Obama on 'The View': Blames media in racial firing

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama blames the media for creating a "phony controversy" over racial remarks by a black Agriculture Department official that were posted on the Internet. His administration ousted the employee, but then apologized and offered to rehire her.

In an interview on ABC's daytime talk show "The View," Obama says the media often seek controversy, not the facts. But he acknowledged that the forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod could also be blamed on those in his administration who overreacted.

Obama said the incident shows that while progress has been made, racial tensions still exist in the U.S.

The wide-ranging interview also covered lighthearted topics, from Obama's knowledge of pop culture to his Blackberry use.


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  • by Popo Location: Long Beach on Jul 30, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    Obama has to blame someone for everything. Nothing is his fault or the fault of his administration. However, there was nothing on the media or Fox News about the controversy until AFTER the White House prompted her for her resignation. They just hope no one actually checks the facts.
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