This program is about 1 hour long
(New Orleans: Randi Kaye) The investigation into the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reviewed; details given about what a technician said about a general alarm had been disabled intentionally while Tropical Storm Bonnie still headed for the site & controversy over moving protective equipment due to the storm. Live discussion held with St. Tammany Parish president Kevin Davis & historian Douglas Brinkley about the situation. [DAVIS - opposes moving "our assets" in the parish; comments on the planned private meeting that BP gave no reason for canceling.] [BRINKLEY - says BP blew off parish presidents this week when the equipment has been successful in keeping oil out of the marshes; criticizes BP about its handling of the rig safety.]
(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.]
(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Wednesday's interview held with members of the NAACP audience for Sherrod's speech; details given about the claims by conservative Andrew Breitbart that the audience was cheering racism. [Hal PRESSLEY, Rev. Rudolph PORTER, Mary COLEY, 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) Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart's background reviewed; details given about his sting & videos of Acorn that made him a conservative star, his prior misinformation & his empire of funded Websites. [Media Matters for America Eric BOEHLERT- calls Breitbart a charlatan & character assassin.] [Via phone, BREITBART - says journalism is corrupt & he is trying to right the wrongs; blames the NAACP & President Obama's administration.] ["What Were They Thinking" author Steve ADUBATO- says he understands our addiction to video out of context.] [BREITBART - speaks about confrontation.] The CNN phone conversation with Breitbart discussed.
(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.