Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bonus Quote of the Day


"With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias."

-- NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, following the forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod and the revelation that the recorded comments by her which led to it were selectively edited to appear more damning than they actually were

You know, the USDA really should've considered the source of the clip in question before it knee-jerked Sherrod right out of a job. Remember, Breitbart's last videotaped bombshell turned out to be almost 100% horseshit. A flat-out hoax. The government owes this woman an apology, given what we've learned over the past 24-hours (and kudos to CNN for putting Sherrod and the farmers she was referring to on the tape live on the air together this morning so that those supposedly aggrieved white people could sing their tormentor's praises -- and basically dump all over Breitbart's piss-poor argument on national television).

But still -- snookered?

(Adding: Incidentally, this is what I meant when I talked about allowing the right-wing feedback loop to drive the story -- to bully otherwise thoughtful and intelligent media outlets into reacting with the same kind of contrived outrage that the partisan extremes do. It's shocking when you consider that, despite his terrible track record, all Breitbart had to do was slap a quick, poorly contextualized clip up on his site and stand back. He knew the mainstream press's Liberal Media Bias Accusation Alarm would cause it to wet its collective pants and instinctively jump on the bandwagon and begin shouting for the head of whomever the right claimed was the enemy. The really awful thing, though? That Breitbart is already using the same monkey-shit dodge he did when the O'Keefe tapes fell apart. He's now feigning ignorance -- claiming that he never saw the rest of the recording that would seem to exonerate Shirley Sherrod. So, if you believe him, Breitbart -- remember, the future of journalism -- just throws something up on the internet having no clue what the fuck it really is, makes up a narrative, lets the ravenous Neanderthals who worship him fill in the blanks, and voila! suddenly he's got established journalists who should know better jumping through hoops. Oh yeah, and some poor lady who probably didn't do a damn thing wrong is out of a job thanks to the crowd of pitchfork-wielding knee-jerks indignantly demanding blood all over cable TV. God bless America.)

12 comments:

Tracer Bullet said...

You'd think that if anyone would know better than to trust The White Man, it would be the NAACp.

VOTAR said...

Dey sho nuff wuz flim-flammed and bamboozled!

idiosynchronic said...

'cause if the NAACP had said bamboozled, the undie-twisting would have reached epic proportions.

CNNfan said...

Did they plot to get her fired without good cause so they could try to filibuster her unemployment checks?

toastie said...

Are you saying he shouldn't have said that the NAACP was "snookered" because the goal of the game snooker is for the white ball "to pot the colours"?
(h/t Wikipedia)

Chez said...

You know, back in the early 80s William F. Buckley wrote a decent piece for Playboy (yes, I read it for the articles) that prodded Jesse Jackson for his tendency to slip into Black Preacher Cliche mode whenever he figured it was necessary to endear him to his audience. Obviously, Buckley was the whitest man alive -- but his point was valid. The NAACP seems to follow in that grand tradition of dragging out the lingo at the most opportune moments. Of course I'm not sure that there's ever a good time to used "snookered" in an official press release.

B8ovin said...

It's amazing to me that Strom Thurmond kept his job for 3 centuries while being an overt racist, and ACORN, the DOJ, the NAACP and now Ms. Sherrod can be attacked for something that looks to some people like racism. Holder was and still is being attacked for saying we "are a nation" of cowards when it comes to racism. This is what he meant.

Figgylicious said...

Ugh, I think that more than anything I'm disgusted at everyone who reacted before they had even seen the entire speech. Good lord, is it that easy to make the liberals fail?

RottweilerTOM said...

Chez, WHY IS THS A NEWS STORY? OR, AT LEAST WORTHY OF YOUR SITE????

Alanna said...

I would think the NAACP was pointed in using the colloquiality of stated community to support the point.

Like Seinfeld using Yiddish.

Anonymous said...

You buy it for the articles! You snookered wuss.

Ref said...

Figgy, yes, it is that easy to make liberals fall. That's why we need more LEFTISTS!