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6:35 PM ET, July 21, 2010

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David Frum / The Week Magazine:
Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media  —  When Andrew Breitbart unveils a selectively edited tape to defame a federal employee, conservatives blame Barack Obama  —  You want to see media bias in action?  Okay — look at the conservative media reaction to the firing of Shirley Sherrod.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Shirley Sherrod — My Take — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  I think she should get her job back.  I think she's owed apologies from pretty much everyone, including my good friend Andrew Breitbart.  I generally think Andrew is on the side of the angels and a great champion of the cause.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In meeting, Messina praised Sherrod handling  —  In a closed staff meeting Tuesday morning, a senior administration praised elements of the White House's initial response to a partial video of a speech by a Department of Agriculture official — a response that the Administration has since reversed.
Brad / Think Progress:
Breitbart's New Conspiracy Theory: The ‘Purported’ Farmer's Wife Is A Plant  —  Two white farmers who were supposedly discriminated against by former USDA official Shirley Sherrod spoke out on her behalf yesterday, saying “no way in the world” is she racist.
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Sherrod: I'm a Victim of Breitbart, Fox ‘Racism’  —  Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department Georgia Director of Rural Development, says she is a victim.  A victim of poor reporting and, as she contends, clear bias and racist coverage from both Andrew Breitbart and Fox News.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:   On Lacking All Conviction  —  Let's take a moment to understand …
CNN:
Aides: White House trying to distance Obama from Sherrod controversy
Discussion: The Politico
Jocelyn Fong / Media Matters for America:
Will media fall for Breitbart's attempt to spin his spectacular failure?
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
Ezra Klein:   What lesson did the White House take from Sherrod?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Should Shirley Sherrod get her job back?
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Putting A Face To The Cost Of Dem Cowering
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matt McLaughlin / Media Matters for America:
Full video vindicates Sherrod, destroys Breitbart's accusations of racism
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond?  As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911?  Would you try to save him from dying?  Of course you would.  —  But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the New Journolist, Smaller Than the Old Journolist  —  Blogosphere, please join me in celebrating the birth of Cabalist, the wittily-named successor to Ezra Klein's infamous Journolist, the listserv of liberal bloggers, pundits and academics that inadvertently brought down (very temporarily) …
David Gura / NPR:
Public Radio Publicist Apologizes For Controversial Remarks About Limbaugh  —  This morning, The Daily Caller posted a story about an email message radio publicist Sarah Spitz reportedly sent to Journolist, a now-defunct listserv.  —  “If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond?”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and News Hounds
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
My Life on the J-List  —  I can't say that I hold the Daily Caller in much esteem for making a business model out of publishing the contents of supposedly private e-mails from the list-serve Journalist.  I have about 10,000 Journolist e-mails in my possession from the roughly 20 months that I was a member of the group.
Ezra Klein:
You shall know them by their work  —  A few weeks ago …
James DeLong / The Enterprise Blog:   JournoList as a Management Problem
National Enquirer:
AL GORE SEX SCANDAL SHOCKER POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO MORE!  —  The ENQUIRER reports in an exclusive bombshell exclusive that police have investigated charges from TWO MORE WOMEN who claimed they were abused by former VP AL GORE!  —  The allegations come hot on the heels of an ongoing Portland …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Obama wins!  And Journolisters rejoice  —  DAVID ROBERTS, GRIST: It's all I can do not to start bawling.  —  LUKE MITCHELL, HARPER'S: I'm picturing something like VJ Day in Times Square.  Seriously!  —  JOHN BLEVINS, SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW: It's all I can do to hold it together.  —  Nov. 4:
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Drops To Lowest Point Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Independent Voters Turn On President Since Honeymoon  —  A year after President Barack Obama's political honeymoon ended, his job approval rating has dropped to a negative 44 - 48 percent, his worst net score ever …
Charleston Daily Mail:
Hechler files to run against Manchin for U.S. Senate  —  Former West Virginia Congressman and Secretary of State Ken Hechler has filed to run for the U.S. Senate, challenging Gov. Joe Manchin for the Democratic nomination.  —  Hechler, 95, said he doesn't expect to win the race.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RNC fails to report $7 million in debt to FEC  —  Party treasurer faults Steele  —  ASSOCIATED PRESSRepublican Party chairman Michael Steele, center, talks with Republican state leaders and volunteers during a visit to the Colorado GOP headquarters in the Greenwood Village south of Denver on Thursday, July 8, 2010.
Geoff Boucher / Hero Complex:
COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Captain America’ director has different spin on hero: 'He's not a flag-waver'  —  The director of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the 2011 summer blockbuster that will coincide with the character's 70th anniversary, says the screen version of the hero will be true to his roots — up to a certain point.
Ted Mann / The Day newspaper:
Rob Simmons returns!  —  Rob Simmons, who halted his campaign for the Republican Senate nomination after losing the party endorsement to former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, will begin airing TV ads urging voters to “look at the issues” before voting in the Aug. 10 primary.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Bill Clinton More Popular Than Barack Obama  —  George W. Bush's favorable rating is up slightly  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former President Bill Clinton is currently more well-liked by Americans than both of his successors.  Sixty-one percent view him favorably, compared with 52% …
Discussion: The Swamp and Real Clear Politics
John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
Oakland council OKs plan to set up pot factories  —  The 5-2 vote came after two hours of testy debate between growers who argued the proposal could destroy their livelihoods and businessmen who said it could turn Oakland into the Silicon Valley of pot.  —  Marijuana buds are displayed at an Oakland medical dispensary.
 
 
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