Liberal Media: Fox News Caused Shirley Sherrod to be Fired! (by Covering Story AFTER She Had Been Fired)


Soooooo… Tell me again how Fox News is the most biased, inaccurate, hateful, partisan media around?

Excerpts from AoSHQ and original source johnny dollar.us:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Via AoSHQ.


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20 Responses to “Liberal Media: Fox News Caused Shirley Sherrod to be Fired! (by Covering Story AFTER She Had Been Fired)”

  1. Ron Says:

    FAUX News — where the facts never get in the way and every word spoken is gold… fools gold:

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/07/glenn-beck-goldline/

  2. Scott Thong Says:

    So if every media complex is succeptible to inaccuracy and partisanship, why the rabid attitude towards Fox? Why don’t we see any other cable channel being accused of inciting violence and racism or being barred from public areas?

    For the same reason talk radio and conservative writers are similarly hated – they all offer an alternative worldview that doesn’t goose-step in line with the liberal myopia.

  3. Ron Says:

    Taking a short segment from an hour-long speech out of context to paint the speaker as a racist is more than just partisanship — it’s outright deception. And in fact, Ms. Sherrod is now planning to sue Andrew Breitbart.

  4. Scott Thong Says:

    Breitbart screwed up and admitted it – the segment provided to him had already been edited to show only the part he called racist.

    However, when viewing it all in context, you still get this:

    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.

    Oh, so fiscal Conservatives, social Conservatives and foreign policy hawks dislike the spenderrific, liberaliffic and apologybowriffic Obama just because he’s Black. Uh huh, waaaaay past looking through racist lens here.

    Not to mention the NAACP audience laughing it up at her obviously meant-to-be-humorous comedy act.

    Meanwhile, her husband is all “white man and uncle toms stealing election” and stuff:

    AoSHQ is of the opinion that this lawsuit will reap dividends for attention-seeker Breitbart.

    PS. Sooooo… If Breitbart is a deceptive partisan for smearing Sherrod as racist based on out-of-context evidence, what do you call the various liberals smearing the Tea Partiers as having called John Lewis the N-word 15 times based on NO EVIDENCE?

    I’ll wait for a well thought out, reasoned, unbiased response which I’m sure is forthcoming from you.

  5. Ron Says:

    Why not try watching the whole speech:

  6. Ron Says:

  7. Scott Thong Says:

    If during a three hour sermon on the End Times, I let slip with “And all the n*ggers will burn like they deserve”, that’s the only line that is needed to bury me.

    So funny how Obama slept through 20 years of Wright’s side-splitting lines without taking any of it to the White House with him.

  8. Scott Thong Says:

    Here’s what I don’t get – why the blindly devoted defense of self-avowed liberals, no matter how morally repugnant?

    Is that the difference between liberals and conservatives?

    If a self-avowed conservative breaks the rules – written (Scooter Libby) or unwritten (Mark Sanford) – we don’t give him any leeway. He is gone with a large heaping of shame on top. Bush was ours, but we ripped him for his pandering on immigration, the initial bailouts and a host of other issues.

    But if a self-avowed liberal breaks the rules, not only are they defended or excused or justified to the bitter end by you – they often get a free pass. Just look at how Harry ‘No Negro Dialect’ Reid got off, how Charlie Rangel is getting off . In fact, I’m surprised Elliot Spitzer quit – he could easily have fought to hold on another few years.

    This cartoon never becomes irrelevant:

    https://scottthong.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/do-republicans-support-the-troops-because-the-of-jesus-and-the-apostles/demrepmoralstandard/

  9. Scott Thong Says:

    Here’s how the Obama administration did NOT even-headedly, post-racially respond to the Shirley Sherrod controversy:

    What brought me to this conclusion is that a marvelous lady was almost destroyed by racial politics on Monday, and I realized that I was partially to blame for her being a target. By now, you’ve probably all seen the excerpted video of USDA official Shirley Sherrod speaking in front of an NAACP banquet last March. The contents of that video were shocking and disgraceful.

    However, I’ve now watched her entire speech, as well as spoken to others that were in the room when she gave that address. I’ve met with Mrs. Sherrod, as well as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and we’ve concluded that she did absolutely nothing wrong. She has my full faith and confidence, and will continue to act in her current capacity.

    But there’s a much larger issue. A conservative publisher used this video as a way of exposing what he believes is racism within the NAACP. This was a response to the NAACP’s recent resolution condemning what it believes is racism within the organization known as the Tea Party.

    This tit for tat has got to stop.

    We Americans will never end racism if we all cry “racist” at everyone who disagrees with us. It is not racist to have differing political views. It is not racist to disagree with the president, or to organize protests against his policies.

    That’s what it means to be American.

    I never in a million years would have imagined that the election of America’s first black president would widen racial divisions in our country, but that’s where we are.

    With this in mind, I have looked into the matter concerning black congressmen allegedly having been called racial epithets on Capitol Hill in March. My administration has found absolutely no evidence of such, and I therefore implore those making these claims inside both government and the media to stop doing so.

    Furthermore, I ask the NAACP to reconsider its resolution concerning the Tea Party while asking the handful of Tea Party members who have expressed racist sentiments at its gatherings to cease and desist.

    I also ask members of my party to stop accusing Republicans of being racially motivated in their votes and speeches. Again, it is not racist to disagree with me or my policies.

  10. Ron Says:

    Scott, please stop!! With each attempt to deflect blame you’re only embarrassing yourself further. Why not just be an honest gentleman and admit that FOX made a serious ‘faux pas’ in airing a heavily edited clip pinched from a known sleazeball without even bothering to check the facts?

  11. Scott Thong Says:

    What deflect? I admit that Glenn Beck got punked, and that Fox passed along the story without knowing the full details. So did many other major networks including the oh-so-prestigious CNN.

    But I maintain that,

    1) Fox’s coverage didn’t cause Shirley Sherrod to be fired, unless Obama was afraid of what Fox would eventually broadcast;
    2) The Obama administration is the direct culprit here for not ‘even bothering to check the facts’ – or what, Glenn Beck is POTUS now?
    3) She is still a race-obsessed Marxist;
    4) While she may have ‘learned a lesson’ from the white farmer incident, the laughing NAACP audience apparently has not.

  12. Scott Thong Says:

    Still afraid genteelly respectful of Fox:

    http://michellemalkin.com/2010/08/01/fox-news-to-the-front-row/

  13. Ron Says:

    “1) Fox’s coverage didn’t cause Shirley Sherrod to be fired, unless Obama was afraid of what Fox would eventually broadcast;…”

    Fox posted the story on their website prior to 1:41 pm. (The first comment appeared at 1:41 pm.)

    Sherrod resigned at 7:51 pm.

    Billo went on air at 8 pm demanding she resign immediately. A day later FOX posted news of the resignation:

    ‘The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.

    “There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. “We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.’

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/19/clip-shows-usda-official-admitting-withheld-help-white-farmer/

    Had she not been forced to resign, FOX Noise would have been screaming that the WH was harboring racists right up until the time the full video was released. Heads FOX wins, tails WH loses.

    “3) She is still a race-obsessed Marxist;”

    Funny, I didn’t here anyone singing ‘The Internationale’ during the speech. And contrary to what you may think, oppression didn’t suddenly end the day after MLK’s march on Washington in 1963. The public lynchings may have ended, but there are still some deeply racist whites living in the southern states; and a few of them — George Allen, Robert Byrd, Jesse Helms, Trent Lott, Strom Thurmond — were US Senators.

  14. Scott Thong Says:

    Had she not been forced to resign, FOX Noise would have been screaming that the WH was harboring racists right up until the time the full video was released. Heads FOX wins, tails WH loses. – Ron

    Like I said, scared of FOX. Even back when unconditional talks with Iran was being bandied about, Barry wouldn’t dare to step foot into a FOX studio.

    Funny how the low-negatives approval Bush Administration was never so jumpy at the many more networks and media out to get him… But I guess that’s only natural for someone obsessed solely about public image and the superficial.

    Anyways, if you’re looking for manufactured racism (with no apologies either), look no further than MSNBC’s gun-cropping, Think Progress’ hack-splice video, call the N-word 15 times, and the Tea Party Crashers.

    The public lynchings may have ended, but there are still some deeply racist whites living in the southern states

    I’ll see you racism flung at Clarence Thomas and his wife, Condi Rice, Miguel Estrada, and serially at Michelle Malkin and raise you the Crown Heights, Freddies’ Fashion Mart, Hymietown, Typical White Person, White Folks’ Greed Runs a World in Need, and ‘Kenneth Gladley is an uncle tom’. And hey, throw in Dr. Watkins as a bonus!

    (It seems Jews are lower on the racial rung than blacks.)

    Racism, like any other discriminatory -ism, runs on generalizations. A black person calling a white person a cr*cker just because some other white person called some other black person a n*gger doesn’t solve any alleged inequalities. There isn’t going to be racial equality and colour-blindness as long as anyone continues to have an us-vs-other distinction.

  15. Ron Says:

    According to the official press release the policy for immediate dismissal was already in put in place 18 months prior — so it had nothing to do with being scared of FOX because the resignation took place nine minutes prior to airtime.

    It’s all par for the course. FOX obviously has a political axe to grind and ethics be damned; they would have spun the story to blame the WH with or without a resignation.

  16. Ron Says:

    “It seems Jews are lower on the racial rung than blacks.”

    Try being an atheist in America. Until recently, we had lower standing than every other minority. (Scientologists have now taken that honor)

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/106516/Americans-NetPositive-View-US-Catholics.aspx

  17. Scott Thong Says:

    Try being an atheist in America. Until recently, we had lower standing than every other minority. (Scientologists have now taken that honor) – Ron

    Would these be the atheists who reject religion due to being rationally and logically convinced there is no proof of the supernatural, or the ones who will trade Christians porno mags for Bibles and where mental satisfaction takes a back seat to religion-bashing as a hobby? If the latter type forms the public image of the typical atheist, I can see why polls would turn out that way…

  18. Scott Thong Says:

    According to the official press release the policy for immediate dismissal was already in put in place 18 months prior — so it had nothing to do with being scared of FOX because the resignation took place nine minutes prior to airtime. – Ron

    Well thanks for that tip, Ron. If you could provide a solid link, that strengthens the main thrust of my post even more!

    It’s all par for the course. FOX obviously has a political axe to grind and ethics be damned; they would have spun the story to blame the WH with or without a resignation.

    Funny, if that’s the case then Dems must be really let down by Obama: Pew poll – 43 percent of Democrats have a positive view of Fox News, 39 percent of Democrats feel the same way about the New York Times.

    If I’ll admit that Fox is partisan and plays fast and loose with the facts to score a blow, will you admit the same for at least certain quarters in CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, the WaPo and Newsweek?

    And speaking of Ms Sherrod… Slave-labor conditions at Sherrods’ farm?

  19. Ron Says:

    “Funny, if that’s the case then Dems must be really let down by Obama:”

    Use the source, luke:

    FAV TOT REP DEM IND

    CNN 60 44 75 55
    FOX 55 72 43 55
    MSN 48 34 60 47
    NET 64 55 81 54

    http://people-press.org/report/543/

    “And speaking of Ms Sherrod… Slave-labor conditions at Sherrods’ farm?”

    It was a money losing co-op. Besides, Georgia didn’t have a minimum wage until 1983, and even then it was only $1.23

  20. Ron Says:

    “Funny, if that’s the case then Dems must be really let down by Obama”

    Use the source, Luke!!

    Fav TOT REP DEM IND
    CNN 60 44 75 55
    FOX 55 72 43 55
    MSN 48 34 60 47
    NET 64 55 81 54
    NYT 29 16 39 29
    NPR 44 39 50 43
    WAP 32 39 29 32

    http://people-press.org/report/543/

    “And speaking of Ms Sherrod… Slave-labor conditions at Sherrods’ farm?”

    It was a money-losing co-op. Besides, Georgia had no minimum wage until 1983; even then it was only $1.23

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