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Mrs. Sherrod  told CNN-TV that a USDA official phoned her repeatedly as she was driving to her office Monday, insisting that she tender her resignation.

“Why am I out? They asked me to resign,” Mrs. Sherrod told CNN’s Tony Harris Tuesday. “And, in fact, they harassed me as I was driving back to the state office from West Point, Georgia, yesterday. I had at least three calls telling me the White House wanted me to resign.”

She added that the official told her, “‘Well, Shirley, they want you to pull over to the side of the road and do it because you’re going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.’”

Mrs. Sherrod was referring to conservative commentator Glenn Beck, who has a show on FOX News. His Tuesday show did indeed feature the Sherrod story, only Mr. Beck, instead of calling for her to step down, called on the Obama administration to “give her back her job.”

“Something is definitely wrong here. Yes, the Obama administration has a history of acting without all the facts,” said Mr. Beck.

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, after saying he was “appalled” by Mrs. Sherrod’s actions in a Tuesday statement, released a second statement later that day saying that the organization had been “snookered by Fox News and Tea Party activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.”

The NAACP also posted the full video on its website. Mrs. Sherrod’s speech came before a banquet given by the NAACP’s Georgia branch.