Who could have seen this coming?
Sharpton claimed that video simply recorded a failed sting.
The author of the Smoking Gun story, William Bastone, said Sharpton’s claims don’t hold water.
“The idea that he made the recordings because this guy supposedly threatened him …. It’s just totally crazy,” Bastone said.
“He may not like considering himself a confidential informant, but that’s what he was. He wasn’t doing this out of the goodness of his heart.”
Sharpton cast the new attention on his work with the feds as racist. He said that while blacks who help law enforcement are called snitches, “We make heroes in other communities who fight crime.”
Sharpton’s cooperation with the FBI had been reported as far back as 1988, but The Smoking Gun revealed that he had 10 face-to-face meetings — all
recorded — with Joseph (Joe Bana) Buonanno, a Gambino family member.
The recordings were used to help get judicial approval for wiretaps to bug two Genovese family social clubs, three cars used by mobsters and many of their phones — and those wiretaps, in turn, produced evidence that helped to convict several Mafioso, the Smoking Gun reported.
What’s pathetic about these latest revelations is we have the entire mainstream media just sitting there like pathetic lapdogs eating up Sharpton’s version of the story, none of them even the slightest bit inclined to question him or investigate further. There’s a reason the guy became a snitch: To avoid prosecution. It’s not like he woke up one day and thought he’d be a good guy to help out the feds. Meanwhile, let’s give the NY Daily News props for this cover: