And the beat goes on.
After pressure from the White House this week, Shirley Sherrod was fired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for remarks she made in a speech in March. The video clip -manipulated by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart – seemingly showed Sherrod boasting about not having helped a struggling farmer because he was white. The story was then disseminated by other conservative media outlets including, at no surprise, Fox News – as a case of a government worker using her power and influence to actively engage in race-based discrimination. What the video omitted (of course) was the context under which her comments were made. Not discussed by Breitbart or Fox News was how Sherrod DID help this white farmer, saved his land, and how doing so fell in line with her commitment to combat racial bigotry. Check it:
While it appears that the White House has seen the error of its ways, Maddow is 100% correct: ever since Obama has been elected, the White House has continuously been lured in by the right’s bait, mostly leading to kowtowing and knee jerk reactions. Instead of simply doing a little bit of homework and making sense out of Sherrod’s speech, Obama and his crew pulled a Van Jones. They owe Sherrod an apology, and they owe it to her now. If she decides to give our commander-in-chief the ole one-finger salute, all power to her. But knowing her kind-hearted nature, she’ll forgive them an move on with her life.
I’m not so forgiving. While it’s true that I don’t expect the White House to deal with ever single attack coming from the right, when those attacks come to harm innocent people, my button is pushed. That said, until the Obama administration calls out the lies, the distortions, and the character assassinations of otherwise good people, any respect I could possibly have for them will fall by the wayside.