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Update 5: NAACP Retracts Its Sherrod Condemnation

The NAACP was “snookered.” Jake Tapper:

[. . . ] On Monday night, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement that his organization concurred with Vilsack’s decision.

“Racism is about the abuse of power,” Jealous said. “Sherrod had it in her position at USDA.  According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.  We are appalled by her actions… Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.”

On Tuesday Jealous said “with regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias. Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans.”

Was Vilsack “snookered,” too?

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