But it’s ok, really, it’s not the right-wing media’s fault, you see. According to Ann Coulter, Breitbart was set-up by evil liberals.
The whole key to this story is that Andrew Breitbart was set-up. He was sent a tape as we now know was massively out of context. It didn’t look like this woman was saying something racist when she first said oh, it was taken out of context.
I think Breitbart ought to reveal his source because he was set-up. This was a fraud. The person who sent the edited tape has to know what the full speech said.
And whoever sent only that segment to Andrew Breitbart is the one who should apologize to Shirley Sherrod.
Rush Limbaugh concurs, saying, “I know Andrew Breitbart, he doesn’t purposely screw around with edits.”
Let’s be real, here. Breitbart got his panties in a wad because the NAACP issued a statement calling on the tea party to denounce its racist elements. Instead of acknowledging that some racists had gained power within the tea party organization, he figured he’d just show that the NAACP was the organization that was REALLY racist (once again, it’s the “I know you are but what am I right wing pundit strategy). He found a tape and spliced it up (or found a spliced up tape) and didn’t verify, seek context, or request a statement from Sherrod.
It was a Van Jones-style political attack that meant to pit evil black liberals vs. angelic white conservatives. It wasn’t a set-up. The media didn’t question it and ran full-throttle with the story without verifying or seeking comment.
The administration made a gigantic mistake in handling the whole mess the way they did. Hopefully Robert Gibbs got a teachable moment out of this to relay to the President – treat Fox News like I treat my three year old in the middle of a tantrum – ignore them. Since when are we allowing the influence of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck affect governmental personnel decisions? They only have as much power as we give them.