Response to Jesse Jackson by Louisiana Anchorman-Truth! & Fiction!

Response to Jesse Jackson by a Louisiana Television Reporter Truth! & Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

The alleged comments of TV anchor man George Sell in responding to the Rev. Jesse Jackson saying that not a single black person had been appointed to head up Katrina Relief and yet it was largely blacks who were in the greatest need.

The Truth: contacted George Sells (not Sell) who is a veteran anchorman at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge.
He says that only a tiny portion of this email quotes him correctly.

On his TV news cast there was a portion of an interview played that quoted Jesse Jackson as saying that there were no African Americans at the head of the recovery effort.
Sells simply replied by saying “Jackson either doesn’t know or doesn’t recall that the mayor of New Orleans is black and the general heading the Army forces down there is African American.”

That’s it.

The rest of the eRumor, both in quoting Jackson and Sells, is embellishment that has been added along the way.

Last updated 9/26/05