Today's Junkie Segment On TOTN: Shirley Sherrod, Race And The Media's Role

The tale about Shirley Sherrod, her speech before the NAACP, how the tape of it was doctored to fit someone's ideological agenda, how she was thrown over by her erstwhile allies, and how the media failed to ask any questions ... that was the focus of today's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

Nobody comes out looking good in this one.

Donna Brazile joined us for an important discussion, which you can listen to here.

Also in the segment:  Georgia Republicans head to a runoff between Karen Handel/Sarah Palin and Nathan Deal/Newt Gingrich, while ex-Gov. Roy Barnes cruises on the Democratic side ... the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Elena Kagan and the role of Sen. Lindsey Graham ... the latest on the 2010 West Virginia Senate race ... plus Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson on the Blagojevich trial.

Last week's program, featuring special guest Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.),who lost his primary runoff, can be heard here.

Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!

If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can always hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).

This week's trivia question:  Both Georgia's Roy Barnes and Maryland's Bob Ehrlich are trying to regain the governorship this year after losing their bid for re-election last time out.  Who was the last governor who was elected, defeated, and returned to office?  (Answer tomorrow.)

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