, Project Veritas has produced an eight-minute, slickly produced video that accuses Sharpton of caring about one thing… money.
The Project Veritas contributors that appear throughout the video are anonymous, and clearly bait their subjects into bashing Sharpton. However, it doesn’t take much to get them talking about the MSNBC host. People closely associated with Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin are all heard criticizing Sharpton in the piece.
According to the New York Post, one of O’Keefe’s investigators pretended to be an Eric Garner supporter, only to strike up a conversation with Garner’s oldest daughter regarding Sharpton.
“Al Shaprton paid for the funeral. She’s trying to make me feel like I owe them,” Erica Garner said when asked about Cynthia Davis, who is a director of Sharpton’s National Action Network. Erica Garner goes on to imply Sharpton is all about the money.
Bishop Calvin Scott of Believers Temple in Ferguson, MO says Sharpton “incites people for the wrong reason.” While Martin’s father says, “he’s on his own personal mission.”
The video also features a Project Veritas reporter confronting Daryl D. Parks, who is a lawyer for both the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown families.
One of the subjects in the video has since told the Post he was mislead. The entire video can be seen below.
O’Keefe has conducted controversial sting operations in the past, including impersonating Muslims while going after NPR and attempting to lure a CNN reporter to a boat filled with sex toys. Jon Stewart once even called O’Keefe “The Ashton Kutcher of the conservative movement.”