Monday, October 10, 2011

Aftermath of O'Donnell's interview with Herman Cain

On Friday, O'Donnell did not back down from his aggressive questioning of Herman Cain. He hosted MSNBC's Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry and Goldie Taylor from to discuss the interview.

Sharpton defended O'Donnell, saying that Cain had contradicted himself during the interview and that O'Donnell was merely trying to elicit facts from him. "I don't see where anything was out of order other than the inconsistencies of Mr. Cain," he said.

Harris-Perry, though, said that she found herself "squirming with discomfort" watching the interview. "We have to be so careful when we are not facing the lyncher's noose...about even the implication that those who did not participate were cowards," she said. She also said she could never remember anyone asking a white politician the same kinds of questions about the Civil Rights movement.

O'Donnell said that he had gotten a lot of positive and negative feedback. He insisted that he "wasn't trying to instruct anyone on how to handle themselves" during the Civil Rights movement, but was only trying to highlight the fact that "history" had come to Cain's "doorstep," and wanted to know why Cain had made the choices he did.
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