Sherrod seems likely to get job back; Breitbart still flinging baloney

This statement, time-stamped as sent at 2:07 a.m., was in my email this morning.

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tonight released the following statement in response to the release of remarks in video from Shirley Sherrod:

“I am of course willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner.”

Apparently the case is keeping at least some folks in Washington up at night. Good. The statement from the Obama administration represents a considerable change in tone from an email sent late yesterday afternoon defending Sherrod’s firing. They owe her not just her job back, they owe her a high-level apology as well. The NAACP has already issued such a statement.

Andrew Breitbart, who initially released the highly deceptive video at BigGovernment.com, continues to defend it. OK, maybe Shirley Sherrod isn’t racist, he now concedes. But her NAACP audience surely is.

From BigGovernment:

“Regardless of what else is in Sherrod’s speech, the first video released on BigGovernment.com features Sherrod telling a tale of racism that is received by the NAACP audience with laughter and cheers. They weren’t cheering redemption; they were cheering discrimination. Upon hearing the cheers, Sherrod fails to offer any immediate clarification and even smiles right along with them.

Breitbart’s main objective by releasing the video was to call out the NAACP, an organization who has recently gone to great lengths to condemn the Tea Party’s alleged racism, for sanctioning racism in it’s own organization. Sherrod immediately became the scapegoat for the embarrassed NAACP and USDA, but she was never the target, the NAACP itself was, and the delight the audience took in the racist part of Sherrod’s speech leaves them exposed.

Sherrod’s firing is on the NAACP, who had the entire tape and apparently never bothered to scrutinize it until Sherrod had already been relieved of her duties. If it’s on anyone else, it’s the Obama administration, but Breitbart never even called for Sherrod to be fired.”

The refusal to accept responsibility — the utter lack of any contrition whatsoever — is dismaying, but not surprising.

Furthermore, I sat down to watch the clip in question again, and I don’t see evidence even for Breitbart’s latest claims. Early in the clip, the audience responds and chuckles along with Sherrod. But once she begins to talk about doing less than she might have for the white farmer, that reaction ceases and the audience falls quiet. Take a look for yourself:

Here’s the full video of Sherrod’s remarks:

189 comments Add your comment

Jon

July 21st, 2010
8:24 am

It’ll be entertaining to watch the far right wing nuts that make up this state BS their way out of this one.

Grumpy

July 21st, 2010
8:27 am

Except for a few nutbags, the right wing actually stayed kind of quiet on this one. I think many people were skeptical of the video from day 1.

Paul

July 21st, 2010
8:28 am

Good morning. One story, so many issues, so many subplots.

I’m please IF what we’re NOW being told by the Obama Administration is the way it is. Briebart appears to be doing the ‘if I raise another issue maybe they’ll forget about the other” thing.

But… Ms. Sherrod said the White House asked for her resignation. Not that ‘USDA officials didn’t offer me any support.” White House says “who? Us? We wouldn’t do that!! It was AG Sec Vilsack!” It’s still the Obama Administration that hung her out because of the perception of controversy, not any actual guilt.

Welcome to politics in the White House, Ms Sherrod. From getting to the front of the bust to being tossed under the bus. You’ve seen a lot in your lifetime.

From Associated Press:

“Sherrod said she was on the road Monday when USDA Deputy Undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her and told her that the White House wanted her to resign. “They asked me to pull over to the side of the road and submit my resignation on my BlackBerry, and that’s what I did,” Sherrod said.

The administration gave a different version.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — not the White House — decided to ask Sherrod to resign, said USDA spokeswoman Chris Mather.

In a statement, Vilsack said the controversy surrounding Sherrod’s comments could lead to lingering doubts about civil rights at the agency, which has a troubled history of discrimination.”

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/20/2349465/usda-worker-pressured-to-resign.html

Makes one wonder what other decisions were made for political reasons, without a thorough investigation of all facts and circumstances.

I’m not sure she’d want her job back. Whatever her decision, I hope she lets it go and enjoys her life.

larry

July 21st, 2010
8:30 am

Seriously, this was a federal official who was defamed by a broadcast of a tape on their station that was made by a person with a questionable history.

If i was Sherrod , even if i got my job back, i would still file a defamation lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart and Faux News.

@@

July 21st, 2010
8:30 am

I watched the entire video early this morning. As it stands now, I would agree–Mrs. Sherrod deserves to be reinstated.

A little bit of Sharpton…a little bit of Bill Cosby, and a whole lot of God.

I would argue with her comment that being able to own a home can be attributed to President Obama alone. It neglects the Bush administration’s efforts in home ownership for minorities. Of course, there will be those (left-wingers) who have decided that there was nothing altruistic in Bush’s intentions.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:31 am

I said it downstairs, I’ll say it again … I hope she sues the effing wanker for libel.

Mark

July 21st, 2010
8:31 am

Did you watch the rest of the video….Hell, she looks more of racist now than she did before!!

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July 21st, 2010
8:31 am

Aahhh, the kettle doesn’t like being called black, just sayin…

So it spins, and steams and whines, maybe we should turn the heat down on the poor kettle, no?

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:33 am

Notice that Jay has no criticism for the NAACP or White House who jumped all over this story before checking the facts.

It’s almost as if baseless charges of racism are destructive. Nice to see the left is reaping what it has sown.

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July 21st, 2010
8:33 am

People in glass government bureaucracy buildings shouldn’t throw stones, duh, just sayin…

larry

July 21st, 2010
8:34 am

And If i was the FCC, i would look into fining the crap out of Faux news.Especially if they dont backtrack this story.

Paul

July 21st, 2010
8:35 am

larry

“If i was Sherrod , even if i got my job back, i would still file a defamation lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart and Faux News”

Not the wire services? Not AP? Not any of the metro dailies? Selective prosecution based on perceived political leanings?

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:35 am

mike – what part of “They owe her not just her job back, they owe her a high-level apology as well.” do you not understand?

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:35 am

“I said it downstairs, I’ll say it again … I hope she sues the effing wanker for libel.”

LOL. What on earth is libelous? Dishonest and selective editing of video is not libel. If it was, all of the folks who have slandered the Tea Party with their selective editing would be guilty as well, let alone the master propagandists like Michael Moore.

As usual, you don’t know what you are talking about.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:37 am

“Ms. Sherrod said the White House asked for her resignation”

Not in any report I’ve seen. What I’ve seen is that she was TOLD the WH wanted her to resign. And Vilsack says he did not consult with anyone in the WH: “However, Vilsack told CNN on Tuesday that he “didn’t speak to anyone at the White House. … I made this decision, it’s my decision. Nobody from the White House contacted me about this at all.”

A White House official also told CNN that “the White House did not pressure her or the USDA over the resignation. It was the secretary’s decision, as he has said.”

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/21/agriculture.employee.usda/index.html?hpt=T1

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:37 am

mike – “Dishonest and selective editing of video is not libel.”

um. actually, when you’re accusing someone of being a racist and selectively edit a video to take quotes out of context as your “evidence”, yes. yes, it most definitely is.

@@

July 21st, 2010
8:37 am

I blame left-wing bloggers. From day one, it was they who hurled accusations of racism against anyone who disagreed with Obama’s policies.

Ass-u-me much? Leave “me” out of it.

Outhouse GoKart

July 21st, 2010
8:38 am

“If i was Sherrod , even if i got my job back, i would still file a defamation lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart and Faux News.”

Lettuce just hope Jesse and Al disagree with your opinion. We need to forgive one another and let the healing begin.

“Unclean spirit I cast you OUT!!”

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:39 am

USinUK –

Oh I understand that little aside. Contrast it with the rest of the harsh criticism that is leveled at Jay’s peers on the right. Please.

You expect partisan media outlets to be dishonest. I sure expect it of the AJC. On the other hand, the President is supposed to be the adult and get the facts. Instead he panicked and threw this woman under the bus in her car to get it done before Glenn Beck came on. This was an innocent woman thrown under the bus out of political panic.

The left has fired up this horrible race discussion and now it is biting back hard. Perhaps next time, the left will be more cautious with its race baiting.

Southern Comfort (EOI and disfunctional since 2010)

July 21st, 2010
8:39 am

Aahhh, the kettle doesn’t like being called black, just sayin…

So it spins, and steams and whines, maybe we should turn the heat down on the poor kettle, no?

So it manufactures a racist where there is none, and causes the woman to lose her job. As I said yesterday, go to a Black church, a Black barber shop, or anywhere else there would be someone telling a story with others listening. You will find the crowd nodding, clapping in approval, and many other responses. It doesn’t mean that they agree with the speaker’s actions, but that they’re merely following the story. One should at least have an idea of how things go in the culture if you’re gonna demonize it.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:39 am

“yes, it most definitely is”

Yes, it probably is…but it’s much harder for a public figure to win a libel suit than it is for private citizens. Generally speaking, it comes under: if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

I think she’ll let it go, especially if she gets her job back.

Jon

July 21st, 2010
8:39 am

@mike – that is funny stuff coming from the right wing that soaks up the “news” from the likes of brietbart and faux. hyprocrisy at it’s finest. something tells me you were jumping up and down for joy and did little fact checking of your own when brietbart first doctored the footage.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:40 am

5 things you need for libel law:

1) the slander needs to have been published
2) the victim was identified
3) the remarks were defamatory
4) the remarks were false
5) the person responsible is at fault

so. yeah. I believe this qualifies.

Jay

July 21st, 2010
8:40 am

@@, as I recall, you were quite eager Monday evening to be the first one to post this “scandal” on the blog, and even expressed disappointment that Reporter/Whiner had beaten you to it.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:41 am

Doggone – 8:39 – she was hardly a public figure prior to the release of the video

Outhouse GoKart

July 21st, 2010
8:41 am

99.9% chance of no lawsuit from Ms Sherrod for on FOX News *FLUSH*.

Wishful thinking will not get one a cheese sandwich.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:41 am

“One should at least have an idea of how things go in the culture if you’re gonna demonize it”

Not gonna happen. It’s much easier to demonize what you DON’T understand. I haven’t watched the video, but I’ve read parts of the transcript and all I read is typical of the “call and response” tradition. Same as someone who says “uh huh” while you are speaking so you know they are listening.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:42 am

“she was hardly a public figure prior to the release of the video”

Maybe not to the world, but she is definitely a public figure in her own sphere of work. All government officials are.

Jon

July 21st, 2010
8:42 am

@Mike – please point me towards this slandering of the Tea Party via selective editing. Would love to see it.

Outhouse GoKart

July 21st, 2010
8:43 am

” It’s much easier to demonize what you DON’T understand.”

Prime example is the constant trashing of FOX News.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:44 am

“Prime example is the constant trashing of FOX News”

And who has been doing that? Certainly not me, I don’t express my opinion of them because I don’t watch them. Comments I’ve seen here appear to be from people who DO watch and understand them.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:45 am

mike – “the President is supposed to be the adult and get the facts. Instead he panicked and threw this woman under the bus”

he did? really? you have evidence that HE did it and not … oh … say … the Sec of Ag?

of course, yesterday, when Jay was saying that he wanted to see the entire tape before casting judgement, the righties on this blog praised him for his equanimity. NOT so much.

they ALL had the responsibility of finding out the facts of the situation and seeing the ENTIRE tape before “resigning” her.

@@

July 21st, 2010
8:45 am

jay:

I ended my comment with “This could get very nasty” and it did. Not something I was hoping for. I tire of the race issue.

“Oops! Andy beat me to it” does not denote disappointment.

larry

July 21st, 2010
8:45 am

FOX News *FLUSH*.

Ahh, printed something off of their web site i see, it is good toliet paper.

kayaker 71

July 21st, 2010
8:45 am

As of yesterday at 5:00 PM, the only politically active TV commentator who was pointing out Shirley’s unfair treatment was none other than the evil Glenn Beck. He spent a whole half hour lambasting Bozo and all of this cronies for their actions against Shirley. One of the best comments that he made was the two faced approach that Bozo and the Demos made for another person with racial skeletons in their closet, namely the highly touted and praised, Senator Robert Byrd. Seems like Byrd said some pretty evil racial things in his younger days but was praised by Bozo and his ilk for being such a great American. Selective indignation…. works every time.

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:45 am

USinUK -

“um. actually, when you’re accusing someone of being a racist and selectively edit a video to take quotes out of context as your “evidence”, yes. yes, it most definitely is.”

LOL. Well if that is the case, most of the liberal media is guilty of libel.What on earth is different about this case?

To be clear, selective editing does not constitute libel. You can claim that it is, but it is not. You are ignorant of the law, but that is not surprising. Trust me, I took the journalism ethics classes in college that Jay somehow missed.

Surely you do not claim that calling someone a racist is libel. If so, why are folks like Keith Olbermann and Cynthia Tucker not guilty? Nothing said by Fox or Breitbart is beyond the level of comments regulalrly made by these two.

I love the hypocrisy. “How dare they call someone a racist!” Do you not see what a hypocrites you all sound like? It is too funny.

I almost think that Breitbart did this knowing the deeply hypocritical response folks like you would have. Apparently the left has learned that baseless accusations of racism is wrong. Let’s just see if any of you can apply that to the people you hate so much as well or if this another case of liberal double standards. Let me guess :)

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July 21st, 2010
8:45 am

So it manufactures a racist where there is none, and causes the woman to lose her job.

The United States of America got stuck with a clueless, vicious little demigod, hellbent on our total destruction, as president as a direct result of manufactured charges of racism, I find it hard to garner any sympathy for some racist at the USDA.

Maybe I’ll shed a tear and maybe I won’t.

Paul

July 21st, 2010
8:46 am

G’morning, Doggone/GA 8:37

““Ms. Sherrod said the White House asked for her resignation”

Not in any report I’ve seen. ”

I provided a link to the AP piece at 8:28.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:46 am

Doggone – 8:42 – it’s a bit of a stretch to say that a way-down-the-totem-pole official with the Dept of Ag is the same as, say, a senator – or even a state senator.

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:46 am

Whining liberal hypocrites say:

“How dare the media accuse folks of racism with out-of-context imagery!”.

Evaluate yourself.

Southern Comfort (EOI and disfunctional since 2010)

July 21st, 2010
8:47 am

Doggone

My point exactly on the call and response. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s easy to take it out of context. It’s sad that we have become a sound-bite society and will convict someone before all evidence is gathered or presented. I hope nobody here has a video that could be selectively edited to discredit you in the future. No one should have to go thru something like that.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:47 am

“Trust me, I took the journalism ethics classes in college that Jay somehow missed.”

well, you must not have done very well in it if you don’t understand the basic components of a libel case (listed above, for your convenience)

@@

July 21st, 2010
8:48 am

Also, jay, did you notice how I clarified my use of the word “blood”. Didn’t wanna be accused of racism simply because I used a word with various meanings.

Claims of racism serve the media, the politicians, and special interest groups. It doesn’t serve America as a whole.

larry

July 21st, 2010
8:48 am

Instead of introducing news stories , they will just call it Faux News FLUSH’s. In other words, time to go use the john.

Paul

July 21st, 2010
8:49 am

Doggone/GA

I just reread that post of yours. Seems you’re saying there’s a big, big difference between the White House asking you to resign and saying they want you to resign………

I think it’s a distinction without meaning. When a message like that comes from the White House and you’re part of the Executive -

Mark

July 21st, 2010
8:49 am

Larry, how can you sue someone for playing a video of your own words?…what country do u live in?

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:50 am

USinUK –

“he did? really? you have evidence that HE did it and not … oh … say … the Sec of Ag?”

Well, Sherrod claims that she was told three times that it came from the White House. You gonna throw her under the bus now too and call her a liar? LOL

“of course, yesterday, when Jay was saying that he wanted to see the entire tape before casting judgement, the righties on this blog praised him for his equanimity. NOT so much.”

LOL. You are full of unintentional humor today. So you want conservatives to praise Jay for giving a liberal the benefit of the doubt that he has never given conservatives? Good luck with that.

Look, why don’t you educate yourself on libel or better yet earn your paycheck for once instead of making me laugh so much here. LOL

AmVet

July 21st, 2010
8:50 am

Yep the inane, but mindfully non-partisan right wing loon and his lap dogs here do what they always do, and what they do best – vilify the weak and glorify the wicked.

And it looks like they may have a new hero as yet another far right wing lnutjob his misguided hatred into deadly violence against other Americans. But fortunately the soft on crime Republicans will not read about thisi on Fox News.

OAKLAND, Calif. — A California man known for his anger over left-leaning politics said after a freeway shootout with CHP officers that he had been planning an attack on the ACLU and another nonprofit group, police said Tuesday.

Byron Williams, 45, a parolee with two previous bank robbery convictions, wanted to “start a revolution” by killing people at the American Civil Liberties Union and Tides Foundation, both in San Francisco, Oakland police Sgt. Michael Weisenberg said in court documents.

You’re doing a heckuva job, connies…

Southern Comfort (EOI and disfunctional since 2010)

July 21st, 2010
8:50 am

The United States of America got stuck with a clueless, vicious little demigod, hellbent on our total destruction, as president as a direct result of manufactured charges of racism

Only in your world, Whiner. Only in your world…

I don’t recall millions of people casting votes for him because of racism. Many probably chose him as the lesser of two evils. That’s how I made my decision.

Jon

July 21st, 2010
8:51 am

mike – i’m still waiting for that slandering of tea party via selective editing thing. please back up your claim with evidence. shouldn’t be hard for a good little conservative like you right? and it is funny to see you start moaning now as you have nothing of substance to say.

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:51 am

“Shirley Sherrod, the USDA’s former director of rural development in Georgia, said USDA deputy undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her Monday and said the White House wanted her to resign, the Associated Press reports.

“They called me twice,” Sherrod told the AP, noting that she was driving when she received the calls. “The last time they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my Blackberry, and that’s what I did.”"

Are you guys all calling Sherrod a liar? That is how you treat the victim?

Partisanship trumps common decency yet again.

larry

July 21st, 2010
8:51 am

Surely you do not claim that calling someone a racist is libel. If so, why are folks like Keith Olbermann and Cynthia Tucker not guilty? Nothing said by Fox or Breitbart is beyond the level of comments regulalrly made by these two.

Name a time that Keith Olbermann and Cynthia Tucker broadcasted something like this.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:52 am

“it’s a bit of a stretch to say that a way-down-the-totem-pole official with the Dept of Ag is the same as, say, a senator – or even a state senator.”

You’re looking at it from the point of view of an ordinary citizen, not from the point of view of a judge in the case. I’m not saying she might not have a case, I’m just saying it might be harder for her to win…because the court COULD take the stand that AS a public official, it’s part of the territory.

Jay

July 21st, 2010
8:53 am

Doggone, I’m not a libel lawyer, but I have dealt with these issues for a long time. It’s not automatic that Sherrod would be considered a public figure just by virtue of taking a public paycheck. But in this case, her relatively high-level job and apparent status as a political appointee would probably make her one.

However, even a public figure can sue successfully if he or she can prove outright malice in media intentions, and I’d say that you could at least make a case for malice in these events.

That may also help explain why Breitbart is now insisting that his target was never Sherrod, but the NAACP.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:54 am

mike – “Well, Sherrod claims that she was told three times that it came from the White House. You gonna throw her under the bus now too and call her a liar?”

believe it or not, there are other decision-makers in the WH, not just Obama.

“So you want conservatives to praise Jay”

as far as your treatment of jay – considering your raison d’etre is to come in here, stomping your itty bitty feet, and scream “hypocrisy!!!” like some character out of The Crucible … no, I don’t expect anything more from you.

as for my knowledge of libel law – I’ve explained how it works and what you need to prove it … you’ve provided … what? exactly? oh, that’s right … you took a CLASS (which you evidently slept through)

Don't forget

July 21st, 2010
8:55 am

When this story first broke my reaction was the same as most people’s reaction. I thought she had no business in a government position. Then I learned the tape had been edited and wasn’t sure what to think. The tape seemed pretty damning, I wasn’t sure how this could be a distortion. Now I have watched the entire tape and there has been a huge injustice here. This is a woman who’s father was murdered by a klansman at a time when nobody seemed to care if that sort of thing happened. It tells of how she struggled with the rampant racism of the time and how she chose grace over vindictiveness. It’s actually a very good story. Watch the tape, in its entirety and bear in mind “as you judge, so shall you be judged”.

kayaker 71

July 21st, 2010
8:55 am

US in UK,

Seems like, according to Shirley, that she go three phone calls while driving home. The first one urged her to resign, the second one, about 20min later became more urgent, and the third one, a few minutes later, demanded that she “pull over to the side of the road and resign”. This was without viewing all of the evidence, taking her comments out of context and dredging up 24 yr old comments that she admittedly regretted. If that’s not throwing her under the bus, I must not know what that means.

Gale

July 21st, 2010
8:56 am

In our world of consumer level audio and video editing software, people and especially people in authority positions need to be slower in judging people by such “evidence”. We, as a people, seem far too willing to believe sound bites and vid clips if they pander to our personal opinions.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:56 am

“When a message like that comes from the White House and you’re part of the Executive -”

Bbut now you are doing to the WH EXACTLY what was done to Sherrod: condemning them without proof they were involved. She was TOLD the WH wanted her to resign, the WH has denied that, Vilsack has denied it. We don’t know who told her that, and at this point it appears NOT to be true.

mike

July 21st, 2010
8:57 am

mike – i’m still waiting for that slandering of tea party via selective editing thing. please back up your claim with evidence. ”

Yawn. Go watch Chris Mathews “Rise of the New Right”. Take notes.

Also, take a look at the Obama as Hitler signs and Obama as Joker signs that make up the bulk of the evidence of the Tea Partiers racism. They represent a tiny minority of the signs, yet they are treated as the norm. You know it and I know it.

Finally, if you want what Jay would lamley call a “slam dunk”, you have the video edited by ThinkProgress of Tea Party racism that was edited from clips of Tea Partiers kicking out racists and events from 2006 before the Tea Party existed.

http://bit.ly/9UR2dA

Happy? LOL

This “good little conservative” crushed you and I didn’t even need to say something stupid like that.

Enjoy, hypocrite.

larry

July 21st, 2010
8:57 am

Larry, how can you sue someone for playing a video of your own words?…what country do u live in?

If i make a speech, someone gets it , edits it to make the speech sound something completely different than the speech was intended, or if the speech is not shown in its entirity.

Pennsylvanian

July 21st, 2010
8:58 am

Just the latest episode in The Obama Administration Amateur Hour. But the big news today is Roy Barnes for Governor. King Rat? That’s the best the Dems could come up with? Too funny.

USinUK – “..effing wanker”? That’s funny.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
8:58 am

“That may also help explain why Breitbart is now insisting that his target was never Sherrod, but the NAACP”

Yep, I agree with that!

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
8:59 am

kayaker – “This was without viewing all of the evidence, taking her comments out of context and dredging up 24 yr old comments that she admittedly regretted. If that’s not throwing her under the bus, I must not know what that means.”

as I said above – my question was whether Obama was the decisionmaker as mike seems to think …

Jon

July 21st, 2010
9:01 am

@ Mike – Crushed me? HAHAHA. You tool, you cited a website run by far right bloggers and cut out of the same mold as Brietbart. Again still waiting for this damning evideence.

Gale

July 21st, 2010
9:02 am

Given Obama has made knee-jerk statements where questions of racism are involved, it is realistic to wonder if he asked for Sherrod’s resignation. If it was Obama, at least he didn’t say it in a press conference this time.

Normal

July 21st, 2010
9:03 am

USinUK,
Mike says, “The left has fired up this horrible race discussion and now it is biting back hard. Perhaps next time, the left will be more cautious with its race baiting.”

…and I’m screaming at my monitor , The Left!!??!!, The Freakin’Left!!??!!…Then I remember that Mike is probably talking about everybody left of him…that only leaves Rush and Glenn. I dismisedunderstood…

kayaker 71

July 21st, 2010
9:03 am

So what is Bozo going to do, give Shirley her job back? If I were Shirley, I would tell Bozo to shove it. I am sure that she will have no trouble in finding employment.
The “Amateur Hour” comment above is spot on.

mike

July 21st, 2010
9:04 am

Jon –

Hmm. Clearly you did not look at the video. If you did, you would have some other comeback.

Look, mindless partisans like you have lapped up any claim of racism put before you unthinkingly. You are too much of an intellectual coward to admit it, so you respond like you do.

Regardless of the source, you have the original video and the video edited by the liberal version of Breitbart. You can choose to be mindless sheep or you can make your own judgement. Not surprisingly, you have chosen the latter. You are lame.

Next.

@@

July 21st, 2010
9:04 am

For those that are covering for the WH on this. It’s a powerful government against an, obviously innocent individual.

I know it’s hard for you guys to imagine, but this is one instance in which they DON’T deserve your support. Give it up for Mrs. Sherrod.

larry

July 21st, 2010
9:04 am

dismisedunderstood…

LOL!!! NIce wordage.

ty webb

July 21st, 2010
9:04 am

If anyone edited larry’s comments/speech in anyway, libelous or not, it would no doubt be an improvement on anything he could possibly say. I’m mean we get it…You don’t like fox news.

Southern Comfort (EOI and disfunctional since 2010)

July 21st, 2010
9:05 am

Normal

Remember, left is relative..

TaxPayer

July 21st, 2010
9:06 am

They weren’t cheering redemption; they were cheering discrimination. Upon hearing the cheers, Sherrod fails to offer any immediate clarification and even smiles right along with them.

Sounds like just another tea party gathering. Which brings up another important philosophical matter, If a person speaks and there’s no one listening, do they still make a sound.

Matti

July 21st, 2010
9:06 am

This is all the fault of the LIBERAL Media!!! They slandered the Tea Party by showing pictures of actual signs at Tea Party rallies and reporting actual things that Tea Party members and officials said, just TRYING to make them look racist. (Those *bleeps!*) Then they printed the spokesperson’s own published words, just trying to get people to read them.

The Good Godly Right-Wing Defenders of Morality had no choice but to take that “racist” label off and pin it on someone else! So what if they had to use deception? They HAD to do whatever it took to be “Fair and Balanced!” It’s downright UN-American to not be fair and balanced!

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
9:07 am

“Remember, left is relative..”

And conservatives/GOPers/righties are never, ever, not EVER racist

mike

July 21st, 2010
9:07 am

“…and I’m screaming at my monitor , The Left!!??!!, The Freakin’Left!!??!!…Then I remember that Mike is probably talking about everybody left of him…that only leaves Rush and Glenn. I dismisedunderstood…”

LOL. Nice vapid comeback.

Look, you and Jay and the rest of the bubble dwellers can tell yourselves that anyone to the right of Cynthia Tucker is out of step with the country. Reality says different.

Nice comeback though,. Very salient points that demonstrate a supple mind and a deep wealth of knowledge.

Scout

July 21st, 2010
9:07 am

Jay:

Why was she fired so quickly as well as Obama being briefed on it and he supposedly agreed?

The answer ……. she was expendable for political reasons.

Soothsayer

July 21st, 2010
9:07 am

“Resentment and obstruction are all the right wing in America have to peddle. Their policies are utterly discredited. Their ideology — even by its own standards — is a sham. They are so bereft of leaders, their de facto leader is a former drug addicted, thrice-divorced radio talk show host. That is literally the best they can muster. But they have built a national franchise inciting the downwardly mobile to blame the government, not the right, for their problems . . . ”

–Robert Freeman

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
9:08 am

Normal – “…and I’m screaming at my monitor , The Left!!??!!, The Freakin’Left!!??!!…”

I know … i laughed at that one, too …

Jon

July 21st, 2010
9:08 am

@mike – “mindless partisan?” and “regardless of the source?”

seriously mike, think about that one for a second, i know it may take you an hour or two, but think about it.

mike

July 21st, 2010
9:08 am

“And conservatives/GOPers/righties are never, ever, not EVER racist”

That is a straw man. Of course there are conservative racists, just like there are liberal racists.

Why do so many liberals use straw man arguments? I guess it is easier than actually responding to what someone really says.

jm

July 21st, 2010
9:09 am

I still say she should be fired. Her previous conduct was unprofessional, reprehensible even. As I’ve said before, I don’t want former KKK members in positions of power (Robert Byrd disgusted me), and I wouldn’t want this lady in one either.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 21st, 2010
9:09 am

Well, my man Ray McBerry never hardly got enough votes to let people know he was in the race. Let him be a lesson to all you younger men. Those 15-year-old girls might could look good, but they’re pure poison. The grown-up ones are bad enough for you as things are. The voters held it against him and I doubt he could get enough votes for county dogcatcher.

Anyhow, they might of caught that Breitbart guy in a little sneaky stuff, but the damage is done to Obama. We want a Republican Congress that won’t pass anything he wants and then we can vote Obama out in 2012. You got to play a little dirty if you want to get the power back.

Have a good day everybody and whatever you do stay away from the 15 year olds.

larry

July 21st, 2010
9:10 am

Ahhhh, a personal attack…… Nice!!! Thank you ty.

Scout

July 21st, 2010
9:10 am

P.S.

With all of the “Black Panther, etc.” stuff the administration had to show they were “anti-reverse discrimination” ……………. you know ………. November “is” coming.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
9:10 am

“I know it’s hard for you guys to imagine, but this is one instance in which they DON’T deserve your support.”

can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m not reading support for the decision as much as questioning who the decision-maker was. as far as I can tell, everyone seems to support her reinstatement (in fact, most of us were saying yesterday that judgement should have been reserved until the entire video was out).

mike

July 21st, 2010
9:11 am

Jon –

I got it. You will not provide me the substantive response that I gave your question and will rely on silly yip-yap.

Do you have a point? Other than the fact that you have a Pavlovian need to respond even if you have nothing to say?

Look, if you want to have a factual debate about that video, I will be happy to. If you want to keep yip-yapping, you only bore me.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
9:11 am

“As I’ve said before, I don’t want ”

Luckily for her, and for the rest of the world, it’s not your decision to make.

mike

July 21st, 2010
9:11 am

“can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m not reading support for the decision as much as questioning who the decision-maker was.”

So to be clear, you think that Sherrod may be lying?

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
9:12 am

jm – “Her previous conduct was unprofessional, reprehensible even.”

which is why the family in question came out and supported her yesterday, saying she helped save their farm.

oy.

ty webb

July 21st, 2010
9:12 am

sorry larry.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
9:13 am

mike – “So to be clear, you think that Sherrod may be lying?”

I’m sorry – where did she say that Obama said to fire her??? please. be a dear. give us a quote.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
9:15 am

“please. be a dear. give us a quote.”

I asked that same thing of someone yesterday who made the claim that Obama was responsible. Never got an answer…and I tried to find ANY quote from Obama on this situation. Didn’t find anything.

T-Town

July 21st, 2010
9:15 am

The problem is “we have found the enemy, and it is us.” We, as Americans, must have someone to blame especially if the target is one that does not have our views. So when one side finds fault and demonizes their opponents it forces their opponents to look for problems to be exploited.

Once the left felt it was necessary to attack the TPs, the right believed it had to answer and when the NAACP made their motion to denounce certain elements of the TP as racist, the cast was set. Ms. Sherrod was a likely target due to her speech at a local NAACP event. Hence, she was thrown under the bus and I admit that I had problems with her speech when it was first shown. Once I seen the whole incident I have had a change of heart.

No matter how this event pans out, politics will not change unless we as the electorate change it. Games will be played, innocent people will be hurt, and politicians with their supporters will play dirty. As Americans we tend to overlook unseemly politics if it supports our views.

Southern Comfort (EOI and disfunctional since 2010)

July 21st, 2010
9:15 am

Scout

I don’t think it was just expendable. I believe they thought she’d end up being an albatross around their neck. So they knee jerked instead of gathering all the information to make a sound decision. She said that she was put on administrative leave after the 1st phone call she received. The next 3 were for the resignation. From the timeline she described last night, it couldn’t have been more than 2 hours from the first call putting her on admin leave before they wanted her to resign. Somebody panicked, probably thinking about polls and stuff instead of thinking about the truth of the matter.

obama's fault

July 21st, 2010
9:17 am

Jay, “The refusal to accept responsibility — the utter lack of any contrition whatsoever — is dismaying, but not surprising. ” Hmmmmmmm kind of sounds like our President who has yet to accept responsibility for ANYTHING…..oh except for taking credit for success in the Iraq War.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
9:17 am

“So they knee jerked instead of gathering all the information to make a sound decision”

“Somebody panicked, probably thinking about polls and stuff instead of thinking about the truth of the matter.”

Yep, to both of those. Breitbart shouted “gotcha” and SOMEONE said ouch.

Southern Comfort (EOI and disfunctional since 2010)

July 21st, 2010
9:20 am

Doggone

Is that the same “gotcha” journalism that Palin decried?

ty webb

July 21st, 2010
9:21 am

maybe someone can help me. Does Mrs. sherrod ever mention the Spooner family by name in the full video. I saw Mrs. spooner statement, and was just wandering how the Spooners new she was referencing their case. I’m sure Mrs. sherrod has helped many white farmers during her years of service, how did they know it was their case that mrs. sherrod was referencing?