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Shirley Sherrod blasts Fox News as racist

Now this is going to drive the right bananas.

Check out this nugget in an interview that Shirley Sherrod did with Joe Strupp, in which she comes right out and claims Fox News is using her as a "pawn" in a racist plot to undo the gains African Americans have made:

She said Fox showed no professionalism in continuing to bother her for an interview, but failing to correct their coverage.

"I think they should but they won't. They intended exactly what they did. "They were looking for the result they got yesterday," she said of Fox. "I am just a pawn. I was just here. They are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person."

This is pretty incendiary stuff. Sherrod is clearly not going away, and now she appears determined to force a larger conversation about the Breitbart-Fox News axis's broader efforts to stoke white resentment towards the nation's first African American president.

Of course, if the White House's goal is to avoid racial controversies, this blast from Sherrod isn't going to make it any easier for them to take a stand and resolve this.

But let's have that conversation about what Breitbart and Fox are really up to, say I! Looking forward to Fox's coverage of this.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 21, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
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Maybe Breitbart and Fox did the country a favor, because now we have Shirley Sherrod. Love. Her.

Posted by: KathleenHusseininMaine | July 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"let's have that conversation about what Breitbart and Fox are really up to, say I"

ABSO-DAMN-LUTELY.

They cannot get away with such obvious race-baiting.

Good on ya, Shirley, keep telling it like it is!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

But let's have that conversation about what Breitbart and Fox are really up to, say I! Looking forward to Fox's coverage of this.
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I'm looking forward to the Washington Post's coverage of this.

FAUX and Breitbart are what they are, and always have been.

http://mediamatters.org/research/200910270001

They have the megaphone that they do because papers like the Washington Post give it to them.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/fooled-again-and-again-and-again/

Just this past week Andrew Alexander was concern trolling about FAUX's New Black Panther 'story'. Apparently, Breitbart's discredited ACORN story taught A.A. nothing (not to mention, the publisher who pays his salary).
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Good for her! As Fox and Breitbart attempt to spin this against the Obama administration, I'm glad Sherrod is not letting them off the hook for their culpability in this character assassination.

That being said, Vilsack needs to offer her job back immediately and apologize.

Posted by: kam13 | July 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Great interview.

Until this moment, most thought that Fox and Breitbart would get a pass on such a balatant act of race-baiting - not anymore.

Hire a lawyer Shirley and tell your story on every fair media outlet you can find!

Posted by: bmcchgo | July 21, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Good. About time somebody did this.

Predictions: 1) The conservative/wingnut noise machine will do their best to make themselves into the victim in this. 2) They will say this ALL Obama's fault 3) The media (which is terrified by claims of liberal bias) will agree with right wingers.

Every time I think the American People aren't stupid enough to go along with the right wing nonsense I'm proven wrong. Every. Darn. Time.

Posted by: nisleib | July 21, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod is right in saying that Breitbart and Fox used her as a pawn, but I think she misses the point in assuming that it was part of a racist plot to undo the progress of black Americans. The real target is anything that does not conform to their narrow ideological vision, and they are only too happy to stoke racial tensions in pursuit of this goal.

Posted by: rashomon | July 21, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

With an organization like Fox, what do you expect. NO one person is important to them, and they WILL use you for whatever reason they need to use you for, them throw you away if you are no longer "valuable" to them
http://bit.ly/aJocm2

Posted by: Desolate1 | July 21, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Go Shirley! Way to call them on their bs! LOVE anything that will drive the right bananas!

Posted by: BruinGirl2001 | July 21, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Of course, she also said in her little NAACP speech, Republicans were racist for their opposition to Obama's health care plan. So FOX is racist, Breitbart is racist, heck, everybody's racist except, of course, Ms. Sherrod, who's just overflowing with love- even for people who aren't, to put it in Ms. Sherrod's words, "her own kind"

Posted by: jimboster | July 21, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

this story should not go away.we should be reminded daily how racist fox is.maye they will start losing sponsors .

Posted by: donaldtucker | July 21, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Now where are the Democratic "leaders" to back her up? Or are they going to stab her in the back b/c she's annoying FOX News by telling the truth?

Posted by: wbgonne | July 21, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

She should get a vicious, pit bull lawyer and sue Breitbart and Fox for defamation.

Could Breitbart take time out from his cross burnings to respond?

Posted by: Garak | July 21, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm dissapointed by this. I'm glad she's calling out FOX for their complete lack of journalistic ethics...but calling them racist makes it too easy for them to get away with it.

Everyone should watch this incredibly important video, which has a very good explination as to what I mean:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Ti-gkJiXc&feature=PlayList&p=03031A88F9EA43C4&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=1

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Good for her. Breaitbart was on this morning and ranted on and on about racism at the healthcare vote. He never shut up and never acknowledged any errors.

Now he is sorry only because other right wing bloggers called him out.

Posted by: rEYNOLDSPAINTING | July 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Racists preaching to a racist mob...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | July 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I read a comment this morning from a blogger who likened Shirley Sherrod to a modern-day Rosa Parks. My first reaction was to think that was a bit of a stretch, but now, after reading this Media Matters interview, I'm rethinking my reluctance.

I'm beginning to think that Mrs. Sherrod's courage in challenging Fox News and her refusal to accept an interview on Fox so that they can manipulate her is very much in the same vein as the quiet strength and integrity of Rosa Parks.

Perhaps Mrs. Sherrod's willingness to stand up for what's right and to expose Fox News for their deliberate attempts to misinform and slander can become the defining moment when we finally stop allowing this ugly mouthpiece called Fox News to have even the slightest shred credibility. Maybe the rest of the media -- as well as the Obama administration -- can learn from this story and never again allow Fox to create and perpetuate a false, destructivwe narrative.

Perhaps Mrs. Sherrod should be named the head of the FCC!

Posted by: elscott | July 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

No media outlet I saw ever said her father was lynched by the KKK.

A little racism there don't you think?

No wonder it took time to get over what happened to her family.

Posted by: rEYNOLDSPAINTING | July 21, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

When Ms. Sherrod was relating the most racist parts of her story, the NAACP audience was shouting amen in assent. This is the point – the NAACP smears the Tea Party for a few fringe bigots that show up at rallies, but the NAACP audience is filled with bigots.

Posted by: lowonprozac | July 21, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Fox News is probably the most sinister, dangerous institution in America today. Fox of course broadcasts a stream of lies and distortions in a misleading "news" format, while providing a nationwide television platform for some of the most extreme right-wing commentators of the last 50-60 years.

Even the most dangerous extemists of past eras -- the Fascist-sympathizer and racist Westbrook Pegler, for example -- never had a platform as powerful as Fox News.

So yes, to the extent this helps raise the alarm about Fox, that's good. Fox News is the greatest threat to Amerian democracy that I have seen in my lifetime.

Posted by: tboyer33 | July 21, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I think Shirley just ceded the high road.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 21, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

lowonprozac, go refill your prescription.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 21, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

She needs to sue the pants off Breitbart and Fox. They can't hide by saying "that was all the clip we got." That was all the clip they used, that was all the clip they wanted.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 21, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The whole back and forth of racism charges is getting ridiculous. However it is plain as day Fox News has an agenda and African Americans are routinely depicted negatively on the channel. Their obsession with the voter intimidation story that wasn't, their obsession with ACORN and now this speaks volumes.

Posted by: cleancut77 | July 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"No wonder it took time to get over what happened to her family."

Um yeah. Unfathomable. They hung the man from a gdmn tree.

And she wound up in a profession which included helping white farmers save their farms.

She is incredible.

If the Tea Party people are so colorblind, let's see them invite her to speak at their Uni-TEA event.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"This is the point – the NAACP smears the Tea Party for a few fringe bigots that show up at rallies, but the NAACP audience is filled with bigots."

If that truly is the point, then why the need to edit the video? Why didn't "they" just release the video as is and point out the "amens" and other audience chatter?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 21, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

forget the Ag dept... she needs to run for office.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | July 21, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Given how Fox News puts the spin on this and other past events, they will take the victim route and play it up to the loyal viewers.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 21, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"She needs to sue the pants off Breitbart and Fox. They can't hide by saying "that was all the clip we got." That was all the clip they used, that was all the clip they wanted. "

No. The clip is real and newsworthy. How much context to put something in is a matter of judgement.

She should have been more careful how she presented herself instead of playing with audience feigning racism for effect which of course peaked the interest of FOX in light of the bogus NAACP claim that the TEA party harbors racists.

BTW, I was supportive of her getting her job back before I found out she called FOX racist. Now, not so sure she shoudl again be in the governmet with that attitude.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | July 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Good for her!! Faux News is an agenda driven racist organization with zero connection to actual news. That WAPO and the rest of the so-called media follow this wingnut organization like smitten high school girls is a disgrace to journalism.

Posted by: LABC | July 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

This is a great example of shifting the blame to someone else.
Fox did not fire her nor did they call for her resignation they just reported the news as they had it. It was this administration and the NAACP who jumped the gun and had her fired. The speech was at a NAACP meeting so they had the ability to obtain all the facts but they jumped to critize as they often do before they have all the facts.
So blame the people who are responsible instead of shifting the blame to Fox who is one place to get the real news without the commentary .

Posted by: jerry110 | July 21, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg Sargent, Obama ordered the USDA to fire her even before the story came out on Fox. That lent credence to the video so that makes Obama and the USDA racists also, right?

Posted by: spamsux1 | July 21, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Good point, schrodingerscat.

Perhaps lowonprozac can explain why a video which was only intended to illustrate the Potency x 10 Super-Reverse Racism of the audience was heavily edited to portray, falsely, that the speaker was a racist. Especially given that the entirety of her comments were so decidely anti-racism. I'm sure there are nods and murmurs of assent when she makes her anti-racist points too - which naturally also ended up on the cutting-room floor.

Posted by: JennOfArk | July 21, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Mary Frances Berry, who was appointed by President Jimmy Carter and led the commission during the Clinton administration, accused the Obama administration of overreacting by firing Sherrod, who left the USDA after video of her comments at an NAACP dinner — remarks later shown to be distorted — surfaced. “We now know for sure that the Obama administration fears Fox and right-wing media more than making sure they have the facts,” she said in POLITICO’s Arena. “We can also see clearly why, though an African-American president is a symbolic boon to blacks, he is unwilling to focus on the joblessness which disproportionately affects African-Americans. To do so risks being labeled racist.”"

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40022.html

Why is it only that the only Democrats with balls are women?

Posted by: wbgonne | July 21, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Fox was established with the aim of electing Republicans. Rupert Murdoch hired Roger Ailes to make sure of it. Clinton wasn’t supposed to win in ’96 and Fox was created to give what they thought was “the other side” In this google world those acts can’t hide. The shame is that viewers of FIX news are so indoctrinated they think they are getting the straight story. This latest spin on Mrs. Sherrod is a good example of how FIX news will distort a story and are the first to use a distorted story if it makes Democrats look bad or Republicans look good.

Posted by: goatlocker | July 21, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Good for her.

I disagree--I think Fox is motivated less by racism and more by partisanship; they want to bring down the President.

But I think this should be something the rest of the media looks at. Did Fox News go with an un-sourced story from known liar Breitbart because they're racist or because they're partisan? Did they push this ridiculous Black Panther story all summer long because they're racist or because they're partisan?

We may not be able to resolve this question of whether it's racism or vicious partisanship that leads to their slanted coverage and total disregard for fact to the point where they're willing to mis-represent things.

But either way, I think it's long past time for the rest of the media to admit that the Obama Administration was right when they said Fox was "not a news organization."

Posted by: theorajones1 | July 21, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

While I certainly agree this is driven by what can best be characterized as "racial" undertones, I don't think "they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago".

Frankly I think she is more a pawn in right versus left rather than race war as it were. I don't think the actors here have the clarity of vision in this area to push for what she's implying - I think they just know they don't like policies and organizations associated with the left, and things like affirmative action and NAACP are seen (probably accurately) on the left side of the culture divide. They also suffer from closet racism, even if that doesn't mean they want to reverse all the progress made over the years.

Again, that's not to say that she's wrong that this is in part about prejudice - people who fundamentally believe in equality are racists and misogynists all the time. So yes, I think they are being racist, but I think it's too far (and probably not constructive) to say they want to return to some ugly past.

On the other hand, I think this is a worthy conversation, and one that should have come up a long time ago about the Tea Party. I don't think she's necessarily calling it like it is, but it's a lot closer than it has been.

Posted by: scathew | July 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"So blame the people who are responsible instead of shifting the blame to Fox who is one place to get the real news without the commentary ."

Spare us all the faux outrage. If she hadn't been fired, you probably would've been first in line for the poutrage-fest screaming about the racism in the audience.

The NAACP screwed up and they've acknowledged that. Vilsack screwed up royally and it's probably only a matter of time before that's acknowledged also. I'm sure in the interest of fairness you believe that Beck should be fired from Fox - the price Dan Rather paid for airing a misleading story, right?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"...Fox who is one place to get the real news without the commentary .

Posted by: jerry110 | July 21, 2010 12:52 PM"

"Hey Greg Sargent, Obama ordered the USDA to fire her even before the story came out on Fox.

Posted by: spamsux1 | July 21, 2010 12:53 PM"
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Holy Low Information Voters, Batman!
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The target audience for Fox is made up of marginal personalities who are afraid in an existential way of being marginalized and even eliminated psychologically. Such people have to defend themselves against any perceived threat to themselves and their way of thinking lest the whole edifice fall. They are very susceptible to issues that seem to threaten their existence or position.

The Right routinely preys on the fears of these people. First it was race, then they switched to abortion after Roe v. Wade because it swept in a wider audience. (Falwell became convinced of this by Francis Schaeffer--see "Republican Gomorrah--Inside the Movement that SWhattered the Party".) Then it was gays and gay marriage. Now, with Obama in the WH and the US in deep recession, they are going back to race.

The idea that black people are going to displace the meager gains that middle-class and lower-class whites have made is especially threatening in these times, and dovetails with the anti-immigrant fervor. That's what made this story so potent.

Of course the real objective is to discredit Obama and his administration and the Dems and return the GOP to power. She is absolutely right. But it also fits with killing the jobs bill and stalling the unemployment bill because the GOP doesn't really want problems solved, they just want more agitated, fearful people. And of course no one ever went broke underestimating the cravenness and shallowness of the US media.

Boy were we naive in thinking the Obama election said something about racial progress in the US. All it did was expose what had lain hidden for years.

Posted by: Mimikatz | July 21, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This woman was done in by the great black hope in the white house! Fox News had nothing to do with it. She's just parroting what the bruthus in the NAACP told her to say! INcapable of independent thought. NAACP can't have anyone thinking on their own. Anyone deviating from the standard "everybody's racist" bs is dangerous! Anyone this stupid deserves to be fired.

Posted by: panamajack | July 21, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"This woman was done in by the great black hope in the white house! Fox News had nothing to do with it. She's just parroting what the bruthus in the NAACP told her to say! INcapable of independent thought. NAACP can't have anyone thinking on their own. Anyone deviating from the standard "everybody's racist" bs is dangerous! Anyone this stupid deserves to be fired."

Further proof that there's no racism in the Republican/TeaBagger ranks.

Posted by: JennOfArk | July 21, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Shirley Sherrod is a hero. If she needs contributions to her legal fund in order to sue "not so" Breitbart and Fox Fake News I'll be more than happy to contribute.

Posted by: EAHarrison | July 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love how the NAACP denounced her and the President ordered her fired, but she comes out and blames Fox. Through it all, she stays on message. What a soldier for the cause!

And you also have to love how the lesson she learned from this is to jump immediately to allegations of racism. Breitbart must be laughing his head off.

Posted by: tomtildrum | July 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I am disappointed in her. I'm white, conservative, support the "tea party" advocacy, and said from the outset that she was a victim of injustice from the White House, Sec of Ag, and the NAACP - none who bothered to get the full story and transcript of her speech. Now, it sounds like she has picked up the NACCP race baiting theme when she could be a voice for reason in the growing division between blacks and whites and brown and yellow and all in between. Footnote: ALL the cable news shows (CNN, MSNBC, and FOX) were guilty of being like sharks when they smelled blood. None of them bothered to get the full story before airing it. Then, their commentators jumped all over her. Now, all will try to cover their a** and pretend they never bought into the story that she is a racist. Then, she's playing into the racist game with her rant against FOX. I feel like I am in a time warp and it's back to the 50's and 60's. Then, that's what keeps the money flowing into the NAACP, trying to be relevant, and Sharpton and J Jackson. It's also bringing the Nazis out of the woodwork, like the vermin they are (pardon the grammar).

Posted by: paulosfm1 | July 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that Fox News didn't run the clip until after she was fired. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but it seems the WH made the decision based on Breitbart site alone and whatever radio play it got on Monday. Cable picked it up after she was fired.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | July 21, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that Breitbart and Fox have never explained the powerpoint pages that introduced his posting where he talked about Ms Sherrod as an example of a government employee who controls $XXXXX of "our money" and why would we want someone racist running gov't programs. He certainly didn't say this was to show how the NAACP was racist and were hypocrites to be complaining about the T parties, as he now tries to explain. Maybe he's come to realize he's going to get sued for this.

Posted by: delawarewriter | July 21, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

All, still more questions arise about White House handling of Sherrod mess:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/more_questions_arise_about_whi.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 21, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Shame on Sherrod!!

Fox News is a bunch of gay bashing, jingoistic, tax evading hate mongers.

They are SO MUCH MORE than MERE racists.

They hate everybody, with EQUAL opportunity!!

(Oh, yeah, and Falalfel Bill O'Reilly is a pervert, too. Ask Andrea Mackris, his former producer, who sued him for sex harrasment, and got so much money from that drunken blow hard that the settlement was made "confidential." KA-CHING!)

Posted by: trenda | July 21, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse


REPLY TO Truthteller12:
"My understanding is that Fox News didn't run the clip until after she was fired. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but it seems the WH made the decision based on Breitbart site alone and whatever radio play it got on Monday. Cable picked it up after she was fired."

Posted by: Truthteller12 | July 21, 2010 1:19 PM

I'm happy to correct you. Fox ran this Monday. CNN did in-depth reporting beginning Monday and interviewed her and the white farmer in question by noon on Tuesday. CNN debunked the entire story by then. Chris Matthews on MSNBC Tuesday said he expected O'Reilly would apologize that night but he didn't.
Maybe everyone in media should have done a better job, but at least the others pushed to get "the rest of the story." FOX still doesn't admit their error.

Posted by: delawarewriter | July 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I know what Jesus Christ taught us about turning the other cheek when one is done wrongly. However, I must say this, ....turning your other cheek to FOX and Friends (read enemies here), along with other electronic Right Wing henchmen and extremists, will get your whole head slapped off your neck.

Posted by: jordor | July 21, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Sherrod might be able to sue Breitbart and Fox for defamation. The question is whether she is considered a "public figure" or a "private person" notwithstanding that she is a government employee. Not all government employees are considered "public figures". Should be an interesting law suit. She might be able to sue in federal court because the publication of the slanderous remark was made over a television station that is subject to interstate commerce. She might also sue both Breitbart and Fox for negligence. I am unfamiliar with Georgia law but they probably have these causes of action. Mrs. Sherrod lost her job, income, reputation, and sustained emotional injury from the vicious emails and telephone calls sent to her. Advice to Brietbart and Fox, you guys better apologize and bring out your checkbooks.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | July 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

This is post-racial politics through the lens of a Scooby Doo episode and a sign of how screwed up American politics is.

http://disenchantedjourno.blogspot.com/2010/07/thought-of-day-national-conversation.html

Posted by: DJOURNO | July 21, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Just Wow!!

The comments on this story would be hysterical if they weren't so sad. The level of hatred, racism and vitriol from most of the commenters here as they condemn...hatred, racism and vitriol is mind-numbingly stunning.

Oh...and btw - the last time I checked, FNS and Breitbart didn't jump to conclusions and fire Ms. Sherrod without checking the facts of the case. That would have been done by the Obama Administration.

Posted by: jimslc | July 21, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

You tell them sister!

Posted by: AverageJane | July 21, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"...FNS and Breitbart didn't jump to conclusions and fire Ms. Sherrod without checking the facts of the case."

Oh yes...they simply doctored the facts of the case...much less serious.

That's some powerful Kool-Aid Rupert's got ya'll drinking, if you truly believe that the guys who manufactured the "evidence" leading to the unfair outcome are less culpable than the ones who reacted to it in the belief that it hadn't been manufactured. I kind of doubt a court would divvy up the blame the way you suggest.

Posted by: JennOfArk | July 21, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me the whole thing was a setup. Who owns the tape? The NAACP. Who leaked the segment to a Conservative web site? Likely someone inside the NAACP. Why? To cause a stir then discredit FOX News when the "whole" truth came out.

It seems obvious this was planned and planted by someone on the Left to discredit FOX and the conservative media.

Someone played the NAACP, the White House, the USDA and FOX News and the conservative media and of course, the victim, Ms. Sherrod.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | July 21, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@jimsic - No, they just ran with the "bogus" clip. They're not guilty of anything, except maybe claiming to be a news organization.

Posted by: DinOH | July 21, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

jimslc at 2:02pm you are right, FNS and Breitbart didn't jump to conclusions. They just broadcasted an edited film clip that placed an innocent woman in the worst light possible in order to take their revenge on the NAACP. FNS and Breitbart did not care that their actions may cause injury to Mrs. Sherrod. In fact, their actions were in blatant DISREGARD of the harm to this woman. No FNS and Breitbard did not fire Mrs. Sherrod but they certainly set the ball rolling. The USDA showed poor leadership in rushing to judgment but FNS and Breitbart are the villans here.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | July 21, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

paulosfm1 @ 1:14:

You're blaming everyone but Breitbart, who was the one who got her fired. Nice moving of the goalposts there.

Posted by: tracymohr | July 21, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Since Fox has not issue a retraction, they are at least implicitly agreeing with Sherrod.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 21, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Since Fox has not issue a retraction, they are at least implicitly agreeing with Sherrod.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 21, 2010 2:34 PM

Fox should apologize for broadcasting a "news" piece without checking the facts. They should issue a corrected version of their broadcast and apologize to Mrs. Sherrod...at the very least... As for Mr. Breitbart, I hope that he is enjoying the media attention he is getting from his deliberate distortion.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | July 21, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

lowonprozac @ July 21, 2010 12:37 PM wrote: "When Ms. Sherrod was relating the most racist parts of her story, the NAACP audience was shouting amen in assent. This is the point – the NAACP smears the Tea Party for a few fringe bigots that show up at rallies, but the NAACP audience is filled with bigots."

You are very low on Prozac. The NAACP challenged the Tea Partiers to purge the racists in their midst. They also said, explicitly, that the Tea Partiers are not racists.

So, please, do rush to the pharmacy and stock up on Prozac.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 21, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

When all else fails, just spew hate in all directions and God will sort 'em out.

Posted by: ElRonaldo | July 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart and his allies succeeded in destroying ACORN, and it's clear that their intent was to try to destroy the NAACP next, which is why they went through all the NAACP videos they could find, trying to find something incriminating. Evidently this was the best they could do.

I hope that Ms. Sherrod sues Breitbart for defamation. Deliberately distorting someone's words by video editing for the purpose of destroying their reputation and getting them fired is actionable, and this kind of thing isn't protected by the 1st Amendment.

Posted by: JoeBuck1 | July 21, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

“I'm sure there are nods and murmurs of assent when she makes her anti-racist points too - which naturally also ended up on the cutting-room floor.” Again, you’re missing the point JennOfArk. The issue is not whether Sherrod is a racist, but should the NAACP be smeared as racist because there were a few racists in her audience. The NAACP resolution condemning the entire Tea Party, because of a few nut jobs at the rallies (possibly Leftist plants), is hypocritical.

Posted by: lowonprozac | July 21, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have been trying to split the country in two ever since Obama took office (It was part of Rove's 2000-2006 playbook for Bush too). The race thing is just a part of the right wing toolkit.

When lawmakers got death threats, Republicans DEFENDED the threats saying that if lawmakers didnt anger the people they wouldnt have gotten death threats.

When somebody flew his plane into the IRS building, they blamed the IRS for taxes being too high.

Just this week we had a guy that we now know wanted to shoot up the ACLU and another organization because of their politics.

Normal, moral people know that nothing excuses death threats and high taxes dont excuse terrorism.

But the Republicans don't care. You deserved threats, to be intimidated, to be shot, just like the old obscenity that you deserved to be raped if you went outside in a nice dress. The right wing will excuse every evil perpetrated by the right wing and blame their victims for the abuse.

Posted by: Wendel448 | July 21, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If some of you posters would take the time to carefully listen to the entire Sherrod speech, you will hear that the applause and vocalizations of agreement are the loudest when she talks about her realization that she was wrong in her judgment about white farmers and that she understood that it was about class, and how the poor of any color were mistreated. This woman should be applauded for her courage to tell the audience that racism in any form is wrong. Even if she were to accept rehiring at the USDA, that alone will not atone for the viciousness and bile she and her family had to endure during the 24 to 36 hour period. She was harassed by vicious email and threatening telephone calls. Just listen to her interview.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | July 21, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The video did exactlky what it was supposed to do expose teh hypocrascy of teh left the left edits out videos and its a good thing because it gets the point across. the video actually wasnt about here it was about the NAACP and thgeir racist tendocies notice all teh people clapping when she said she didnt give all teh help to teh white people

When you clap at that it is Racism plain and simple

Posted by: biga3007 | July 21, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

She absolutely ought to sue the heck out of Fox News.

1st Amendment HAS some limits. This was pure defamation, with edited video done to alter the truth; and the motives will be very difficult to deny in a court of law.

Posted by: grosmec | July 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

So I'm confused.

On the one hand, Fox News is a racist/partisan/hateful organization which the Obama Administration and the NAACP don't even consider a news organization.

OTOH, the same Administration and NAACP (and please don't suspend all belief and think that Vilsack fired Ms. Sherrod solely on his own volition w/out checking first w/the WH)unquestioningly takes the word of this vile non-news organization, and doesn't even give their employee/supporter a chance to give her side of the story before disavowing her and/or telling her to pull over so she can send in her resignation.

So...which is it? Is Fox a non-news organization whose every utterance should be questioned, or are they the most trusted name in the news business whose every utterance should be taken at face value w/out even the most basic level of scrutiny?

Posted by: californiadreamin | July 21, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

To AnotherContrarian (She should have been more careful how she presented herself instead of playing with audience feigning racism for effect which of course peaked the interest of FOX in light of the bogus NAACP claim that the TEA party harbors racists.)

You still do not have the story straight and are making excuses for FOX. This clip was from a speech made 20 years ago when Sherrod worked for a non-profit. She experienced plenty of racism and was telling the crowd how she overcame her negative feelings about 'white people' and she and helped many of them. This is the right-wing PR machine going through any and all material looking for anything to incite their people. They are like the Terminator, that's all they do - incite division and hatred. Stop being a patsy for despicable partisan slugs. Stop watching FOX, stop listening to Limbaugh and Beck and Palin - they are deliberately divisive and inspiring fear and hatred while Americans are going through a very tough time. These people are horrible.

Posted by: irenehanlon | July 21, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Breitbart said in an interview on a television program that Mrs. Sherrod was his target but rather the NAACP. This statement shows that Mrs. Sherrod was correct; she was a pawn. Journalists of all persuasions have a code of ethics or a professional standard that they must abide by. With the power to persuade that they wield, they must reasonably check the accuracy of their reports. Mr. Breitbart deliberately lied about Mrs. Sherrod by omitting the entirety of the video. The fact that other journalists may do this does not excuse or mitigate Mr. Breitbart's contemptable behavoir. As for Fox, did anyone conduct a due diligence on the presentation or were they all to willing to accept what Breitbart presented? There is sufficient blame to go around but we should remember there was an innocent person carelessly and perhaps wantonly injured.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | July 21, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

biga3007 - seems like you still haven't seen the entire video or you wouldn't have made that comment which exposes your ignorance. Some people just don't want to know the truth if it offends their biases. Guess you'll continue to watch and believe Fox no matter what lies and smears they spread.

Posted by: irenehanlon | July 21, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant to say that Breitbart said that Mrs. Sherrod was NOT the target but the NAACP. Apologies to Mr. Breitbart and his supporters for the typo.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | July 21, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Instead of arguing pros and cons, I think we should let the market decide which is the better news organization, Fox News, or MSM. The trend is clear. In five years MSM will not be able to operate without Federal subsidy. All those people who will lose their jobs are showing their pandering ways today.

Neither side has credibility in the news ethics realm.

MSM has turned ethical news reporting into op-ed pieces, Fox and Breitbart are second to market, and better at it.

Posted by: Freeminds | July 21, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Breitbart was trying to show the hypocrisy of the NAACP. So what? They, without one ounce of evidence, constantly accuse the Tea Party as being racist. Fair play?

The sad thing is Ms. Sherrod had to be backed into a corner because the WH was frigthened that Glenn Beck would do a story on this. I find this hilarious. Just goes to show ya the WH is watching Glenn. I wonder why that red phone doesn't ring.

You people accuse the right wing media....huh? The MSM did not do their due diligence in investigating the potential (the Senator) most powerful man that would become our POTUS. What did anyone of us know about him? That he was half black? What were they afraid of? McCain being elected?

This country is going to he!! in a handbasket and all you point your fingers at is Fox News. Sad, very sad.

Posted by: Mimi21 | July 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama has allowed a climate to develop that is simply not conducive to harmonious race relations.

1) In less than a month after his appointment as Attorney General, Eric Holder pronounced on Martin Luther King Day that whites were 'cowards' when it came to race.

2) Similar to the Sherrod case, in the summer of 2009, Obama jumped the gun and blamed a white policeman for racial profiling against Professor Gates -- WHEN IT DID NOT EXIST. He (Obama) FAILED TO DO ANY DILIGENT HOMEWORK!

3) Obama seems to have a delight in mocking any of his adversaries -- many of whom are in fact white.

4) DOJ's failure to take prudent action on the voter intimidation case (Black Panther Party) in early 2010, further caused antenna to go up.

5) When word leaked out that instructions had been given within DOJ 'NOT TO PROSECUTE CASES OF VOTER INTIMIDATION IF THE DEFENDANT WAS BLACK', serious question started developing as to whether Obama was living up to the oath that he took to uphold the laws of the USA.

6) The NAACP's recent resolution (targeting the Tea Party) certainly was not encouraging from a race relations point of view, and candidly, Mrs. Obama's appearance (though her message was on obesity) was perceived by some as tantamount to approval.

7) Then comes the Sherrod case. Again, Obama jumps the gun to protect HIMSELF -- at the expense of Sherrod.

Let us not forget that Obama threw his own grandmother (who was white) under the bus during the 2008 campaign. At the time, many of us gave him a pass, but now, it appears that he did hold a grudge against her – for her race!

Folks, a lot of this is just lack of leadership experience showing up.

Face it! Obama IS NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME!!

Posted by: wheeljc | July 21, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

All of you posters looking forward to a slander or libel suit against Breitbart for reporting a partial story will eventually realize MSM could not let such a thing happen. A successful slander suit under that reasoning would put MSM out of business overnight. We are no where near the slander limits of the 1st Amendment with this set of facts. Study the problem a little more.

Posted by: Freeminds | July 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Ms. Sherrod for being the person who finally calls out FOX News on its blatant, ongoing race-baiting. I wish Obama had the same courage.

Posted by: menaman | July 21, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

No Tea Party leader or anyone over at Fox ever responsed to direct questions or allegations concerning racism other than to insinuate "it happens everywhere." This latest move was simply a diversionary tactic to take the heat off of the tea party and place it on the NAACP and Obama administration. Now they are acting like they had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome but their focus is almost entirely on whether or not the White House was involved in her firing. Could someone directly ask why they had to doctor a video to come up with black racism? And why they have not apologized to her for their devious reporting?

Posted by: NPercy | July 21, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Most of the posters here sound like a cross beetween Keith Olbermann and Rachal Maddow. Clear to see where your talking points are coming from. Maddow and Olbermann, not THAT's what I call fair and balanced. (for the unenligntened.... this is sarcasam.)

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, trying to claim they did not report it until afterward doesn't fly. You report something whether you talk about it in tv or post it online. . .nice try. . .

Posted by: NPercy | July 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

She should be fired and charged with dereliction of duty, misuse of her public office, and violation of Equal Opportunity laws and regulations but that won’t happen. The entire administration should be ashamed

Posted by: rbsuttn | July 21, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

She should be fired and charged with dereliction of duty, misuse of her public office, and violation of Equal Opportunity laws and regulations but that won’t happen. The entire administration should be ashamed

Posted by: rbsuttn | July 21, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

After the ACORN hoax, it's a total mystery to me that ANYONE - let alone the Obama administration and the NAACP - would believe what Breitbart and Faux News are saying.

Some people ought to be fired, but NOT Shirley Sherrod!

Posted by: rmwarnick | July 21, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"2) They will say this ALL Obama's fault"

Too late. Beck insists the Sherrod incident was an attempt by the President to discredit Fox News on his program this morning.

Posted by: backwoods_intellect | July 21, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"2) They will say this ALL Obama's fault"

Too late. Beck insists the Sherrod incident was an attempt by the President to discredit Fox News on his program this morning.

Posted by: backwoods_intellect | July 21, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod is nothing but a liar. Megan Kelly did have her schedule to be on the air yesterday afternoon to give her side and she pulled out last minute. She went to the CNN of course, this way she will be able to sue, that is what she loves to do.

Posted by: marie819 | July 21, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod was fired before the story was ever mentioned on Fox news.

Posted by: everysandwich | July 21, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

elscott said: ..."Maybe the rest of the media -- as well as the Obama administration -- can learn from this story and never again allow Fox to create and perpetuate a false, destructive narrative."

Maybe now the White House press corps will be permanently minus a couple of members -- Wendell Goler and Major Garrett of Fox News. They don't deserve representation after this fiasco.

Posted by: kayjay503 | July 21, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Media needs to go after fox for putting this story out there and not apologizing to Shirley Sherrod.

NCAAP should boycott all advertisers on FOX. I would be happy to join in.

Posted by: joejoe2000 | July 21, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Here's my contribution to the conversation about "what's going on" with Faux News and people like Breitbart: this is just another example of the half-truths, hyperbole, and hysteria that they churn out daily. If it lies (and might stick to Obama and the Democrats), it flies.

I wonder how many MORE of these kinds of stories from the likes of Brietbart and Faux News it is going to take to awaken the somnolent American people and their corporate information providers to the dangers of this destructive disinformation. The reich-wing echo chamber isn't about presenting a reasoned discussion of principled, political differences, they’re about an unending, calculated conspiracy of misinformation in the quest for political power.

Posted by: Johnbo | July 21, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Here's my contribution to the conversation about "what's going on" with Faux News and people like Breitbart: this is just another example of the half-truths, hyperbole, and hysteria that they churn out daily. If it lies (and might stick to Obama and the Democrats), it flies.

I wonder how many MORE of these kinds of stories from the likes of Brietbart and Faux News it is going to take to awaken the somnolent American people and their corporate information providers to the dangers of this destructive disinformation. The reich-wing echo chamber isn't about presenting a reasoned discussion of principled, political differences, they’re about an unending, calculated conspiracy of misinformation in the quest for political power.

Posted by: Johnbo | July 21, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

And the Fox robots twist and turn and squirm and do what they can to see to it that it's everybody's fault but Breitbart and Fox. Then you've got the completely brainwashed living on another planet like panamajack, biga3007 and wheeljc who go to great lengths to blame Obama, the NAACP and the Dems in general for it all. A set-up. She's just in this because she wants to sue -- like she asked for all this -- and God, I hope she sues. If Murdoch has a brain in his head, he's cutting a super sized check right now.
One sick bunch of fools.
A woman who's father was the victim of racial violence speaking to a group of blacks in the '80s; they were not saying "amen" or nodding because they all wanted to kill whitey, but because every single one of them probably knew of a similar case in their family, circle of friends or town.
But you keep on telling each other it's the people of color who've held the white race back all these years and we'll keep ridiculing your ignorant butts.

Posted by: mecormany | July 21, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, maybe Fox News didn't use the "full force" of their fact-checking at first, but they eventually realized they were wrong, and now they're even friends with her.

Posted by: kcx7 | July 21, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Most of these comments are delusional. Watch the FDR coalition dissolve as Dems are left with just blacks, Hispanics and nasty identity politics.

Posted by: clairesolt | July 22, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Now. Now. Now. Let's all be good little leftists and pigeonhole people based on their physical abilities, like President Obama and Joe Klein do.


"There’s something tragic about him, too,” Klein said, referring to Krauthammer’s confinement to a wheelchair, the result of a diving accident during his first year of medical school. “His work would have a lot more nuance if he were able to see the situations he’s writing about.”

http://wonkette.com/408654/nutty-joe-klein-touches-third-rail-of-charles-krauthammer-criticism

Posted by: dumbreddown | July 22, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Ms. Sherrod that FACTS should be checked.

Can she tell me EXACTLY WHEN AND WHAT Fox News did that got her fired?


BTW, The Breitbart video which I saw included Ms. Sherrod's recollection of her "epiphany" moment (The moment when she realized she was being less helpful to the white farmer, than she would have been toward a black farmer.)

Posted by: dumbreddown | July 22, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

For all the pain this has caused Ms. Sherrod, it will have been worth it if it ends up discrediting Breitbart and Fox and making the MSM a bit less eager to accept their lies at face value next time. But I doubt that it will.

Posted by: Django48 | July 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm getting ready to make up t-shirts with a picture of Sherry Sherrod (LOVE HER!) and the following words below:

"FOX NEWS HATES BLACK PEOPLE"

Anyone interested?

Posted by: OutragedToo | July 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, make that Shirley, not Sherry. Wouldn't sell too many of those now, would I?

Posted by: OutragedToo | July 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

http://newsbusters.org


Blaming Fox for Shirley Sherrod’s Firing 'a Lie,' Fox & Friends Host Declares
Photo of Rich Noyes.
By Rich Noyes (Bio | Archive)


Wed, 07/21/2010 - 11:00 ET

On Wednesday’s Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy took strong exception to the NAACP’s claim it was “snookered” by Fox News into denouncing former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod based on excerpts of a speech she delivered at a dinner in March.

“There’s a timeline problem,” Doocy pointed out, noting that the NAACP had on Monday night denounced Sherrod as “shameful,” the same day that she was pressured to quit her job (she says by the White House). But Fox News never mentioned the story until after Sherrod had quit. “So for anybody to say that Fox News pressured her out, that is simply a lie,” Doocy asserted.

The liberal media have gone from largely ignoring the Sherrod story on Monday night and Tuesday morning to embracing it as a case of a woman maligned by an unfairly edited video clip. But if Sherrod is indeed the victim, much of the damage seems to have been caused by the precipitous reaction of the NAACP and the Obama administration — not liberals’ favorite target, Fox News.

Here’s how Doocy explained the matter at the top of the July 21 Fox & Friends, about 6:07am ET:

Co-host STEVE DOOCY: The NAACP has done, essentially, a double-back flip. First, here's what she said regarding the NAACP: [Words on screen] "They got into a fight with the Tea Party, and all of this came out as a result of that." But here's what she says about the NAACP, she says, she blames them for her getting in trouble.

Now, here's what the NAACP said on Monday night — on Monday night, as soon as the news had hit the fan. They said [reading] "her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicaments working with people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man."

That was on Monday. Then yesterday, the NAACP came out and they said that we're now apologizing to her and they say they were snookered by Fox News and Andrew Breitbart. But as [fill-in co-host] Dana [Perino] mentioned, there's a timeline problem. Fox News did not do the story until after she had already resigned.

So she was pressured by the Department of Agriculture to quit. She quit. And then we did the stories. So for anybody to say that Fox News pressured her out, that is simply a lie.

—Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here.

--


"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the
oppressed." --Steve Biko

Posted by: BHBF | July 22, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

This is what the entire conservative party is about: lie about anything to make the other person look bad. The target here was both Obama and the NAACP. We will respond to this come November. Fox News and their ilk need to be put in their place.

Posted by: ATLGuy | July 22, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

FOX is not racist. FOX is not partisan.

FOX is an amoral propaganda machine for corporate feudalism.

It's funny, b/c FOX is an example of what Mrs. Sherrod warns about. They stoke hatred among us plebeians and we scream at each other about who's more racist or partisan or whatever. Then they collect our money, buy off our elected leaders, write our laws, and that's that.

Come on people. Abre los ojos.

Posted by: jamesfrench1 | July 22, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"they (Fox) would love to take us back to where we were many years ago."

That is absolutely ridiculous! Fox is not on any type of campaign. That comment speaks loudly about her thinking. She is still in the 'whites are out to get us' mode.

If everyone would stop crying racist everytime they are criticized for something, all would get along much better. All races and nationalities are criticized.

Fox should have reviewed her entire speech; however, there are additional comments she made regarding race, class, and her political affiliation that should not be overlooked. Those working at the USDA are not to be political. Also, evaluate her tone of voice.

She is not totally innocent by any means.

Posted by: BarbaraBAF | July 22, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

No doubt where the majority of the posters stand in response to this article. My reaction: CALM DOWN!
So you don’t like Fox. At least, they give some balance to the news and include news items that the mainstream media will not touch.
Hopefully, all of the noise about Shirley Sherrod will soon fade. Were mistakes made and an injustice done? Yes. But most of it was due to hasty reaction before the full facts of the matter were known. And that includes Obama, the Secretary of Agriculture, the NAACP, and anyone else ready to jump because they feared possible political ramifications.
Once the facts were known, they not only did a hasty retreat and about-face; they (and most of the posters here) are trying to play it up for everything they can get out of it.

I agree with the poster AmericanWithABrain, July 21, 2010, 5:14 PM. Most of the posters here sound like a cross beetween Keith Olbermann and Rachal Maddow.
And when are we going to agree to not shout “racist” every time we disagree. It is disgusting!

Posted by: keepthefaith | July 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dear Shirley, You're making yourself look quite foolish and dare I say, "Racist!" FOX did not FIRE you from your USDA job nor did it harass you to resign. Why did you agree to QUIT in the first place - please answer that question for America.

Posted by: mojharry | July 22, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

@Greg Sargent - What exactly is it that you think is going to "drive the right bananas"?

Surely you understand that the right is rejoicing in this. After all, the videos (both Ms. Sherrod's and FoxNews') are out there, the timeline is well-established, and Americans have a clear picture of who's lying and who's being wrongly accused.

It's highly amusing how the Left incessantly accuses the Right (and particularly FoxNews) of not just getting things wrong, but outright lying to further their own agenda. If the Left truly believed this, however, and if FoxNews had been the first to run the Sherrod story (which they weren't), then why did the White House not do some quick fact-checking before firing poor Shirley (wait - asking for her resignation aka throwing her under the bus)?

After all, we have it from Shirley's own mouth that it was the WHITE HOUSE asking for her resignation. The same White House that declared FoxNews "not a 'real' news organization." The same White House that threw Van Jones under the bus based on information largely provided by FoxNews.

I ask again - If the Left truly believed that FoxNews continually lies and/or "gets it wrong," and if FoxNews had been the first to run the Sherrod story (which they weren't), then why did the White House not do some quick fact-checking before firing poor Shirley?

In short, you've been hoodwinked, bamboozled, or, as the NAACP so eloquently put it, SNOOKERED.... but not by FoxNews. It was by those on the Left who permeate the so-called "mainstream media." Unfortunately, they brought a butter knife to a gunfight, and they're going to lose on this badly.

And the Right will rejoice.

Posted by: AmericanByGrace | July 22, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

That's funny. I thought the "Shirly Sherrod" story was one of redemption. Of triumph over racial prejudice. If so, when did that redemption take place? Or did it even take place?

It sure doesn't sound like it coming from her mouth. She sounds just like someone who is consumed with hatred and prejudice and divisive racial animosity. She makes Sharpton and Jackson sound moderate. Hardly beneficial for race relations. She's the one setting the country backwards and living in the past.

Posted by: OxyCon | July 23, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

A racists opinion is fact? Hmmm I guess she will have herself a tv show on MSNBC!

Posted by: fakedude1 | July 23, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Do you all actually have a clue?

You are aware that Fox news did not even cover this story untill 8:40 PM the evening she was forced to resign by Obama and his people? (Her resignation being gained before noon time that day.)

You do know that Glen Beck did not even report on this story that day, and the next day when he did report on it. He, Glen Beck, stated clearly that, "Ms. Sherrod should not have been fired on the evidence of a video clip which could be taken out of context?"

And that was not only correct of Beck, but should have been the response from the Obama Admin.

She resigned before 12 noon on the 19th, O'Rielly spoke about it for 30 secs. on the evening of the 19th at approx. 8:40 PM.

Also, if anyone had bothered to go to Brietbart's site and watch the clips, (notice the plural, cause there was more than one posted.), then one would have known the story Ms. Sherrod had told was, "suppossedly", of redemption.

Of course the redemption part is still open to debate in my mind.

I do not believe she should have the job because of her past racist rhetoric.

I do not think we should give the job to David Duke either. Or anyone for that matter that is like either of them. If he or they claim they are rehabillitated of thier racism, then good for them. Go get a job in the private sector.

It just does not sit well with many Americans and opens up the flood gates for alleged discrimination suits against the administration of the Agraculture Dept.

Whether they are valid or not, supportable or not, or claims made of smoke. It is just too much baggage to have and hold that position.

So now...

Explain to me, knowing the chronology of events, how it is Fox News' fault that she was terminated?

The only thing this amounts to in the end, is a bomb thrown by the Left and Beck walked right past it.

And since Beck did not grab hold and run with it. The Left figures they will simply make as if Fox News did. As if we do not see the lies and minipulation of the facts.

What a joke of a set-up this story was.

This all really stinks of desperation on the part of the Left. If we didn't think the Leant Leftists and Obama's people were scared to death of Fox News, and especially Glenn Beck,... then we are all sure of it now.

Posted by: TMMason | July 23, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Reap what you sow, republicans! You're the party of sexism, racism, and homophobia!

Posted by: FlexSF | July 25, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

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