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Rachel Maddow on the ‘Fox Strategy of Scaring White People’

rachel-maddow082310.jpgMSNBC’s 9 PM host Rachel Maddow speaks to The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove about a number of topics in an interview today.

Among the topics of discussion: Fox News, which Maddow has taken to criticizing regularly on-air.

I have been talking for awhile about the Fox strategy of scaring white people in order to score political points and benefit conservative politicians,” Maddow says. “And one of the hallmarks is that their most potent ‘scare-white-people’ stories are not real news stories. They’re stories that they invent out of thin air. That’s true about ACORN. That’s true about the Shirley Sherrod case. That’s true about the fake New Black Panther Party thing. That’s true about Van Jones.”

Of course, as has been documented, Fox News the network did not cover Shirley Sherrod in a manner that would be considered inappropriate, although FoxNews.com did.

She also singles out regular FNC contributor Newt Gingrich for criticism:

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CNN Touts Handling of Shirley Sherrod Story in New Ad Campaign

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CNN has a new television ad, in which it touts its coverage of the Shirley Sherrod case.

The ad features photos of CNN anchors and correspondents like Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Anderson Cooper, on location around the world.

It starts with shots from Haiti and the Gulf oil disaster, before moving on to Sherrod and ending with “and now, immigration.”

Following the photos, there is what looks to be a new tagline: “Journalism Makes the Difference,” followed by Cooper looking into the camera and saying “the truth matters.”

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Rachel Maddow Talks Fox News, CNN on Letterman

Last night MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Among other topics, Maddow talked about the Shirley Sherrod scandal, as well as Fox News:

They also discussed CNN, which didn’t make it into the above clip:

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‘There’s No Mention of Shirley Sherrod. No Playing of the Clip’

Tonight on “Special Report” Bret Baier fast-forwards through Fox News programming from Monday, July 19 to debunk a claim made by Howard Dean during an appearance on MSNBC earlier this week.

It all goes back to the Shirley Sherrod case and whether Fox News mentioned her story — or played the infamous edited videotape — on that day.

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(h/t J$P)

Shirley Sherrod, African American Anchors on ‘Reliable Sources’

Reliable072310.jpg Tomorrow, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” will examine the Shirley Sherrod case. American University’s Jane Hall, Salon.com’s Joan Walsh and PoliticsDaily.com’s Matt Lewis will discuss whether some media organizations jumped to conclusions over the Sherrod video.

Also, St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans, radio host Amy Holmes and former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson will discuss the topic “Are There Enough African Americans Headlining Network News?” with host Howard Kurtz.

“Reliable Sources” airs Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on Shirley Sherrod; Glenn Beck’s Special Comment on Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann took a vacation from this vacation last night to deliver a 12-minute Special Comment on the Shirley Sherrod case, blaming, well just about everyone for Sherrod’s 48-hour fall from grace: “We, the howling fools of the far right, the stand-aside pathetic bureaucrats of the Department of Agriculture, the whole of the cowering media, this network included … Her reputation assassinated by Fox News, assassinated by that scum Breitbart, assassinated by all the meager-brained imitators on other channels and other web sites. They’re limp fellow travelers who never asked, but simply shot and shot and shot and shot and laughed.”

Well this morning on his radio show Glenn Beck shot back, and laughed and laughed, and laughed and laughed, at Olbermann’s expense. “Thank you for that history lesson Keith. You are so far from a joke…”

Ali Wentworth thinks Shirley Sherrod should ask Pres. Obama for Secy. of Ag. Job

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Fired, maybe rehired, Deptartment of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod continues to make the rounds, showing up this morning on “The View.”

HLN/”The View”‘s Joy Behar thinks Andrew Breitbart owes her an apology. “I have heard not one word from him,” said Behar. Elisabeth Hasselbeck thinks so too: “Obviously there should be some face-to-face apology to you.” Sherrod: “I think he should.”

Meanwhile, guest co-host Ali Wentworth (aka Mrs. George Stephanopoulos) thinks Sherrod should go straight to the top.

Wentworth: Can I give you some advice? When you meet with Obama next week at the White House, ask for the position of Agriculture Secretary. I think you’d be great at it.

Behar chimed in, “That’s how George Stephanopoulos got the job on “GMA.”

NY Times Praises Glenn Beck on Sherrod Case

Beck072210.jpg Fox News host Glenn Beck has received quite a bit of praise for his restraint regarding the Shirley Sherrod case. When many other conservative commentators were condemning her, Beck was defending her, arguing that the brief video clip that cost her her job was taken out of context. As a result Beck was praised this morning by the New York Times editorial page:

The administration’s haste to fire Ms. Sherrod was unfair and unseemly. She told of how an agriculture under secretary phoned her to demand she resign instantly via her BlackBerry. The official anxiously cited the likelihood the furor would “be on Glenn Beck tonight.”

By the time the conservative commentator took up the issue, the full transcript of the speech was out and Mr. Beck was citing Ms. Sherrod – but as a victim of administration recklessness. This time, he was right.

Meanwhile, fellow Fox news host Bill O’Reilly apologized to Sherrod for how he presented her case:

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The Shirley Sherrod News Cycle

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This is how quickly the news cycle has moved on the Shirley Sherrod story.

Last night and again this morning, the fired government employee was on TV describing how her 30-year career with the USDA had come to an abrupt end — fired Monday after what turned out to be a fabricated racial controversy.

This afternoon, around 3pmET, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Sherrod and said that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack would be calling her as well.

MSNBCSherrod_7.21.jpgNinety minutes later, Vilsack was on all the newschannels apologizing to Sherrod and offering her a new job.

The news conference ran into the 5pmET hour, which meant covering up the first few minutes of Glenn Beck on FNC and Chris Matthews on MSNBC. But the Sherrod story has been the story today.

And this had us wondering, when is the last time the cable news channels all aired live coverage from the Secretary of Agriculture: Bird Flu? E coli? Frozen chicken nugget recall?

And all of this has lead MSNBC’s “Ed Show” to ask this question:


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