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Sharpton attacks CNN’s John King for ‘dark-skinned male’ report on Boston bombing
MSNBC host Al Sharpton railed against CNN's John King Wednesday night, not because he gave a report that later proved to be false, but because he described a supposed suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing as a "dark-skinned male."
CNN's report Tuesday that a suspect was in custody later turned out to be inaccurate, but what the MSNBC host had a problem with was when John King said, "I was told by one of these sources, who is a law enforcement official, that this was a dark-skinned male."
Mr. Sharpton quoted the Washington Post's Eric Wemple, agreeing that Mr. King's comment "borders on inflammatory."
"Dark-skinned male?" Sharpton asked in his opening monologue. "Coded, offensive language."
"These comments are very offensive," he continued. "They have no place in our discourse ... What King's words did is to make every dark-skinned male in Boston a suspect, and that's shameful."
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