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At the moment, I’d rather pass my time browsing the Web by searching for stories and photos of Chelsea’s wedding, so ably written up by Ani, but I did run across these stories today and am interested in your reactions:

CNN’s Anderson Cooper has issued an apology for not pressing Shirley Sherrod on her allegations against Andrew Breitbart, the journalist who released the edited tape of Sherrod’s speech. From NewsBusters’ post, “Mea Culpa 360: CNN Anchor Says He Was Wrong to Let Shirley Sherrod Smear of Andrew Breitbart Go Unchallenged.”

On Thursday’s Anderson Cooper 360, anchor Anderson Cooper faulted himself for not pressing Shirley Sherrod when she appeared on the show back on July 22 and claimed that conservative Andrew Breitbart was a “vicious” racist who “would like to get us stuck back in the times of slavery.”

Cooper now says he should have challenged Sherrod to support such an inflammatory charge with facts: “I believe in admitting my mistakes….I didn’t challenge her that night and I should have.” …

This brings back memories. Bad memories. Remember the accusations against all of us who dared criticize Barack Obama and his qualifications to be president? Inevitably — invariably — we’d get slapped with the word “racist.” Which makes intelligent, rational discussion virtually impossible. Just ask Bill Clinton (but not today!).

Here is Cooper’s “mea culpa”:

COOPER: I interviewed Shirley Sherrod last Thursday. And in the course of that interview, I failed to do something that I should have. I believe in admitting my mistakes. I looked at the interview again today, and Ms. Sherrod said during that interview that she thought Mr. Breitbart was a racist. She said, quote, “I think he would like to get us stuck back in the times of slavery.” She went on to say she believed his opposition to President Obama was based on racism. Now, she, of course, is free to believe whatever she wants, but I didn’t challenge her that night and I should have.

I don’t want anyone on my show to get away with saying things which cannot be supported by facts. I should have challenged her on what facts she believes supports that accusation. That’s my job, and I didn’t do it very well in that interview, and I’m sorry about it. If I get a chance to talk to her again, I will.

Newsbusters has posted the video and transcript of the interview.

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Then there’s Maxine Waters, about whom Reverend Amy has written recently, who has joined Rep. Charles Rangel in facing ethics charges for, reports the L.A. Times, helping OneUnited Bank get “$12 million in bailout funds” and arranging a meeting “between officials of the bank, other minority-owned financial institutions and Treasury Department representatives.” The problem? Rep. Waters’ husband has been a stockholder, director and member of the board of OneUnited. Here’s the kicker: Maxine is insisting on a trial rather than accept a reprimand. Reports The Hill:

This compounds House Democrats’ troubles because it means that two lawmakers from the caucus, both of whom are also members of the Congressional Black Caucus, could face back-to-back public ethics trials immediately before the midterm elections.

By the way: Democratic lawmakers are going ahead with plans for a big birthday bash for Rep. Charles Rangel, reports The Hill in “Dem leaders, donors to hold Rangel birthday bash at The Plaza“:

Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.

Lobbyists and other party donors received invitations this week to join Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and New York Gov. David Paterson (D) at one of New York’s finest hotels to celebrate Rangel’s birthday. …

I’ve heard a lot, too much in fact, about Charlie Rangel’s woes lately. There are a couple points that Charles Krauthammer and others have mentioned that are good to remember: Rangel served his country admirably as a soldier and, despite his many “errors” in his tax reporting, is not a particularly wealthy man, compared to many other members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Barack Obama? He’s only too eager to get Charlie off the list of issues facing Democrats:

President Obama gave Rangel a nudge toward retirement Friday.

Obama said the ethics charges against Rangel were “very troubling.”

“He’s somebody who’s at the end of his career,” Obama said in a CBS Evening News interview. “I’m sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that happens.”

Charlie, if Obama tells you that you’re at “the end” of your career, take the hint.

What else is going on?

  • Retired

    Many blame Glen Beck for Sherrod’s firing, but I blame George Bush.  He orchestrated the whole thing on a Blackberry from bar stool in a Tex Mex restaurant in Crawford, Texas while sipping a cold Corona.  Seriously.  Larry knows this, too, but his is afraid to disclose it in a post because he still has a security clearance.
    Oh shit, I still have a security clearance, too!  OK, it was Glen Beck, then, just like the White House said when they called up the DofA and had them tell Sherrod to pull over and resign on her Blackberry.
    Come to think of it, maybe it was the folks that make Blackberry.  After all, they’re the only people that come out looking good in this thing.  What’s their stock symbol, again?

  • Buzz water cracker Latte

    I can never decide whether the WH is staffed with imbeciles or criminals. Probably they are imbecilic criminals.

    Then they have the front man media to pave the way and cover for them.

  • Buzz water cracker Latte

    So your point is to reward bad behavior because it will cause more bad behavior if it not rewarded?

  • Mr. Natural

    >>> Get off it. This came from the top down.

    Absolutely!

    FYI, I always thought, “red bone,” was one word, to wit, “redbone.”

    Maybe that’s only when it’s Leon’s surname?

  • Mr. Natural

    Put Maxine on trial and you need to put the Compton Fire Dept on alert, too.

    Korean grocers are stocking up on ammunition, even as we speak.

    Betcha Villaraigoso would love to have that seat!

  • EWard

    Candy and Yttik win the Weblog Award!

    “These people are running the government and they are too stupid to investigate an incident before coming to a conclusion. That is a clear failure of leadership. ” Candy

    “All these lies and defamation of characters is simply business as usual for the media. It’s what they do. And it’s gotten really old!! Breitbart turned the tables and gave the whole media a dose of their own medicine. ” Yttik

  • GORDO

    Sorry for the triple post, again – Firefox difficulty.

  • GORDO

    “Two Questions to Ask Putative President Obama’s Enablers, aka Obots, Regarding Where Obama Was Born”

    “1. Where specifically in Honolulu, Hawaii was Obama born? Do not just tell me in Honolulu. We are talking about the President of the United States. Hence, I want to know the exact address in Honolulu where he first saw the light of day. …”

    “2. Who was physically present when Obama was born? I doubt that in 1961 an 18-year-old girl could give birth to her first baby all alone. …”

    “Please do not answer my questions by telling me that the courts have already answered these questions, for we know that they dismissed eligibility cases because of standing, political question, or some other threshold ground, and have yet to rule on the question of where Obama was born.”

    http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2010/06/two-questions-to-ask-putative-president.html

  • EWard

    Yttik

    Excellent job!  This would make a great op-ed or letter to the editor………….

  • TeakWoodKite

    I was not so much looking at the Stargate part but the lexicon of the mathematics being used. The math is fascinating.

    I am making an 8 foot Stargate for yard art. The original prop that was built weighs 26,000 pounds.

  • candymarl red bone cracker

    I am so sick of the “We must defend those poor, poor blacks” defense. At least that’s how it sounds to me.

    This woman Sherrod is hardly poor or downtrodden and already has more money than the majority of black folks in this country will see in a lifetime.

    That is as insulting as the hard core racists that espouse  the same view. That we should have stayed on or returned to the plantation  because we are unable to take care of ourselves.  Breibart showed a video clip. Not quite the same thing.

    Obama and his crew started the whole Sherrod thing withour having all of the facts. Breibart, right or wrong, is not responisble for that.  These people are running the government and they are too stupid to investigate an incident before coming to a conclusion. That is a clear failure of leadership.

    Sherrod herself, I saw the video, said she was told the WH was demanding her resignation. Not Breibart, not Glen Beck, not Fox News.

    Get off it. This came from the top down.

  • EWard

    Peggy Sue

    Alinsky’s motto: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it….

    With all due respect, Sherrod is an Obama hack and race-baiter running an ACORN type group which collected $13 million from the federal governement! 

    Breitbart symbolizes how “racism” is used effectively to silence the Obama critics and the corruption going on in the administration.  It got Obama elected and “smeared” HC, BC, Palin, Republicans, pundits, and bloggers attacking Obama’s competence and qualifications for POTUS.

  • TeakWoodKite

    W.O.R.M hole physics is such a mind melt that I would love to get my brain around it.

    Oh please do show off. :)

  • Ghosts of Toyko and Dresden

    They’re gonna build a Stargate then Obots with worms in them will conquer the world.

  • Peggy Sue

    You did make your point, guest, and I agree.  When we start giving a nod to “collateral damage” for anyone and everyone who has a political bone to pick, we’ve stepped across a line. 

    Btw, I caught Breitbart’s first interview when the truth about the tape editing was revealed.  He looked like Mr. Tom Cat caught on a hot tin roof.  He hemmed and hawed, ducked and weaved like every other weasal who gets caught doing the wrong thing.  There’s nothing honorable in tossing people under the bus, regardless of what your mission is.  I don’t like it when the Obama Administration does it.  And I don’t like it in this case. 

  • Ghosts of Toyko and Dresden

    Oh, to be clear– this nesting makes me crazy– amen to Guest.

  • Ghosts of Toyko and Dresden

    So the victim should apologize for getting pissed? She lost her job. What has happened to her accusers?