The Attack Media and the Reverse Race Card

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Finance Reform, the extension of unemployment benefits and possible tax cuts have been overshadowed this week by a false charge of reverse racism. President Obama has telephoned former Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod about her summary firing after a right-wing website released a misleading video. When Andrew Breitbart released the excerpt from Sherrod’s speech, Fox News played it big.  But even Fox has confessed to overplaying a story it failed to check out. The New York Times admits that "other media" were under pressure to follow up. Do Americans live in different worlds, according to their sources of information? What are the lessons about white anxiety?

Credits

Guests:
Clarence Page - Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Chicago Tribune - @chitribpage, Joel Dreyfuss - Managing Editor, TheRoot.com, David Frum - The Atlantic - @davidfrum, Brad Sherman - US House of Representatives (D-CA) - @BradSherman

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Darrell Satzman, Julia Flucht