Thursday, July 22, 2010

Negatives all around this story

The USDA worker/NAACP speaker who ignited a racial firestorm, Shirley Sherrod, has a way of ruining any good will she has with those on the right who weren't so quick to seek her resignation as Democrats were, as Mediaite points out:
"She also accused Fox News of racism, telling Strupp that 'they are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to . . . where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.' And -- surprise, surprise -- she wants to sue, but isn't sure who to attack legally yet: 'I don't know enough to know. I wish I did. I would love to sue. I am going to talk about it.' Sherrod has a lot to be angry about, and given the number of frivolous lawsuits filed in this country, she probably has legitimate ground to stand on against, at the very least, the USDA for using this video to fire her. The most striking thing about this interview is how aggressively Sherrod takes on Fox News, so much so that it eclipses her rebukes of Breitbart, who originally ran the video. As Bret Baier argued yesterday, Fox News didn't cover the story before her resignation (aside from a few comments in their primetime opinion hour). What's more, the day after her resignation, Fox News' opinion hosts covered the story in a light favorable to Sherrod and unfavorable to the NAACP and the White House."

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