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Ready, Fire, Aim! - And When You Screw Up, Blame FoxNews

A couple of days ago, Andrew Breitbart aired a segment from a recording of an address to the NAACP by Shirley Sharrod, a black USDA official in Georgia. In the segment released, Ms. Sharrod details how she provided less than essential assistance to a white farmer on purely racial grounds. During this approximately 3 minute segment there were also expressions of support, laughter, light cheering, etc. from the audience.

Very shortly after this was released, the NAACP denounced Ms. Sherrod, the White House denounced it, and apparantly, Sec. Ag. Vilsak, with the knowledge and agreement of the White House, although Vilsak states that the ultimate decision was his alone, had Ms. Sherrod fired. Well actually, required here to tender her resignation.

The official who fired Ms. Sherrod do so in a less than cordial manner. She was on the road when the official called her, told her to pull over to the side and the demanded her resignation. She asked to clarify her position but was not allowed to. She said that it was part of an explanation of how she had evolved away from those feelings, but, her pleas and words went unlistened to and she was forced to resign.

Later, the full tape was made public and it was just as Ms. Sherrod stated, when put into context, she was giving a historical account of how she went from her then views to her current views, which are certainly far removed. The NAACP stumbled all over themselves apologizing to her, Vilzak offerred her job back, the White House apologized. FoxNews was blamed for airing only the short segment.

But, wait for it....wait for it. It appears that the NAACP had the complete recording all along, and, oh, before Ms. Sherrod was fired, FoxNews did play much of the rest of the recording. But that hasn't stopped the NAACP from blaming Fox. It hasn't stopped the Dept. of Agriculture, and the Obama administration for passing blame, although they did not explicitly mention FOX, to only airing part of the story. They are blaming a news source for their failures to fully investigate the situation.

I guess that they haven't yet figured out a way to blame it on Bush, but I won't count that out yet. What was that about the Cambridge police acting stupidly?

Comment balloon 0 commentsKevin Robinson • July 22 2010 10:01AM
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