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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Guess What Strategy Is Back?

Lindaman writes:

When looking at the Shirley Sherrod situation a couple of days removed from it, I've notice there's a lot of smearing going on, primarily from the Left.

Good lord. Yet again, right-wingers blame the Left for actions from the Right.

First, they started by smearing mud on Sherrod herself,

No, Breitbart did.

This is what Breitbart actually said:

"We are in possession of a video from in which Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaks at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia. In her meandering speech to what appears to be an all-black audience, this federally appointed executive bureaucrat lays out in stark detail, that her federal duties are managed through the prism of race and class distinctions.

In the first video, Sherrod describes how she racially discriminates against a white farmer. She describes how she is torn over how much she will choose to help him. And, she admits that she doesn't do everything she can for him, because he is white. Eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help. But she decides that he should get help from "one of his own kind". She refers him to a white lawyer.

Sherrod's racist tale is received by the NAACP audience with nodding approval and murmurs of recognition and agreement. Hardly the behavior of the group now holding itself up as the supreme judge of another groups' racial tolerance."

That is a mischaracterization of the clip; it is a lie.

I know right-wingers won't see that, but I think it important for people to realize Breitbart didn't just 'post a clip', he actively posted falsehoods about what it represented. Understand?

with the Obama Administration asking that she resign and giving the lame excuse that her now-infamous speech was going to become a focal point of conservative media.

Yet again, you have to reword things, trying to tie Obama to it. Just say the guy's name!

The NAACP and the Department of Agriculture both jumped on the bandwagon, apparently without looking at the entirety of the video of the speech. (Odd, considering the NAACP had the entire speech all along...)

Once Sherrod was pushed out, the Left then tried to smear Fox News and Andrew Breitbart, saying they were responsible for having Sherrod fired. Um, not really. Fox News and Breitbart only made the video public knowledge instead of having it tucked away in the archives like the NAACP. Once the "it's Fox News's fault" narrative was invented, the Left jumped on it. The NAACP said they were "snookered" by Fox News, and CNN's Campbell Brown went so far as to criticize the NAACP for letting themselves be snookered.

One tiny problem with the narrative: it doesn't fit the timeline. Sherrod was already on the way out by the time Fox News was running the story, and the NAACP had already criticized Sherrod for her comments. So, how could Fox News "snooker" the NAACP when they weren't even covering the story yet before the NAACP made its statement?

The answer: they can't, legitimately.

Except you're lying. The story was on Fox's website very shortly after it was on Breitbart's site.

And there's more. Rachel Maddow had a field day ripping right-wing pundits a new asshole on this:


Below is the timeline. I know you consistently lie and will say the timeline is wrong because of the source. But show us where's it's wrong. Either you're lying now, or you're going to lie about the source:


Go on, tell us: Is it wrong? If it's not, then you guys are lying.

Instead, what they're doing is trying to make themselves out to be the victims instead of the willing perpetrators in a much larger scheme designed to deflect attention away from the fact that Sherrod's comments were made at an NAACP meeting...and the membership at that meeting acted in a way that could be considered racist in that you could hear laughter and other comments during the part where Sherrod said that she didn't help a white farmer as much as she could have initially.

Full video:


Go to minute 17, listen to a few chuckles. I would've laughed, too. That's IT. That's the big NAACP conspiracy.

She was being treated as an inferior, and this reminded her of all she and other blacks had gone through at the hands of white people's discrimination. But she realized that it isn't about black vs white, its about have vs have-nots and did everything she could to help them- which the farmers themselves backed up on CNN, calling her a "friend for life" for saving their farm.

After the media attention the NAACP garnered for their criticism of the alleged racist elements of the TEA Parties,


they couldn't afford to be seen as racists. What better way to lose what credibility they gained by attacking the TEA Parties than to be exposed as racist themselves.

Beyond that, the Obama Administration bears a lot of responsibility for their actions against Sherrod. They jumped the gun without knowing the facts (gee, that's almost a pattern for this Administration), and when the real story came out, they were left having to apologize. Wait, didn't the Left get their collective panties in a wad over George W. Bush's alleged "shoot first, ask questions later" approach to issues?

I love how yet again you have to tie Obama's name to it by not stating the man's name.

I have to say that I did find some of Sherrod's statements and admitted actions racist because they were not motivated by anything other than seeing one's skin color.

It was about a white person acting like he was superior to her because of her skin color. She had every right to feel the way she did inside. People are not robots.

Has she learned her lesson since then? According to her, she has. Until I see otherwise, I'll take her at her word.

How magnanimous of you. I'm sure black people around the world were very worried about that.

However, the NAACP and the Obama Administration have some more "teachable moments" to endure before they finally get it.

Okay, yet again you never even said the man's name.

Since you won't because you want to keep repeating Obama's name, I'll say it:
It's USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Obama did not know until after Vilsack asked her to resign.

And let's hope they get it before they fire other Administration officials for no reason.

What's funny is that it shows how fast Dems are to reject racist elements. Unlike certain other people.

Vilsack jumped the gun, no doubt. Breibart knew exactly what he was doing.

This is why stories like this are so damaging. All that right-wingers like Breitbart have to do is plant the seed. Doesn't matter if the story turns out to be bullshit, there is still a large number of idiots who believe in the original story despite the debunking, because they simply WANT to believe it. See also: ACORN, ClimateGate, Birthers.

This is symptomatic and typical. No surprise, since this is a country where 40% of the population doesn't accept evolution.

Since Jan 20th 2009, it has become increasingly more criminal to be black. Van Jones was a convicted felon, remember? Totally false, but that didn't stop Fox. ACORN? False again, but that didn't change right-wing retards' opinions. Two black guys with a stick outside a polling place? Criminal (even though it wasn't); never mind the minutemen with guns at a polling place... these were BLACK MEN.

And now Sherrod.

Being correct hasn't mattered one bit if you are black, or helping blacks.

The Republican Southern Strategy is back, in full force.