Soledad O’Brien responds on Twitter to Tom McGeveran’s critique of her Jodi Kantor takedown. Tom writes: “what might otherwise have been a productive, and tough, interview about  the cultural signifiers in this book about the first African-American to  be tasked with the role of first lady, a topic that is absolutely worth  examining, turned out to be a made-for-ratings scolding about  journalism that made everyone look foolish.” Read more.

Soledad O’Brien responds on Twitter to Tom McGeveran’s critique of her Jodi Kantor takedown. Tom writes: “what might otherwise have been a productive, and tough, interview about the cultural signifiers in this book about the first African-American to be tasked with the role of first lady, a topic that is absolutely worth examining, turned out to be a made-for-ratings scolding about journalism that made everyone look foolish.” Read more.

"There’s definitely no description of her as an angry black woman. I’ve never written about her that way. When those charges were leveled against her in the 2008 campaign I was one of the reporters who did the research to get a more accurate description out there. And the other thing is that the book doesn’t say that she and Rahm Emanuel clashed directly. So my assumption is that she was responding to some of the coverage. Because some of the coverage of the book has definitely been exaggerated."

— Jodi Kantor in defense of her book, The Obamas, last night at the Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, where she was grilled by the audience. Joe Pompeo reports.