Sherrod, New Media and Race; Unemployment Benefits; BP

What can we learn from the Shirley Sherrod case? That unexamined media should not prompt impulsive responses? That race is a card being played by both sides? That the new media is not as scrupulous as what was once called journalism? Who's at fault and what is the fault line? Plus, unemployment benefit-extension was approved but at what cost? And BP and the Gulf oil spill aren't over yet. Who's the really responsible party here? (Sara Terry sits in for Matt Miller.)

Banner image: Georgia Rural Development State Director Shirley Sherrod (L) and Business Programs Administrator Judith Canales address a business program regional meeting with USDA Business Programs Chief of Staff Curt Wiley (not seen) in Atlanta on March 9, 2010. Photo: USDA