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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

When In Doubt, Blame The Conservative Media
It looks like Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was a bit too quick to fire Shirley Sherrod yesterday. Vilsack had asked Sherrod to resign Monday after a blog released an edited video of remarks she gave at an NAACP conference that gave the impression she discriminated against a white farmer. Today, we were presented with the WHOLE story. Her full, unedited remarks, made clear she was relating a story from two decades ago -- long before she joined the USDA -- and that she learned an important lesson to disregard race. “I did not think before I acted,” Vilsack said, explaining that he was on the road Monday and had only read a partial transcript of her remarks. Many critics accused the conservative media for pouncing on the story and pressuring Vilsack and the White House into making a snap decision. “Just to give you a little timeline here,” Sean said to his audience, “By the time I took the air Tuesday night, Shirley Sherrod had already been fired. They made their own decision based on the tape.” Robert Gibbs said earlier today that he did not think there was any truth to the criticism that the administration overreacted because they are afraid of conservative commentators; he instead pointed a finger at what he deemed the “frenzied culture” in media “where everything happens so quickly.” {Article}

Niger Innis And Jacques DeGrass Debate Sherrod Incident
Niger Innis, National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Jacques DeGrass joined Sean to discuss the dismissal of Shirley Sherrod. Niger agreed with Sean that Sherrod was unfairly terminated from her position before all the facts came out, but noted no one had apologized for labeling the Tea Party ‘racist.’ “The same type of apology that Gibbs issued to Miss Sherrod the NAACP, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, MSNBC should give to the members of the Tea Party who have been accused of being racist without having concrete evidence.” DeGrass felt blame should be placed on the White House as well as Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “To have a person with her background and her record to be called and resign on the spot over your BlackBerry on the side of the road like she was some perp, is a disgrace,” said DeGrass.

Poll Shows Lowest Ever Approval Rating For Obama
President Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped to its lowest level ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, with more people saying they would rather vote for an unnamed Republican than Obama in 2012. Anti-incumbent sentiment slams both parties as voters disapprove 59 - 31 percent of the job Democrats are doing, and disapprove 59 - 29 percent of Republicans in Congress. But voters say 43 - 38 percent they would vote for a Republican in a generic Congressional race. For the complete poll results please click here.

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Niger Innis

Niger Innis is an American Republican consultant, strategist and National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).