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Does this mean a dinner invitation from Bush can be far behind.

Not that I'm a fan of Sharpton but it's illustrative of demonization. Or maybe just cold blooded politics.

Associated Press Saturday, March 3, 2001; Page A04

The Republican National Committee expressed regret yesterday concerning comments its former chairman made about African American activist Al Sharpton.

The party said in a joint statement released with Sharpton that their differences were resolved "without the payment of any money."

Sharpton had filed a $30 million libel suit last spring against the RNC after then-Chairman Jim Nicholson wrote a letter to The Washington Post accusing Sharpton of instigating a deadly riot in the New York borough of Brooklyn in August 1991 and instigating arson that killed seven people at a Harlem store in 1995.

Nicholson, who completed his term this winter, said in his letter last March that The Post's description of Sharpton as a "civil rights activist" could be attributed only to "a liberal bias" or political correctness on the newspaper's part. Nicholson's letter then made his accusations against Sharpton.

"I'm not looking for a dime," Sharpton told the New York Daily News for yesterday's editions. "I'm looking for history to be made right. I want to make sure this is straightened out."

"The RNC has confirmed it did not intend to state that Reverend Sharpton's involvement in the Crown Heights events led to the death of Yankel Rosenbaum," the joint statement said, referring to the young Talmudic scholar who died in the 1991 disturbance. "Nor did the letter mean to imply that Reverend Sharpton had any direct communication with the person who burned down Freddy's Fashion Mart in Harlem in a fire that killed several people."

"The RNC regrets any such misunderstanding," the statement added. "The parties have agreed that they will not make any further comment about the lawsuit."

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