It’s only Thursday and I can’t tell who’s the villain without a scorecard.
On Monday, Andrew Breitbart put an edited video starring Shirley Sherrod on his website charging that she and the NAACP were the real racists in comparison to people in the Tea Party. The edited video cherry picked from a Sherrod speech this spring at an NAACP banquet. Fox News picked it up and piled on – just look at those hypocritical black liberals.
Quickly, the Obama Administration, not known for its deft touch when it comes to defending itself from slime throwing, panicked and asked Sherrod to resign at about the same time the NAACP threw her under the bus. The Administration was aghast at the specter of Glenn Beck doing a story about the speech that night.
Whoops, Beck did a story but it called for restraint until the emerging facts about the editing were learned. His colleagues at Fox News continued to run with the NAACP as bigoted organization story line.
Come Tuesday, the wife of the white farmer Sherrod was supposed to have treated in a bigoted manner, told CNN that Sherrod had been a lifesaver some 20 years ago and saved the couple’s farm.
Fox spun the new disclosures saying that all along it was really just telling a story about Sherrod’s audience, some of whom were applauding her telling of her decades old poor treatment of the white farmer before she realized that she was wrong. Sherrod was just an unfortunate casualty of the fight between the NAACP and the Tea Party (and the NAACP started it!).
For its part, the NAACP blamed Fox for “snookering” it. Damn right wing media!
So, the Secretary of Agriculture, falls on his sword for the Administration. “I did it on my own, the President had nothing to do with it; I dumped this poor woman and made her life a living hell. I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” (Of course, Jesse Jackson has weighed in, telling reporters he demanded that the Administration apologize to Sherrod before it did so.)
Meanwhile, Bill Gibbs spins the problem, telling reporters that there is blame enough for all about acting too quickly, trying to turn the Administration’s fumbling into a “teaching moment.”
Which brings us to this morning. The Secretary of Agriculture it turns out offered Sherrod a new job at USDA, dealing with civil rights problems at the agency. Sherrod’s not too sure. While she doesn’t want an apology from the President, before she decides on the offer, she wants a sit down with him for her own “teaching moment.”
"’I'd like to talk to him about the experiences of people like me, people at the grassroots level, people who live out here in rural America people, who live in the South. I know he does not have that kind of experience,’ Sherrod said.”
Poor Obama. Now though he’s black, he needs some remedial education in being black in the South, from someone he’d never heard of until a day or so ago.
Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of “As the News Cycle Turns.”