Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Juan Williams the black Ann Coulter?

Politics: I need to pick up the book if he ticked off Al and Rev Jesse this much.

Williams' foes: He's Juan to talk Fox News commentator Juan Williams has titled his latest book "Enough," promising to tackle "The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America." But two of his targets - Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton - have had just about enough of Juan Williams. "I think Juan is trying to be the black Ann Coulter with pants," Sharpton told me yesterday, ­responding to Williams' critique of him as a cynical, ­money-grubbing self-promoter who encourages African-Americans to evade responsibility for problems by blaming others. "I have fought for social responsibility in the black community, unlike some of these guys who try to hustle right-wing politics for Fox News." Jackson was ­equally insulting, accusing Williams of journalistic sins tantamount to plagiarism. "If plagiarism is someone taking the work of another and not giving credit, then it's just as bad to write about somebody without even talking to them," Jackson argued. "I have had not one interview with him. He's made no attempt to get any contextual response to anything. ­Usually writers like to use primary sources." Williams retorted: "They're involved in spin, because the book reveals them for who they are."

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