Shirley Sherrod Fired “Because You Are Going To Be On Glenn Beck Tonight”

Is this what the powers that be in Washington have sunk to?:

“Sherrod told CNN that the White House urged her to resign Monday afternoon after the video clip surfaced.

“They harassed me,” she said. “I got three calls from the White House. At one point they asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it because you are going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.”

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Sherrod said the White House calls came from Cheryl Cook, USDA deputy undersecretary for rural development. “The administration was not interested in hearing the truth. They didn’t want to hear the truth.”

And this? From Cook’s boss, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

“The controversy surrounding her comments would create situations where her decisions, rightly or wrongly, would be called into question making it difficult for her to bring jobs to Georgia…Our policy is clear. There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA and we strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person.”

So federal government employees like Shirley Sherrod can be smeared by edited video tapes sent by an anonymous source to a well-known right-wing purveyor of doctored video tapes (see ACORN) Andrew Breitbart. They can lose their jobs without one shred of evidence or one second of investigation into whether or not the accusations are true. All because of adherence to a stupid-ass zero tolerance policy (as are all zero tolerance policies) where right or wrong doesn’t matter, just make it go away so it doesn’t show up on the Glenn Beck Histrionics Hour? What a bunch of weak-kneed, pants-wetting cowards.

Also, regarding this from the agriculture secretary; I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night.

“Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this afternoon took responsibility for firing an official, Shirley Sherrod whose appearance on video recalling her behavior toward a white farmer drew charges of racism, and whose immediate firing drew suggestions that the administration had over-reacted to an edited video clip. A White House official told me just now that the White House backs Vilsack’s decision — but that it was Vilsack’s alone. The official said the White House — contrary to the Sherrod’s charge — did not pressure the Department to fire her.”

Bullshit. This high profile of a firing done this quickly isn’t done by a USDA deputy undersecretary or even the Secretary of Agriculture without being run by somebody at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  

Shirley Sherrod is owed two things. First and foremost, her job back. Immediately. Secondly, apologies from everyone involved. Both should come as quickly and as publicly as was her hasty dismissal. Let’s also hope a lesson has been learned here. When Breitbart releases a video and Fox News cranks up their RNC propaganda machine, will somebody please check out the veracity before the condemnations and firings begin?  

Comments

  1. Bobo Amerigo says

    This infuriates me.
    Video doctored — doctored to create hatred — actually gets somebody fired?
    The people who did it are sh*ts. Zero humanity. Why would anybody let people like that come out as victors?
    It’s just disgusting.
    The administration needs to exhibit some cahones here. Some morality. And a little grace wouldn’t hurt, either.

  2. Shortstuff says

    Amen and amen.
    What ever happened to the truth?
    Whatever happened to honest research?
    This just proves that both knees – right AND left – seem to have that damned tendency to jerk at the wrong times.
    What fools they be. And I certainly hope they enjoy a heapin’ helpin’ of crow, served up raw.

  3. HueyFreeman says

    The respone by the White House, NAACP, and the mainstream media is very troubling.
    But, what I find to be the most troubling is the story that’s not being covered, which is that the right is making a concerted effort play on people’s racial fears to bring down the Obama Presidency.
    Last week, Michelle Obama gave a speech at an NAACP convention, in which she was talking about childhood obesity. She stated, “When stubborn inequalities still persist — in education and health, in income and wealth — I think those founders would urge us to increase our intensity, and to increase our discipline and our focus and keep fighting for a better future for our children and our grandchildren. And that’s why I really wanted to come here today — because I wanted to talk with you about an issue that I believe cries out for our attention — one that is of particular concern to me, not just as First Lady, but as a mother who believes that we owe it to our kids to prepare them for the challenges that we know lie ahead. And that issue is the epidemic of childhood obesity in America today.”——The screaming headline on Druge read: “Michelle Obama to blacks: Increase our intensity”.
    Then, they started harping on the nonstory of the New Black Panther Party.
    Now, it’s this. The right is playing a sinister game. Instead of trying to convince people not to like Obama because he’s black, they’re trying to convince people that Obama himself is a racist and that he’s somehow favoring blacks over whites.
    This falls in line with Glenn Beck’s statement that Obama has a hatred of white people or white culture. It also falls in line with the notion that the healthcare bill was a “reparations” bill.

  4. says

    Is it too much to hope for that she will sue the holy crap out of FOX News? Yes the administration overreacted but Breitbart should be made an example of. Sue him, sue him, sue him until all he has left is a worn toothbrush and a jockstrap with a broken strap.

  5. alienHunter says

    Mr Davis,
    Remember that Fox news has already won that lawsuit that declared that it is within their journalistic rights to LIE. On the other hand, talk about a high profile case for America to see, it would be great. Another O.J. trial for the teapartiers to fantasize upon!

  6. Delezzia says

    The administration overreacted – AGAIN – they need to really re-think their actions and take a step back and do some investigation before they take any action against anyone. It is well known that Mr. Brightbart is hate monger, racist and out to destroy anyone who disagrees with his beliefs. It’s all a game to FOX News and Mr. Brightbart and why the WH believes their crap and continues to put up with it, I have no idea.

  7. tragicmagic says

    breitfart is the lowest form of scum there is. he is behind james o’keefe and we’ve already seen what happened to acorn. stripped of federal funds with ZERO proof by a minority congress? is acorn suing the govt??? beck works with breitfart, he promised many future segments of acorn-type smear stories because if he only did one “big” one it would disappear from the daily feed. so his next attempt failed quite miserably, he paid his favorite cross dressing manorexic o’keefe to graduate from silly fake pimp to teabugger. but something went terribly wrong and the idiot was immediately arrested. did landreau demand the maximum charges? nope, she stepped lightly. and added another shovel of coal to the crazy train. just finished watching o’reiley who chris matthews said would probably “set it right” on his show tonight. HE DID NOT, instead he smeared further adding that fat troll dick morris to his bandwagon. then dennis d-pants miller for his smear. surprise surprise, major garrett actually told billo fox messed up, at which time major was whisked off screen and promptly replaced by some asswipe who got it back on track with more smear. last night hannity showed AGAIN the FAKE tape! finally, tonight, back from vacation for a special comment, keith obermann finally gets out some truth! somebody please put up the link for me when you get a chance!

  8. george says

    No one lied, no one told an untruth, but many did not tell the whole truth. Why crap on FOX? She was fired long before it ran on FOX. It seems many of the “commentors” are guilty of what they are commenting against. More stupidity among the led by the nose left shrieking idiots. The administration fired her, the NAACP denounced her and FOX ran the story AFTER it happened. What a joke you boneheads are. As usual, you don’t have facts to back up your crap. Looking at the news media, they all are full of childish left wing losers, and that is why they are all BEHIND FOX shoveling the road apples.

  9. george says

    “When Breitbart releases a video and Fox News cranks up their RNC propaganda machine, will somebody please check out the veracity before the condemnations and firings begin?” Wasn’t she fired BEFORE it ran nationally? Before it ran on FOX News? C’mon give the facts, I know it sounds better, but untrue the way you state it. Man enough to run this one?

  10. says

    Are you kidding me? Breitbart knowingly runs a heavily edited tape to purposely inflame people and falsely accuse her of being a racist, Fox backs it up (yes I watched). Then Vilsack did stupidly fire her unjustly, for which he has now apologized. What does Fox do? REVERSE themselves and criticize the administration for being too hasty after ripping them yesterday for being too slow. What does Breitbart do? LIE and LIE and LIE about the video tape. No apologies from Fox, Breitbart, nobody. Breitbart knew what he was doing and did it on purpose. So now it’s all the Democrats’ fault? Please. Even YOU can’t be that dense.

  11. Shortstuff says

    Why crap on Fox?
    Because they are full of crap.
    And George has bought into their lies, hook line and sinker. Swallowed the bait and asks for more.
    Aren’t you so proud of yourself, George…..

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