CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010
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(Washington: Joe Johns) A look at President Obama's administration's handling of voter intimidation by a member of the New Black Panther Party presented; excerpt from a National Geographic documentary on the party shown; details given about how the right-wing media is critical of the administration & the issue of a double standard on race by the administration. [US Civil Rights Commission vice chair Abigail THERNSTROM- asks are there racial double standards in the Justice Department.] A justice Department statement from Tracy Schmaler quoted.
(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Frumform.com editor David Frum & ThatMinorityThing.com editor John Ridley about racism. [GERGEN - says there should be a deeper investigation of the Justice Department; says there was malice & both sides circled the wagons including within the administration about who talked to whom in the Sherrod case.] [On phone, FRUM - comments on Breitbart & Shirley Sherrod & the conservatives circling the wagon; suggests the Obama administration does not back its people.] [RIDLEY - offers perspective on race.]
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