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THE HONORABLE REVEREND DOCTOR AL
By Ed Driscoll · April 18, 2002 08:06 PM ·

THE HONORABLE REVEREND DOCTOR AL SHARPTON?? Jay Nordlinger, in his Impromptus column on National Review Online mentioned that Al Sharpton has taken to having himself introduced on his radio show, as “The Honorable Reverend Doctor Al Sharpton.” That’s quite a mouthful! So how did this happen? Nordlinger says:

Well, we got the explanation from Sharpton’s spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger (yes, you heard that right, Rachel Noerdlinger, and that makes for a fascinating story, which I may explore and relate sometime). Sharpton picked up the “Doctor” when he received an honorary degree from the A. P. Clay Bible College in Baton Rouge. He calls himself “the Honorable” because he is boss of the “National Action Network,” which, according to Miss Noerdlinger, is “a position of honor to people in the community.” (What community would that be?) And “the Reverend”? Who the hell knows?

Anyway, I feel I can’t do better than Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live, who said, “No matter how many titles he piles up before his name, if the last two words you hear are ‘Al Sharpton,’ he’s not fooling anybody.”

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