This program is about 1 hour long
(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Live interview with Sherrod presented. [From New York, SHERROD - says she appreciated the Vilsack apology & his offer a new job, but she needs to know the department will move forward in civil rights issues; states she does not buy what Breitbart said about the NAACP: he knew what would happen when he put out that tape.]
(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with members of the NAACP audience for Sherrod's March 27 speech; details given about the claims by conservative Andrew Breitbart that the audience was cheering racism. [Hal PRESSLEY, Rev. Rudolph PORTER, Yvonne LOTT, Olivia PEARSON- comment on what Breitbart said, the theme of Sherrod's speech, their reaction to what she was saying, how Breitbart had a hidden agenda.]
(New Orleans: Randi Kaye) A review of what happened to Agriculture Department staffer Shirley Sherrod after excerpts of her speech were linked on the BigGovernment.com blog of Andrew Breitbart presented; details given about the USDA pressure on Sherrod to resign, Fox's airing of the video, the statements from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack & the NAACP, a new "snookered" statement from the NAACP & the USDA's reversal. [On "American Morning," voice of SHERROD - says we have to get beyond race.] [VILSACK - defends firing her.] [NAACP President Benjamin JEALOUS- says the speech was sliced.] [On CNN, BREITBART - says this was about the NAACP attacking the Tea Party.]
(Studio: Chad Myers) The threat of a storm to the work on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reviewed; weather maps shown.
(Studio: Joe Johns) President Obama's signing of the historic Wall Street reform bill; testimony at the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for trying to sell the Senate seat; a look at allegations that Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend tried to extort money & a whale slamming onto a sailboat off South Africa reported; whale photo shown.
(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.]
(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with CNN's James Carville about the oil spill & the flow rate. [CARVILLE - outlines the fine BP would have to pay, the issue of determining the flow rate, how it is in BP's interest not to have the flow rate known; notes BP will be on the hook for a lot of money.]