Fox Haters Week in Review!
On the morning of Monday July 19, Andrew Breitbart posted a video clip of Ms Sherrod. Long story short, it did not provide the complete context of her remarks. That afternoon, Ms Sherrod was called repeatedly by the administration and told she was to resign. At this point, this story had not been reported on FNC, CNN, or MSNBC.
Sherrod resigned, and the news broke on Monday evening. The first mention of the matter on FNC was from Bill O’Reilly. His show was taped about two hours earlier; he played the edited clip, called on her to resign. But by the time it aired, Ms Sherrod had already resigned, and an on-screen graphic noted same. (O’Reilly would later admit his mistake and apologize.)
Along with the LA Times, reports from Mediaite, the Washington Post, and others make one thing clear: nothing that aired on FNC could possibly have caused Ms Sherrod’s firing, because FNC aired nothing until after she was already gone. That’s not a matter of opinion; it’s fact. So now the fun begins, as the haters kick into high gear.
Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:
A clip of that speech made the rounds of right wing blogs and media outlets — Fox News, for instance — and in no time Vilsack ordered the woman canned.
Cenk Yugar of The Huffington Post:
Is there anyone Obama won’t fire or throw under the bus if Fox asks him to?… If the firing of Shirley Sherrod was the first time they had done this, then all of the criticism they have received might be a bit much.
Peter Dreier and Christopher R. Martin of The Huffington Post:
Then the right-wing echo chamber — including Fox News and the conservative blogosphere — picked up Breitbart’s ball and ran with it. Next, the mainstream media — the daily newspapers and the TV networks — took the false accusations at face value and repeated them without bothering to verify and fact-check, acting more like stenographers than reporters. Finally, liberal groups like the NAACP and liberal politicians (in this case, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the White House), wary of any controversy, jumped the gun and distanced themselves from the target of Breitbart’s attacks — by firing Sherrod before she even had an opportunity to explain or they bothered to investigate the accusations.
NBC affiliate KARE:
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted only that part of the speech, to boost his own claim that the NAACP is racist. FOX News commentators ran with the story and demanded Sherrod’s resignation from her job as director of rural development in Georgia. That led to USDA administrators to ask for her resignation Monday.
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz:
We’ve got a White House that reacted to a blog story that was reported, promoted and sold on Fox News.
MSNBC’s Eric Boehlert:
Look, the first mistake they made, or the Department of Agriculture, or whoever was making the calls, they believed something that Andrew Breitbart put on his Web site. That‘s mistake one. And then they believed a smear campaign, a character assassination attack that Fox News was peddling.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough:
Why would Fox News then blame the White House for their overreaction to an incendiary video that was aired on the Fox News Channel?
Charles Kaiser of Newsweek and The New York Times fame:
A completely discredited right-wing blogger posts an edited video which seems to convict a black Agriculture department official of racism. Fox News runs the distorted clip continuously on all of its shows Monday. Before giving Shirley Sherrod a chance to tell her side of the story, the Agriculture department demands and receives the resignation of the head of its rural development office in Georgia.
Funny how this bogus timeline keeps cropping up. Didn’t they close journo-list? Clearly Charles Kaiser is either a flagrant liar and making stuff up, or he heard this from somewhere else. That’s sounds an awful lot like…an echo chamber.
Note how in each case, they blame Fox for reporting about Shirley Sherrod’s controversy which results in her later firing.
And that’s just the more well known pundits. Head to the links for more, much more liberal ‘facts & reality-based reporting’ from MSM and blogs along with citation links. As well as a flashback to anti-Fox smearanoia on Scooter Libby towards the end of the post.
And for more double standards, note that the same people taking the Right to task for jumping on alleged racism on the faintest of evidence are the same gang accusing Tea Partiers of alleged racism based on NO evidence despite dozens of video cameras on the scene.
MORE: In response to Johnny Dollar’s expose, Media Matters still tries to justify that Fox News caused the firing – with one obscure web piece probably posted after the fact.
Get this… Pew poll puts that 43 percent of Democrats have a positive view of Fox News, 39 percent of Democrats feel the same way about the New York Times. Almost twice as many independents have a favorable view of Fox than the Times.
Most partisan, biased network around eh?