Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Context is everything."

-- The now hilariously ironic first three words of the story on Breitbart's "Big Government" site that set off the Shirley Sherrod controversy, the one that's now blown up squarely in Breitbart's face

The Huffington Post: From Glenn Beck To NAACP, Shirley Sherrod Defended by Diverse Coalition; USDA Considering Reinstating Her/7.21.10

National Review Online: Jonah Goldberg Says Breitbart Should Apologize To Sherrod/7.21.10

So, what have we learned, kids:


Ethan said...

The very last part of Goldberg's article is the bit that worries me. He mentions that the WH is more "tightly wound" that people think and it made a knee jerk response to protect itself from the likes of Beck and Fox.

Somebody remind me again why the Executive branch gives a flying fornication about what an extremely polarized news organization says?

toastie said...

Waiting for Tom Vilsack's apology. Wondering what would be happening if the old farmer couple were no longer around to defend Sherrod.

Anonymous said...

What's depressing is that I have read many news story talkbacks by people still sticking with the original spin on this. The fact that she said those words is all that matters. It's now perfectly set up that if Obama does the right thing and apologizes, they will cry racism.

The Bacon said...

Fuck Breitbart.

I have gone round and round with Chez about what a dick move it is to paint someone as a racist when they aren't.

I know how pissed off it makes me to just be painted with the wide brush of racism. This lady lost her job and was called a racist on national tv.

I can only imagine how much that sucks for her.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully it sucks enough to sue, money is the only thing the echo chamber leaders seem to really pay attention to anyway.

trish said...

I'm making you pay for my computer monitor. It now has Diet Coke all over it.

B8ovin said...

"I feel bad that they made this about her, and I feel sorry that they made this about her," he told MSNBC. "Watching how they've misconstrued, how the media has misconstrued the intention behind this, I do feel a sympathy for her plight."

-Breitbart blaming everyone else for the controversy. His contention is that the audience reaction to Sherrod's "racism" was his whole point. You see, the "media" somehow thought the problem was the person Breitbart, in his introduction to the edited video vilifies and describes as racist was what Breitbart was criticizing, when in fact it was the unmentioned audience he found to be problematic.

Ref said...

IU Dimbart's world, this was about showing an equivalency between the Teabaggers and the NAACP.

"Well yeah, there may be a few racists in the Teabag movement, but look, THERE's A RACIST IN THE NAACP, TOO!"

Unfortunately, there is no equivalency. MOST of the Teabag movement is about the race of immigrants, the race of "those people getting welfare", and the race of the family living in the White House. Also, whether they know it or admit it or like it or not, an awful lot of Teabaggers ARE racists, and their "movement depends on racists and racist messages for recruitment and participation.

I hope I never get within reach of this man, because I'd gladly do some time for the pleasure of watching him cry and try to stop the bleeding from his nose.