CNN Evening News for Friday, Jul 23, 2010
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(New Orleans: Randi Kaye) The timetable for the Sherrod story reviewed: the video of an NAACp speech aired by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart that cast her as a racist, how the USDA pressured her to resign, Fox's airing of the video, Vilsack's statement, the NAACP's blasting of Sherrod & then its reversal claiming the organization was snookered, the USDA's review of the tape that led to offering her a job. [Voice of SHERROD - says get the whole tape!] [VILSACK - defends her resignation.] [NAACP president Benjamin JEALOUS- says the tape was sliced & diced to hide her story.] [On "John King USA," BREITBART - says this was about the NAACP & racism.]
(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Yesterday's interview held with Sherrod about her conversation with President Obama. [SHERROD - says Obama could not get through to talk to her last night, he said the secretary wants to rid the department of discrimination, how he wanted to assure her he could be contacted; states she did not want the president to say he was sorry, but she thinks someone in the White House wanted her resignation; notes she has not seen a job offer in writing; asserts she has gotten past black & white, but Breitbart has not so done & is vicious against a black president.]
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