ABC Television Network’s five-woman daytime talker The View hosted President Barack Obama. When the topic of Shirley Sherrod came up, Obama took responsibility for his administration’s actions, but also criticized a media that thrives on controversy and doesn’t always get its facts straight.
He called the incident a “phony controversy,” generated by a severely edited video of Sherrod that gave her the appearance of making racist remarks when in fact, she was doing the opposite. The truth of the matter was brought to light when the entire video from which the comments were extracted came to light.
But that was not before the media and members of the Obama administration, including prominently including Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, were drawn in.
Vilsack, who was responsible for Sherrod’s hasty firing, apologized (as did Obama) and offered her another job.
On a lighter note, Obama explained why he chose to make an appearance on the program. He said, “Look, I was trying to find a show that (First Lady) Michelle (Obama) actually watched, and so I thought this is it, right here. All those new shows, she’s like, eh, let me get the clicker.”