Usually, the purpose of a protest is to call media attention to an
overlooked problem. Unless, of course, the protesters in question are
civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, in which case the
cynical would suggest that the goal is to use the backdrop of a
well-chronicled controversy to generate their own press.
Their latest target? Enron. With so many camera crews already in town,
the rival activists couldn't resist a trip to the company's headquarters
in Houston last week. Sharpton, who is considering a run for the White
House, arrived a day earlier than his former mentor, then chastised his
fellow aspirants for missing such a plum PR opportunity: "As I explore
running for president, it is interesting that none of the other
candidates have been here," he said.
Given the fact that proximity to Enron hasn't worked out that well for a
rather large number of politicians to date, we're wondering why he is so