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Who Was ‘Snookered?’ News Nets Dig In to the Shirley Sherrod Story

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Former-USDA employee Shirley Sherrod is still making headlines this morning across the news nets. Sherrod was pressured to resign Monday after an edited video of remarks she made led to allegations of racism.

After reviewing the tape thoroughly, the NAACP, which had initially denounced Sherrod, released a statement yesterday evening saying, “With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.”

CNN’s Campbell Brown conducted an aggressive interview NAACP’s Hilary Shleton on her program Tuesday night, asking if those who aired the video should really be to blame for the NAACP’s quick judgment:

Aside: Tonight will be the final broadcast of Brown’s program on CNN.

This morning, “Fox & Friends” co-host Steven Doocy said, “For anybody to say that Fox News pressured her out, that is simply a lie.” Last evening, Fox News’ Bret Baier and the panel on “Special Report” also discussed the circumstances surrounding this “snookered” statement, which was in part directed at their network…


Additionally, here’s the video of CNN’s Tony Harris interviewing Sherrod about her resignation. With a teary-eyed Sherrod still on camera, Harris later gets Eloise Spooner, wife of the farmer discussed in Sherrod’s remarks, on the phone to explain how Sherrod had actually helped her family. It’s a touching moment, except for the part where Harris asks about Spooner’s late husband who, Mrs. Spooner informs him, is definitely not dead.

“There is much for everyone in the media to learn from this saga,” the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik wrote last night.

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