*The Rev. Al Sharpton has accused Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. of digging up old news about his civil rights organization’s tax troubles as retaliation for holding his Reclaim the Dream rally the same day as Fox News TV host Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor event, which was held at the Lincoln Memorial on the Aug. 28 anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The New York Post, which, like Fox News, is owned by News Corp., reported last week that an April 2 audit of Sharpton’s National Action Network revealed that it is a big financial mess. NAN owed an estimated $1.3 million in city, state and federal taxes at the end of 2008, according to the Post.
However, a letter dated Sept. 7 from the group’s accounting firm said the story did not accurately reflect or quote any written statement from the audit and that NAN has made significant improvements.
“This was a totally bogus attack from the people in that company based on the success of our ability to get tens of thousands of people out there against Glenn Beck,” Sharpton said in an exclusive interview with The Root. “They’re also trying to get those who contribute to NAN to worry that we are about to close. We’re not. We’re stronger than ever and our tax liabilities are close to being settled, with 95 percent of the debt already paid.”
“His claim is unworthy of a response,” the New York Post said today in response to Sharpton’s claim.