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‘Unique’ position offered to wrongly ousted USDA worker

July 22, 2010

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Protesters rally outside the Department of Agriculture building Wednesday in Washington, D.C., in support of Shirley Sherrod.

Protesters rally outside the Department of Agriculture building Wednesday in Washington, D.C., in support of Shirley Sherrod.

— The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. She was offered a “unique opportunity” for a new job and said she was thinking it over.

With lightning speed, the controversy moved from Monday’s forced resignation of a minor U.S. Ag official in Georgia to Tuesday’s urgent discussions at the White House amid a rising public outcry and then to Wednesday’s repeated apologies and pleas for Shirley Sherrod to come back.

Sherrod said she resigned under White House pressure after the airing of a video of racial remarks she made at an NAACP gathering about events that transpired more than two decades ago. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said repeatedly on Wednesday that the decision had been his alone.

“I asked for Shirley’s forgiveness and she was gracious enough to extend it to me,” he said after reaching her by telephone.

Sherrod, in a phone interview with The Associated Press, said, “They did make an offer. I just told him I need to think about it.”

The controversy threatened to grow into more than a three-day distraction for Obama’s administration, with important midterm congressional elections nearing and partisan feelings already running high. President Barack Obama said nothing publicly about the developments while administration officials tried to simultaneously show his concern and to distance him from the original ousting.

It all began with the airing of a video on a conservative website of Sherrod’s remarks about not doing all she could to help a white farmer. After she was told to resign — with the NAACP declaring its approval — the situation grew more complicated when the rest of the edited video was released by the NAACP and Sherrod insisted her remarks were about reconciliation, not the stoking of racism.

‘An injustice had happened’

By Wednesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was apologizing to Sherrod “for the entire administration” and saying that officials did not know all the facts when she was fired and should have investigated more. He said he didn’t know if the president would talk to Sherrod himself.

The president had been briefed, Gibbs said, and “he talked about the fact that a disservice had been done, an injustice had happened and, because the facts had changed, a review of the decision based on those facts should be taken.”

Said Vilsack, who also met with the Congressional Black Caucus, “This is a good woman. She’s been put through hell. … I could have done and should have done a better job.”

“Shirley and I talked about a unique opportunity at USDA,” he said. “With all that she has seen, endured and accomplished, it would be invaluable to have her experience, commitment and record of service at USDA. I hope she considers staying with the department.”

“I accept the apology,” Sherrod said on CNN after watching Gibbs talk to reporters on television. But she said the apology took too long.

Sherrod, appointed to her job last July, was asked to resign after conservative bloggers posted a video of her saying she didn’t initially give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago, when she was working for a farmers’ aid group. Sherrod said she used the story in her speech to the NAACP to promote racial reconciliation and that the edited video distorted her remarks.

Like the administration, the NAACP reversed its stance on Sherrod and called for her to be rehired.

The incident was the latest in a series of race-related brouhahas to garner national attention since Obama became the nation’s first black chief executive.

A year ago, Obama convened a “beer summit” at the White House between a black Harvard scholar and the white police sergeant who arrested him after a confrontation at the black man’s home. The president also faced criticism over nominating to the Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, who had once remarked on the virtues of having a “wise Latina” on the bench. And there are complaints about the Justice Department’s handling of allegations that New Black Panther Party members threatened voters at a Philadelphia polling place on the day Obama was elected.

Black leaders piled on Wednesday in criticizing Sherrod’s ouster. The Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the administration to apologize and give Sherrod her job back. The Congressional Black Caucus, with 42 members of Congress, called for Sherrod to be reinstated immediately.

However, the Rev. Al Sharpton said black leaders should refrain from calling for an apology from the Obama administration, saying that creates the impression that black leadership is fractured. “We are only greasing the rails for the right wing to run a train through our ambitions and goals for having civil and human rights in this country,” Sharpton said.

Racism charges

The episode comes as the NAACP and the conservative tea party group have been trading charges of racism.

The two-minute, 38-second clip posted Monday by BigGovernment.com was presented as evidence that the NAACP was hypocritical in its recent resolution condemning what it calls racist elements of the tea party. The website’s owner, Andrew Breitbart, said the video shows the civil rights group condoning the same kind of racism it says it wants to erase. BigGovernment.com is the same outfit that gained notice last year after airing video of workers at the community group ACORN counseling actors posing as a prostitute and her pimp.

In the clip posted on BigGovernment.com, Sherrod described the first time a white farmer came to her for help. It was 1986, and she worked for a nonprofit rural farm aid group. She said the farmer came in acting “superior” to her and she debated how much help to give him.

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with helping a white person save their land,” Sherrod said.

Initially, she said, “I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do” and only gave him enough help to keep his case progressing. Eventually, she said, his situation “opened my eyes” that whites were struggling just like blacks, and helping farmers wasn’t so much about race but was “about the poor versus those who have.”

The story moved from the Internet to Fox News Channel on Monday night. Host Bill O’Reilly showed a brief portion of Sherrod’s speech where she talked about withhholding “the full force” of her efforts.

“Wow,” O’Reilly said after the clip aired. “That is simply unacceptable and Ms. Sherrod must resign. The federal government cannot have skin color deciding any assistance.” Fox’s Sean Hannity aired the same short snippet of Sherrod’s speech and said that “this was racist.”

“This was at an NAACP dinner and this was racist,” Hannity said.

By Wednesday, Fox’s focus shifted to accusing the Obama administration of rushing to judgment.

‘She was good to us’

People who knew Sherrod were quick to defend her, including the wife of the white farmer whom she discussed in the speech.

“We probably wouldn’t have (our farm) today if it hadn’t been for her leading us in the right direction,” said Eloise Spooner of Iron City, Ga. “I wish she could get her job back because she was good to us, I tell you.”

In the full 43-minute video, Sherrod tells the story of her father’s death in 1965, saying he was killed by white men who were never charged. She says she made a commitment to stay in the South the night of her father’s death, despite the dreams she had always had of leaving her rural town.

“When I made that commitment I was making that commitment to black people and to black people only,” she said. “But you know God will show you things and he’ll put things in your path so that you realize that the struggle is really about poor people.”

Sherrod said officials showed no interest in listening to her explanation when she was asked to resign. She said she was on the road Monday when USDA deputy undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her and told her to pull over and submit her resignation on her Blackberry because the White House wanted her out.

“It hurts me that they didn’t even try to attempt to see what is happening here, they didn’t care,” Sherrod said.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

Axelrod's puppet may have had to settle for only 9 holes of golf instead of playing his usual 18 while dealing with this tempest. Tsk, tsk.

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funkdog1 3 years, 9 months ago

What's so hillarious about this situation is that when it comes to racial equality, Sherrod is ten times the more honorable person any of you people berating her could ever hope to be.

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beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes, the Obama administration blew it by acting too quickly. Darn. And to think, all of us on the Left really thought he was perfect (or so the Right would like you to believe).

At least he was able to admit the error and attempt to make amends rather than just staying the course and refusing to change his mind. Personally, with as much going on in the world and our nation right now, I am glad the President didn't spend a LOT of time on this matter. Yet sometimes quick decisions can backfire on you. Oh well. How many decisions is he making a day? Again, in this instance he realized the error and took steps to correct it.

The people who should be blamed and who dropped the ball are those in his administration, because they should be fully knowledgable of a subject before briefing the President. It should always be that way, in every administration.

At least this wrong decision won't take us into war for a decade or have lasting consequences that effect the nation. All this does really is give fodder to the talk heads on tv and radio.

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MarcyDarcy 3 years, 9 months ago

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cato_the_elder 3 years, 9 months ago

I thought that Sherrod had signed a free agent contract with the Charlotte Bobcats and was playing in the NBA Summer League.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 9 months ago

Read the following link. Do you think Breithart will sit down with her. He sure had a backhanded way of saying the post was wrong. He just said she wasn't a government employee when she refused to help a white farmer. So, he still can't admit she saved the farmers farm. So he is still clueless. So he is still a low life coward. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/22/sherrod-on-breitbart-id-tell-him-hes-a-liar/?fbid=62xtE5pjaXF&hpt=T2

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 9 months ago

It is now abundantly clear why the New York Times did not report this story, as Breitbart nastily charged.

Yes, Mr. Breitbart, it was liberal bias on the part of the Times to thoroughly investigate this story, see it in its correct context, and realize it is not news deserving their and their readers' attention.

I would hope that Breitbart is irrevocably discredited, but then the right wing does not operate with or require facts as the basis of their positions, so I'm sure he will continue to be a folk hero journalist reporting those stories that the liberal New York Times has decided is not news based upon the facts of the event.

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AppleJack 3 years, 9 months ago

The real issue here is the fact that ObamaCo once again made a poor decision based on incomplete information. Just as he passed judgement on the Boston police department and prematurely labeled them as "stupid", he has once again shown poor judgement and grievously caused harm without even attempting to collect the facts. Now the libs are attempting to blame FOX. FOX did not report this story until after Obama had asked for this lady's resignation. At that point it became news and FOX only reported the news. It is a scary thought that we have leaders who exercise such poor judgement. Even scarier, they are attempting to blame others. This administration will not take responsibility for anythiing. They would rather lie, smear and deflect blame to gain political advantage. The Obama administration continues to hit new lows. November cannot get here too soon.

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Agnostick 3 years, 9 months ago

Andrew Sullivan over at "The Atlantic" has this pesky knack for saying the right thing at the right time, in my humble opinion. He does it again here:

"But I've learned over time to respect the canniness of this president's restraint. His gift is patience and perseverance and allowing his enemies to destroy themselves. And I suspect this Breitbart racial smear may be a moment when, once again, you see how Obama outsmarts his opponents. I mean: when you examine it, you see that a woman who actually exemplifies honesty about race and overcomes prejudice was cynically and recklessly used to create a false notion that this administration is racist toward whites, an old and disgusting canard devised by the Becks and Hannitys and Limbaughs in the tradition of Wallace and Atwater and McCarthy."

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/the-long-game-and-the-breitbart-implosion.html

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K_Verses_The_World 3 years, 9 months ago

Trouble in the city, trouble in the farm You got your rabbit’s foot, you got your good-luck charm But they can’t help you none when there’s trouble

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Agnostick 3 years, 9 months ago

I should've been quicker on this...

I want to publicly concede the point to Liberty_One, about the difference between "fact" and "opinion" in libel cases. As with all rules, there is the odd exception from time to time--but for now, I'll have so say that Liberty_One is more likely to be correct on this issue.

That being said... as I was reading through some things, I couldn't help but smile a bit, thinking back to this wonderful segment from Jon Stewart, a few months ago, when Stewart basically showed how Faux News consistently blurs the line between "news" (aka "facts") and "opin-u-tainment."

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-29-2009/for-fox-sake-

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BenWaBob 3 years, 9 months ago

Bill Clinton would have never fired her.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

Is she at least gonna get a beer out of this whoop-de-do?

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 9 months ago

"Mr_B9 (anonymous) replies… Is there something wrong with you? How does the ACORN "debacle" have any racial overtones? Because those incompetent ACORN idiots just happened to be black. FYI, that is called investigative reporting. Not only was Brietbart's piece accurate it was also responsible journalism."

What's wrong with you? You win the prize for the dumbest, myopic, partisan post in this thread. I don't know where you live, but it sure isn't the U.S.A.

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Hoots 3 years, 9 months ago

I wish people would look back at history and realize that from the beginning of time this group or that group has been chewed up and spit out by culture after culture. It has taken place in every corner of this planet and continues to this day. We as a culture used Africans for crops, the Chinese and Irish for railroads, women in the sex trade, the Native Americans for their land, and on and on. Many peoples on this entire planet have relatives with a tragic storied past and some live it day in and day out in 2010. The world has been a messy place for a very long time. No one and no group has the market cornered on sorrow and disappointment.

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jaywalker 3 years, 9 months ago

"The whole thing is just weird and indicative of the baseless and wreckless use of racism accusations that pass for political discourse nowadays."

Worth repeating. Thank you, Mix.

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Hoots 3 years, 9 months ago

Do you think Robert Bird ever changed his stripes? She may have. I have no way of knowing for sure. It just seems people in government often show us what they think we want to see. I've seen people act one way out in the world and have a completely different persona behind closed doors. No one has ever checked how much of this story of hers is fact or fiction. People in government make up stories all the time. I was in Vietnam or some other untrue story. She ended up getting her 15 minutes of fame. She's already been on several talk shows and probably will be for the next week. She'll come out of this smelling like a million bucks.

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jaywalker 3 years, 9 months ago

Can only imagine the comments that piled up on this one, I opined on it yesterday on another string when I had heard the whole story, and I'm glad she's been offered her job back. It's a shame that 'journalistic integrity' has become an oxymoron. BigGovernment.com could have prevented this if they'd aired the entire clip instead of paring it to fit their agenda. It's true that her actions two decades ago were regrettable, but obviously she has learned from the experience and has changed. I've even heard that she's good friends with the farmer and his family that she slighted. Her message to the NAACP is the type of thoughtful introspection and evolvement we should all hope for, regardless of past foibles.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

It's kinda funny how high Axelrod's puppet jumped when Fox News said "frog".

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Everybody catagorizes people. They may not make it public, they may only do it unconsciencely, but people do it.

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Mixolydian 3 years, 9 months ago

Brietbart states that he knew the entire video's content and didn't post the shortened clip to allege that Sherrod was a racist. Certainly if you've seen the entire video, it's a great story and I've got a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Ms. Sherrod after having seen it..

Breitbart's point, and the one that Fox news and O'Reilly completely muffed, was that the video was posted to draw attention to the NAACP crowd that enthusiatically applauded her story of not helping the white farmer because he supposedly took a superior attitude towards Ms. Sherrod. At least that's what Brietbart claimed in a CNN interview I've seen. I've never been to his website.

Listening to Vilsack on the day of the resignation would lead you to believe that he also knew of the entire tapes contents but forced her out based on the perception what was in the video clip.

The whole thing is just weird and indicative of the baseless and wreckless use of racism accusations that pass for political discourse nowadays.

What I think is interesting is Ms. Sherrod's claim on the day that she was forced to resign was that she was repeatedly told it was at the direction of the White House. She still maintains that even to today.

That means that either:

  1. Ms. Sherrod is lying. Which I don't believe.
  2. Vilsack is lying,
  3. Vilsack and Obama are lying.
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Hoots 3 years, 9 months ago

I think if you look at the way she refers to people who are not like herself then you might get the point. She obviously puts people in catagories and thinks differently of them depending on color. The phrase" I sent Him to One of His Own Kind" speaks to her thought process. Those were her words and not an edit. With those words she told me she places people in boxes. If you said "Your own Kind" to a Co-worker you'll probably get slapped and then called into your bosses office to find out what your malfunction is. I don't agree with the way the story was edited. There was plenty wrong without doctoring the video.

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Alia Ahmed 3 years, 9 months ago

http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.2739785/apps/s/content.asp?ct=8536593

An interesting piece by Willie Nelson who's known Shirley Sherrod for some years due to Farm Aid.

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Boosh 3 years, 9 months ago

Enough already. The real story here is not a race story. The real story to be had here is the utter failure of journalism, and broadcast journalism in particular.

There is a lesson to be learned here and I hope all people with a journalism degree take it to heart.

And yes, I am looking at you...

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

Ancient history. Today many things are different. Overall much better, however our government can't control the thoughts of indiviuals. Nor should they want to. Even those screaming for equality hold some reservation. The proof is in the tape. Everytime slavery and reperation is brought up I know the conversation is going down hill. Apologies are not given unless true remorse is felt. Why apologize if you really do not feel sorrow for what you have said or done.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow, the current regime has owned up to having acted stupidly.

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rockchalk1977 3 years, 9 months ago

So does this mean Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver will apologize to the Tea Party over his totally fabricated spitting incident? Hypocrites.

In theory, Obama was supposed to be the “post-racial” President. However, in my opinion, PBO has set race relations back at least 50 years with his words and actions. The inherent problem is race hustling pimps like Jackson, Sharpton, Wright and the NAACP don’t want to get beyond the race issue because they would become irrelevant (but could now receive 99 weeks of unemployment). If there is nothing to whine about all races would have to be judged on performance/merit and not skin color. Although illegal, minority quotas would go away because everyone is equal in post-racial America.

The native American Indians really do have a legitimate beef yet you rarely hear a peep out of them. Americans of oriental decent are different from the majority in some ways yet they don’t have a national organization to promote their advancement. Blacks make up 13% of the population but you’d think they are in the majority with their constant complaints. I don’t understand this anomaly so please explain it to me Bozo and Agnostick.

Hopefully the next President will truly be “post-racial”. We only have 2.5 years to wait.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 9 months ago

There's a reason your "new" mainstream news outlet, Fox News, has turned the Establishment Liberal Media on it's head. FNC does not deflect, "blackout" news, distort, omit, lie, decieve and are about ten times as competent as the other corrupt liberal media outlets that are part of the Establishment Liberal Media. The Obama white house quakes in their wingtips when FNC break another scandal otherwise blacked out by the other corrupt outlets like MSNBC or NYT. In other words, the gig's up for the Establishment Liberal Media. Easy. I'm afraid you lefties are just going to have to adjust. The Anointed One's Minister of Propaganda, Robert Gibbs is probably the biggest idiot to ever hold the position of WH Press Sec'y. I don't whether to laugh at the buffoon or feel sorry for him, usually a little of both.

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jafs 3 years, 9 months ago

That's an interesting question.

It is extremely common these days in politics to publish partial small bits of information without including enough to understand things in context.

This is clearly a bad thing to do if we want our political discussions to be productive.

If it's not illegal, it should be changed anyway, since it doesn't serve us very well.

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Agnostick 3 years, 9 months ago

tomatogrower suggests there may be a libel case here. I'm no lawyer, but I did take a media law case in college. From the wikipedia entry I linked to above...

"Under United States law, libel generally requires five key elements. The plaintiff must prove that the information was published, the plaintiff was directly or indirectly identified, the remarks were defamatory towards the plaintiff's reputation, the published information is false, and that the defendant is at fault."

Okay, so...

1) Published? Yes, several times.

2) Identification? Yes: Shirley Sherrod. Identified both by name, and by appearance.

3) Defamatory? Yes. There were real damages: She lost her job.

4) False information? This is probably the tricky one. Did Breitbart, Faux News etc. have a responsibility to double-check and triple-check the accuracy of their information they published? Could a single phone call to NAACP headquarters have provided them the full video/transcript of the speech?

5) Fault? Absolutely. Negligence could easily be proven; actual malice maybe a bit more challenging, but not impossible.

I'm still not clear on exactly what Sherrod's job is. Is she an elected official? I don't think so, but I could be wrong. Since this is really the first time anyone has heard of her, I would have to say she's most likely a private citizen.

Under Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323 (1974), the court held that actual malice is not necessary for defamation of a private person, if negligence is present.

Were Breitbart, Faux News etc. negligent by not double-checking their story?

I would also have to add that because federal officials overreacted so quickly in firing her, she probably has good grounds for a suit against the federal government, as well. I'd guess that would be a case of wrongful termination, rather than libel.

For libel law, this one is the biggie:

Scroll down to "Later Developments" for more information on other cases.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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Liberty275 3 years, 9 months ago

And those who repeat his words are also lying.

What about the people that repeated her words? Are they liars too? You show me that the transcript does not say what I wrote and I'll concede the point.

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independant1 3 years, 9 months ago

If one beleives verbatim what's reported in the news, well unhappily you're ill informed to say the least.

My fav news is on the scandal rags, read it while in grocery store checkout line.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

This just gets better as it goes along.

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 9 months ago

It is sad that so many of you are so fearful that you believe the lies spread by Breitbart, Beck, Kobach, etc.

It must suck to wake up every day and be afraid of your neighbor.

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independant1 3 years, 9 months ago

If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics. (Will Rogers)

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 9 months ago

Breitbart took her talk out of context to smear her. FoxNews gleefully aided and abetted.

Then when you listen to the whole speech, she's clearly not being racist. And the white farmer has said that she helped to save the farm.

But you'd hate to let the truth get in the way of a good political attack. It served the purpose of furthering the narrative that the "darkies are taking over" and scaring the bedwetting segment of the right wing.

Breitbart is a liar. And those who repeat his words are also lying.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

The flap began after conservative website blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a speech she gave in which she spoke of not offering her full help to a white farmer.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

All of you white racists are out in force, trying hard to find an example of a black racist so you can justify your own bigotry.

But Fox and Brietbart suckered you again, and you will not find what you're looking for in this woman.

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Liberty275 3 years, 9 months ago

"You know, the first time I was faced with helping a black farmer save his farm. He took a long time talking but he was trying to show me he was superior  to me. I know what he was doing. But he had come to me for help. What he didn't know, while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him."

"I was struggling with the fact that so many white people had lost their farmland. And here I was faced with having to help a black person save their land, so I didn't give him the full force of what I could do.
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Liberty275 3 years, 9 months ago

""You know, the first time I was faced with helping a white farmer save his farm. He took a long time talking but he was trying to show me he was superior to me. I know what he was doing. But he had come to me for help. What he didn't know, while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him."

"I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland. And here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land, so I didn't give him the full force of what I could do.""

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 9 months ago

Meant to add, this will address obvious media "blackouts".....by the corrupt liberal media that is.

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MacHeath 3 years, 9 months ago

The "white house officials" sure messed up on this one. Sounds like they went off half-cocked. I would like to see a public "official white house explanation" on this one.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 9 months ago

You're dead-on correct dude, and that's why Obama hates FNC and if you're NOT watching FNC, none of this (Sherrod, Van Jones, ACORN, Panthers) would never be known about by the viewing public. It just would not. I believe this media corruption with the liberal media who feverishly supports Obama has reached critical mass. If I'm not mistaken, I believe O'Reilly is going to go deep into this subject tonight....not sure, but think I caught a snippet about it.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

It's stunts like this that kep the american blood boiling....

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Steve Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

She meant what she said, if it were the other way around, you can bet that person would have stayed fired.. Not hard to see what's going on, typical obamatic's.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm a bit concerned for your welfare bozo if you see the ACORN debacle as "fiction". Gladys Kravitz had a tighter grip on reality.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 9 months ago

Let's see, didn't Dan Rather's career go south after the debacle about Bush's military career? And weren't several CBS reporters fired? What do you want to bet that no one at Faux News will even be reprimanded. Their fans have short term memory loss. They first showed this woman to be a racist, now she someone the Obama administration is picking on. Twist the story. The faux news followers will just follow along like little lambsies. Just tell them what they are suppose to think, and they will. War is Peace, and so on.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

Just like the ACORN "pimp and prostitute" debacle, Andrew Brietbart and Fox have shown themselves more interested in creating fictional "news" that stirs up racial divisiveness than in accurate reporting.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm not the type of person to sue at the drop of a hat, but this is a clear cut case of libel. Maybe Ms. Sherrod will be able to retire early, if she has a good lawyer. Does Brightfart, I mean Breitbart, have a lot of money? You know FOX does. Why doesn't FOX try and hire some real reporters? Do they get all their news from the blogs? Hoots, you need to read everything she had to say. That's like calling "To Kill a Mockingbird" a racist book, because it has the "n" word in it. She saved these white people's farm, even after her father was murdered by some white guy who was never brought to justice. Are you capable of reading a whole story? It's morons like you that Breitbart and Fox count on. Or for that matter, the Tea Party, extreme religious groups of any kind, and the far right of the Republican party. They all want people who only read the first few lines. Don't look at the whole story, it will only confuse you.

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BenWaBob 3 years, 9 months ago

It's sad that Obama's crew treated this lady like they did. It could be that they thought she was a Tea Party member.

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Agnostick 3 years, 9 months ago


"There will be no apology or statement of regret for distributing a doctored tape to defame and destroy someone. There will be not even a flutter of interest among conservatives in discussing Breitbart’s role. By the morning of July 21, the "Fox & Friends" morning show could devote a segment to the Sherrod case without so much as a mention of Breitbart’s role. The central fact of the Sherrod story has been edited out of the conservative narrative, just as it was edited out of the tape itself.

"When people talk of the "closing of the conservative mind" this is what they mean: not that conservatives are more narrow-minded than other people — everybody can be narrow minded — but that conservatives have a unique capacity to ignore unwelcome fact.

"When Dan Rather succumbed to the forged Bush war record hoax in 2004, CBS forced him into retirement. Breitbart is the conservative Dan Rather, but there will be no discredit, no resignation for him.

"Instead, conservatives are consumed with a new snippets-out-of-context uproar, the latest round of JournoList quotations. Here at last is proof of the cynical machinations of the hated liberal media! As to the cynical machinations of conservative media — well, as the saying goes, the fish never notices the water through which it swims."

http://theweek.com/bullpen/column/205190/shirley-sherrod-and-the-shame-of-conservative-media


Shirley Sherrod... meet Alexandra Polier. The two of you should get together over over lunch, and compare war stories about this wonderful thing called "new journalism"... and how it's anything but.

http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/politics/national/features/9221/

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Hoots 3 years, 9 months ago

When she made the statement I took him to "One of His Own Kind" that was enough. I say that regardless of what was left out. Other comments she made were obviously racist in nature. I can't see why anyone would get away with that alone. She should be gone.

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