Should Shirley Sherrod get her job back?

posted at 11:30 am on July 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It certainly looks as though the White House is having second thoughts about pushing Shirley Sherrod out of the USDA after Andrew Breitbart’s video clip of her speech at an NAACP banquet last year.  Multiple media outlets are reporting that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is “reconsidering” her resignation after the full video showed a different context for her remarks:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that he will reconsider the abrupt firing of Shirley Sherrod, a Georgia-based Agriculture Department official who was the victim of a media frenzy over comments that turned out to have been distorted by video editing.

“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,” Vilsack said in a statement e-mailed by USDA at 2:07 a.m.

A White House official said: “Not sure what the ultimate result will be, but it’s clear that with new information through the full speech, a longer look needed to be taken. The White House contacted the Department last night about the case and agreed, based on new evidence, that it should be reviewed.”

Not that Sherrod is anxious to return:

The woman at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP said Wednesday she doesn’t know if she’d return to her job at the Agriculture Department, even if asked.

“I am just not sure how I would be treated there,” Shirley Sherrod said in a nationally broadcast interview. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he would reconsider the department’s decision to oust Sherrod over her comments that she didn’t give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago.

She said later in a broadcast interview that she might consider returning if she had the chance, saying she’s received encouraging calls, including one from the NAACP.

Sherrod increasingly looks like the person caught in the middle as everyone, well, acted stupidly.  The NAACP started this rockfight by loudly proclaiming its intent to declare the Tea Party movement racist on the basis of fringe elements that have been repeatedly and loudly repudiated by Tea Party activists.  They eventually retreated somewhat from that position, but set into motion the natural rebuttals that flow from such inflammatory accusations.

Andrew Breitbart then posted the entirety of two clips he had acquired from Sherrod’s speech, not so much to note Sherrod’s claims of having initially discriminated against a farmer on the basis of his race, but to point to the positive reaction this generated at the NAACP dinner at which she appeared.  Breitbart told me on the Hugh Hewitt show that he had posted everything he had and wanted to get the entire speech video, but wasn’t sure it existed.  Even Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, acknowledged Breitbart’s argument as reasonable in his initial statement:

We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.

Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.

The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action.

Interestingly, the audience apparently included Jealous himself, who later claimed to have been “snookered” by Breitbart.  Sherrod acknowledges the presence of “the president” in the beginning of the speech.  It seems that Jealous, in his haste to distance himself from a situation his organization created in the first place, either didn’t recall the speech or didn’t bother to check for himself whether the NAACP had the full speech in its archives.  That pressure to act quickly wouldn’t have existed, either, had the NAACP refrained from attacking the Tea Party’s motivations rather than its arguments.

The White House, in its haste to get out of a rapidly-expanding rockfight over racism, did the politically expedient thing: it demanded Sherrod’s resignation.  Conservatives looking to play hardball with the NAACP leapt into the fight and made Sherrod the target — and I include myself in that group — without waiting for further context (with some notable exceptions, including my coblogger).  As it turns out, the context shows that Sherrod got treated unfairly by just about everyone involved, as her anecdote actually did have a message of redemption from focus on racial identity … ironically enough.

I owe Shirley Sherrod an apology, and I do apologize for leaping to my conclusion from the edited clip.  I believe that Sherrod should at least be offered her job back, and not because I support her politics (I don’t) or think she should have been appointed to the position in the first place (that’s the prerogative of the White House).  She lost her job because of a controversy in which she had no role to begin with and didn’t participate in, and regardless of any other considerations, that’s just not right.

What do you think?  Take the poll:


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A teacher? No, I’ve no interest in battling the NEA with my livelihood. As for a lawyer…not yet. People keep suggesting it. Did well in my business law classes, but as a career…ugh. Besides, if I ever run for office, I want the distinction of not being a lawyer.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

You’re good with facts and sticking with your points without distraction (and you like arguing with people). You might enjoy being a litigator and you might like it. U of W is in town and I think it has a night law school program. Just a thought…

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Well, we know how facist dictators handle that little problem. Either prison, or firing squad. Simple and easy, and I’m sure liberals won’t mind their tax dollars being used to fund this lil venture. ;)

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

*encouraged* that is

runner on July 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

What I want is facts as accurately as possible given the cirumstances. Or are you in favor of coverups?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I think the charge of racism is easy to lob and hard to disprove. I think that I have seen absolutely zero evidence of racism at tea parties I have been to. I think Think Progress sent people with racist signs to tea parties and then used photos of those people as evidence of racism. I think Mark Williams deserved what he got, but his offense was not connected to the Tea Party; it was an email message FCOL.

In other words: I do not believe the charges of racism against the tea party are valid, and people who insist that “every speck of potential racist beliefs be ferreted out a la Salem witch trials” are not helping.

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

He had the Video since APRIL. You don’t think he watched it in it’s entirety? Before he started posting it? You don’t think it didn’t have the desired effect he wanted it to have?

Back in this thread someone stated Breitbart went fishing for minnows and caught a whale.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

He (Breitbart) says he had only the edited video.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

One thing most newspapers have is an editor who forces reporters to verify the facts and sources for a story before it gets published and who generally holds off publishing a story until a fairly complete factual investigation occurs. Looks like Breitbart needs to have an editor.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:47 PM

You have the Peter Pan version of journalism.

This is what they really are…

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

runner on July 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Someone brought up in this thread that is she is a political appointee she serves at the pleasure of the President.

If she is a civil servant that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

This country has been so desensitized to race, that we discuss and even quote the elephant in the room (said elephant apparently being invisible). Think about what the acronym NAACP means, then change the last two letters to “WP”. That entire thought is repulsive to me, but noboby seems to have a problem with “CP”. Whatever happened to MLK’s wish to be judged strictly on the content of his character, and NOT the color of his skin.

Okay, I’ll give a pass to those black citizens that lived through the 60′s (or before). I suppose that those memories can poison your soul (my own father never forgave the Japanese, when he died 25 years after Pearl Harbor!). But how many decades must pass before victim-hood stops being a safe harbor for irresponsibility?

lionheart on July 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

He (Breitbart) says he had only the edited video.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

So you think he should have sat on what he had?

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

And do you have any evidence that (i) his colleagues did that and (ii) their articles were published and were inaccurate? Don’t you think that people for the Washington Times, Fox News and some of the right wing blogs also have this sort of discussion?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

You act as if no whites have ever expressed straight-up bigotry and kept their job. You’re just dumb. Sorry.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

You have some video?

/ I normally don’t waste my time on you, but this was such low hanging fruit

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

He (Breitbart) says he had only the edited video.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM
So you think he should have sat on what he had?

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

He’s powerful and persuasive, right? The NAACP gave him the tape pretty quickly once he ran with the article. If he told them he was going to run a piece on this within the next three days, don’t you think they probably would have given him the tape before he ran the article.

Yes. He should have held off. That’s real clear to me. Or if they didn’t give him the tape, he should have written that he had tried to obtain the full tape X times from the NAACP but they refused to provide it.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:25 PM

You’re good with facts and sticking with your points without distraction (and you like arguing with people). You might enjoy being a litigator and you might like it. U of W is in town and I think it has a night law school program. Just a thought…

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Thank you for the compliments. Having grown up with a father who regularly represented himself in court without being a lawyer, though, I learned at an early age what play-doh the law is in the hands of judges. Are you familiar with the movies The Onion Field and And Justice For All? Painfully accurate portrayals. Not being a socialite, and hence deficient in making the kind of relationships with major figures that seem to be necessary in today’s legal world, it just seems futile.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

For the life of me, I don’t understand why any of you waste one second of your time on the racist race card creature. This thing wears the uniform of the enemy and nothing you say will change it’s mission for being here.

The story of Ms. Sherrod has just begun. Real journalists are investigating her as I type this. The fake journalists are busy fabricating a defense talking point, along with their daily effort to destroy any and all non-members, but real journalists are busy at it.

Keemo on July 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

And do you have any evidence that (i) his colleagues did that and (ii) their articles were published and were inaccurate? Don’t you think that people for the Washington Times, Fox News and some of the right wing blogs also have this sort of discussion?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

These folks ARE NOT JOURNALISTS!

But of course you know that… and could care less!

Ackerman went on:

I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

He had the Video since APRIL. You don’t think he watched it in it’s entirety? Before he started posting it? You don’t think it didn’t have the desired effect he wanted it to have?

Back in this thread someone stated Breitbart went fishing for minnows and caught a whale.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

He said he acquired it in April, but the disc that was sent to him, didn’t work. Then the NAACP hurled their accusations of racism at the Tea Party, and he remembered this instance. In order to prove that the NAACP indulges in racism as well, he contacted the source who sent him the orginal, unworking disk, and asked if he could send it to him again. The source sent him those clips which he posted.

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Race Tard,

But you’re useless since you make no mention of any other stories on his site.

I have no desire to visit LGF. I learned of the Tennessee flag claim at another website and it was so stupid it made a lasting impression.

Mentioning the one that you can think that he got wrong basically tells me that every other story listed is right…by your standard.

Logic fail. You’re as dumb as you are dishonest.

Mike Honcho on July 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:25 PM

But that isn’t the decision he made, and it was his decision to make.

Perhaps that was the whole point of the exercise – to get the NAACP on Defense.

Jealous sure came out with that condemnation of Shirley pretty fast, where was his fact checking? He was at the event.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

And do you have any evidence that (i) his colleagues did that and (ii) their articles were published and were inaccurate? Don’t you think that people for the Washington Times, Fox News and some of the right wing blogs also have this sort of discussion?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

You must be the only person that saw extensive reporting by the propagandists of Obama’s relationship with Wright. The entire thing was discounted then ignored by the propagandists. You’re beginning to look foolish.

Also, no … I don’t think Fox or the Washington Times staff sit around and think up ways to kill stories or smear people.

Really, call the NY Times up … show them some of your comments here. They’ll be duly impressed. You have a gift for propaganda.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

The story of spitting and racial slurs in D.C. are still accepted fact with zero proof because the media chooses to believe it.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

It’s hard to tell what they actually believe from what they’re pushing cynically to shape other people’s thinking.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Keemo on July 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

You’re right. Agreed!!!

It’s pointless to argue with a brainwashed comrade.

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

It just makes me wonder what else people send to Breitbart….that’s what this whole incident boils down to people in Glass Houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Even absent the full video providing “context”, the WH was way too quick to dump her without further investigation. On that basis alone, she should be offered her job back.

But Breitbart’s taking an undeserved bashing for this. In his original post he makes it about the NAACP attendees’ reaction to her words, not so much about Sherrod.

flipflop on July 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Well said, and those who are trying to BLAME Breitbart for this are outrageously unfair. The NAACP had possession of all the information about this, and they acted before reviewing it. They alone are responsible for how they handled the situation.

JannyMae on July 21, 2010 at 2:34 PM

And do you have any evidence that (i) his colleagues did that and (ii) their articles were published and were inaccurate?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Well Ackerman claims he did exactly what you are asking for, does that count?

Ackerman did allow there were some Republicans who weren’t racists. “We’ll know who doesn’t deserve this treatment — Ross Douthat, for instance — but the others need to get it.” He also said he had begun to implement his plan.I previewed it a bit on my blog last week after Commentary wildly distorted a comment Joe Cirincione made to make him appear like (what else) an antisemite. So I said: why is it that so many on the right have such a problem with the first viable prospective African-American president?”

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Rush… it was Joe Johns

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I don’t know whether Brietbart should have shown this without the entire context or not. I understand the point he was trying to make, and he made it. Whether or not some here want to believe that or not.

However, he posted it on HIS site, and others picked up on it. Because it was acted apon speaks less of Brietbarts motivations, and more of those of the White House, and the NAACP. They are the ones who acted rashly. They’re the REAL story here, and why that’s going unnotices is beyond me.

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Rush… it was Joe Johns

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

faraway: The A/American thats bald!!?:)

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Alwaysfiredup, you might want to take a look at this link.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/09/meghan-mccain-blasts-tea-party-movement-palin-view/

And if Tom Tancredo is part of the tea party, my guess is that someone will be able to find something racist that he said.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

She should shame the NAACP for being so snookered…since they held the entire tape the whole time.

d1carter on July 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

yes with roland martin

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Thank you for the compliments. Having grown up with a father who regularly represented himself in court without being a lawyer, though, I learned at an early age what play-doh the law is in the hands of judges. Are you familiar with the movies The Onion Field and And Justice For All? Painfully accurate portrayals. Not being a socialite, and hence deficient in making the kind of relationships with major figures that seem to be necessary in today’s legal world, it just seems futile.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Saw (and read) The Onion Field. Haven’t seen And Justice for All, but I’m a corporate guy, not a litigator.

You are good with the facts and the follow-through.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:41 PM

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

It’s been pointed out that the NAACP had the full recording but even so they fired Sherrod anyway knowing what? That the entire recording in context would exonerate her…..or they couldn’t chance that it wouldn’t be received that way by the pubic? If Jealous knew Sherrod could be exonerated why fire her? Why did Vilsack insist she resign? They were scared because they don’t know what else is out there floating around what else Breitbart or anyone else might be in the possession of. In this case the NAACP accused the Tea Party of Racism, live by the sword die by the sword.

Sherrod has gone into full court press on CNN, over kill if you ask me….so what are they trying to salvage “playing the race card in the future” I think the futility has been pointed out in that regard.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Voted yes, originally.

But I may have to change my mind:
http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2010/07/video-shirley-sherrod-is-a-racist-and-a-marxist.html

She calls the opposition to ObamaCare a racist reaction to a black president.

tigerinexile on July 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/09/meghan-mccain-blasts-tea-party-movement-palin-view/

And if Tom Tancredo is part of the tea party, my guess is that someone will be able to find something racist that he said.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Well it is certainly understandable as to why Meghan McCain would be worried about literacy tests!

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Breitbart is the piper. And right now, every cable news channel Leftist Pundit and every Troll on Hot Air is dancing to his tune. Unbelievable.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin around……

Or Once bitten twice shy babe

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM

He11 No!!!!!

If she was white and had misspoken about a black farmer she would have been destroyed even more.

Equal justice, baby.

What should happen is heads should roll at the WH, preferably Squat’s.

I’m sick to death of coddling AA’s.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I’m sorry, but MeggieMac on the View does not an authoritative source make.

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I hope there is no more video of Shirley. (Maybe this is why Obama is being careful with the re-hire)

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Gibbsy is getting grilled.
Breitbart – GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!

humdinger on July 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM

In fairness to NAACP neutering is painful ;)

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

That would be too close to actually being a journalist. Clearly he’s more interested in fake news gathering.
The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Like at CBS, NBC, CNN, ABC, MSLSD, Time, Newsweek, New York Times, LA Tmes, most newspapers, most local tv news……….

dthorny on July 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

I don’t know if she should be rehired. I just know that the government acted stupidly.

She should have been suspended pending an investigation, and then the decision should have been made.

Now she has grounds for a wrongful dismissal suit simply by the way it was handled.

tom on July 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

All the Trolls have vanished. They must be reloading with more talking points. The “attack Breitbart” message isn’t working.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

WRT Tom Tancredo, that’s exactly my point: The Tea Party doesn’t adopt every position of each of its members. It has hundreds of thousands of members and they very likely hold some positions antithetical to one another. It has no obligation to police nor control over such issues. It is not a pro-life organization. It is not a pro- or anti-immigration organization. It is about less government spending and control. That’s all.

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

So what I’m seeing here is…

Civil rights violation: not a firing offense as long as she learned something from it.

Laughing at and cheering of said civil rights violation before the ‘I learned something from it’ reveal: NAACP members are precognitive and knew she would eventually close with the lesson.

Yeah, she should get her job back right after that farmer (or his estate) gets his farm back.

James on July 21, 2010 at 2:53 PM

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Nah they are busy clicking their heels together “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” The Strawman must be their leader…if only the wizard could give him a brain.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I haven’t seen “Baghdad Bob” squirm like this in a long time.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 2:55 PM

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Accusing the opposition of racism is like the only arrow in their quiver. I keep asking where’s plan b? “Breitbart isn’t playing fair” that’s it? Life’s Not Fair, and Then You Die.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Shirley should NOT get her job back until she ANSWERS a few questions…

Califemme on July 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I can’t stand people like Shirley. They are taught that the whole society and system is against them so a guy begging for help is “superior”

PrezHussein on July 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

And if Tom Tancredo is part of the tea party, my guess is that someone will be able to find something racist that he said.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Of course! That’s because the progressive definition of “racism” is constantly changed to fit whatever Republican or conservative they’re targeting.

Don’t like the government taking over your health care? Well, you must be a racist.

Don’t like millions of illegals streaming across our borders taking jobs and overburdening our infrastructures? Well, you must be a racist.

Would like to drill our own oil but Obama doesn’t? Well, you must be a racist silly.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM

That Gibbs is a squirmy worm!

I am sooooo sick of this Sh!T! He apologized to Sherrod? What about the Boston police department? What’s this about the billions now going to black farmers for decades of ‘discrimintaion?’

Reparations Nation grinds on.

I am disgusted beyond belief.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I don’t remember any evidence that Rather knew the documents were false when he ran with the story. I do remember reading how the network had tried to verify the documents to the extent it could. Editors do make mistakes.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:06 PM

1. Dan, as I noted, was Managing Editor The buck stops with him.

2. Dan and C-BS were warned that the documents were fake 2 weeks before Rather aired the story. He ran with it anyway.

3. Even after the documents were proven to be forged, Dan continued to insist they were real. So did his “producer”, Marry Mapes. To this day, she is still convinced that the story she and Dan broadcast is true.

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Man, Gibbs is a smarmy, smart-aleck jerk. He is a video Troll.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting the impression that Chuck Todd is stalling. Ya know, in the manner that the Journolist apparently advocated – do anything to change the subject.

humdinger on July 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Their declaration justifies Breitbart’s race-baiting and journalistic malpractice? Really, Ed? Is that the official Hot Air position?

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

There was no race-baiting, except for what the NAACP did by accusing the tea parties of racism without evidence. There was no journalistic malpractice either, since this clip was exactly what Breitbart said it was: video showing racism on the part of the NAACP.

The entire video shows more context, and it appears she was making the point that even white people can be poor and need help. But there is no way to watch it and not see that she was treating people differently according to whether they were white or black, even though she eventually realized she shouldn’t refuse help to poor white people.

If you have trouble seeing that, imagine a white woman talking about how she had not wanted to help a poor black farmer when there were white farmers having trouble keeping their land. Would you defend her in such a case?

tom on July 21, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Now he wants people to make decisions based on a full set of facts instead of a partial set of facts?

WTF?

What about the Gates case?

And what’s worse, this is what Squat is worried about in the middle of the worst environmental disaster in US history, the assault on the border, the building of a mosque near Ground Zero, the continuing unemployment, the faltering economy?

This is a friggin’ disgrace. All this fuss about one woman who admits she used to be racist and probably still is just because she’s black.

A white person in a similar situation wouldn’t get the time of day.

Talk about blackmail.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Ed,
Have you had a chance to listen to these parts?

Ed,

Please listen to her story about helping a black woman save her farm from 2 cousins from the north. Starts around 33:16.
And then tell me she is over her racism. – they were able to save all of it except 62 acres with a creek that went to a white man.

And then listen to her comments at 42:43 about her dedication to south Georgia. She can’t say that in north Georgia, but they don’t seem to have a problem getting money. Then tell me that North Georgia rural residents are getting a fair deal with her or her office.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM
Looks like the administration had more reasons behind the firing.

the_nile on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM

She should get her job back.

Megyn Kelly, just like Dan Rather, should lose hers.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Squat has coasted by on white guilt and the race card his entire life and his administration is nothing but pure evil.

Distract, distract distract from the important matters in the country in favor of defending the NBPP, attacking Arkansas, changing politically correct speech to Squatspeak just like in Orwell’s 1984. No more terrorists – overseas contingency operations.

I can’t WAIT until this mob is out of office.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:17 PM

But Breitbart’s taking an undeserved bashing for this. In his original post he makes it about the NAACP attendees’ reaction to her words, not so much about Sherrod.

He deserves all the crap heaped on him. He jumped around in shit and is know saying something stinks.

If you listen to the tape the attending crowd was very happy with her comments when she closed by saying it is all about those who have not and those who have, not black, white or latino.

Your defense of the idiot blogger by believing even more of his crap is … well just incredible.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Distract, distract distract from the important matters in the country in favor of defending the NBPP, attacking Arkansas, changing politically correct speech to Squatspeak just like in Orwell’s 1984. No more terrorists – overseas contingency operations.

they are attacking Arkansas?

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:19 PM

White House apologizes to ousted USDA worker

WASHINGTON – An embarrassed White House apologized on Wednesday to a black Agriculture Department employee who was ousted for her remarks about race, acknowledging that officials did not know all the facts when she was fired.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100721/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_usda_racism_resignation_37

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 3:21 PM

If you listen to the tape the attending crowd was very happy with her comments when she closed by saying it is all about those who have not and those who have, not black, white or latino.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:18 PM

They applaud Marxism.

They also applauded when she told them about being a racist.

So they applaud racism and class warfare!

What great people /s

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 3:22 PM

OMG!!!!!!!!!!

Who is that buttkisser changing the topic to why poor Squat isn’t getting credit for all his great successes???

Is she a plant?

Leading questions. Asking wormy what happens tomorrow and eliciting a wormy answer about some meaningless BS inititive?

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:22 PM

monkei,

hahahaha!

Typing too fast. Of course I meant Arizona.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:23 PM

The woman should NOT get her job back. She was thinking in an “us vs. them”, “black vs. white” frame of mind.

Bad, bad, bad!

Really Right on July 21, 2010 at 3:24 PM

monkei,

hahahaha!

Typing too fast. Of course I meant Arizona.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Well you never can tell, Megyn Kelly and Shawn Hannity could have cooked up some video in the last 24 hours showing some sort of attack on Arkansas … I thought you had some new Fox insight.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I haven’t seen “Baghdad Bob” squirm like this in a long time.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Holey mackerel! I’ve never seen Gibbs the Pillbury Spokesboy squirm like this. He’s painfully unable to handle their questions. They’re crucifying him. The WH comes away looking like a bunch of bumbling circus clowns.

Shep Smith can hardly believe what he’s just seen.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Holey mackerel! I’ve never seen Gibbs the Pillbury Spokesboy squirm like this. He’s painfully unable to handle their questions. They’re crucifying him. The WH comes away looking like a bunch of bumbling circus clowns.

You are right, he is spineless, they should have just blamed Fox … they took them as a new agency which presented fair and balanced news and they were oh so wrong! Dan Rather lost his job for crap like this!

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

monkei,

Good one.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:28 PM

USDA Secretary Vilsac will have to resign over this. He failed his due diligence to investigate the circumstances of Shirley Shellrod’s remarks, and he presumed racist intent to remarks from an innocent woman.

Vilsac has lost the confidence of the department he leads and he has exacerbated racial discord within that department.

Vilsac must resign, Shellrod must be reinstated. It’s the only fair way to heal the damage done so we as a nation can move on.

Skandia Recluse on July 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

they should have just blamed Fox …
Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Sorry, sport, no can do. She had resigned before Fox ever aired the story.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

There is no way to heal what Squat has already destroyed.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Megyn Kelly, just like Dan Rather, should lose hers.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Who are you, and what are you talking about?

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Sorry, sport, no can do. She had resigned before Fox ever aired the story.

bullshit

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

USDA Secretary Vilsac will have to resign over this.

Skandia Recluse on July 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

That presser was a breathtaking display of cluelessness. At the very least, the WH finds itself HIGHLY embarrassed so, yes, heads will likely roll.

Gibbs was falling all over himself. You could almost see the sweat beads popping out on his forehead. Makes me suspect there’s a lot more serious stuff lurking below the surface.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 3:34 PM

How’s about we all remember Breitbart’s reasoning to being with? He was outraged over the NAACP’s actions regarding the Tea Party, branding them “racist”. So, he set out to prove the NAACP tolerates racism within it’s own membership/agendas/policies (etc). This tape is, from what I understand, but 1 in what could possibly be a “series” of tapes.

In the end, the people in the audience agreeing with Sherrod during some of her more “racially toned” commentary (which wouldn’t be tolerated if she were white), are the ones the NAACP needs to answer for.

And no…I still don’t believe this woman should get her job back, when it’s clear that she already, at least once, used race to dictate her actions in her duties at the USDA.
She DID it. ALREADY. She didn’t just ‘have a passing thought’. She actually DID it. And once again…If she were white, we would be having an entirely different discussion, with the NAACP sending out their “new black panther” squads to bring the “beat down” on those who would dare want her to get her job back.

Talismen on July 21, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Who are you, and what are you talking about?

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Jimbo3 and Racist Card had to go back for more materials so I think Monkei is a second string Troll sent in while they take a lunch break.

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 3:35 PM

bullshit

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

That’s a refutation for the history books, right there.

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 3:36 PM

bullshit

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Care to cite your sources, cupcake?

kvader on July 21, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Die, troll.

SurferDoc on July 21, 2010 at 3:36 PM

You are right, he is spineless, they should have just blamed Fox

Well he just said something regarding a “news organization transmitting only 2 1/2 minutes of video”. He didn’t say Fox specifically, but that is what I inferred. Has anyone asks him if he thinks Fox broke this story. As of this morning, the anchors on Fox and Friends reported that Fox did not report on this story at all until after Sherrod resigned.

humdinger on July 21, 2010 at 3:38 PM

if only I could take you with me Surferdude.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Oh Gawd.

The beatification of Sherrod begins. She’s just a poor wounded soul. She’s suffered such horrible injustice. She’s been wronged. Her father was murdered (and justice was never served). She’s 62 years old. Juan Williams is in contortions over this.

Idiot Shep practically has tears in his eyes.

I have work to do and I can’t tear myself away from this slow-mo train wreck.

St. Sherrod is holding her phone, waiting for Squat to ring her. I sense a photo-op coming up. Squat is standing in the wings ready to heal the earth and cause the waters to recede.

Somebody made her pull over to the side of the road and resign.

Yuckkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

This tape is, from what I understand, but 1 in what could possibly be a “series” of tapes.

Talismen on July 21, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Yep, I’m on the edge of my chair waiting for the next one.

AB plays MSM like a fiddle. Job #1 is to get the story out over the heads of the MSM gatekeepers. I think we can consider that job thoroughly done.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The story of St. Sherrod; redemption, recovery, helping the poor and overcoming the ugly realities of her past.

:shaking head:

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:42 PM

That’s a refutation refudiation for the history books, right there.

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Better. :)

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Sherrod stated that Cheryl Cook (sp?) was the USDA official that called her, what four times, and told her the demand for resignation was coming from the White House. Well, we need to hear from Cheryl Cook herself. Think anyone other thatn Fox, and maybe Tapper will demand such?

humdinger on July 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

But, please don’t let the fact that she won a enormous lawsuit from the federal government about racial discrimination and then received a job in the same government be recognized by the public. Nope. Nothing to see here.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 3:44 PM

AB eats the MSM and NAACP’s lunch. Preznit and Snooky hardest hit. ;)

SurferDoc on July 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Police generally investigate complaints. It doesn’t mean that there’s any substance to those complaints.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

This from the same guy who insisted that police can and should arrest someone on another person’s hearsay.

fossten on July 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM

How she got the job should be relevant.

Disturb the Universe on July 21, 2010 at 3:46 PM

I have work to do and I can’t tear myself away from this slow-mo train wreck.

Somebody made her pull over to the side of the road and resign.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

LOL! Me too. I can’t break away long enough to get my work done.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Yuckkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Hey, Hey, Hey,

Come on, Valerie Jarrett was up all night typing that crap up…;)

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Care to cite your sources, cupcake?

kvader on July 21, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Within hours after the blogger posted his heavily edited video … on Fox, BEFORE her resignation.

FOX NEWS’ DANA PERINO (VIDEO): “Breaking news tonight, about an Agriculture Department official caught on tape making racially charged comments to an NAACP audience…”

BILL O’REILLY (VIDEO): “Well, that is simply unacceptable, and Ms. Sherrod should resign immediately. The federal government cannot have skin color deciding any assistance.”

SEAN HANNITY (VIDEO): “And this is a Fox News Alert! An Obama administration official resigned just a short time ago after she was caught on tape appearing to tell an audience that she had used her position to racially discriminate against white farmers.”

Maybe Bill was just behind, would not be the first time, in his basic facts … in any event you have to hand it to Fox .. they report (well almost all of the story) and you decide.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Police generally investigate complaints. It doesn’t mean that there’s any substance to those complaints.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM
This from the same guy who insisted that police can and should arrest someone on another person’s hearsay.

fossten on July 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Go back and reread what I wrote on that thread. If police investigate, they can hold someone temporarily for charging.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM

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