July 22nd, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Web Pulse: Obama calls Sherrod, another (faked?) BP photo

Shirley Sherrod gets her phone conversation with President Obama.

Didn't you get my texts? - President Obama talked to Shirley Sherrod, the ex-USDA employee who was forced to resign this week based on misleading reports that she made racist remarks. Sherrod received a text message Thursday telling her that Obama had been trying to reach her since Wednesday night. Sherrod called the White House and was asked to call back in 10 minutes, and then she was patched to the president for a seven minute unrecorded chat. The conversation went well, Sherrod said. So what happens now? Is this all shaping up to be a teachable moment, or is that too irritating a term? Give Shirley Her Job Back Now! Facebook page is all over that and every other conceivable angle.

Speaking of Facebook, site CEO Mark Zuckerberg's ABC interview was getting tons of clicks. The 26-year-old talked about user privacy on the site which has reached half-a-billion users.

The employees at Facebook seem to be hanging in there while jobless claims jumped higher than expected, underscoring that the economic recovery may not be happening as fast as some thought. Meanwhile, a bill that restores unemployment benefits to 2.5 million Americans passed the Senate and headed to the House where it's expected to pass.

Jobs are a huge issue in the Gulf right now as the Coast Guard and BP struggle to put fix the oil disaster. But BP is again making headlines for allegedly faking another photo. On Wednesday the company admitted to doctoring an official image of its command control center. Thursday Gizmodo reported that BP had faked an image of a helicopter.

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    July 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DJOURNO

    Obama had and should have called Sherrod to apologize but it doesn't mean their messaging problems are over –

    http://disenchantedjourno.blogspot.com/2010/07/thought-of-day-told-you-so-obama-called.html

    July 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Salim

    CNN is such a joke. A really ufnunny joke. It's sad really, they used to be THE place for 24 hour news. Then Fox came along and made biased, partisan news the cool thing to do. They took objectivity and threw it out the window. Now, CNN isn't doing news they're making entertainment pieces. People don't want to hear that black people aren't responsible for the structural disadvantages presented to them. That doesn't jive with people's long-held and tough to remove stereotypes and heuristics for evaluating the world they live in. It makes them think and that makes their head hurt. Then they turn off the TV. It's a damn shame.

    April 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |