Al Sharpton on set, Feb. 27, 2014.
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Opinion: Press promotes ‘no snitching’ to slam Sharpton


This morning I woke up to headlines from the New York Post and the New York Daily Newsthat could very well have been written by Tony Soprano himself.

The local NYC tabloids derided Rev. Al Sharpton as both a “rat” and a “snitch” for his alleged cooperation with the FBI-NYPD in the 1980s.

According to a report from, the civil rights leader and MSNBC host was informant “CI-7” who wore a wire during his interactions with leaders of the infamous Genovese crime family.

The report claims the FBI gathered information through Sharpton which ultimately led to law enforcement bringing down America’s largest and most feared mob organization.

In a press conference at his National Action Network office in Harlem Tuesday afternoon, an indignant Sharpton confronted what he called “old news” and a misrepresentation of something that he wrote about in his 1996 book, Go and Tell Pharaoh.

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Opinion: Press promotes ‘no snitching’ to slam Sharpton