July 20th, 2010
02:44 PM ET

Web Pulse: USDA, Lindsey, a whole lotta monkeys

USDA controversy - Monday, no one had heard of Shirley Sherrod. Tuesday, she was one of the most Googled people in the world. She resigned from her Georgia-based job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture after a video of her speaking about a white farmer surfaced on a conservative blogger's website.

Sherrod is vehement that she's been misunderstood. She told CNN that she tried to tell her bosses the full story, but they didn't want to listen.

The wife of the white farmer defended Sherrod, saying she had actually gone out of her way to help the family.

The Washington Post is asking: Is Sherrod a racist or a scapegoat?

LL off to the clink - Long ago, a Hollywood ingenue of natural beauty dazzled audiences with her portrayal of identical twins. The actress was fair and lovely, innocent and sweet. But no longer does she stare into the stage lights. As of late, her star on free-fall, she has been staring at her attorney (whoever is representing her at that moment).  Fade to black. And scene. So went Lindsey Lohan Tuesday, at least for 90 days, as she began her jail stint in California for probation violation. At a Beverly Hills courthouse Lohan turned herself in, and cameras were ordered to darkness after deputies handcuffed Lohan. She was reportedly wearing black.

That's more than 3.4 ounces - Let's continue with the circus theme. Imagine carrying one monkey under your shirt? Slightly uncomfortable. Now, two. What about three? Super fun. Let's do 18! A man in Mexico City was arrested after airport authorities discovered he was hiding that many titi monkeys in his shirt. He told police the animals were "pets" that he had purchased for $30. Titi monkeys are protected endangered species and you've got to have a permit to have them. Does that mean that if he had his paperwork in order, we'd have "Monkeys on a Plane?"

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  1. Richard B. Fields

    Ms. Shirley Sherrod has been miused. Tom Vilsak should reconsider his position and President Obama should invite her to the White House. I am a white lawyer in Memphis.

    July 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. monica williams

    in case Jerimaiah Wright wasn't enough to convince you that there is a double standard on racism then Shirley Sherrod should. If a white person said I did just enough to not call attention to myself and then referred him to "one of his own kind" Al Sharpton would be on the next plane to that location!

    July 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    I cannot believe your organizition is supporting this women. She flat out said she did not help a poor farmer because of his race. I am glad she got fired. People like her are the problem, black, white, latino, etc. Racism is a problem in our country and she is a racist. End of story!

    July 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProudTexan

      I agree Mike! we need to stomp out racism! This means all forms of it! We cannot put blinders on and ignore the problem!

      July 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnQuest

      Before convicting her check out the whole story, maybe you will learn something about how a person's outlook on life can change, yours might even change once you understand the whole story.

      July 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sophia

    It's AMAZING that CNN took the article about Shirley Sherrod off the front page and REWROTE it in a more favorable light. I read it last night and again this morning when she told CNN in a current interview that "It was more about the haves and the have nots." CNN TOOK THAT QUOTE OFF THEIR FIRST ARTICLE because people were now accusing her of CLASS DISCRIMINATION. Unbelievable

    July 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnQuest

      Sophia, what so unbelievable, people will read anything they want out of any given situation. Everyone in the Tea Party is not a racist, most are not, but the entire movement was labeled.

      July 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophia

      JohnQuest, you're right, I guess it shouldn't be unbelievable that a trusted news organization can edit out information to show someone in a more positive light and thus show its bias. It's to be expected, right?

      July 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    CNN continues to dig and chew on the Democratic lawmakers investigations on what role BP had in the release of the Lockerbie bomber and YET thus far CNN has not exposed the lengthy direct influence by former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney who largely thawed out the rather bitter relationship between the West and Libya and met with BP's CEO for many days in behind closed door meetings prior to BP being awarded the US worldwide fuel contract. The Lockerbie bomber is released and BP is awarded the Libyan Oil leases worth Trillions of dollars. The 'ROLE' between Bush-Cheney and BP is undeniable and extremely lucrative for BP.

    The question America and the News Media should be asking is what did Bush jr. and Dick Cheney get out of it personally?

    July 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |