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Cornel West: Sharpton Sold Soul for Obama

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Published on Nov 13, 2012

"Cornel West is no stranger to controversy, and this time his fervent slingshot is aimed at black MSNBC hosts.

During an interview on "Democracy Now" West criticized Al Sharpton, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, and frequent guest host Michael Eric Dyson for "selling their souls" in exchange for insider access to Obama.

"They want to turn their back to poor and working people. And it's a sad thing to see them as apologists for the Obama administration in that way, given the kind of critical background that all of them have had at some point."

The activist also made a shot at the MSNBC personalities lack of dedication to black interests by inviting "them back to the black prophetic tradition after Obama leaves."

West didn't hold back when it came to Obama either. During the interview he called President Obama a "Rockefeller republican in blackface."*

Cenk Uygue breaks down Cornel West's comments, as well as Al Sharpton, who has been accused of never criticizing Obama on anything. Jayar Jackson weighs in on the West's and Sharpton's respective comments and attitudes toward Obama.

*Read more from Michelle Marques/ Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11...

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