Chris Wallace to Howard Dean: Why are you blaming Fox for what happened to Sherrod?

posted at 3:30 pm on July 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite. Sure, it’s technically true that Fox didn’t air Breitbart’s Sherrod video until after she’d resigned, but Dean-o’s after Larger Truths here. A mystery: If he’s intent on pushing this line in order to score a few points on the enemy in the last few hours of this week’s Sherrod news cycle, why on earth would he do it on Fox? CNN would have let him get away with it and MSNBC would have cheered him on. Instead, by trying it on Wallace, he walks into a rhetorical doorknob.

Another question per his insistence that what Fox did with the tape was “absolutely racist”: Is Dean suggesting that O’Reilly and Hannity wouldn’t have aired an embarrassing excerpt from a speech delivered by a white liberal? I recall Glenn Beck having a field day with that clip of the very white Anita Dunn talking about Mao. The liberal line on Fox, I thought, is that they’ll use any weapon to hand to attack the left and Obama, not just lefty minorities. This one’s more effective, I guess, however true or untrue it may be.


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If this happened with a white family and a black man was restricted from buying a piece of land he was capable of buying- would it be racism?

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 25, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Well of course. Blacks can’t be racist, or so they keep saying/implying. Someone was mean to her daddy so she gets a free pass for the rest of her life.

sharrukin on July 25, 2010 at 5:02 PM

The rats need to shut Dean up. They already have a much more effective maniac in Larry O’Donnell.

borntoraisehogs on July 25, 2010 at 5:05 PM

For those that have followed Team Obama from his
Liberal nominee acceptance speech from the Roman
Temple Pillars of Perpetual Hope and NeverEnding
EverLasting Change,knows that this has been ongoing!!

The rogue so called McCain worker who said that a
big A/A carved a “B” on her cheek!

A plant at SarahCuda and McCain Rally,the “N” word
was yelled out,alledged that is!!

Bill Clinton made a few remarks that ruffled Liberal
feathers!

The accusations of the Black Caucus being called names,
with Brietbrats $100,000 offer for proof!!

So called signs at Tea Party Rallys

And I’m beginning to believe,that this was another Liberal
Operative Operation with Sherrod!!

Also,don’t forget the feud,that was never settled between
HilRod and Hopey,after the dust up with Bill Clintons re
marks!!

Oh ya,the Black Pathers intimidation at the voting polls!!

And I’m sure I missed a few!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This interview is the equivalent of another Dean Scream for Dr. Howie. Aaarrrrrrrgheeeeya! He must be a glutton for punishment.

Philly on July 25, 2010 at 5:07 PM

“Don’t introduce facts into the equation, Chris! My mind is completely and totally made up that Fox is racist just like all the other conservatives in America” – Howie Dean, Einstein College
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Fake but accurate!

ExpressoBold on July 25, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Umm, that would be a classic case of epistemic closure, No?

The nutroots can’t help but project their MO on others.

AH_C on July 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause
Kevin Merida
Washington Post Staff Writer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/05/13/ST2008051301359.html?sid=ST2008051301359

========================================================
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Well Hells Bells,I google the writer’s story in connection to the JOURNOLIST and BAM,I’m SHOCKED!!!

GET THE PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Gawd,this is all being MANUFACTURED!!!!!

A trip through the archives:The agitprop the journolist
conspiracy produced!!
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http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/07/trip-through-archives-what-kind-of.html

canopfor on July 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM

The left has not received this memo yet.

Oldnuke on July 25, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Even if they got the memo they wouldn’t bide by it. It’s something they have no control over, kind of like someone with turrets, only instead of using cuss words, they use the r word.

scalleywag on July 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Dean’s density is immeasurable.

midlander on July 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

How can we be racist when most of us will be very happy with the kind of politics and thought represented by people like Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, and J C Watts (before he endorsed Obama)?

I recall many years ago in a Knoxville, Tennessee shopping mall seeing three white male teenagers wearing football jerseys with names and numbers of black pro football players. The American people are post-racial; this Community Organizer in the White House is nothing more than a racial agitator.

Pelayo on July 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Why won’t Gingerich and Wallace immediately counterattack this weasel with charges of race-baiting? He clearly is and he is doing it in the face of being presented a refutation of his claims of racism. He has no case and Gingerich and Wallace should have slammed him to the ground on this one.

Obama once said, punch back twice as hard. That’s what Republicans and Fox need to do when false charges of racism are bandied forth. They need to expose these guys for the utter slime they are.

MaxMBJ on July 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Howard Dean tells Chris “Fox has been pushing the phony Black Panther crap”. So, Howard thinks the Black Panther party wanting to kill “white crackers” is phony. Doesn’t think FNC should report on the DOJ dropping charges against the Black Panther party? Why? Because they are black? How can you “knit the country together” if you can’t question everyone regardless of skin color?

Shirley Sherrod states on CNN that Fox “wants to take us back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.” It’s a straight up racist remark from Sherrod. I find it odd indeed that she hasn’t made similar comments about Vilsak, her white boss. Very strange. Strange also, that the Obama white house had her fired and the NAACP slammed her without viewing the tape first.

TN Mom on July 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Here is my answer to Dean and the leftist democrats.

Inanemergencydial on July 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM

What a sputtering douchebag. Dean shows us what to expect in the next 2 election cycles.

bloviator on July 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Why didn’t Wallace point out that MSNBC ran the story and the edited clip all morning BEFORE she was forced to resign. I saw it all morning on Morning Joe.

kit9 on July 25, 2010 at 6:14 PM

The left has no shame morals, therefore they will do whatever it is they want to do.

Inanemergencydial on July 25, 2010 at 3:35 PM

FIFY

Tim Burton on July 25, 2010 at 6:35 PM

How can we be racist when most of us will be very happy with the kind of politics and thought represented by people like Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, and J C Watts (before he endorsed Obama)?

I recall many years ago in a Knoxville, Tennessee shopping mall seeing three white male teenagers wearing football jerseys with names and numbers of black pro football players. The American people are post-racial; this Community Organizer in the White House is nothing more than a racial agitator.

Pelayo on July 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

JC played with the idea of voting for Obama but in the end voted for McCain.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Boy, they sure can all stick to the talking point of the day. Liked how Newtie tap danced around the questioning of his statement.

Kissmygrits on July 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Why did Newt laugh at the end? This is why he would be horrible as a candidate. Could you imagine Rush or Mark Levin – they wouldn’t be laughing. They’d be pissed.

And no, Mr. Dean, the white farmer hasn’t been on Fox News. Or anywhere else, because reports I saw said he was now dead. Didn’t you do your homework?

Marcus on July 25, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Marcus on July 25, 2010 at 6:44 PM

newt is dreamin’, he’ll never make it past iowa if that far

cmsinaz on July 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I just watched Wallace with Newtie and Howie. One thing about Wallace – he lets his subjects actually answer questions and doesn’t interrupt them and he was tough on Newt as well. Vannity and Billy-Boy keep talking over their guests – kinda rude, even if they are lefties.

When Dean was challenged on the timeline, he blinked a couple of times and swallowed pretty hard. Classic body language – it was the first time he had heard that apparently.

johnboy on July 25, 2010 at 6:46 PM

The use of the racist and racism labels… etc need to be used at least as irresponsible by the right, against those on the left, and especially against the usual suspects of the race baiting class… as they have used it against everyone else. I said this early in the One’s campaign, and I stand by it.
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The only way to neuter this word is to co-opt it so completely that even they, the professional players of the race card, cringing at its mention. When racism against a non-protected group occurs the demand for all to go on record against it needs to be swift and loud. All need to be held accountable… from the president outward into every nook and cranny of the left…
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i.e.
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What the NBPP did at the polls was voter intimidation for racist reasons. This is a fact. But the lack of outcry and denunciation by the greater black race-baiting community is racism by lack of self policing, as is the dropping of the charges by AG Holder; racism pure and simple.
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What the NBPP did on S Street in Philly; calling for blacks to “kill some cracker babies”… that was a call to genocide and should be treated as such. The entire black community in Philadelphia should be denouncing that outrageous behavior… as should the philly mayor, press, all community groups, churches, unions, as well as Barry H. Obama… Plus, the NBPP in general should be investigated as a hate group.
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That S. St. event was all about racism… but that is the least of that situation. Still, connecting that ‘kill some crackers’ video with the ‘smart latina’ remark and ‘the police acted stupidly’ and the like will drive home the point; Leftist racism will not go un-challenged… or under demagogued.
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The point is to run everything that even seems like it could be racist up the flagpole… like the professional race-baiters do. They are the worst type of racists… Only concerned with the power that comes with baiting for a speciffic group… Money and power motivated racial sensitivity and concern. To take away their trump card, we need to wear it out completely.
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Since I am not a journalist, and have no connection to a news outlet, I will continue without any reservation to make this suggestion to all who dream of a world in which disagreeing with a person of color does not mean opening oneself to charges of racism…
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Oh… I almost forgot… The Obama administration is racist because it assumed that the black woman was a racist… They acted stupidly… and like racists.

RalphyBoy on July 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM

It’s difficult to have a national conversation on race when people like Howard Dean, Jesse Jackson (Cleveland NBA owner thinks LeBron is his slave) Shirley Sherrod, the NAACP, are throwing the race card every chance they get.

TN Mom on July 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Why was a psycho has been like Dean on there anyway?

gitarfan on July 25, 2010 at 6:57 PM

It was Beck that brought the Context to light.

Sherrod should shut her yap. She’s further discrediting herself.

Kini on July 25, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Tried to watch, couldn’t get passed Newt. I’m really getting fed up with this story; there is no solution, but to ignore the agitators and get on with fixing the economy.

Skandia Recluse on July 25, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Where was the yell! Dean is such a has-ben tool……….Go away already!

JohnnyMojo on July 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM

The day Fox aired the video clip, MSNBC’s Morning Joe had shown it repeatedly that morning. ALL the liberal pundits on the program (including Scarborough the liberal hack in disguise) condemned the woman, calling her behavior embarrassing among other things.

If Dean bothered to watch anything other than Fox News, he might have noticed that the network that sends him a check went above and beyond ripping this woman to pieces.

This is one screwball political world in which we have been living for the past 2 plus years. Geezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

joedoe on July 25, 2010 at 8:10 PM

joedoe on July 25, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Dean went on to get “Fox News” and “racist” out there and he was outed by Chris Wallace that in his mind, facts be damned. As Allah said, CNN and MSNBC would have egged him on.

Marcus on July 25, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Yeeaaarrrrggggg.

viking01 on July 25, 2010 at 9:07 PM

She agreed to appear on Megyn Kelly’s show, then backed out at the last minute.

Hah! Wouldn’t you love to see Sherrod cross-examined by Kelly now? How about Howard? Better get yer facts strait Howie>

humdinger on July 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM

What a shame that Shirley Sherrod was noticibly absent from the Sunday talk shows. Would have been very interesting when the MSM asked for her to provide facts for her claims of racism against Fox; and to talk about how the Obama Administration failed to listen to her side of the story before they forced her out.

Looks like Shirley has been excerpted by the media. Funny that!

TN Mom on July 25, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Does Dean have one of those Samurai or fat suits he puts on and it turns him into Michael Moore?

I can listen to people like Van Jones and Ralph Nader and kinda of like them but there is something really annoying about him.

Unfortunately, FOX has to be on a zero defects system.

I still hear about the scandal that Fox reported that you could go to jail without health insurance. Remember?

Then Bill O. came on and said they never said that. Why he said that I don’t know. I do know the IRS has an enforcement arm…

IlikedAUH2O on July 25, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Sherrod doesn’t need a tough interview for conservatives to win this argument. All we need to do is hand her the mike and let her rant until she runs out of breath. I think she could give Rev’rend Wright a run for his money.

slickwillie2001 on July 25, 2010 at 10:30 PM

I still hear about the scandal that Fox reported that you could go to jail without health insurance. Remember?

Then Bill O. came on and said they never said that. Why he said that I don’t know. I do know the IRS has an enforcement arm…

IlikedAUH2O on July 25, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Jail time was in the original House bill: (thehill.com 11.8.09)

• Section 7203 — misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 — felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]

The Joint Committee on Taxation noted that while the Senate Finance Committee version of the bill did not include criminal penalties, “The House Democrats’ bill, however, contains no similar language protecting American citizens from civil and criminal tax penalties that could include a $250,000 fine and five years in jail.”

TN Mom on July 25, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Dean left know doubt about his lack of sanity with his yeehaw moment in 2003, but all these years later he is still irritating as hell.

I have a hunch the liberal media is discovering Sherrod is a political hot potato with a lot of racially biased baggage. They will use her as a ball bat to go after Fox, but I don’t think we will be seeing her giving interviews on national media much longer. While her full speech may speak of reconciliation within her own tendencies, her actual words used now still have an offensive tone to most sensible people.

Not real sure what Brietbart was up to when he published the edited video, but that dwarfs the bigger story of an administration operating in full blown panic mode. Brietbart is just an interesting guy with an opinion. The White House is the most powerful icon on this planet. These sophomoric clowns have their fingers dangerously close to the proverbial button. They make decisions every day that impact every single one of us. And, they can’t even do a quick fact check on a 2 minute video, before going off half-cocked. Wow!

For years now we have heard liberals carry on about Bush believing the tons of information supplied to him by our intelligence agencies and those with international presence that indicated Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). After reviewing that fast amount of info, listening to dozens of informed sources and watching Saddam thumb his nose at U.N. demands for the umpteenth time, Bush decided he had enough of the jerk. That was not a sudden rash decision.

This deal with Sherrod was knee-jerk from the get go. Kinda frightening in all reality…….

joedoe on July 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Holder and company are now arguing in court that the health care “fine” is a tax. You can be put in jail for not paying taxes. Therefore you can go to jail for not having health care. IRS will make sure you go.

IowaWoman on July 25, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Yeaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhh!
Who need facts?

TinMan13 on July 25, 2010 at 10:56 PM

I advise people to, stay away from Howard Dean. Anything as dense as his head, has got to be highly radioactive.

Slowburn on July 25, 2010 at 11:10 PM

HowardDean is a maroon.

seven on July 25, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Dean is so used to talking to lefty syncophants that he looked actually dumbstruck when confronted with facts. “Facts are inconvenient” to Dean all the time and in his deranged world he just ignores them.

The Journolist world, the rest of the MFM and the Obama admin all decide what the lie is and repeat it to make it true. Notice how they have all stayed on message?

Haunches on July 25, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Sometimes I think it might be easier just to become a racist. Then, I wouldn’t have to care that my character is attacked by these a$$hats.

Is there a special license or application I have to fill out in order to apply? I’m going to lose a few friends I suppose, but that’s a small price to pay I’m thinking. /s

NumberTwo on July 25, 2010 at 11:48 PM

It was painful watching each of them tapdance around their positions, Newt playing the misled innocent, and Dean completely falling on his face over his idiocy.

Both of them are revolting.

MadisonConservative on July 25, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Howard Dean is a moron. First, he claims the Black Panthers story is “crap” and ‘fake’, then he acknowledges that they are, in fact, a racist organization. Then he goes on to completely dodge the question about what role FOXNews played in that racist idiot Sharrod’s firing. And people let this guy do medical procedures on them?! FOXNews and Glenn Beck are at fault, just for playing the clip, even though they didn’t do so, until AFTER her ass got das boot. And nooo, she’s not a racist, crap-eating scumbag.

You know, I haven’t seen such a mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. Some of the racism we thought was buried. Didn’t it surface? Now, we endured eight years of the Bush’s and we didn’t do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black President.”
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2010/07/22/cbs-brings-michael-eric-dyson-bash-right-wing-over-sherrod-controversy

Naaah.

So that’s when they made black people servants for life. That’s when they put laws in place forbidding them [i.e., blacks and whites] to marry each other. That’s when they created the racism that we know of today. They did it to keep us divided. And they — It started working so well, they said, “Gosh, looks like we’ve come upon something here that could last generations.” And here we are, over 400 years later, and it’s still working.

What we have to do is get that out of our heads. There is no difference between us. The only difference is that the folks with money want to stay in power and whether it’s healthcare or whatever it is, they’ll do what they need to do to keep that power, you know. [Applause] It’s always about money, ya’ll. [Applause and murmurs of agreement.] You know. I haven’t seen such a mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. [Mumurs of agreement.] Some of the racism we thought was buried — [someone in the audience says, "It surfaced!"] Didn’t it surface? Now, we endured eight years of the Bushes and we didn’t do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black president. [Applause]

I wanted to give you that little history, especially the young people, I want you to know they created it, you know, not just for us, but we got the brunt of it because they needed to elevate whites just a little higher than us to make them think they were so much better. Then they would never work with us, you know, to try to change the situation that they were all in.”
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YjVmMjg3MDZlNDBmOGY1ZmQyOWNmNmM4MGNiZDdjZDM=

We’re just taking it all out of context.

Sharrod isn’t a racist, and neither is Howard Dean.

You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”
http://www.pinkthunder.com/pinkthunder/2005/03/is_howard_dean_.html

http://www.useless-knowledge.com/1234/feb/article239.html

Virus-X on July 25, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Dean wasn’t going to let the facts get in the way of his story. He knows the Fox show is seen by some folks who might not have been following the issue all week. And he got away with basically lumping Glenn Beck in with the racists. Wallace either didn’t know or didn’t care to point out that Beck DEFENDED Sherrod, a day after she was fired.

The left runs with their template, and facts don’t matter. They never did matter. How do Democrats get elected? By saying the GOP wants to take food away from the old and the poor. They say the GOP doesn’t care about our children. But it’s not the GOP who destroys the future of our children in favor of currying favor with the teacher’s unions. The GOP didn’t make a deal with the AMA and the insurance companies to pass a bill and then install a man who’s in love with NICE.

But the truth doesn’t seem to be a news-worthy issue.

hawksruleva on July 26, 2010 at 12:21 AM

I think Newt is too eager to take a stance on issues. He’s trying to burnish his credentials for 2012, and he’s using the ready fire aim method.

That’s bad news for him, and for the GOP in general. Newt would be great in the Cabinet, but these race stories help make him toxic in a general election.

hawksruleva on July 26, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Is Dean a member of the “journolist” crew? What the hell is he anyway? Attack dog comes to mind…

Army Brat on July 26, 2010 at 1:12 AM

One of the great mercies granted to the mentally ill is that they can not be embarrassed.

borntoraisehogs on July 26, 2010 at 1:16 AM

Dr. Howard Dean has been self-medicating for a long time now…

Gohawgs on July 26, 2010 at 1:48 AM

Another question per his insistence that what Fox did with the tape was “absolutely racist”: Is Dean suggesting that O’Reilly and Hannity wouldn’t have aired an embarrassing excerpt from a speech delivered by a white liberal? I recall Glenn Beck having a field day with that clip of the very white Anita Dunn talking about Mao. The liberal line on Fox, I thought, is that they’ll use any weapon to hand to attack the left and Obama, not just lefty minorities. This one’s more effective, I guess, however true or untrue it may be.

This is a perfect example of why AP is really a conservative, in spite of the criticism he sometimes gets. The left doesn’t care so much about whether an accusation is true, just whether it’s effective. Charging racism is a political tactic above all else.

The people who actually care about whether or not the charge is true are at least potential voters for conservatives.

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 26, 2010 at 4:37 AM

It was Booosh’s fault.

Yeeeeeaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggghhhhhhhhhhhh!

Mr Purple on July 26, 2010 at 4:40 AM

Racist? No. But when they have a man as clearly mentally disabled as Dean on and allow him to speak as if he’s making sense, that’s cruel mockage of a disabled person and unconscionable. I lose all respect for Fox when they do that. Who next? Alan Grayson of Orlando? the government needs to do a better job of protecting the CRAZY PEOPLE.

BrideOfRove on July 26, 2010 at 5:41 AM

One of the great mercies granted to the mentally ill is that they can not be embarrassed.

borntoraisehogs on July 26, 2010 at 1:16 AM

I guess that is some consolation.

BrideOfRove on July 26, 2010 at 5:42 AM

One of the great mercies granted to the mentally ill is that they can not be embarrassed.

borntoraisehogs on July 26, 2010 at 1:16 AM

At’s a good one. Yea ya know, Glann Beck, the Iranians, SAME THING, Darfdarfdarfdarf.

ChipDWood on July 26, 2010 at 6:09 AM

Bombmaker Dean

TN Mom on July 25, 2010 at 10:31 PM

When I am engaged with liberals they refer me to a Countdown segment where Bill O. denies that Fox ever reported that there was jail time for not having health insurance. Then he shows clips of Fox reporters saying just that.

If I were Fox, unless I needed to fill time, I would handle MSNBC like the media handles Fox. I would ignore them except to dismiss them.

From my limited travels in the ideological morass, I have begun to believe that the same weapons (or the same type)used on the last administraton are being used on Fox. There is even a worry that left leaning folks tune into Fox and discover a really cool delivery of excellent reportage. I have had a brain dead lib curse me for encouraging Fax watching since they often have a better message and more fun than any other network. Now imagine you are the left…

In a small way, Dr. Dean was making am IED for Code Pimk and the rest to lay down and cite all over the lefty landscape. How else to play to his fans and justify coming on the program?

IlikedAUH2O on July 26, 2010 at 7:31 AM

What a sputtering douchebag. Dean shows us what to expect in the next 2 election cycles.

bloviator on July 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM

They are going to need to motivate the black racists (sorry, Race Card, they do exist in ever-increasing numbers) and try to reconstitute the shame of the white guilt trippers who helped put the jug-eared sh*t-stain over the top in 2008. Since the economy sucks so badly, unemployment is high and our children’s futures belong to the company store, all under the leadership of Obama and the Democrats (good name for a crappy garage band that can neither sing nor play), they have to grasp this straw and hope it holds. Yes, they will still use the “blame Bush” gambit, but that’s getting a little threadbare. I don’t think they care that crying “racism” diminishes real examples of racism. They are desperate and desperation breeds mistakes.

Extrafishy on July 26, 2010 at 8:26 AM

The democrat party is full of Howard Dean types. If they cannot blame George Bush then out comes the race card and people who are against their American destroying policies are called racists. Howard Dean is the face of the democrat party. One has to wonder how in the world this man ever got a medical degree.

flintstone on July 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM

RACIST! RACIST! RACIST!

Man, can’t these guys get a new song?

jjrakman on July 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM

“I don’t think they care that crying “racism” diminishes real examples of racism.”

They never do.

ebrown2 on July 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

I’ve been waiting for someone to point this out, but I certainly recall the website for Fox News running the Sherrod video all day after its release from Breitbart. So the Lefties crying about the television coverage from Fox are way off base, but conservatives should at least acknowledge that Fox News was running with the story before Sherrod’s resignation, if only on their website.

That being said, the primary fault obviously lies with Sherrod’s superiors for taking action without waiting for the facts to be checked. This likely includes the upper tier of the Obama Administration, which tends either to act without forethought or to refrain from passing judgment even when all the evidence has been collected (see Fort Hood shootings).

Below that, I think some blame can be shared with the NAACP and Breitbart, though he has certainly proved his worth in many other ways. Fox acted with some restraint in their broadcast, but internet activity (including on the blogosphere) has always followed the pattern of act first, ask questions later–a necessary evil of the information age, perhaps.

Now Ms. Sherrod, as deserving as she might be of praise for her story of redemption, nevertheless falls far short of heroic in her reflexive victimhood mantra. Why no one can simply say “Hey, apology accepted” these days is a mystery to me.

cackcon on July 26, 2010 at 2:07 PM

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