How does someone qualify for description as an "eminent politician"
by the New York Times? Being very, very liberal seems to help.
Today on its Web site, the newspaper reports
"Percy Sutton, Eminent Politician, Dies at 89." Mr. Sutton maintained
a long list of liberal bona fides. In a book last year he was quoted:
"I like the fact that my family was a family of protesters. I like the fact that some of them were Communists."
He also spoke of his satisfaction of "being in jail with Stokely
Carmichael and other revolutionaries." In the December 14, 1972 issue
of Jet Magazine (page 32), Sutton acknowledged it
would be nice to be mayor, but "I don't think that New Yorkers are
ready for a person with my liberal views and for someone with the color
of my skin."
The New York Times covers some of lawyer Sutton's more notorious
associations: He represented Malcolm X and later his daughter when she
was accused of hiring a man to kill Louis Farrakhan. Sutton helped pay
some of the slander damages owed by Al Sharpton in the Tawana Brawley
case. When Mike Tyson left prison and came back to Harlem, Sutton was
there to welcome him.
The newspaper advises readers that Sutton "displayed fierce
intelligence and exquisite polish in becoming one of the nation’s most
prominent black political and business leaders." He invariably applied
that "fierce intelligence" to very liberal causes. No wonder the
mainstream media view him as eminent.