In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week, ousted USDA official Shirley Sherrod accused Andrew Breitbart of racism and supporting a return to slavery. On Thursday night, Cooper apologized to his audience for not questioning that claim and letting her “get away with saying things which cannot be supported by facts.”
In the opening of a segment regarding Sherrod, Cooper noted that it had been one week since his interview with her and, watching the video again, he realized he had let the comments slip by unnoticed. The comments were clearly offensively to Breitbart, who brought them up when asked by Newsweek whether he would apologize to her. Cooper apologized for letting the comment slip and promised that it wouldn’t happen again:“In the course of that interview, I failed to do something that I should have. I believe in admitting my mistakes… She, of course, is free to believe whatever she wants, but I didn’t challenge her that night, and I should have. I don’t want anyone on my show to get away with saying things which cannot be supported by facts. I should have challenged her on what facts she believe support that accusation. That’s my job, and I didn’t do it very well in that interview, and I’m sorry about it. If I get the chance to talk to her again, I will.”
Shocking, but much respect to Cooper for admitting his screw-up, it's certainly something a certain MSNBC host would never do.