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September 23, 2015

Sidmel Estes-SumpterFriends start online fund drive to provide health care; Philly's fee for covering pope from risers: $1,500; Natives object to canonizing friar accused of cruelty; ex-publisher says newspaper diversity efforts have failed; Marvel hires Coates to write Black Panther comic; Egyptian president pardons, frees Al Jazeera reporters; black publishers honor Roland Martin, 4 others; Carson condemned for Muslim comment, donations rise; Clinton talks black colleges, birthers on Joyner show (9/23/15)

Friends Start Online Fund Drive to Provide Health Care

Philly's Fee for Covering Pope From Risers: $1,500

Natives Object to Canonizing Friar Accused of Cruelty

Ex-Publisher Says Newspaper Diversity Efforts Have Failed

Marvel Hires Coates to Write Black Panther Comic

Egyptian President Pardons, Frees Al Jazeera Reporters


Ben Carson's "beliefs that being Muslim bars Americans from being civically engaged, upholding our nation’s laws or serving in elected positions of leadership comes from a place of bigotry,” Robert McCaw, government-affairs manager at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told TheRoot.com."(video)

Carson Condemned for Muslim Comment; Donations Rise

"The super PAC supporting neurosurgeon Ben Carson for GOP president has seen a surge of donations since his appearance Sunday on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' where Mr. Carson said he wouldn't advocate for a Muslim to be president of the United States,"Kelly Riddell reported Tuesday for the Washington Times.

"'We sent out an email to Carson supporters, and we've never had an email raise so much money so quickly — it's unbelievable,' said John Philip Sousa IV, who chairs the 2016 Committee super PAC. 'My phone has exploded over the last 48 hours — of people wanting me to pass on to Dr. Carson how much they respect his truthfulness and believe in the American system, and how absolutely not should anyone who believes in Sharia law come close to the White House. The people are on Dr. Carson's side on this one — sorry NBC you lose.' . . ."

However, Carson's comments were roundly condemned elsewhere, with many pointing out the Constitution's provision that religion should not be a litmus test in running for office.

Clinton Talks Black Colleges, Birthers on Joyner Show

"CNN's Don Lemon asked Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton during a radio interview Wednesday morning whether she started 'birther' rumors about President Barack Obama during their bitter 2008 election battle,"Catherine Thompson wrote Wednesday for Talking Points Memo.

"Speculation about Clinton's role in the debunked conspiracy theory began anew after an incident involving Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Thursday at a town hall event in New Hampshire. Trump was roundly criticized for failing to correct a supporter who said Obama was a Muslim and not an American.

"Trump attributed the start of the 'birther' movement to Clinton Tuesday night on Twitter:

"In an interview on "The Tom Joyner Morning Show,' Lemon asked Clinton whether she started the rumors and whether Obama confronted her about them.

"'People have been saying on-air here, and I've been reporting it on CNN and I've been reporting it here, that you were the person behind the whole birther thing and that the senator at the time, the President-elect, actually confronted you about that. Do you care to respond?' Lemon asked, according to audio posted by Mediaite. 'Did you or your campaign start the whole birther thing? And did you have a confrontation with the President?'

"'That is so — no,' Clinton responded. 'That is so ludicrous, Don. You know, honestly, I just believe that — first of all, it's totally untrue. Secondly, the President and I have never had any kind of confrontation like that.' . . . "

Joyner's BlackAmericaWeb.com posted audio and the complete transcript of the interview.

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