NPR's Cochran didn't realize "dark continent" would offend

Jean Cochran's NPR report about President Bush going to Africa to visit the "dark continent" brought in angry e-mails and photo calls. "I almost drove off the side of the road to start a protest!!!" wrote one listener. Cochran's reaction: "I had no idea the term would be found offensive. I will concede antiquated but I was unaware it was 'racist and irredeemable,' as one person put it." She apologized, which brought in more complaints about political correctness.

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