Al Sharpton: Supreme Court 'Canceled' Martin Luther King's Dream

MSNBC was the first cable news network to turn to the news of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday.

Both MSNBC and NBC simultaneously aired legal correspondent Pete Williams' take on the case. Williams said that the Court had struck down a "key part" of the Act by ruling that one of its sections was unconstitutional.

"It's a huge defeat for the civil rights community on the most important civil rights law ever passed," he said.

That view was echoed across other networks. ABC's Terry Moran, for instance, said that "right now, there is no Voting Rights Act operative in the United States."

Speaking on MSNBC, Al Sharpton called the news "devastating." Later, he said the Court had "revoked" and "canceled" part of Martin Luther King's "dream."

CNN and Fox News were slower in getting to the news. CNN, in particular, waited about eight minutes to dive into the details of the ruling. Both networks infamously got the Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act wrong in 2012, so it was perhaps not a surprise that they waited a bit to get the details right.

Dan Stein

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