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Winning the Afternoon

Rebecca Dana of the Daily Beast marvels at how Shirley Sherrod took control of the story — and even commanded apologies from Bill O’Reilly and President Obama.

She writes, “Over the course of several days, and a number of carefully chosen media
interviews, Sherrod has taken back her own hijacked narrative, speaking
honestly about her life experiences. Candor reads as genius these days,
when news audiences are so used to talking points and crisis-management
strategies. During a week in which the administration trotted out three
“real people” to talk to news outlets about unemployment, here was an
actual real person, the daughter of a leader of the civil rights movement. In the parlance of Politico, she won the
afternoon.”

A book deal inevitably follows the 15-minutes of fame, but in this case, you actually what to hear what she has to say.

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