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Vidor Rejects CNN`s Plan for Racism Broadcast December 17, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist.

The mayor of Vidor has pulled the plug on a CNN broadcast dealing with racism. The network planned to hold what it called a “town meeting” next Tuesday night, focusing even more attention on Vidor`s image – which came under scrutiny during another CNN broadcast earlier in the week.

Mayor Joe Hopkins says the show may go on but not in his city. Friday night city leaders decided CNN was not living up to an agreement about the nature of the broadcast, and the city no longer wanted to be associated with it.

CNN says the initial story on Vidor`s racist reputation triggered a strong reaction, and that is why the network wanted to come back. It was an invitation-only event, which was supposed to include a couple dozen people for a discussion on racism, according to the mayor. Hopkins says the network agreed to let the city choose about half of the participants, but when CNN upped the crowd to more than 100, it still wanted the city to select just 12 to 15 people. In addition, the network was reportedly calling in participants who do not live in Vidor or the immediate area, something the mayor says went against the agreement.

“I believe… the intent was to fill the audience with people who would have nothing good to say about the city of Vidor, people who would not be even-handed in their remarks, people who don`t know anything about the city of Vidor – and thus wouldn`t know what to say,” says Mayor Hopkins. “We felt as a city that that would certainly be detrimental.”

The mayor also says CNN planned to bring in Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and the city`s police force just did not have enough time to come up with a security plan.

KBTV did speak with a CNN producer Friday night. He said someone would call with a statement, but so far that call has not come. At this point, it is unclear whether CNN will broadcast elsewhere. Vidor`s mayor plans to hold a press conference on Monday to answer more questions about the turn of events.

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C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: KBTV Hometown News

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