Video: Whoopi calls on Sharpton to apologize to the Duke lacrosse players Update: Sharpton responds

posted at 9:49 am on October 10, 2007 by Bryan

Well, Whoopi Goldberg may yet prove to be a good addition to The View after all. No, I’m not a fan. That business with the Pelosis was revolting. But in this clip, not only does Whoopi not stick to the usual comfortable knee-jerk reactions to events, but goes out of her way to look up the facts before opining. She ends up calling out Rev. Al Sharpton for getting the Duke lacrosse story entirely wrong, and for not apologizing after it became clear that they were innocent. What a concept.

(h/t Newsbusters)

Update: Sharpton responds that he never took a position on the Duke case.

But is Sharpton’s response true?

Not exactly. Here’s what he said on the O’Reilly Factor on April 19, 2006.

Al Sharpton told Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly on April 19 – the day after the first two players were charged – “This girl has basically had a character charged in the media. There is a lot of racism that’s in the air. Having said that, I commend a lot of the blacks and whites who stood vigil and came together in that community to stand up for this girl. So I think in the midst of this, there is some good.”

He added, “What I don’t accept is for people to act like this young lady, no matter what her profession – and I think people need to know she is a mother, a divorced mother of two and a student – that we ought to be putting her on trial rather than these two that are getting indicted.”

Sharpton also compared the Duke case to another infamous rape case.

SHARPTON: This case parallels Abner Louima, who was raped and sodomized in a bathroom like this girl has alleged she was. That’s the case and just like in the Louima case, you have people here saying she fabricated it. They said he fabricated it — two guys in jail right now for that.

As it turned out, the Duke case didn’t parallel the Louima case at all. So Sharpton had that wrong.

And in the Duke case, the accuser did turn out to be a liar. There was racism in the air as Sharpton said, but not necessarily of the kind that he meant. The New Black Panthers were on hand, for instance, and met with Mike Nifong and pronounced the Duke lax players guilty before indictments were even handed down. The NBPs are racist to the core, and judged the Duke case entirely on their racist beliefs.

Sharpton has less to apologize for in the Duke case than the NBP crowd does, but it’s clear from the O’Reilly quotes that he defaulted to defending the accuser and was quick to label any of her critics as racists, even though she turned out to be wrong and her critics turned out to be right.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

I’m sorry – did I read that right? Surely my eyes must have deceived me.

Well done, Whoopi. I didn’t think you had it in ya.

flyawaybird on October 10, 2007 at 9:53 AM

Let me check the forecast……

Yep. I think hell has a cold front approaching……

If this were Fat Tootsie Ro-ll, she would have linked the lacrosse case to 9/11 and Booooshhh.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 10, 2007 at 9:55 AM

Maybe she’ll go after the Duke faculty idiots next? Look, a pig’s flying!

mimi1220 on October 10, 2007 at 9:57 AM

Sharpton was on O’Reilly awhile back, and claimed he never went to Durham or did anything related to that mess. O’reilly agreed with him….I’m convinced they have some sort of deal with each other.

jp on October 10, 2007 at 9:59 AM

Right on Whoopi.

rplat on October 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Wow. The temperature is dropping like a stone in Hell right about now.

saltydogg14 on October 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM

I saw this last night, and was pleasantly surprised. And I think the calling Sharpton out for obvious reasons actually carries a little more weight coming from a person “of color.”

The View may not be as an amusing train wreck with the Big Ro at the wheel, but I must admit Ms Goldberg does a reasonable job, given the venue.

JamesLee on October 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM

File this one under the following:

Stopped clocks are still right twice per day.

flutejpl on October 10, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Actually, Whoopi needs to call out Reverend Hi-Jackson. Remember how he was going to give a scholarship to the alleged victim liar? Where is he now?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 10, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Everyone can occasionally shine. Kudos to Whoopi for being straight up in this case.

No golden star yet, though. I gave Kudos to Clinton for how he handled the Elian Gonzalez situation, and look how he turned out in the end. I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude.

MadisonConservative on October 10, 2007 at 10:02 AM

I think hell just froze over.

The “Whoop” sounding reasonable?

And the “View” monkeys in the cheap seats applauding?

I must have woken up in a parallel universe or something this morning.

Sgt. Khe Sahn.

1GooDDaDDy on October 10, 2007 at 10:03 AM

I’m sorry, but I’ve heard her before and know what to expect of the opinions that come from this waste of airspace show, so even though she may have said something that seems sensical on its surface, I’m sure she’ll have a retraction or follow up statement that explains what she “really” meant.

rayvet on October 10, 2007 at 10:04 AM

I wouldn’t hold my breath, Whoopie.

Dork B. on October 10, 2007 at 10:05 AM

I also loved Joy’s blank stare. Ten bucks says she made up her mind as soon as NiFong opened his mouth, and she has refused to change it since.

MadisonConservative on October 10, 2007 at 10:05 AM

Wow. The temperature is dropping like a stone in Hell right about now.

saltydogg14 on October 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM

And LGF must have that flying pig out this morning sometime, right?

Bob's Kid on October 10, 2007 at 10:06 AM

One more bigoted, hate filled, quasi-neocon outburst like that, young lady, and you’ll never work in this town again!

The view simply will not tolerate intolerance.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 10, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Maybe she’ll go after the Duke faculty idiots next? Look, a pig’s flying!

mimi1220 on October 10, 2007 at 9:57 AM

Are you sure it just wasn’t Rosie falling out a window?

rbb on October 10, 2007 at 10:07 AM

There is always a flash of brilliance before a light burns out. She is still a dim bulb.

right2bright on October 10, 2007 at 10:13 AM

She’s usually perfectly reasonable about racial issues.

For example, she’s been saying for years that she refuses to call herself “African-American” because she believes that the “American” part is what really counts.

Tanya on October 10, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Whoopie is at least a click above that ideot Rosie.

saiga on October 10, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Well done. I have the most respect for people who want to see justice done for all, not just for people like them.

I did an ROTC information fair at a liberal private school in 2006. The student organizer told me she had done everything in her power to keep us from coming, and that she had no respect for anyone in uniform. She had a student reporter (who we were later told was her close friend) come and ask us a bunch of hostile and leading questions, trying to get some nice quotes for a hit piece. I walked up to the organizer after the event and told her: “You think that you and I are very different, and you’re right. I respect everyone. You respect everyone who’s like you.”

She had no response.

BadgerHawk on October 10, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Well knock me over with a feather…..
…that is if I can find a feather……. let me see here..

….nope, feathers are on back order.

Mcguyver on October 10, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Maybe she’ll go after the Duke faculty idiots next? Look, a pig’s flying!

mimi1220 on October 10, 2007 at 9:57 AM
Are you sure it just wasn’t Rosie falling out a window?

rbb on October 10, 2007 at 10:07 AM

Thanks for the laugh, I just spit coffee on my keyboard!

hollygolightly on October 10, 2007 at 10:16 AM

I admire a liberal with principals…I really do.

Well done Whoopi – now hit the salon and get that hair dealt with.

jake-the-goose on October 10, 2007 at 10:18 AM

She is right for saying what she said. However Sharpton’s apology is as worthless as his charges. He is a non-entity. Folks wouldn’t know his name if not for Bill O’reilly and others that legitimize him.

TheSitRep on October 10, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Wha wha whaaaaaat?????

Wow, my computer must be doing some strange stuff now. I just read a headline here that said Whoopi Goldberg called on Al Sharpton to apologize to the Duke LAX players, but we know something like that couldn’t happen in real life.

Could it?

thirteen28 on October 10, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Now the next step.

Whoopi needs to call on Al Sharpton to apologize for everything. Directly to me. It can only improve the quality of my life to forget all that is Al Sharpton.

Nethicus on October 10, 2007 at 10:25 AM

I’m sorry but Sharpton was nothing but a bit player in the Duke scandal. Why on earth should Whoopi single him out and not call for apologies from the following:

Mike Nifong (a real apology does not occur in front of the media without the presence of those offended).

Jesse Jackson

The Duke faculty that slandered the students in the newspaper twice.

The prostitute stripper exotic dancer that blamed the students.

The Duke University administration for assuming guilt (quite the learning lesson president moron Broadhead)

Plenty of blame to go around so why did a far-left-of-sanity liberal single out Sharpton? Could it be that she is seeking to discredit the “old” race industry leaders to give some room for the up-and-comers like Barak Obama and C. Ray Nagin?

highhopes on October 10, 2007 at 10:27 AM

…carries a little more weight coming from a person “of color.”

This is perhaps the saddest endictment of the current sorry state of our society.

And true.

Ochlan on October 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Credit where credit is due…this was a great statement by Whoopi.

James on October 10, 2007 at 10:29 AM

…carries a little more weight coming from a person “of color.”
This is perhaps the saddest endictment of the current sorry state of our society.

And true.

Ochlan on October 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM

True dat yo!

TheSitRep on October 10, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Well knock me over with a feather…..
…that is if I can find a feather……. let me see here..

….nope, feathers are on back order.

Mcguyver on October 10, 2007 at 10:15 AM

McGuyver should be able to build a feather out of avialable supplies.

speed911 on October 10, 2007 at 10:42 AM

I have always found Whoopi to be reasonable on racial issues too. She’s still a liberal, but a liberal that fact-checks.

csdeven on October 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Whoopi’s intelligence seems to overcome her indoctrination once in awhile. I would think that given a different path in life other then Hollywood, she would outwardly be more conservative.

peacenprosperity on October 10, 2007 at 10:58 AM

I’m not surprised by this at all. Whoopi Goldberg has always held a contrarian viewpoint, especially on issues of race. I’m not saying she is my cup of tea, but she is not a typical hollywood lefty.

Also, Whoopi Goldberg’s early stand up material was very provocative.

She tells the best joke to ever use the word “nigga.” It is very un-pc.

The Race Card on October 10, 2007 at 11:00 AM

She tells the best joke to ever use the word “nigga.” It is very un-pc.

The Race Card on October 10, 2007 at 11:00 AM

.
Do Tell !
.

Keith_Z on October 10, 2007 at 11:07 AM

I disagree with most of her politics, but she’s far from the worst person in the world. And unlike her predecessor, she’s not borderline psychotic, which certainly helps (even if it doesn’t make for quite such exciting television).

Blacklake on October 10, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Wow, I’m really pleasantly surprised she’s doing this.

Ortzinator on October 10, 2007 at 11:54 AM

*rubbing eyes*

Huh?

Miss_Anthrope on October 10, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Do Tell !

This one?

A little black kid died and went to heaven. And he was in heaven standing there and he had his wings, and God came along, and he asked, “God, am I an angel?”

And God says, “Naw nigga! You a bat!

Ochlan on October 10, 2007 at 12:05 PM

I’m sorry but Sharpton was nothing but a bit player in the Duke scandal. Why on earth should Whoopi single him out and not call for apologies from the following: …

highhopes on October 10, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Because it is Sharpton who is marching right now demanding an apology from Isiah Thomas for things he said. I think it was the dishonesty of the whole situation that really caught her attention. I think that if Jesse, etc.., were organizing marches demanding an apology from someone she would probably call them out too.

Buford on October 10, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Sharpton’s a golden-tongued entrepreneur in the race hustling industry, a cheap racist opportunist who builds his career on the backs of those he purports to represent.

At least once, Whoopi was on the O’R Factor. Much to my surprise, she was thoughtful, intelligent and thoroughly reasonable in expressing her political views. I’d hoped she might continue in that vein on the View, so I keep fingers crossed.

In fact, on O’R she showed capacity to be one of the most thoughtful lefties in all the celebosphere, if only she’ll continue in that vein.

petefrt on October 10, 2007 at 12:28 PM

This is the difference between Rosie and Whoopi I was hoping for.
Whoopi’s opinions may be strong or even disagreeable but she is strong enough to look at both sides.

Al ‘race pimp’ Sharpton’s ego must be assuaged, don’t expect anything but slimy wiggling from him to save face at all cost.

Speakup on October 10, 2007 at 12:33 PM

A broken clock is right twice a day.

SouthernGent on October 10, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Good for her.

Nobody in the mainstream media has called out Sharpton, Jackson, the New Black Panthers, or the Duke professors who signed a letter condemning the players. (O’Reilly did send Jessie Watters to professors’ houses to ask if they’d issue a retraction. All quiet everywhere else.) They slandered the players viciously before they’d even had their day in court. If the racial shoe were on the other foot, there is no way that any condemnation like that would have happened pre-trial.

Actually, given the total lack of media attention to the Christian/Newsom murders, if the alleged assailants had been black against a caucasian woman, we’d have barely heard about this at all.

So good for Whoopi, absolutely. I wish more would follow suit.

Hawkins1701 on October 10, 2007 at 12:46 PM

Good for Whoopi.

I believe Nifong has already apologized. Nonetheless, Nifong and the City of Durham (including its police force) are being sued. A total of 13 people are being sued, according to the article below dated October 6, 2007.

http://washingtontimes.com/article/20071006/NATION/110060047/1001

eanax on October 10, 2007 at 12:52 PM

Good on you Whoopi.

Spirit of 1776 on October 10, 2007 at 12:55 PM

She’s still a liberal, but a liberal that fact-checks.

csdeven on October 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Ummm, sure she does. I was pleased to see her call out Al $harple$$. Je$$e Jerk$son should be her next stop.

On-my-soap-box on October 10, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Now she is a hero at least until she advocates a leftist position on some other issue. Then get out the artillery to excoriate her.

Bradky on October 10, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Given what she has said in the past, she really needs to look in the mirror. I can’t stand her and will never watch her again. And yeah, sharpton isn’t my fav guy either….both of them make money off of getting attention.

Highrise on October 10, 2007 at 1:01 PM

SHARPTON: This case parallels Abner Louima, who was raped and sodomized in a bathroom like this girl has alleged she was.

A closer parallel would be the Tawana Brawley case. I’m sure the good Rev. Al remembers that one.

flipflop on October 10, 2007 at 1:06 PM

I take her at her word that she has progressed and mellowed as she aged. I think that it was a good thing that she did this, and it started an intellignet(?) discussion.

Pam on October 10, 2007 at 1:14 PM

Kinky Friedman on Al Sharpton when he was on Bill O’Reilly last week. You can skip past all the crap about Bruce Springsteen to the 5:25 mark

abinitioadinfinitum on October 10, 2007 at 1:30 PM

I won’t link to it directly because the content is definitely not safe-for-work, but “The Onion’s” new video segment “Use Of ‘N-Word’ May End Porn Star’s Career” is a hilarious bit of satire on modern race-baiting cases. (Be warned: Even I’m a bit surprised that they went as far as they did with language and nudity, though I think it certainly serves to make their point.)

Blacklake on October 10, 2007 at 1:32 PM

Bradky on October 10, 2007 at 12:58 PM

What a sad little person you are.

reaganaut on October 10, 2007 at 1:32 PM

Pam on October 10, 2007 at 1:14 PM

I certainly hope so. Yet, can an old dog learn new tricks?

kiakjones on October 10, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Now she is a hero at least until she advocates a leftist position on some other issue. Then get out the artillery to excoriate her.

Bradky on October 10, 2007 at 12:58 PM

That’s the nice thing about living in a democracy.

highhopes on October 10, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Bradky on October 10, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Nah, she’s a POS anyhow. I remember when
Whoopi stood on the stage of Radio City Music Hall sipping wine and making unflattering comparisons between her genitalia and President Bush.

Why do we pat celebrity libtards on the back for saying what we do every day, or for doing the right thing once, for motives which are suspect anyway?

JiangxiDad on October 10, 2007 at 1:38 PM

Would something like Al’s non apology ever get one of Al’s targets off the hook.

tmitsss on October 10, 2007 at 1:55 PM

From Sharpton’s letter, we see that he plans to wiggle out of any blame about the Duke case. And he’s just clever enough and Whoopi’s position is such, that she’ll have to let him wiggle out of blame.

The good news is that his wiggling to get out of this situation will be all to the good. From what I’ve observed Sharpton has either grown up since the Tawana Brawley case, or at least, no longer needs the publicity like he did then. Thus, I expect him to internalize his claims as he wiggles and become a little less racist–just as white Americans forty to sixty years ago stopped being racists by virtue of proclaiming over and over their lack of racism.

thuja on October 10, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Al walks on water, he is never wrong!

abinitioadinfinitum on October 10, 2007 at 2:26 PM

Will the Dake LAX players be suing the NBP also?

Harpoon on October 10, 2007 at 2:32 PM

Whoopi just pulled a classic okey doke!

coldshot on October 10, 2007 at 2:39 PM

Here is a vid of Al Sharpton in April 2006 advocating for the “rape victim” in the Duke Lacrosse case. He says that Bill O’ Reilly’s defense of the players is completely untrue and that the District Attorney has convincing evidence that he needed to convict: You Tube Vid

ericire12 on October 10, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Good for her, see not everyone is an idealogue.

Too much Far Right and too much Far Left destroys what’s left of civil discourse and the good life.

Big Al needs to now step up to the plate, and we don’t mean dinner.

AprilOrit on October 10, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Sharpton and OReilly have man-crushes on each other…

sabbott on October 10, 2007 at 3:24 PM

sabbott on October 10, 2007 at 3:24 PM

Perhaps…but who do you think is gonna do the ‘driving’ ?

Ochlan on October 10, 2007 at 3:42 PM

What was Ted Danson thinking?

My collie says:

Someone just HAD to say it.

CyberCipher on October 10, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Whoopi may be piggybacking the I-man. Just after being dumped by [P]MSNBC, Don Imus asked, “When will Al Sharpton be appologizing [to the Duke players]?

http://www.drudgereport.com/flash3im.htm

EconomicNeocon on October 10, 2007 at 4:10 PM

Why on earth should Whoopi single him out

Because he’s demanding Thomas apologize, she’s pointing out that he’s got some apologizing of his own to do.

The Monster on October 10, 2007 at 4:38 PM

You Go Ginan!

Star Trek reference :)

max1 on October 10, 2007 at 5:02 PM

She is going after Sharpton because he is cozy with O’Reilly. Where was the reference to her good friend the Rev. Jackson. Jackson said much more than Sharpton.

right2bright on October 10, 2007 at 5:22 PM

What a sad little person you are.

reaganaut on October 10, 2007 at 1:32 PM

Ah, another example of the death of the grownups…

Why isn’t the View on prime time now? I mean, with all the free publicity they get, they could do very well. The’ll just hire another crackpot, idiot liberal like Whoopi, so they can live off the contrived “contraversy”.
reaganaut on May 24, 2007 at 9:47 AM

reaganaut on May 24, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Bradky on October 10, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Update: Sharpton responds that he never took a position on the Duke case.

Good job there Sharpy.

BKennedy on October 10, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Whoopi has walked this path for a long time, she will say or do something that is right, that will lend her credibility with mostly honest people, but can’t get her in too much trouble with her repugnant progressive fans.

She is far from a voice of reason, she is smart like a fox, and dishonorable to her core.

Rode Werk on October 10, 2007 at 6:41 PM

I’m most shocked that initially the audience was silent when Whoopi first said Sharpton should apologize to the Duke LaCrosse players.

MsUnderestimated on October 10, 2007 at 6:43 PM

Whoopi is calling on Sharpton to apologize…?

…These are truly the end times.

ZK on October 10, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Whoopi has walked this path for a long time, she will say or do something that is right, that will lend her credibility with mostly honest people, but can’t get her in too much trouble with her repugnant progressive fans.

She is far from a voice of reason, she is smart like a fox, and dishonorable to her core.

Rode Werk on October 10, 2007 at 6:41 PM

Smart like a fox is better than dumb as a post (Rosie) in my book,

BKennedy on October 10, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Actually, Whoopi needs to call out Reverend Hi-Jackson. Remember how he was going to give a scholarship to the alleged victim liar? Where is he now?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 10, 2007 at 10:02 AM

She could be confusing the two. They both pretty much have the same MO.

Thing is when he comes on, I’m hoping Whoopi takes him to task.

- The Cat

MirCat on October 10, 2007 at 10:05 PM

Interesting:
- dead silence when she first said Sharpton should apologize
- Joy B looked like she was going to surreptitiously fart when Whoopi said it
- Joy had cut in on Whoopi to spin a fatuous little in-crowd puffer about Sharpton, so when Whoopi finished, she made a point of saying how she had “waited her turn” to finish her story – smack!!
- audience exploded when Whoopi said the kids had gone thorugh hell, so they finally had an emotional thing they could react to. Matters of truth and fact not quite so compelling in this particular audience.
- Liz asked if Whoopi was going to give Sharpton “til Friday” like Sharpton had demanded

Layers and nuance, folks…

drunyan8315 on October 10, 2007 at 10:10 PM

I am shocked. Whoopi actually broke with the Left and called for an apology when she saw the truth of false persecution. I will have to reevaluate my opinion of Whoopi to some degree.

In my opinion, don’t hold your breath for Sharpton and others of his ilk to do likewise, it would be hazardous to your health. Don’t confuse them with the truth and facts, they don’t want to hear it, they already have their minds made up.

omegaram on October 10, 2007 at 10:14 PM

whatever. She’s just saying what people want to hear. Looks like it worked, now she has everyones attention.

She should apologize for that idiotic comment that Micheal Vick was only doing what southerners do in the deep south.

flipflopper on October 11, 2007 at 9:18 AM

Wow .
I have a new found respect for whoopie .

Mojack420 on October 11, 2007 at 1:01 PM

Those Duke students need to include Sharpton and Jackson in their lawsuit. That would be sweet, much sweeter than an apology. Maybe they’d decide to tone down their racist banter if it cost them a few million bucks.

Buzzy on October 12, 2007 at 12:04 AM

Does anyone really think that Whoopie Goldberg will research Al Sharpton’s part in the Duke Lacrosse case before dismissing the entire resquest for an apology, and before making nice with Al Sharpton?

William

William2006 on October 12, 2007 at 4:41 AM

Good job Whoopi.

For your next insistence on apologies, Duke’s “Group of 88″ is thattaway. ——>

Ryan Gandy on October 14, 2007 at 10:04 PM