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How the White House veered off message on Shirley Sherrod



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's firing of Shirley Sherrod turned what could have been a good week into a bad one for the White House. (AP Photo)

The firing -- and (possible) re-hiring of a Department of Agriculture employee named Shirley Sherrod -- won't even be a blip on the minds of people when they enter the voting booth this fall, but the controversy has overshadowed what should have been a very good week for Democrats.

The centerpiece of the week -- way back on Monday(!) -- was expected to be President Obama's signing of financial regulatory reform today, a popular piece of legislation that polling suggests the American people want.

Couple the signing of that legislation with the Senate passage of the extension of unemployment benefits, which had been on hold due to Republican opposition to how it would be paid for, and the week could have been one in which the White House and congressional Democrats drove home the "people versus the powerful" populist narrative that party strategists believe represents their best chance of minimizing losses this fall.

(In a July Washington Post/ABC News poll, 62 percent said that Congress should extend unemployment benefits, while 36 percent said those benefits should not be extended. An April Post/ABC poll showed that two thirds of respondents supported stricter regulation of banks and other elements of the financial sector.)

Instead, cable news was flooded with the USDA story as interviews with Sherrod and conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart were played (and replayed), and anchors everywhere questioned how and how badly Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack -- and the White House more broadly -- had mishandled the situation by jumping to conclusions before all the facts were known.

That message problem was on display during White House press secretary Robert Gibbs daily news conference Wednesday. Not only was it carried live on the cable channels (a rarity) but it was dominated by questions about Sherrod rather than the signing of landmark legislation to regulate the financial industry or the unemployment benefit extension debate.

Making matter worse: Sherrod was on CNN responding in real time to Gibbs's apology, a surreal moment that fits neatly in the truth-stranger-than-fiction category.

"Any Democrat would be making a huge mistake to let a right-wing blogger drive decision-making," said Democratic media consultant Steve Murphy. "That is especially true for the White House."

The story being played out in the press is now entirely focused on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of the White House -- a process story about who knew what when -- rather than on where Breitbart got the video and whether he knew it was edited in such a way as to make Sherrod look bad. (For his part, Breitbart isn't revealing where the video came from and insists that he does not have the full-length video of Sherrod's full remarks.)

Gibbs's mea culpa -- "a disservice was done, an apology was owed" -- at today's news briefing, along with the news that Vilsack was seeking to reach Sherrod to talk about "next steps" (aka her re-hiring) ensure that the story will continue at least through tomorrow and will effectively wipe out the message the White House had hoped to push with this week's planned events.

Again, Shirley Sherrod's name will almost certainly disappear into the political vapor in short order -- quick, name the head of the Minerals Mining Service who was removed after the BP spill (it was Elizabeth Birnbaum) -- and isn't likely to sway voter sentiment in any meaningful way this fall.

But, the Obama administration's bungling of the story has turned what should have been a winning week into something short of that.

"The USDA imbroglio is a particularly good example of how the day-to-day political vicissitudes of today's super-charged, poll driven, conflict dependent, 24/7/365, Beltway process coverage invariably steps on a White House's good news and good work," said Democratic consultant Chris LeHane, adding that "to break through you have to have a disciplined, over arching, transcendent political brand and vision that cuts through the morass."

With just 104 days -- or 15 weeks -- remaining before the November election, the White House and, even more so, Congressional Democrats can't afford any more weeks like this one. They need to stack up wins, not litigate losses.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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Posted by: kmday | July 24, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Putting the “tea” in GOP is like putting the “truth” in the news by fair and accurate reporting in simple straight forward terms with credibility to the American news readers.

Dave Wilkin should consult with Howard Kurtz to present accurate and news worthy information to the American people. USDA employee was not a victim of “high-tech lynching”; it was low-tech politics by the Obama administration. They do not want to upset the political correct “racial” apple cart with midterm elections coming up.

Does a video clip provide sufficient grounds to fire an employee? Mr. President, tell the people the truth about firing Shirley Sherrod.. Obama presidency is losing confidence of public.

Read the Washington Post: A Howard Kurtz news article featured Fox News and O’Reilly more than Shirley Sherrod. O’Reilly presented the news, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsach fired Ms. Sherrod, based on?

The former government employee, Ms. Sherrod voiced many things troubling to the news watching American people, but her comments in context or out of context did not rise to the level that justified Mr. Vilsack a federal bureaucrat to fire her.

It is unlikely that Mr. Vilsack gave notice to Ms. Sherrod without advice from the White House. Who does he report to? And. why would he lie to protect the White House staff?

Mr. Kurtz, if your editor would permit, research and write an article comparing news coverage of Ambassador Joe Wilson as compared to news coverage of Balgojevich. Wow! What a difference.

Remember the President Bush scandal with Ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife Valerie the CIA agent? News coverage by Bob Novak took it to the White House staff Dick Cheney, a grand jury investigation, and prosecutions for perjury by high level government officials.

Any news coverage on claims that Obama lied about Balgojevich and the White House is trying to cover it up. Obama said he had no contact with Blagojevich, and even that he “was not aware of what was happening.”

This is a blatant lie considering that it has been revealed in the Blagojevich case that Obama called a local union leader the day before the election to get him to communicate with Blagojevich about his favorite pick for Senate, Valerie Jarrett.

Now the White House is trying to cover it up and refusing to answer about it, hoping that the mass media will forget it and pass it by. The Obama cover up succeeded. Blagojevich will not testify; probably come out smelling like a rose; and take White House staff off the hook.

Don’t let the Democrat politicians get away with this! Obama has lied. Get the word out and forward this page and video to anyone you know who is concerned about America’s future.

Posted by: klausdmk | July 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I like and respect both Obama and Vilsack. But when they create a new position for Sherrod and she takes it, I want the difference between her old salary and the new salary made up by taking the funds from Obama's and Vilsack's salary.

Posted by: MikeK3 | July 22, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

When are you going to get rid of the filthy racists on this board, like this "common" character. Common is about right -- cheap and vulgar. Posted by: drindl
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First, Drindl, get the beam out of thine own eye...you dishonor our liberal heritage.

Our founding fathers were quintessential classic liberals who imbued this nation with their values and incorporated them in a Constitution which expects that men, freed of the yoke of government, will do for themselves. There is, and has been from the beginning, a continuum in American politics between conservatives and progressives, centered on different understandings of the amount of government necessary to allow or support individuals in their "pursuit of happiness." And different classes and interest groups have taken turns at different times at either end of this continuum, depending on whose ox was being gored (or fattened).

But there is another continuum between liberal values and authoritarian/statist values and it is centered on different methods for achieving whatever objectives one espouses. The tendency of some on both the left and the right to use the power of the state to limit freedom in the name of the common good (which they are uniquely privileged and competent to know) is the greatest threat to the liberal American foundation our founding fathers gave us. And both conservatives and progressives are curiously blind to their own authoritarian tendencies, even as they readily identify it in their protagonists. The Breitbarts and Drindls are equally repugnant to anyone capable of critical thought...even as we must defend with vigilance and determination their right to speak.

As Franklin said when asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had given us, he replied: "A Republic, if you can keep it." No particular policy objective can ever begin to approach the importance of keeping that Republic and the "liberal" values it is built upon.

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | July 22, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

When are you going to get rid of the filthy racists on this board, like this "common" character. Common is about right -- cheap and vulgar.

Posted by: drindl | July 22, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The back story on this is a truly frightening portrayal of how the OBAMA White House is 'using' Black bureaucrats to implement the agendas of racist organizations like the Black Farmers.

Which brave journalist is going to get the record of transactions between Sherrod and the White House?

What were her instructions..what was she ordered to do as a condition of her hiring?

Where is all that transparency when you need it.

Don't let America be turned into violent replica of S. Africa!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | July 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, this Black bureaucrat initially discriminated against the White farmer...that's a crime, or was at one time....will she be prosecuted or forgiven?

Her 'appointment' was apparently an example of a minority preference hiring policy of the Obama administration....which as we know from the the speed of which Obama's appointed head of U.S.D.I's Energy Management agency(Birnbaum) was relieved of her job; that 'getting thrown under a bus' is a signature hallmark of the Obama administration.

It is a great way to cover-up critical policy issues....and only the most dogged journalists will be able to uncover the circumstances of Birnbaum's hiring---what were her 'marching orders' from the White House?

Same with Sherrod. Only an non-partisan(LOL) investigation of her past decisions can uncover any patterns of racial favoritism...DO IT NOW and set an example for all the other BLACK BUREAUCRATS who believe they have a mission to correct all the injustice suffered by 'their people' with largely hidden reverse discrimination in their administration of policies and grants.

This is not SOUTH AFRICA or is it becoming one??

Consider this quote from OBAMA:

""My hope is that the farmers and their families who were denied access to USDA loans and programs will be made whole and will have the chance to rebuild their lives and their businesses"
Barack Obama, President of the United States"

It is displayed on the website of the National Black Farmers Association, http://www.blackfarmers.org/

"John W. Boyd Jr. is a fourth generation farmer as well as one of America's most effective defenders of civil rights. He has been featured in The Washington Post, "60 Minutes," "Nightline," CNN and as ABC News Tonight's "Person of the Week." He is a past nominee for the NAACP's highest honor, The Springarn Award, and currently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine's most influential African-Americans.

In 1995, Boyd founded the National Black Farmers Association after encountering the US Department of Agriculture's discriminatory practices first-hand and meeting many more black farmers who shared this experience. Boyd soon led NBFA members in a march on the White House. He went on to meet with President Clinton and to testify before Congress. The plight of black farmers had caught the nation's attention, but Boyd's pursuit of justice continues to this day. In addition to his work with NBFA and as an organizer of the Fairness Now for Black Farmers rallies, Boyd has served in many leadership roles:"

So when Sherrod addressed the NAACP, she was really furthering the agenda of a RACIST organization endorsed by OBAMA...just doing her job, punishing white folks for the benefit of BLACK FARMERS.

And how many of you still believe this would be a 'color-blind' administration?

And how do you hide this decision of Obama supporting the 1.2 billion reparations of an all BLACK organization?....throw Sherrod under the bus; fire her like Birnbaum and Van Jones and the others!!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | July 22, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, this Black bureaucrat initially discriminated against the White farmer...that's a crime, or was at one time....will she be prosecuted or forgiven?

Her 'appointment' was apparently an example of a minority preference hiring policy of the Obama administration....which as we know from the the speed of which Obama's appointed head of U.S.D.I's Energy Management agency(Birnbaum) was relieved of her job; that 'getting thrown under a bus' is a signature hallmark of the Obama administration.

It is a great way to cover-up critical policy issues....and only the most dogged journalists will be able to uncover the circumstances of Birnbaum's hiring---what were her 'marching orders' from the White House?

Same with Sherrod. Only an non-partisan(LOL) investigation of her past decisions can uncover any patterns of racial favoritism...DO IT NOW and set an example for all the other BLACK BUREAUCRATS who believe they have a mission to correct all the injustice suffered by 'their people' with largely hidden reverse discrimination in their administration of policies and grants.

This is not SOUTH AFRICA or is it becoming one??

Consider this quote from OBAMA:

""My hope is that the farmers and their families who were denied access to USDA loans and programs will be made whole and will have the chance to rebuild their lives and their businesses"
Barack Obama, President of the United States"

It is displayed on the website of the National Black Farmers Association, http://www.blackfarmers.org/

"John W. Boyd Jr. is a fourth generation farmer as well as one of America's most effective defenders of civil rights. He has been featured in The Washington Post, "60 Minutes," "Nightline," CNN and as ABC News Tonight's "Person of the Week." He is a past nominee for the NAACP's highest honor, The Springarn Award, and currently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine's most influential African-Americans.

In 1995, Boyd founded the National Black Farmers Association after encountering the US Department of Agriculture's discriminatory practices first-hand and meeting many more black farmers who shared this experience. Boyd soon led NBFA members in a march on the White House. He went on to meet with President Clinton and to testify before Congress. The plight of black farmers had caught the nation's attention, but Boyd's pursuit of justice continues to this day. In addition to his work with NBFA and as an organizer of the Fairness Now for Black Farmers rallies, Boyd has served in many leadership roles:"

So when Sherrod addressed the NAACP, she was really furthering the agenda of a RACIST organization endorsed by OBAMA...just doing her job, punishing white folks for the benefit of BLACK FARMERS.

And how many of you still believe this would be a 'color-blind' administration?

And how do you hide this decision of Obama supporting the 1.2 billion reparations of an all BLACK organization?....throw Sherrod under the bus; fire her like Birnbaum and Van Jones and the others.WOW

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | July 22, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Olberman was impressive on this. Props to MM for the link. I was too easy on Fox for giving free reign to a bigot. Evidently MSNBC

I don't point a finger at the Fix, because it clearly had become THE political story of the day. There have been some rumblings about potential WH involvement. Hopefully, the administration learned a lesson. You stand up to a bully. More important, you stand up for your people.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 22, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The US media is becoming a freaking joke. you are so enamored with scandals real or imagined/created because you don't have to think or do a professional/ethical job.
Here is the president achieving incrdible acomplishments for the good of the nation and you concentrate on a ficticious, fabricated scandal by the most irresponsible, unethical, so called news organization,the blind following the blind and in this case the cretins following the imbeciles.

Posted by: postDC | July 22, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Part of the problem is the press expecting immediate answers when they contact officials about breaking stories. If you don't respond immediately the official will be portrayed as

out of touch
dudging the press
hiding something
weak

This story flipped in 36 hours.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 22, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Part of the problem is the press expecting immediate answers when they contact officials about breaking stories. If you don't respond immediately the official will be portrayed as

out of touch
dudging the press
hiding something
weak

This story flipped in 36 hours.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 22, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Part of the problem is the press expecting immediate answers when they contact officials about breaking stories. If you don't respond immediately the official will be portrayed as

out of touch
dudging the press
hiding something
weak

This story flipped in 36 hours.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 22, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

AggieMike, good to hear from you. I hope you are staying out of harm's way, which is another way to say I hope it is going well in Baghdad. Hook 'em!

I also avoid ALL 24/7 cable news, for the same reason: with no time to reflect and the urge to be first to publish, it simply destroys perspective. "Long periods...to think and meditate" are welcome.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 22, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

The real story here is that the MSM/cable stations, all the news media will always go for lowest denominator trash and lies instead of reporting anything important.

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

I would have to agree with this.

Maybe not "always", but the temptation is certainly always there.

I'm with Obama on this one: Is 24/7 news/technology really a good thing?

I'm an iPhone/netbook/iPod/FOX+CNN+CNBC watcher, but I also read books, the WSJ, and generally have long periods without technology to think and meditate. That's the only way I can stay sane.

Posted by: USMC_Mike | July 22, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

The Breitbart Race Baiting Circus, brought to you by: Faux News


"Breitbart focuses on race. Today's episode with Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign from the Agriculture Department on the basis of a doctored and intentionally misleading videotape (see below), is an especially ugly case in point, calculated to stir the very worst racial resentments. This time the political world--the NAACP, the Agriculture Secretary--moved as quickly as the media world to unthinking response, and I suspect it happened precisely because race was involved. I don't doubt that the administration's understandable desire to avoid racial issues played a big part in how this turned out."


"But what's galling to me--gut-wrenching, really, like watching old news footage of blacks being beaten and clubbed at lunch counters--is that Breitbart obviously understood the powerful effect his tape would have, posted it anyway, and then assumed the role of ringmaster, expertly conducting the media circus, fanning the flames. It's hardly the first time. But the moral ugliness of what's just happened is glaring, and it's hard for me to see how the media can justify continuing to treat Breitbart as simply a roguish provocateur. He's something much darker."


http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/07/the-breitbart-circus/60137/


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Posted by: DrainYou | July 22, 2010 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Will The Corporate Media Fall For Race Baiter Breitbart's Attempt To Spin His Latest Spectacular Failure/Character Assassination? (Chris Cillizza, I'm looking at people like you)


"After launching what has now been conclusively shown to be an unfair and false attack on Shirley Sherrod, Andrew Breitbart is scrambling to justify his decision to post the deceptive video. He now says that his blog post -- which smeared Sherrod as racist -- was "not about Shirley Sherrod. It's not about Shirley Sherrod. I can say it 20 times. It's about the NAACP." In fact, there is ample evidence that Breitbart directly went after Sherrod."


"Shirley Sherrod told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Breitbart's video completely distorted the meaning of her remarks, and media outlets - aside from Fox News, which repeatedly aired the cropped video and called Sherrod a racist - began calling for Breitbart to release the full video. Breitbart was then forced to admit that he did not have the full video and that he had smeared Sherrod as a racist based on a three-minute clip that cuts her off in the middle of her speech, indeed in the middle of a sentence. CNN later interviewed the "white farmer" who Breitbart claimed Sherrod discriminated against, and he said her critics "don't know what they're talking about" and that Sherrod had done "her level best" to help him save his farm. With the full video now available, everyone can see plainly that the facts are basically the opposite of what Breitbart claimed them to be."


"The whitewash began immediately. Big Government inexplicably criticized the Obama administration for believing and reacting to what Breitbart had called "video proof" of racism by a federal official. Glenn Beck and FoxNews.com also appear to be concealing Breitbart's failure and Fox News' own horrendous coverage."


"And now Breitbart is trying to cover his outrageous smear of one woman by baselessly attacking a whole group of people as racist. Will the corporate media comply....again?"


http://mediamatters.org/blog/201007210024


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Posted by: DrainYou | July 22, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

The White House needs to CONSIDER THE SOURCE!

Andrew Breitbart is a "Tea Party Leader"...

and a lying little weasel in cahoots with Fox News.

Breitbart is right up there with Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, or World Net Daily's Jerome R. Corsi, as the biggest slime merchants in the world.

They have no shame and no morals, and are totally void of journalistic integrity.

Posted by: Rubiconski | July 22, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

As it is, by not confronting the hate crowd boldly and publicly, 44 must waste time with a new fake racial proxy controversy each week. Fistbumps, flagpins, Bill Ayers, Skip Gates, long form birth certificates.

==

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity"

Posted by: Noacoler | July 22, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

@drindl: listen to Russell covering the Dave Mason song "Feelin' Alright." handfuls of gloriously bluesy chords. The guy was a marvel. I wonder whatever happened to him. I dropped away from rock not long afterward.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 22, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Blert, I can see where the confusion is coming from. He's black and he's a President. But, he's like, President of the US, not the NAACP.

Also, NAACP didn't label the tea party as racist.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 22, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, the CW now is BHO should stop running way from these issues and confront them head on: appeasing Fox and the hate community isn't getting him anywhere.
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I have to agree. Appeasing the right isn't working--it's death by a thousand cuts.

[I need to proofread]

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, the CW now is BHO should stop running way from these issues and confront them head on: appeasing Fox and the hate community isn't getting him anywhere.
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I have to agree. Appeasing this right isn't working--it's death by a thousand cuts.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart is not a journalist -- let's just get past that. Please. He's like Drudge -- a rightwing jerkoff hack who's popular with the R base because he practices unfounded character assasination.

They eat this stuff up.

And noa -- yes, love Leon Russell.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Totally disagree.

The evidence is overwhelming the Tea Party is a racist proxy agenda, see, e.g., Bagger spokesman Mark Williams' racist screed, "Letter to Abe Lincoln," and commentary from Janeane Garofalo.

Breitbart/Fox put BHO in a no win situation: if he hadn't reacted quickly, then Fox would have talked about his failure to deal with Sherrod for a month, ala Rev. Wright. Frankly, the CW now is BHO should stop running way from these issues and confront them head on: appeasing Fox and the hate community isn't getting him anywhere.

As it is, by not confronting the hate crowd boldly and publicly, 44 must waste time with a new fake racial proxy controversy each week. Fistbumps, flagpins, Bill Ayers, Skip Gates, long form birth certificates.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Hell, I never heard of the Tides Foundation. Has anyone else?

If Glenn Beck, that font of misinformation, talks about them--then that's how Mr. Body Armor and automatic weapons heard about them.

The CHP just happened to stop this guy. How close this came to being on the front page of every newspaper in the nation.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

12 Bar:

'The Tides Foundation, which prosecutors in California say was among the targets of the anti-government unemployed carpenter Byron Williams before he got into a chaotic shootout with several law enforcement officers Sunday, is also a favorite topic of Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Beginning in 2009 (and as recently as last week), Beck has repeatedly included the group -- along with ACORN, the SEIU and George Soros -- in his cabal of liberals and liberal organizations that are supposedly agents of President Obama's plan to spread Marxist and socialist ideas throughout the United States.

Williams was charged yesterday with allegedly opening fire on police officers on Interstate 580 in Oakland, California, while on his way to "start a revolution" by attacking members of the ACLU and the Tides Foundation. Williams was reportedly upset about "the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items," in the words of his mother.

The ACLU is well known for advocating and litigating against civil liberties violations, but the Tides Foundation, founded in 1976, is a little more obscure. The group describes its mission statement as:

to partner with philanthropists, foundations, activists, and organizations across the country and across the globe to promote economic justice, robust democratic processes, and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment where human rights are preserved and protected. "

apparently, human rights are a sore point with the wingnuts...

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

blert wrote: What could have been a great moment to discredit Breitbart as a journalist turned into a debacle with the firing and rehiring.
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Sometimes, we think that everyone knows everything in time to do the wise thing. My experience (in business) is that, if there is a way to be smart and a way to screw up, screw up usually wins. But stupid is just that, stupid isn't guilty, and I really think the take away from all this, months from now, will be that Fox News has been discredited. That's what will be remembered--that Fox News aired a fraudulent video that caused some innocent black lady to be fired.

Most people will forget the fraud Breitbart. Hell, we can't even spell his name right now. People won't remember the NAACP event at all.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

What I still don't understand is why Obama didn't head the NAACP off with its labeling of the Tea Party as racist. Obama must have known that this would set off a firestorm, and it would take a pretty thick skull not to realize that the storm would come back and swirl around the White House in one way or another. It did, and it took a lot less time than anyone expected.

I mean, really, Obama's wife spoke at the same NAACP meeting where they voted to condemn the Tea Party. This isn't going to blow up into a huge story one way or another? I almost have to think that Obama wanted the firestorm to happen, although for what gain, I'm clueless. He hasn't stepped in to bridge the two groups and create a dialogue between them. He let the NAACP fire off its blast the same week that big legislation was going through. Why not at least ask them to hold off a bit?

Of course, it just got worse from there. Rather than check out the full story, the White House pushed out Sherrod to try to get ahead of the story. Instead of showing leadership and responsibility on the issue, the White House played the reactionary. What could have been a great moment to discredit Breitbart as a journalist turned into a debacle with the firing and rehiring. Sheer incompetence...there's no other way to describe it.

Posted by: blert | July 21, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

12: Keep your eye on that Vera lawsuit regarding O'Keefe's ACORN stunt. It could provide interesting information.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't know why you're all so shocked.
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Count me naive, but I am shocked that someone would target an innocent person like Shirley Sherrod, set her up like that, cause her to be fired, just to retaliate against the NAACP.

I am shocked. I didn't expect that from the right.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Faux news and Breibert doesn't seem to be taking any of the responsibility for their action in using Ms Sharrod to try and spread lies and racism. It is evident that Fox news will do whatever it can to divide this great nation. I feel that their little scheme has really helped the democrats in the upcoming election. Keep up the good work Faux, at this rate no respectible American would want to be associated with the republican party. I just switched to the democratic party all the way. Thanks FOX for helping me to open my mind and my eyes. The republican party goes against everything that the president tries to do, but so far, their only agenda is to blame the president for everything. We are still suffering from what they did to this county when the last republican president was in office.

Posted by: gadams913 | July 21, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't know why you're all so shocked. Republicans have been lying for years and years. Iran-Contra, death panels, science denial, revised history, where you been?

All that matters is winning, right, Cillizza? Go team.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if anyone else reported this, but the other day, this right wing guy was pulled over by CHP in Oakland. He was wearing body armor and had numerous weapons. He was on his way to San Francisco to kill someone at the ACLU and another organization to start a revolution. The CHP pulled him over for driving erratically.

The 45-year-old Groveland man has a history of anti-government and anti-corporation behavior, and a deep-rooted hate for liberal causes, authorities said. He reportedly ranted at one point about "the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items," according to published reports.

Bet he listens to Fox News.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

If Obama wasn't pushing the NAACP to start up the FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM again - all this would have never happened.

Don't any of you "get it?"

These tactics of Obama are what is causing DIVISION in this country.

Obama is causing racial progress in this country to HALT.


The people on this blog don't seem to get it: NO ONE wants to hear this garbage coming from the democrats.

NO ONE.

This is at least the FIFTH FAKE RACIAL INCIDENT FROM OBAMA.

A little old, huh ???

And none of you seem to "get it?"

Who is going to vote for black politicians after all these episodes of FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM ????


Why??? So everytime that black person's poll numbers go down, everyone has to endure a set of false charges of racism - just so the guy can "energize" his base and get his poll numbers back up ????


Seriously - this garbage has to stop.

You are not helping your side AT ALL.


You all act like racial progress is going to march on and on.

The truth is - any more incidents like this, and NO ONE will have any patience for it anymore.


Obama promised to be POST RACIAL - that doesn't mean he "energizes" his base by making false charges of racism.


There is a difference between being excessively partisan and being completely stupid - and I have to say the latter is on display here on this blog.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

We had missed this Joe Conason article.

Excerpt:

"One of the many victims of Andrew Breitbart’s ACORN video hoax is finally striking back in court, against pseudo-pimp James O’Keefe and pseudo-ho Hannah Giles if not Breitbart himself. Former San Diego ACORN office employee Juan Carlos Vera, who was falsely portrayed in a heavily edited videotape as conspiring with O’Keefe and Giles to traffic underage girls across the Mexican border, is suing both of the right-wing filmmakers, seeking $75,000 in damages under California’s privacy statutes."

http://www.salon.com/news/james_okeefe/index.html?story=/news/feature/2010/02/03/james_okeefe_white_nationalists
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After all the publicity O'Keefe's ACORN stunt got and the damage it did, how did the MSM miss this story? Mr. Vera's suit will provide a roadmap for any action Mrs. Sherrod may take.

Shoutout to a real journalist: Joe Conason.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The same thing happened a year ago when President Obama veered off a message on healthcare reform by commenting on the Henry Gates/Sgt. Crowley/Cambridge Police Dept. fiasco. The Gates saga became the lead story in print and on television for nearly two weeks, with healthcare disappearing off the radar screen. Only the President's beer summit at the White House ended it. Again, it was the issue of race that took the President and the White House off message. This latest incident is another major embarrassment for the President and his staff.

Posted by: pjsilva | July 21, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

The same thing happened a year ago when President Obama veered off a message on healthcare reform by commenting on the Henry Gates/Sgt. Crowley/Cambridge Police Dept. fiasco. The Gates saga became the lead story in print and on television for nearly two weeks, with healthcare disappearing off the radar screen. Only the President's beer summit at the White House ended it. Again, it was the issue of race that took the President and the White House off message. This latest incident is another major embarrassment for the President and his staff.

Posted by: pjsilva | July 21, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

NOBODY played rich chunky chords like Leon Russell. Wow.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

WHAT is wrong with all of you - Obama STARTED all of this - by instigating the NAACP resolution FALSELY CHARGING 80 MILLION AMERICANS WITH RACISM.

You all forgot what happened last week ???

Obama did that - to start off the fall election - to try to use the race card to get his base energized.

A bit of honesty is required here from the leftists

YOU all want to BLAME SOMEONE ELSE FOR THE HYPER-RACIALLY CHARGED ATMOSPHERE CREATED BY OBAMA.

This story started with the NAACP resolution - and the decision by Obama to use race in the Fall election in order to energize his base.


This race-card playing has to stop.


What makes this episode different is that it finally blew up in Obama's face - it came back at him.

Obama is not going to be able to get away with this much longer - with every incident, Obama's race baiting gets weaker and more people identify it as just that.

This is a complete disaster for Obama - his claims of being post-racial have been COMPLETELY SHREDED - BY HIMSELF.


Keep going guys - call some more people racist - see how it works for you.


This is disgraceful.

This is VILE

This is SHAMEFUL.


Obama's tactics started all this ---- AND created the atmosphere which produced all of these RACIST charges.

This kind of politics are UNACCEPTABLE IN AMERICA.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Will someone tell me how Fox News is reacting to this story--I mean their infamous part in the Big Lie. Can you imagine how CNN would be reacting if they had been fed the bogus video--probably like a whipped dog.

I don't have cable TV, so can't watch it myself.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the Catch 22 is if BHO hadn't reacted immediately, Fox would have gone on and on about it for weeks.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 9:51 PM
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If we didn't know it before, the die is cast now. There are a group of people out there whose mission it is to take video/audio, edit it to construct a lie, deliver it to Fox News, who will then broadcast the hell out of it.

The administration better believe no one and no-thing, because the right is out for blood and their favorite subject is racism.

They better not react to anything coming out of the right until everything is vetted to a knat's a$$. I wouldn't believe if Fox told me what time it is, without checking my watch.

What liars.

This will backfire on the liars, I guarantee it. It always does.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Drain, remember Breitbart associate James O'Keefe of the infamous ACORN and Landrieu office capers?
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Excerpt from Salon:

"[O'Keefe's] right-wing admirers don't seem to mind that O’Keefe's short but storied career has been defined by a series of political stunts shot through with racial resentment. Now an activist organization that monitors hate groups has produced a photo of O'Keefe at a 2006 conference on "Race and Conservatism" that featured leading white nationalists. The photo, first published Jan. 30 on the Web site of the anti-racism group One People's Project, shows O’Keefe at the gathering, which was so controversial even the ultra-right Leadership Institute, which employed O'Keefe at the time, withdrew its backing. O'Keefe's fellow young conservative provocateur Marcus Epstein organized the event, which gave anti-Semites, professional racists and proponents of Aryanism an opportunity to share their grievances and plans to make inroads in the GOP."

http://www.salon.com/news/james_okeefe/index.html?story=/news/feature/2010/02/03/james_okeefe_white_nationalists
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This crowd is a major story that the MSM is intentionally avoiding.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama promised a post racial world.

He has failed.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | July 21, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Brigade -- Dr. john is the quintessential bayou musician to me --the Night Tripper.


"Such a Night
It's such a night
Sweet confusion under the moonlight.

Such a night
Such a night
To steal away, the time is right.

Your eyes met mine
At a glance
You let me know
This was my chance.

You came here with my best friend Jim
And here I am
Trying to steal you away from him..

Oh, but If I don't do it somebody else will
If I don't do it, you know somebody else will"

And what do you think about Leon Russel?

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

White Supremacist Andrew Breitbart and the White Supremacist News Channel, Faux News.


It's time we started calling them what they are. No reference to Andrew Not-Very Breitbart and Faux News should go without noting that they are white supremacists from now on.


This is all part of the Right Wing Noise Machine's propaganda dance. Throw out horrid accusations, then deny you made them, or say they were just a joke.


This is standing operating procedure for todays fringe Republican party and their low IQ base (Teabaggers). They're mentally ill or they wouldn't be so dumb as to buy into all the crap the Right Wing Noise Machine (Faux News, AM Hate radio etc) dishs out to them every night.

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Posted by: DrainYou | July 21, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Drain, Mrs. Sherrod'll have to beat off attorneys with a stick for the next month. EVERYONE wants to take her case!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to personal responsibility?

Is Obama hatred so strong, that Obama is guilty of EVERYTHING? Even when someone goes out of his way to concoct a lie to hurt an innocent person, then it is Obama's fault because he believes the lie?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 9:32 PM
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Don't understand why the WH doesn't just say that in plain clear English. No dithering or indirect references. The media knows full well, but doesn't report, these lunatics are not "quasi-libertarians." Of course, the Catch 22 is if BHO hadn't reacted immediately, Fox would have gone on and on about it for weeks.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

What is occurring on this thread is like the Mike Tyson defense. Remember, long ago, when an 18 year old woman said she was raped by him in his hotel room.

As I remember it, Tyson's defense was that EVERYONE knew what a bad guy he was, so any young woman going to his room should know he would rape her. Then, Tyson even claimed he was the victim.

Somehow, the rapist becomes the victim and the crime is not rape--it's somehow taking advantage of Mike Tyson. Thank God, the jury just said "guilty" and that was that.

No wonder I feel crazy reading this blog.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I really don't get it. Since we talked about religion a few days ago, I'll drag in my own ethical education.

The lie is the sin.

The liar is the sinner.

The person lied to is the victim.

Contrition means that the LIAR admits he lied and makes restitution to the VICTIM.

It isn't the VICTIM who is the liar.

It seems so simple.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Shirley Sherrod Blasts Fox News as "Racist"


I like this woman, she's a truth teller


"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."

http://mediamatters.org/strupp/201007210037


Fox News is a racist organization. Glenn Beck is a racist. So is Rush Limbaugh. This clownish hack Breitbart guy is a racist. Right wing grous use race baiting and racism to make money and turn voters against Pres Obama. They should tremble at the possibility that one day they will face their maker and, as Lincoln said, at the possibility that "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."


This woman was singled out by the right wing lunatic fringe because she was black, as was the NAACP and the President. There is simply no other way to see it, they wanted to attack a black person in the Obama administration as racist.


"Oh look! It's black people who are the real racists, not us Teabaggers!!".

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Posted by: DrainYou | July 21, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"Does the name Greta Van Susteren ring a bell?

Posted by: Brigade"

Thinking Glenn Beck.

The first time I heard of the guy was when he was on CNN. He was asking Keith Ellison, a Muslim Congressman in Minnesota who was born in Detroit, to "prove" (yes. Beck said prove) that he is not working with the terrorists.

No audience for that crap at CNN. Huge audience for it at FOX.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to personal responsibility?

Is Obama hatred so strong, that Obama is guilty of EVERYTHING? Even when someone goes out of his way to concoct a lie to hurt an innocent person, then it is Obama's fault because he believes the lie?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

dd: Phalin's going to refudiate that.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

From Fix coworker Greg Sargent's blog in the Post. Mrs. Sherrod blasts Fox News for their racism:
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"[Sherrod] 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.""

Ouch.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Another news figure caught up in a lie was Dan Rather. Who remembers much about how he got the altered letter or who produced the letter? Who remembers the lawsuit and all the aftermath?

But most people remember that Dan Rather was fired for a story about George Bush's military career, which was based on a letter that was forged.

Did that destroy Rather's credibility? I say it did.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

12BB, it's just astounding to me that a major political faction must consistently resort to lying. Look down on this comment section. Just scanning.

You have brigade insinuating that the halting of unemployment benefits is Obama's fault. You have 37th acting like this controversy is due to Obama's race baiting. You have Breitbart doctoring video to show a black person is being racist. You have Hill Republicans pretending to care about deficits. These same people insist that drugs for the elderly, wars, selective health care coverage, and tax cuts don't need to be paid for, but job stimulus does. Just not with spending cuts or tax cuts.

100% of what these people say is a lie. If there is an exception, I can't think of any.

It's just bizarre. What is the obsession of being in a political movement if it entails constantly lying to support your positions? I really do think it's the clique mentality. I'm so cool, I'm a Conservative. It reminds me of the head of the Texas schoolboard who was in charge of deciding what goes into their textbooks. He was claiming that whenever one society invades another, the invaders always take out the Conservative population first. As if Conservatives were all that stand in the way of the downfall of Western society,

And that's why Brigade and all are so comfortable with lying and ignoring expertise. They have this large network of people telling them "you are smart, you are important. Don't listen to the experts, you know more. We believe X,Y,and Z and so should you and then you shall belong."

That's why 37th and brigade and zook act like they are god's gift to humanity. They think they are smart despite the fact that pretty much all their policy opinions are refuted by experts. They don't need to listen to experts because they are Conservatives! That's why they think they can constantly lie about issues of politics and race. They don't need to be constrained by the truth. They are Conservatives!

It's a pretty sad desire to belong, but, if it's that important to them to belong to that group, all I can do is make fun. Besides, it's hard to shake the members of a cult when you have people like Palin saying "you all are special and REAL Americans. Now send me fiddy bucks."

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

'According to the Toronto Star in the 1980s, his birth name is Dickran Gobalian, who came to Canada from Cyprus in the mid-1960s and changed his name to Leon Redbone.

Oh, jesus, with good reason. Dickran? Who would do that to a child?'

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Ah but pictures speak louder than words -

the tea party most surely has racist elements

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S38VioxnBaI&feature=related

The have more than a few conspiracy theorists and religious zealots amongst their numbers as well.

Hey, it is a relatively free country, and I may not agree with all the fringe messages, but to categorically deny the obvious is simply untruthful.

There are a few points of view coming out of the libertarians amongst the tea partiers that I personally find attractive. The intentional intimidation however, is not right. The fact is, many of the people drawn to this movement are quick to threaten violence and that is both illegal and undemocratic.

The same cheesy antics put on by Joe Wilson, Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Barton's apology to BP - talk about a political keystone coppers skit -

The GOP is trying to harness all this rage. FOX stirs the pot, this Breitbart guy needs to be prosecuted for the laws he has broken and flaunted. It isn't healthy for our democracy, or our society.

The right has been throwing mud comprised of distortions, lies, misrepresentations and wild speculation from the before President Obama took the oach. The tasteless and intentional gaff by justice roberts while administering the oath of office foreshadowed the tactics the right intended to employ.

You're playing dirty and plenty of people see it plain as day and they will vote you out

Posted by: right_as_rain | July 21, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Drindl wrote,
"Well, good taste in music. I like J.J. Cale and Dr. John myself, met him a few times when I worked for a certain magazine and he used to play at our parties.

I just found this interesting-- photography and a certain kind of music"

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Neat. I was going to include Leon Redbone, but I don't think he's really from that part of the country.

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

People will forget the details of this story--but they will remember the main point. IMO, they will forget Breitbart, but it will be Fox News who will remembered as the perpetrator of a lie. The worst kind of lie, one purposely concocted for political revenge, and aimed at an innocent person. People will now be leery of what they see on Fox, as well they should be.

It's like the WMD in Iraq. Who remembers much about the yellow cake, the mobile weapons labs, the 45 minute nuclear bomb? But, EVERYONE remembers that the Bush administration lied to the people and to the world. That's the reason Bush left office with 27% approval.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

BB -- it took 36 hours to go from ravaging Sherrod to ravaging the White House... and we have skipped the public flaying of Breitbart and Fox an dthe other news outlets that beat this story into a headless and heedless whirlwind.

A lot of people and organizations were beating this story for their own benefit without investigating the story. Cillizza is merely continuing this bad practice of FAST and BIG.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 21, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues wrote,
"I'm astounded."

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I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

hmmm...

'As for music: judging from your posts and your part of the country, I'm guessing you're into Doug Kershaw, Beausoleil, and maybe Buckwheat Zydeco.

I prefer J.J. Cale or Dr. John if I want bayou music.'
Brigade"

Well, good taste in music. I like J.J. Cale and Dr. John myself, met him a few times when I worked for a certain magazine and he used to play at our parties.

I just found this interesting-- photography and a certain kind of music:


'Uganda Entertainment News: Ugandans mourn king of Zouk, Oliver Ngoma

Ugandans have mourned Gabonese Zouk artiste, Oliver N’goma. Ngoma died on Monday evening at Omar Bongo Hospital in Libreville, Gabon after suffering from kidney failure.

N’goma was born in 1959 in Gabon. His father was a harmonica player according to Ngoma’s family members.
Uganda’s top musicians have all mourned Ngoma.

Uganda’s heavy musician, Dr. Jose Chameleon, says Ngoma had a calling for music. Chameleon says late Ngoma left his photography career in favour of music.

Another Ugandan singer, Iryn Namubiru of Bonna Obasinga fame describes Ngoma as a superstar musician. She says Ngoma’s songs will remain a hot item in African music industry.

Ngoma has left behind good and best selling music hits like Bane, Adia, Julia and Icole among others. The late Ngoma’s music had been categorised as Afro-Zouk. "

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm astounded.

Reading through the comments, conservatives BLAME Vilsack and Obama for believing the lies of Breitbart and Fox News. Do they blame the liars? No, apparently the liars are ok--it's only the lied to that are guilty.

Six months from now when everyone has forgotten the details of this particular dustup, what will MOST people remember? I think they will remember that Fox News delivers bogus, fraudulent and vengeful stories that hurt innocent people in their zeal to play politics.

Breitbart will be remembered as the guy who delivered the spun and destructive video to Fox. How credible is he right now?

The administration should not have suckered for this lie--but they are not the perpetrators of the lie.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Buzz off.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 8:39 PM
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Good advice. Why don't you take it? You haven't seen my name on any Fix crap lists.

If there were "polite and engaged" discussions today, we can bet you weren't involved in any of them.

And Drindl is perfectly capable of defending herself. Speak when spoken to.

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Actually the main criticism has been BHO hasn't called out Fox, the baggers, etc., for their racism and intolerance, see recent comments from Professor Mary Berry.

Instead he had tried to placate the haters, which hasn't worked and won't work.

BHO was on the right track when he said early on Fox wasn't a legit news outfit but he gave up on that successful narrative pretty quickly.

What angers Fox, et al. about 44 he can't change.

BHO needs to take the advice that Leo gave President Bartlet.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually the main criticism has been BHO hasn't called out Fox, the baggers, etc., for their racism and intolerance, see recent comments from Professor Mary Berry.

Instead he had tried to placate the haters, which hasn't worked and won't work.

BHO was on the right track when he said early on Fox wasn't a legit news outfit but he gave up on that successful narrative pretty quickly.

What angers Fox, et al. about 44 he can't change.

BHO needs to take the advice that Leo gave President Bartlet.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Brigade, you are crude, uncouth, mocking, and vulgar. There have been good discussions today, engaged and polite, then you show up with the LOLs and the snark and take a dump all over the blog, attacking drindl and others right and left. While others are making an actual effort to tone down, you're as snotty as ever.

Buzz off.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

And then there's this:

(eliminated the spam)

What a surprise. Glenn Beck incites dimwitted people to murder.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 8:14 PM

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Just post the link, okay. Not so much stuff to scroll past.

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

Does Foxnews still have the inside track on Helen Thomas's old seat in the briefing room?

Posted by: mattintx | July 21, 2010 8:21 PM
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Yes, we believe it has been reported CNN's Ed Henry is pushing for Fox to get the seat.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Drindl wrote,
"The people who are unemployed due to the Republican Recession . . ."

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LOL. The Dems in control of Congress going on four years, the White House going on two years, but it's the Republican Recession. Oh, for the unemployment rate of 2006---or even 2008.

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This story started with the NAACP resolution - and the decision by Obama to use race in the Fall election in order to energize his base.

This race-card playing has to stop.

What makes this episode different is that it finally blew up in Obama's face - it came back at him.


Obama is not going to be able to get away with this much longer - with every incident, Obama's race baiting gets weaker and more people identify it as just that.


This is a complete disaster for Obama - his claims of being post-racial have been COMPLETELY SHREDED - BY HIMSELF.


Keep going guys - call some more people racist - see how it works for you.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"Leo would have fired Toby now.

Posted by: Mike8429 | July 21, 2010 8:12 PM"
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We, of course, advocate letting BHO be BHO. But this advisers obviously disagree.
But this is how President Barlet handled it, and 44 should as well, IMO:
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Leo: "Listen up. Our ground game isn't working; we're gonna put the ball in the air. If we're gonna walk into walls, I want us running into them full-speed."

Josh: "What are you saying?"

Leo: "Well, you can start by telling the Hill the President's named his nominees to the FEC. And we're gonna lose some of these battles. And we might even lose the White House. But we're not going to be threatened by issues: we're going to put 'em front and center. We're gonna raise the level of public debate in this country, and let that be our legacy. That sound alright to you Josh?"

Josh: "I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

Leo: "Yeah?"

CJ: "I serve at the pleasure of the President."

Sam: "I serve at the pleasure of President Bartlet."

Leo: "Toby?"

Toby: "I serve at the pleasure of the President."
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BHO needs to "refresh" his senior staff as Ray-Gun (on Nancy's advice) did midway and then ... bring HRC and the Hillarians inside the WH. They can't help 44 over at Foggy Bottom. We see HRC as 44's "Leo."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This is like a hazing process to be in the Conservative Club, right? To come on these message boards and say as many retarded things as possible, right?

It's like some weird high school clique mentality. But I guess that makes sense since conservatives are essentially devoid of any college graduates.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 8:05 PM
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That's why Republicans are the "party of the rich." They have the money because they're stupid. That way they can hire all the college grads they want---for nickles and dimes if this outsourcing and immigration trouble doesn't get settled.

Need a job? Call a Republican, that is after the big O get's the economy humming.

As for music: judging from your posts and your part of the country, I'm guessing you're into Doug Kershaw, Beausoleil, and maybe Buckwheat Zydeco.

I prefer J.J. Cale or Dr. John if I want bayou music.

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Does Foxnews still have the inside track on Helen Thomas's old seat in the briefing room?

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

"Yahoo! Answers" already has a page up titled: "Should Shirley Sherrod sue Andrew Breitbart for defamation of character?"

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100721085436AASWtRt
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Don't know how this will play out, but this was the number one topic discussed regarding the Sherrod matter at ground zero.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

And then there's this:
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The Tides Foundation, which prosecutors in California say was among the targets of the anti-government unemployed carpenter Byron Williams before he got into a chaotic shootout with several law enforcement officers Sunday, is also a favorite topic of Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Beginning in 2009 (and as recently as last week), Beck has repeatedly included the group -- along with ACORN, the SEIU and George Soros -- in his cabal of liberals and liberal organizations that are supposedly agents of President Obama's plan to spread Marxist and socialist ideas throughout the United States.

Williams was charged yesterday with allegedly opening fire on police officers on Interstate 580 in Oakland, California, while on his way to "start a revolution" by attacking members of the ACLU and the Tides Foundation. Williams was reportedly upset about "the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items," in the words of his mother."

What a surprise. Glenn Beck incites dimwitted people to murder.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama wants to use the race card to distract people away from how bad the economy is.


What Obama ended up doing was distracting people from his financial regulation bill.

Fine - that is something Obama deserves.

The financial regulation bill is horrible anyway - it does nothing about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - so Obama doesn't have much to be proud of anyway.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Leo would have fired Toby now.

Posted by: Mike8429 | July 21, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD wrote,
"Hmm...now if there was only some pundit who struggled over at CNN and got picked up by FOX News to see his ratings go through the roof that could prove my point. Hmmm...if only..."
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Does the name Greta Van Susteren ring a bell?

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"And how's that hopey-changey stuff working out for you? Unemployment checks still arriving on time?"

The people who are unemployed due to the Republican Recession are not receiving their checks, no -- thanks to Republican obstruction.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

As stated before, this whole story is about the Fall elections - and how Obama has decided to play the race card in order to energize his base.

This activity is vile.


Obama's strategy started last week - when the NAACP leveled False Charges of Racism against the Tea Party.

This is the disgrace here.

Obama and his race-baiting strategy has been BURNED.

This is shameful.


It is vile.

And broadwayjoe and ddawd have no defense.


We already have ddawd calling people racist tonight -


Im pretty sure that broadwayjoe will level some racist charges tonight.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

"Sort of like an evening anchor trashing someone's service because of an "unimpeachable" memo from Lucy Ramirez."

You want to compare the fates of the person who perpetrated this story vs the fates of the people doctoring and propagating Sherrod story?

This is like a hazing process to be in the Conservative Club, right? To come on these message boards and say as many retarded things as possible, right?

It's like some weird high school clique mentality. But I guess that makes sense since conservatives are essentially devoid of any college graduates.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

It's very easy to see how the WH veered off-message here.

1. Every time some right-wing organization posts a video or "news" story that attempts to smear Obama, the mainstream media latches onto it with very little fact-checking. Think the worthless coverage of the ACORN scandal. Or the worthless coverage of the administration's response to the oil spill. Or the worthless coverage of the health care debate. Or the worthless coverage of the lead-up to the Iraq War.
2. Every time in the past that the Obama administration has tried to present its side of the story, the mainstream media pretty much ignores it and goes for the whackjobs dressed up as 18th century "revolutionaries" or whatever. Because that's more interesting, right?
3. Every time the Obama administration fails to sell the press actual facts (which are generally more difficult to comprehend than the "herp derp socialist conspiracy!" crap that the far, far right spews), the press turns around and says the administration has failed at presenting their message.

So the one time the Obama admin tries to play your game your way, they screw up. Badly. But hey, to be fair, you've set up an awful game, not that you're willing to admit it. And now y'all are sitting around with your thumbs up your butts, wondering gee golly wow, how did that happen? Must be the politicians, not the fact that the political press corp is now scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel in every way.

Posted by: dkp01 | July 21, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Among my friends and family, I haven't heard a single person call for Obama's resignation. I might not be completely thrilled with everything he's done as President, but I'd certainly vote for him again over any person, male or female, who currently identifies himself or herself as a Republican politician-- and you can bet that my circle of friends would say the same.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | July 21, 2010 6:39 PM
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And how's that hopey-changey stuff working out for you? Unemployment checks still arriving on time?

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has....

[Unhinged bigoted sewage insulting the President omitted]

Posted by: wheeljc | July 21, 2010 7:55 PM"
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Shortened it up for you. All the best and, er, white-on?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

My only compliant with the current administration is that they don't call out Fox News BY NAME, as an evil enterprise with a deceitful mission. The Republican Party needs to denounce, and distance themselves from, this stupidity if they ever want another vote from me. Guilt by association, as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: amycsa | July 21, 2010 6:22 PM
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You need to come up out of the sewer more often. The current administration has never STOPPED whining about Fox News. They only lightened up a bit when even liberals began pointing out how small they looked arguing with media talking heads----and it started polling badly.

And the Dems will need your vote a lot worse than Republicans---as if the vote of a liberal troll is ever in doubt.

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

""Dr. Maddow" is a moron. I guess the reason Fox wipes the floor with MSNBC and CNN is because they're so accurate. Even most liberals can't stand the frothing lunancy you get from prime-time MSNBC. I was wondering who watched it. So you're the one? "Dr. Maddow" would like to buy you a kool-aid.

Posted by: Brigade"

If this is how you judge quality, I'd hate to see what you've got in your music collection. FOX News just has a big audience (for cable) because they have a devoted niche. Hmm...now if there was only some pundit who struggled over at CNN and got picked up by FOX News to see his ratings go through the roof that could prove my point. Hmmm...if only...

Is that why you people keep saying that National Enquirer should get a Pulitzer?

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

Thanks to another Big Lie from right wing idiot/character assassin Andrew Breitbart, and the Right Wing Noise Machine (Faux News),...Wall Street Reform, which nearly every Republican in congress voted against - is being overshadowed.


So today we can "celebrate" two things (facts).


* Republicans are in the back pocket of the Wall Street robber barons.

* Republicans (Teabaggers) are vicious racists and race baiters.


Heckuva Job, Wingnuts!

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Posted by: DrainYou | July 21, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The other part of this controversy - besides the EXPOSURE of Obama's race-card playing ways.


The reaction of the NAACP crowd in the tape.


When Shirley Sherrod was telling the story - the crowd was voicing approval when the story appeared to be one of discrimination against a white farmer.

Brigade - all we are going to hear from broadwayjoe and ddawd tonight are racist charges.

What will they tell their grandchildren ??

We spend ALL of Obama's term calling people RACIST - that is what we did -


Racial Progress is being destroyed now - and halted - after all these False Charges of Racism, racial progress may not begin again for 40 years.

Broadwayjoe and ddawd - one day you will wake up and realize how wrong you are - how people like you are actually damaging the black community.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Maddow is a Rhodes Scholar.

Brig, at best, you are a Roads Scholar.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 7:56 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 7:55 PM | Report abuse

""Chris is wilfully reporting the wrong story here and I don't know why. "

You know exactly why - margaret. He wants to make Obama look bad. He doesn't want to talk about the sociopathic Breitbart, whom he probably admires as much as the sewer rat Drudge.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 4:14 PM""
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Seriously, at ground zero, it's the Breitbart story that's big, not this Fix spin.

Normally HuffPo would be all over this, but Breitbart used to be over there, thus no coverage, we guess.

If Mrs. Sherrod takes this to court -- and, again, she once won a huge lawsuit that dragged out over many years -- the public will finally see how this fake controversy and others are created and will get an inside look at the world of hate broadcasting.
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Per Washington Post conflicts policy...

...any Breitbart/Fix connection?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD wrote,
"I think this pretty much eliminates the last remaining doubt as to the fact that Breitbart and the FOX News punditry are a bunch of racists. For the guy to doctor a video like this is just beyond the pale."
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Sort of like an evening anchor trashing someone's service because of an "unimpeachable" memo from Lucy Ramirez.

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"Just As for the White House, they got caught up in this mess because they got caught up in the 24 hour news cycle that they seem to hate."
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Oh yes, the White House is totally blameless, for this and everything else. They just HAD to get punked! Well, let's just say the White House is totally clueless and let it go at that.

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

BWJ, thanks, I knew there was another FOX controversy involving doctored video. This one also led to a government response, namely money was stripped from ACORN. Also was a fraud perpetrated by racists who have a problem with the enfranchisement of minorities. Let's make no mistake about the overt racism that's going on. How much more evidence do we need? This goes far beyond a bunch of crudely made teabagger signs. Attacks against ACORN and Sherrod are institutional. Birther controversy is right on the cusp of being institutional. Racism towards Hispanics is smack dab in the middle of institutional. I don't know think that all conservatives are racists, but their leaders are. And these aren't emperors. People can stop electing people like Steve King and Michelle Bachmann. People don't have to listen to Limbaugh or watch Beck. They can click away from Breitbart or Coulter.

On the left, these kinds of things are disqualifying. You don't have to look any further than Sherrod to see that this is the case. On the right, racism is accepted, condoned, and propogated. And that the people who can put a stop to this choose not to do so, says a lot about those people.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama started this whole episode by instigating the NAACP resolution last week.


Obama's playing of the race card has GOT TO STOP.


When will it stop ???

Is this garbage going to go on until the November election???

WHAT is Obama going to do when it looks like he might lose the 2012 election ???

It sure appears we are going to have another Nixon "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore." moment.

I can just see Obama calling everyone in the country RACIST - and forgeting that he actually needs half the country to vote for him.

These False Charges of Racism have to stop -

These characters on this blog - ddawd and broadwayjow - who gleefully jump on the internet and make racist charges, proxy issue charges almost on a daily basis - are just manipulated.

Can you see that you are like Obama puppets - Obama throws out some race-card playing issue - and you all run to your computers to call people racist.

You don't know those people, you don't know anything about them, but there the puppets are - throwing out the racist charges.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Maddow:

(eliminated the B.S.)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 7:24 PM
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"Dr. Maddow" is a moron. I guess the reason Fox wipes the floor with MSNBC and CNN is because they're so accurate. Even most liberals can't stand the frothing lunancy you get from prime-time MSNBC. I was wondering who watched it. So you're the one? "Dr. Maddow" would like to buy you a kool-aid.

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Good news in Florida:

'A new PPP survey of the Florida gubernatorial race shows Democrat Alex Sink leading both of her possible Republican opponents. The poll, released today, found Sink up 37%-23% against Republican state Attorney General Bill McCollum, with Independent candidate Bud Chiles at 14%. Against Republican Rick Scott, Sink leads 36%-30%, with Chiles receiving 13% of the vote. '

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 7:32 PM
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d: That's actually -- gulp -- news.

How come we didn't read this in a Fix article?

Maybe that's not fair: after all there is an audience for Fix articles about Mitt Romney's staff directory.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

ddawd writes at 7:03

I think this pretty much eliminates the last remaining doubt as to the fact that Breitbart and the FOX News punditry are a bunch of racists.

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I object to this kind of name-calling - you have little basis for this.


It is against the terms of service - and it lends nothing to the discussion.

This has become the ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC STRATEGY - When things get difficult, start calling everyone "racist" to distract and change the topic.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Brigade/zouk. one person exctly complained about me -- whereas everytime you are on here your hateful screeds are noted by everyone.

And as a cut and paster, zoouk is king.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 7:23 PM
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LOL. It only seems that way because you believe all conservatives are the same person. Is BobbyWC also now just another moniker of Zouk's in your alternate universe?

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Good news in Florida:

'A new PPP survey of the Florida gubernatorial race shows Democrat Alex Sink leading both of her possible Republican opponents. The poll, released today, found Sink up 37%-23% against Republican state Attorney General Bill McCollum, with Independent candidate Bud Chiles at 14%. Against Republican Rick Scott, Sink leads 36%-30%, with Chiles receiving 13% of the vote. '

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This Sherrod incident offers, once again, evidence that the Obama administration is inept. What's worse, reactions from his hardcore supporters are delusional.

Some conservative hack, of whom no one in his right mind has ever heard, punks out the NAACP and the Obama administration in one fell swoop, and we're only supposed to be upset with the hack and Fox News. LOL. You just can't make it up.

It's scary that it was so easy to make fools of Obama's people and Ben Jealous. We can stand having an idiot at the head of the NAACP but not having one as President. They couldn't even wait until Sherrod parked and got out of her car before throwing her under the bus. Hey, how about checking out these stories before you act on them? When did the White House and the NAACP start getting their marching orders from right-wingers who play them for fools?

This was incompetence of the highest order. It's not like they couldn't have taken the time to look into the story. And the Obama maniacs refuse to hold anyone accountable but the kook who made the tape and Fox News! The buck doesn't stop with Obama---just more excuses and passing the blame. It's a good thing someone didn't tell them the Soviets had launched missles.

Now people want Sherrod to sue Fox News. LOL. How about suing Obama and Vilsack? They're the ones who fired her without cause. How much was CBS sued for peddling that idiotic story about the Lucy Ramirez memo that got Dan Rather canned?

The voters have had enough. Obama's job approval ratings are plunging ahead of the November congressional elections. But don't blame Barry! Black unemployment has practically doubled since Obama took office---but don't ask HIM to do anything! Just march on Congress. At this point he's holding secure only the support of African-Americans (who should know better) and the very dregs of the white electorate. Not a good sign for November.

Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

brigade is the 'smooth jazz voice,' BB, his 'civilized' evening personality, except for the pathological hatred directed at me, which he can't control under any of his handles.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

dd: Dr. Maddow totally agrees with you.

BHO gains nothing from trying to placate Fox; what Fox doesn't like about him, 44 can't change. :)

This parallels 44's pointless negotiations on his agenda items where he wastes months trying to get one or two GOP votes, then after he compromises significantly, they vote against the bill. He just can't seem to believe they meant what they said: "We want him to fail."
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From Dr. Maddow:

"This is what Fox News does, this is how they are different from other news organizations," Maddow said. "This is why the White House argued months ago that Fox should be treated as a media organization but not as a normal news organization, because they don't treat news the way a normal news organization treats news. Just like the fake ACORN controversy, Fox News knows that it has a role in this dance....

"Fox does what Fox does, that is dog bites man, that is not interesting. What is interesting about this story is that the Obama administration inexplicably keeps falling for it."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Brigade/zouk. one person exctly complained about me -- whereas everytime you are on here your hateful screeds are noted by everyone.

And as a cut and paster, zoouk is king.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Why are we even still talking about this made-up garbage that Andrew "Fake Controversy" Breitbart excreted into the media?

Meanwhile, a crazed Teabagger, armed to the hilt, gets stopped by the CHP (by chance, for speeding) on I-580 this past Sunday. He opens fire on the police and they end up having to close the freeway for twenty hours to allow robots to retrieve explosive devices from his car.

He was on his way to murder employees at the ACLU and Tides Foundation offices in San Francisco.

Where is the national coverage and "outrage" from the media??? Oh, I forgot, this guy was just another crazed Wingnut so, nothing to see here, move along.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/prosecutors_anti-govt_shooting_suspect_in_ca_wanted_to_start_a_revolution_targeted_aclu.php?ref=fpblg

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

Yup. You called it right. Every day the WaPo gets more like Fox. Sinks a little lower.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 4:26 PM
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Between the endless hate pastes . . . and towering babble, discussion is impossible. Merely censoring personal attacks won't change anything. This sort of spam has to be stopped.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 12:54 PM
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you have to put an end to the deads, 37th's and drindls

I hate staying away but this endles nonsense is more than any reasonable person looking for an exchange of diverse ideas can stand.

I do hope you succeed in finding a solution to these obfuscators

Posted by: bobbywc | July 21, 2010 12:35 PM
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I see what you mean. Drindl's been spamming the blog with cut-and-paste screeds from far-left sites again.

I don't see how the moderators tolerate it.
All we hear from her is how horrible and biased is this blog. So instead of participating in the discussions and offering reasoned opinions and arguments of her own, she just continually cuts and pastes junk from other sites that no one here has the slightest interest in reading. It's like she's trying to highjack the blog and make it the Drindl Fix.

Earth to Drindl: if anyone wants to read crap from the HuffPo or any of your many other sources, they can always go there. No one wants you to spam this place with such sewage. Since you evidently spend every waking minute trolling internet blogs, why don't you, for a change cut and paste Cillizza's columns over on the bottom-feeding commie sites you frequent? They could probably stand some enlightenment.


Posted by: Brigade | July 21, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect MM, the Fix hardly rushed this one out. Cohen has a column blasting Vilsack. Sargeant had THREE items on the story as of several hours ago. The Fix is a politics blog and this is THE political story of the day. As a political story, it's a bunkie to whatisname apologizing to BP.

Forrester had it exactly right. This was an over-reaction on the part of Vilsack. It calls to mind candidate Bill Clinton's denunciation of Sister Souljah. Make a cheap point on race to score with Bubba.

Cosign Mark. We have an early winner for Worst Week in Washington. I caught a little AM radio on my way out of work. Mark Levin was denouncing moderate Senate candidates (Kirk, Castle). Brought a smile to my face. With friends like those…

PS - Zouk. I suggest you give your identities a rotation. Present can pair with Rush from 12 - 3. Moonbat handles drive time from 3 - 6 with Sean. Barryd can handle the evening shift Mark Levin from 6 - 9. Now you just need a smooth jazz voice for late evening. Has drivl been banned yet? ;-)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 21, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, 37 and zouk...

Ryan J. Murdough, a Republican candidate for New Hampshire State House and prominent tea bagger, has no intention of being upstaged by Mike Williams' recent racist screed, "Letter to Abe Lincoln."

Now...from the best of Ryan Murdough:

"For far too long white Americans have been told that diversity is something beneficial to their existence. Statistics prove that the opposite is true. New Hampshire residents must seek to preserve their racial identity if we want future generations to have to possibility to live in such a great state. Affirmative action, illegal and legal non-white immigration, anti-white public school systems, and an anti-white media have done much damage to the United States of America and especially New Hampshire. It is time for white people in New Hampshire and across the country to take a stand. We are only 8 percent of the world’s population and we need our own homeland, just like any other non-white group of people deserve their own homeland."

http://www.demsfightinwords.com/wordpress/?p=1989
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Are you thinkin' of moving to New Hampshire, 37? Zouk? Real white. The SNOW I mean.

This is the insanity BHO is up against.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Some points

I think this pretty much eliminates the last remaining doubt as to the fact that Breitbart and the FOX News punditry are a bunch of racists. For the guy to doctor a video like this is just beyond the pale. Just scum of the earth stuff. This is the guy who offered $10k for the archives of the off-the-record Journolist group. Scum of the earth stuff. Lest anyone complain about critics of Obama being tagged as racist, it doesn't help their cause that the leaders of their movement are ostensibly racist. If white people want to join in with black people in switching off Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart, that would be a nice start.

That's the obvious stuff, but needed to be said.

As for the White House, they got caught up in this mess because they got caught up in the 24 hour news cycle that they seem to hate. Obama knew that the 24 hour cycle had limited power when he campaigned in 2008 and instead focused on the broader narrative. As a result, he absolutely crush John McCain and the George Bush legacy. I hope he hasn't forgotten. To their credit, they realized the mistake and apologized and are acting to rectify it. Not something the Bush administration had once done.

The White House and the press need to stop their Neville Chamberlain impression. The FOX people will never be appeased. CNN doesn't need to pick up on every piece of fabrication made up by Sarah Palin, if they choose to follow it up, they can't treat the two sides as equal. One side is clearly right and one isn't. The press should work hard to refute the FOX stories if at all.

And the White House needs to realize that running the country by Glen Beck's whims makes for a terrible government.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Time for the race card to be put back in the deck. And keep it there. There is too much to do for the race accusations to continue. This nonsense does nothing but sidetrack anything positive.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 21, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA HATES WHITE PEOPLE!

Posted by: georges2 | July 21, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! This continual feeding of the negative narrative is as bad as the deliberate distortion of reality that is reinforced and enabled by the media. The media is incapable of honest introspection. They create this thoughtless dysfunctional environment that masquerades as news. And then criticize actions that are primarily done to avoid becoming fodder for the never-ending echo chamber that passes as commentary. Their analysis is mile-wide and an inch deep. They take conventional wisdom to levels of mediocrity that reduces everything to mush. Baby food to be served to those who like their understanding pre-digested. All is done to monetize events. Avoidance is futile, as Vilsack has found out. The only reason this story has pivoted they way has is because the White farm couple stepped in to blow the lie up. Without them do you really think we would be where we are with this story. The full video is not as media compelling as an elderly White couple standing up for a Black woman. Lie or not, the media is concerned less with the story and more with the sound bites and compelling pictures. Vilsack stepping forward and correcting his mistake takes more than what most commentators will concede since admitting their mistakes is rarely done. Sometimes winning or losing the week is less important than knowing the right thing was done in the end. How often can you say that?

Posted by: richarddyoung | July 21, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The obamabots are all perplexed today. They must get in line to claim victimhood.

Ever since they started to lose the debate over spending and big government, they have found it necessary to play the race card in anticipation of a giant loss in November.

How utterly weak and dishonest.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

dcgrasso1 at 6:39

The whole NAACP thing has been instigated as a political strategy for the Fall elections -


It is a contrived attack strategy - one that Obama has not spoken out about.

Obama has to take personal responsibility for this HYPER-RACIALLY CHARGED atmosphere - BECAUSE HE DID IT.


At some point, the political system and the media has to say ENOUGH.

Everytime Obama has hit a low point in the polls - we get a contrived RACIAL incident designed to distract everyone and rally the base.

This is race-baiting, playing the race card - it is OBAMA ABUSING HIS MINORITY STATUS.

Clear and simple - Obama has to be called out.

How many other times is this going to happen.


- South Carolina with Bill Clinton

- Gerry Ferraro in the Spring 2008

- that summer Obama saying "they haven't said anything racist yet, but they will."


- This spring - when the democrats in Congress decided to turn a LEGITIMATE political protest into a RACIAL INCIDENT.


- The NAACP "resolution" which was a deliberate attempt to pick a fight - all designed to rally the base for the Fall election.

WHEN will all this stop ?


ALL these incidents have been OUT OF BOUNDS in the American political system


It is a witch hunt - like a totalitarian regime trumping up charges to rally their position.

It is wrong


Tt is SHAMEFUL, DECEITFUL, DISGRACEFUL.

Few democrats even try to defend it.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

forrester, ditto here

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 21, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The recent poll that showed a loss of support among white males that voted for the President, set the stage for the Administration to make an example out of Sherrod. They did this to counter the perception that the President treats Blacks preferentially --a perception that was fed by the President's handling of the Professor. In both cases, the Administration did not consider facts, nor due process, but reacted immediately based on the politics of race.

Posted by: t_a_forrester | July 21, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

You all are missing the point


Gibbs understands that Obama set this whole thing in motion - with the decision to play the RACE CARD to energize the base for the Fall elections.


A part of this strategy was to drag in the NAACP - a highly questionable political move for a group that should be above the fray - appealing to universal principles.

Obama got CAUGHT RED HANDED.

It is time to recognize this for what it is - Obama's strategy backfired -

The media has been allowing OBAMA TO HYPER-RACIALLY CHARGE the atmosphere too many times -

Is this kind of politics going to continue to go on through 2012 - when Obama finally goes down in a Nixon-like RACIST-BLAMING TIRADE ????


Seriously folks, how much longer does this garbage have to go on??

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

All right, 37th, or whoever you want to be today. At least get SOME of your facts right.

The NAACP did NOT say that all who identify as members of the Tea Party are racist. They said there were SOME members who were-- and judging by SOME of the signs found at SOME of these rallies, I find it hard to understand how you can deny this. You need to read the NAACP statement. They most certainly did not claim it was an inherent quality of every person who identifies as such.

Second, your estimate of 80 million is far too large. Most estimates agree with a New York Times/CBS poll that calculated that about 18% of the public identifies as Tea Party supporters. Since there are about 310 million Americans, that gives you about 55.8 million. Now, that would include children. The U.S. Census Bureau says about 146 million people were registered to vote in 2008 (see http://www.census.gov/prod/2010pubs/p20-562.pdf). Let's be REALLY generous and say that the 18% is a major undercount, and bump it up to, oh, 25% of the population who are registered to vote (and we'll even bump that up too, to 150 million).

That gives you 37,500,000 people. That's less than half of the 80 million you claim.

Finally, I'm pretty tired of your blanket statements such as, "The nation is outraged...," "The nation demands Obama must resign...," and so forth. It should be pretty obvious that you speak for yourself, and PERHAPS the majority of people you personally know. You don't personally know EVERYBODY in this country. Among my friends and family, I haven't heard a single person call for Obama's resignation. I might not be completely thrilled with everything he's done as President, but I'd certainly vote for him again over any person, male or female, who currently identifies himself or herself as a Republican politician-- and you can bet that my circle of friends would say the same.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | July 21, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

My only compliant with the current administration is that they don't call out Fox News BY NAME, as an evil enterprise with a deceitful mission. The Republican Party needs to denounce, and distance themselves from, this stupidity if they ever want another vote from me. Guilt by association, as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: amycsa | July 21, 2010 6:22 PM
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That's another part of the story: there is real anger in O-Nation regarding the WH's failure to call out Fox/Breitbart on this madness, see recent comments by Professor Mary Berry and Dr. Rachel Maddow on this.

BHO can't repeatedly get suckered into these Fox News fake controversies, e.g., ACORN, Skip Gates, etc., and then end up capitulating to them. Clearly 90% of the WH response should have outrage at Fox News's antics. 44's failure to call out their hate programming costs him at least 10-15 points in his approval numbers.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Mark ditto here - there is a bigger story thought - the NYT has a great story that even after Obama lost in a 9-0 ruling on immigration over the wrongful deportation of legal immigrants his administration refuses to give these now deported people hearings.

The immigration story along with this story shows Obama has in part, and only in part, surrendedered to the radical right and are allowing them to guide US policy.

This is scary.

I am not copying the NYT article - anyone interested can read it on line.

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 21, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

A little while ago I suggested my commute would be free of this noise b/c I listen to NPR.

NOT SO. Lead story. WH overreacts. Commentary that the WH tried to get her off stage in order to leave the day free for the FinReg filing. Commentary that WH was behind pressuring the poor woman to leave.

OK. I now agree with BB and bsimon. Vilsack should win "worst week" and BHO should never be one who pushes a civil service worker around without notice and a hearing where she can defend herself. Last week I graded the BHO Admin here and gave them mixed grades but an "F" on PR. I was right then.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 21, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Recent conversation in political/legal circles has not been as much about the WH "veering off message," as about the potential liability of Fox and Breitbart to Sherrod should decide to sue to them.

One wonders if is it's the fear of a MAJOR lawsuit that has caused Breitbart to run for cover. This is one rightwing political prank that may prove very costly to some.

...and Sherrod's no stranger to the courtroom; she won a major lawsuit not too long ago.

Developing ...
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BTW, in the interest of full disclosure per Washington Post written policy, any Fix/Breitbart connection?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 21, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Just another example in the almost daily drumbeat of the utter ineptitude and shocking incompetence of this present ident.

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

A bad day for the White House? How about a bad day for Fox News and intentionally obtuse non-journalism, also known as rubbish! Domestic terrorism designed to create a fearful bunch of sheep who will march off of a cliff for a cause. I imagine half of your ratings are people who sit around watching for comedy relief or need to experience a 'fight or flight' high.

Your producers allow a video off of an extremist website to be pumped into your viewers, as a breaking story and all day long, without any verification, or (even worse) perhaps knowing it was a deceptive ploy, and you call yourself a news outlet?

Rupert, and all you other freaks at Fox...you better hope there isn't a maker who holds you accountable for your life's deeds.

My only compliant with the current administration is that they don't call out Fox News BY NAME, as an evil enterprise with a deceitful mission. The Republican Party needs to denounce, and distance themselves from, this stupidity if they ever want another vote from me. Guilt by association, as far as I am concerned.

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

ITS THE HENRY GATES, POLICE SGT. CASE ALL OVER AGAIN. Obama runs off at the mouth and doesn't wait for the facts to come in. This firing has Obama's fingerprints all over it. Stupid is as stupid does. Having a Harvard Law Decree is now a laughing matter.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | July 21, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

THE OBAMA BUNCH CAN'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT. THEY ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS AND JUST THINK, THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION, FINANCIALLY AND MILITARILY IS IN THEIR HANDS!!! OBAMA IS MEETING WITH THE V.P. IDIOT TODAY.
"WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he has apologized to ousted employee Shirley Sherrod and offered her a unique new position at the agency.

Sherrod, in an interview with The Associated Press, said she was considering it.

"They did make an offer," she said in a telephone interview. "I just told him I need to think about it."

Vilsack told reporters that Sherrod accepted his apology. He said, "She was extraordinarily gracious."

The new job offer comes after an embarrassed White House apologized to Sherrod Wednesday for ousting her over her remarks about race to an NAACP banquet in Georgia earlier this year. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration did not know all the facts when it acted.

When asked Wednesday if he had spoken with President Barack Obama, Vilsack said simply, "No."

Vilsack insisted that it had been his decision to seek her resignation and said he takes full responsibility.

"This is a good woman," Vilsack said. "She's been put through hell."

Sherrod resigned this week as state director of rural development in Georgia. She said she quit under pressure from the White House.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | July 21, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm calling for the Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack's to resign immeadeatly for being an ass. You have to check your facts in Washington before you do anything. Even when the White House tells you to jump off a bridge you should check first. They are wrong more then they are right.
Even appointees have rights. You can't just fire people over the phone. Its just not done that way. Now you will really pay the price. You can't fix stupid...

Posted by: bakerboys | July 21, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

BB, I'm taking exception to this column because it is

a grandstanding column posing as tough and fresh;
maddeningly premature, just as Vilsack was with Sherrod;
pointing the finger at the wrong people;
letting professional journalists who carried the story off the hook;
an unthoughtful column on a subject that deserves better.

I think Cillizza merely wanted to be the first to point his finger at the White House, whether it is warranted or not. As Vilsack is finding, fastest does not make you right.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 21, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I was doing a slow burn this morning while crossing the Wilson Bridge. Not about Breibert/Fox. A venomous snake is a venomous snake and you should expect it to bite.

No. It's was Vilsack and the White House. They let themselves get rolled. How'd you like to be fired by cell phone? A chance to explain? No. A chance to defend yourself? No. They let themselves get rolled earlier. Did they learn a lesson? Evidently not.

What should have happened was gathering evidence on Breibert and declaring all out war on Fox. You want an interview? Go pound sand until you start acting like a news organization and not an adjunct of the RNC.

Getting mad at Cillizza is TOTALLY missing the point.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 21, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans WILL investigate and impeach America's first black president if they take control of the House in November. FACT. Posted by: paul65 "

Hey, Paul, we will be glad to taske you at your word. Get someone to put you in a TV ad where you can look Political while saying that.

It won't be good for the Republicans, because the Americans really want change, and don't blame Obama for nearly as much as you think he did or didn't do. Get the R's to run on Impeachment and the D's don't lose a single Senatorial election, for a gain of sixteen seats.

But keep up your campaign, cause we recognize how bad it would be should you make the big leagues with it.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 21, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

" "Chris is wilfully reporting the wrong story here and I don't know why. " You know exactly why - margaret. He wants to make Obama look bad. He doesn't want to talk about the sociopathic Breitbart, whom he probably admires as much as the sewer rat Drudge. Posted by: drindl "

Three possibilities.

Nobody notices and nobody cares. (quite likely more than a weel down the road.)

People notice, feel sorry for Sherrod, come to realize that she was McCarthyized. Not good for the Republicans.

The White House makes particularly refreshing lemonade by apologizing, in such a way that they gain creds for zero tolerance while gaining creds for correcting a bad result due to zero tolerance.

And if Sherrod sues Fox it just adds to the fun.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 21, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Mark

Do you get it that Obama himself set in motion this series of events - beginning with instigating the NAACP resolution last week making false charges of racism against 80 million Americans?


This is Obama's own doing - personally.


This is a part of Obama's own election strategy for the fall - to level false racial charges to rally the base.

After all that - you "respectfully" request a completely different narrative.

Mark - why don't you just join Journolist - and talk to them about burying Obama's racism and burying Obama's use of race in politics.

Mark - this is a huge story - it goes directly to the moral bankruptcy of Obama's post-racial claims -

It is "respectfully" requested that you recognize that this story of hypocrisy is much bigger than the story of financial regulation bill which doesn't even include Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.


Obama doesn't get a free ride in the press forever.


.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...who could possibly change this...

"The story being played out in the press is now entirely focused on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of the White House -- a process story about who knew what when -- rather than on where Breitbart got the video and whether he knew it was edited in such a way as to make Sherrod look bad. (For his part, Breitbart isn't revealing where the video came from and insists that he does not have the full-length video of Sherrod's full remarks.)"

Maybe someone....possibly with a blog...maybe on WashingtonPost.com...maybe with who knows, a highly read political blog?

Who do you think you are kidding? You have a juicy softball and refuse to even take a swing.

The media is complicit in this nonsense. Just as the Administration needs to stop running when the RW noise machine says BOO!!

Posted by: justmy2 | July 21, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama is in hot water over this incident because it was OBAMA'S STRATEGY to get the NAACP to level False Charges of Racism at 80 Million Americans.

And all that led to the Shirley Sherrod episode.


It is the this HYPER-RACIALLY CHARGED ATMOSPHERE which is wrong here.

And Obama has based his entire Fall midterm campaign on energizing his base with RACIALLY BASED CHARGES.

To hear this complaining about the right - It is OBAMA who is PLAYING THE RACE CARD - and people are reacting to it.


Obama's strategy has been IMPLODED - the strategy is wrong, shameful - and it should not be allowed in American politics.


This atmosphere led to Shirley Sherrod - none other.

Obama MUST ABANDON THIS TACTICS.


The media has to STOP Obama from using false race charges for political gain.

The media has not called out Obama on any of this - with incidents dating back over two years - whenever Obama gets himself into trouble with low poll numbers, a racial incident and charges of racism come out.

It is DISGRACEFUL


It is SHAMEFUL.

This kind of behavior has no place in American politics - and it should be called out immediately.


.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I respectfully request the press and media news outlets to report the FinReg signing as big news.

Because I watch Lehrer, I will be gratified tonight. Because I listen to NPR on my commute home I will be satisfied this afternoon.

Further, I request that the press and media not fixate on the blogger's tarring and feathering of Ms. Sherrod, the ludicrous kneejerk response of the media and the Administration to said incident, or the subsequent attempt to make Ms. Sherrod whole. Report it, yes. Laugh at it, yes. Learn from it, yes. Fixate on it, no.

Better to attend to the FinReg story. I am sure nothing more than a polite request is required. Right?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 21, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

By 'You can post this' @ 3:58
GREAT post! You are absolutely right!
And the NAACP & all the race-baiters such as Sharpton, Jackson, etc. need to STAY OUT of Politics....THEY are a LOT of the division-causing in America.

Posted by: extexjb | July 21, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

dheck1 | July 21, 2010 4:40 PM


You are getting manipulated by Obama - he is playing you like a fiddle.


That is EXACTLY the reaction he wants you to have.


That is why Obama and his people hatched the operation to get the NAACP to level False Charges of Racism at the 80 MILLION Americans of the Tea Party Movement.

You are being played - you are being manipulated.

It is that simple. The media has been sending emails via Journalist - knowing full well that this is going on - they have been burying the story.


You are just acting like Obama's puppet - he is pulling the strings, and you wrote your comment at 4:40.

Wake Up.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"The firing -- and (possible) re-hiring of a Department of Agriculture employee named Shirley Sherrod -- won't even be a blip on the minds of people when they enter the voting booth this fall,"

Speak for yourself.

The Obama administration's unconscionable treatment of Ms. Sherrod crystallized sharply its predictable throwing under the bus of anything and anyone that the right wing tells it to.

I haven't trusted one word out of Obama's mouth for a long time; but if I did still trust him I certainly wouldn't after this.

Posted by: solsticebelle | July 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

By 'You can post this' @ 3:58
GREAT post! You are absolutely right!
And the NAACP & all the race-baiters such as Sharpton, Jackson, etc. need to STAY OUT of Politics....THEY are a LOT of the division-causing in America.

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

dheck1

Obama's operatives got the NAACP to pick a fight with the Tea Party - and level FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM against 80 million Americans.


This whole thing is a part of Obama's strategy for the Fall election - rally the base by CREATING A HYPER-RACIALLY CHARGED ATMOSPHERE.

That is why Gibbs is so tongue-tied - Obama got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

This is a shameful episode in American history.

Obama is abusing his minority status by INSTIGATING the NAACP to level False Charges of Racism.

The Daily Caller has emails which indicate a conspiracy to hide Obama's true racism - and Obama's use of race in the 2008 election.

These tactics have been going on for over two years now - as outlined in earlier posts - and the media has been allowing this to go on.


Obama MUST abandon this strategy for the Fall election


Obama should state EXACTLY what has gone on here which led to this implosion.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Daddy, why did you fire that nice black lady?

Posted by: adamnescot1 | July 21, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the media is the message. This is why so many Americans rank the media right down there with used car salesmen and politicians. Chris - do you people ever think for yourself? You all jump on whatever gotcha story is the story du jour. What a bunch of lazy lemmings!

Posted by: msdillo | July 21, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"The story being played out in the press is now entirely focused on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of the White House -- a process story about who knew what when -- rather than on where Breitbart got the video and whether he knew it was edited in such a way as to make Sherrod look bad."


Greg Sargent over at the Plum Line blog, has a different take. He points out that Gibbs is also taking the media to task - sure the WH jumped to a conclusion based on the edited video - but they were nudged their by the credulous media that took what Brietbart handed them & went straight to the WH for a response. How many times will the media get burned by partisan hacks before they go back to journo school & learn to validate their sources?

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the White House bungled the handling of this indeed. But you miss another big element of the story - your own Washington Post horribly bungled the reporting of this story. The Tumulty article on page 1 of today's paper reported this as if it were another "on the one hand, on the other hand" story - and only for those who read through, did it say - and only vaguely at that - that the tape of Ms Sherrod was deliberately misrepresenting her; that her point in the actual speech was exactly the opposite of what was suggested by the edited version.

This should have been in the lede; and by not making this clear in the very first paragraph you damaged your credibility; but not making it clear at all is totally unacceptable. Are your own reporters so cowed by the far right that you are afraid to hurt their feelings by calling them out for their smear tactics?

Shame on you, Washington Post! This is a new low for you.

Posted by: sooz3 | July 21, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Spot on, analysis, Mr. Lizza.

The Obama administration was panicked into hasty reaction without any facts.
Embarrassing? Absolutely.
Losing control of the news cycle? Sure, OK.
Something voters are going to remember in 100 days? Certainly not.

Republicans are destined to do something far more stupid between now and election day. Like holding up unemployment benefits AGAIN while pushing tax breaks for the wealthy.

Posted by: dastubbs | July 21, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama created a "hyper racial" environment!? Just own up to it, already! Whatever happened to accepting responsibility for one's actions!

Yeah.... Glenn Beck isn't race-baiting when he says Obama hates white people. It's not race-baiting for Fox to run stories 24 hours a day about how the "Black Panthers" stole the 2008 election! It's not racist to send out mass mailings with Obama on the dollar bill, flanked by images of fried chicken and watermelon. It's not racist for my Republican acquaintances to forward me a fraudulent video about the Obama USDA appointee who hates whitey!

No... By being black Obama created an environment in which Republicans are afflicted by a form of Tourette's brought on by the appearance of melanin.

Obama just has some secret super-sneaky racism by which he makes Republicans appear to say things they don't believe.

Posted by: dheck1 | July 21, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I believe the Left recognizes that Obama has missed many opportunities to accomplish great things but the fringe of his party and Nancy Pelosi stole the first year and a half from him. In a way, Hillary made more hay for herself going from country to country than Obama did in hiding from the public and escaping responsibilities to re-energize the economy and create jobs. Sadly, we are deep in debt, there is great concern about another recession (or worse) and double digit inflation that leaves 5 people competing for every available job.

People feel abandoned by this administration. Business is under assault and neither consumers nor business has the confidence to invest - with good reason. Everyday brings a new tax, more spending, more expansion of government.

Regrettably, the Left is seeing this too and while still playing the BushBlame game, "racism" seems to give the Left more traction. Even WaPo has participated with both Dionne and Robinson contributing "race bait" columns this week. This will certainly continue til November as there is little evidence the Administration is doing anything to solve America's economic woes or doing anything to help business create meaningful jobs.

As someone wrote this week - "It is always about the economy, stupid!"

Posted by: 2012frank | July 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"On the day when the Obama administration is signing historic consumer protections into law.... this is the story you feel compelled to write. Maybe that's why you call it the Fix... because no matter how the ball bounces, you're gonna call it against Obama."

Yup. You called it right. Every day the WaPo gets more like Fox. Sinks a little lower.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary, the Sherrod matter is entirely consistent with the message the White House has been sending for 18 months now.

The problem with the Obama Administration is that it always follows the course of least resistance. Whether that is withdrawing passively from the healthcare debate, or condoning Shirley Sherrod's branding as a racist, the Administration never takes a principled stand on anything. That is its message.

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

@drindl and margaret: I think it's even simpler than that. Cillizza strikes me as an exceptionally shallow individual considering his reponsibilities, as well as exceptionally lazy intellectually. I believe that he sees politics in America in terms of sports, he has chosen his team, he waves their pennant, wears their jersey and cap, and chants his support. GO Republicans GO Republican GO Republicans. And just like a Cubs fan or something is in no way affected personally by his team's success or failure, Cillizza in no way contemplates just how very bad it would be for his country if Republicans got back into power. It just doesn't register. Go team. Rah rah rah.

Of course he's going to spin it any way he can to make his team look good and the other team look bad. It would never occur to him to do otherwise.

Close to two years of Obama, one major achievement after another, and every mention of them here qualified and slanted. Should have been a good week but. Dan Coats, the anti-Obama. Romney und sein herrlisches Staffgruppe.

It's nauseating.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I doubt if they will let Steele go before the election, no matter how awful he is. Visuals, you know. But the day after, he's gone.

Funny how there's no Fix story on Steele, huh? Not surprising, though, doesn't go with the'Republicans are just doing so fabulously' narrative.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is this: Obama's strategy of creating a hyper-racially charged atmosphere in order to rally the base for the Fall election - all that has been torn to SHREDS.

Obama's post-racial plank has been self-imploded by Obama himself - in high-profile disgraceful fashion.

Obama needs to come clean - and admit that he personally set in motion this series of events - and got his operatives to drag in the NAACP into this political strategy.

This is SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS - The NAACP should NOT be leveling FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


The NAACP should not be involved in politics in this way, in any event.

Straight up - the media is at fault to - for allowing this stuff to go on for the past two years - the Daily Caller now has emails from Journolist outlining what is essentially a conspiracy to bury the story of Obama's racism and Obama's use of race to get ahead poltically.


Racial issues are so important they should be utilitized for racial progress only, not to save the personal poll numbers of an unexperienced, unqualified affirmative action guy who HAS NO BUSINESS BEING IN THE POSITION TO BEGIN WITH.

The whole Obama thing has just IMPLODED this week.

Gibbs doesn't even know what to say anymore - the doubletalker can't even get a word out.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

If POTUS was in on the knee-jerk reaction, as appears to be the case, it's affirmation of a disturbing narrative of Obama as appeaser. This president needs to take a firm stand on principle:

How about restoring due process and the rule of law by taking down the multi-agency fusion center Gestapo -- the decentralized shadow government that has stolen democracy from America?

***

WA-PO CENSORED? LINKS GO DEAD ON WA-PO "TOP SECRET AMERICA' WEBSITE

http://nowpublic.com/world/censored-links-go-dead-wa-po-top-secret-america-website
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles, links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 21, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"The Fix"... indeed!

Someone makes a convincing edit of a video and disseminates it over the web. It gets picked up and amplified through the echo chamber. Even the NAACP comes out and condemns the woman's comments... and her boss fires her over this SLANDER.

And you say this is the White House's fault!?

On the day when the Obama administration is signing historic consumer protections into law.... this is the story you feel compelled to write. Maybe that's why you call it the Fix... because no matter how the ball bounces, you're gonna call it against Obama. In this economy, the Washington Post should give your job to someone who has the integrity to tell the truth.

Posted by: dheck1 | July 21, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama only capable of running an election? Sure he's got a couple of big, BIG bills passed but he hasn't reaped any positives from their passage. He (meaning Obama himself and his administration) seem incapable of actually projecting coherent message.

I used to think the story that he was "spread too thin to be effective" would be disproved by the passage of the aforementioned bills, but it seems that he's everywhere and nowhere.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | July 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The real story here is that the MSM/cable stations, all the news media will always go for lowest denominator trash and lies instead of reporting anything important.

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

"Chris is wilfully reporting the wrong story here and I don't know why. "

You know exactly why - margaret. He wants to make Obama look bad. He doesn't want to talk about the sociopathic Breitbart, whom he probably admires as much as the sewer rat Drudge.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This is racial discourse through the prism of Scooby Doo and everybody involved is to blame, with exception of Sherrod.

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

Posted by: DJOURNO | July 21, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans WILL investigate and impeach America's first black president if they take control of the House in November.

FACT.

Posted by: paul65 | July 21, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris is wilfully reporting the wrong story here and I don't know why. This is not what I am carrying away from today's news cycle at all. Talking around the office and looking at the internet, what I see is

a lot of anger directed at Breitbart and Fox
a lot of anger directed at Vilsack and his staff
no anger directed at the WH.

In a week already full of important stories and White House successes, I feel like THIS story here is a grave mistake and makes Cillizza look small and cramped in his viewpoint.

Badly played.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 21, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

We have a HYPER-RACIAL atmosphere which as been CREATED by Obama on PURPOSE in order to position the democratic party for the fall elections - and that is what Shirley Sherrod has been caught up in.


Last week, democratic operatives got the NAACP to jump into all this politically motivated frenzy.


To say that these actions, and this Obama strategy is against his 2008 campaign promises is an understatement.


There is NOTHING about racial progress motivating any of this - it is all about Obama trying to save himself from his horrible poll numbers resulting from his terrible job performance and complete lack of doing what he said he was going to do in the 2008 election.

This strategy is FAR outside the bounds of American politics.


It is a witchhunt - to search for racists with "hidden proxy issues" - just to rally the base for the Fall elections.


This is what Obama has been doing all along

- in South Carolina with Bill Clinton

- in that spring 2008 with Gerry Ferraro

- in his summer statement that the Republicans "haven't said anything else, but they will."


- at the end of the health care debate, when the democrats falsely tried to turn LEGITIMATE political protest into a racial incident


- and then last week with the NAACP


THIS IS A PATTERN WITH OBAMA.


It is wrong, it is vile and it is shameful.


The root cause of this HYPER-RACIAL atmosphere HAS TO BE ADDRESSED - AND IT IS OBAMA PERSONALLY.


It is time the media is honest

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Vilsack will give Steele a run for his money for the worst week in Wash award. Tie-breaker may come down to who loses their job first.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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