Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
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Breitbart's Fake Racism Story

Sadly, yes: "Actually it's looking great for Breitbart. He won the day, ruined an innocent woman's life, and a willing media will wait for his next scalp." If you haven't been following the Shirley Sherrod story-she's the USDA employee who was forced to resign after Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website produced an out-of-context videotape that purported to show her racism against white people-you can learn more here, but be forewarned: It is pretty much as disgusting as everything else Breitbart feeds into the rightwing echo chamber.

RELATED: "By 2013, Andrew Breitbart will be stuffing himself inside a trash bag, smearing himself with feces, and scrawling "honky" on his body."

31 Comments / Post A Comment

BadUncle (#153)

I don't understand how this drunken slob lives with himself. oh, wait. He's drunk.

KarenUhOh (#19)

These are outrageous charges. The man owns two Commodores albums.

oudemia (#177)

I am basically incoherent with rage over this story and sending lunatic emails to largely inappropriate people demanding that she be rehired.

Dave Bry (#422)

Please sign my name to them. That was my reaction, too. She lost her job over this? Someone give it back to her!

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Please send me your list of largely inappropriate people. I am compiling a list of largely inappropriate people for a listicle without commentary.

oudemia (#177)

Carolyn Maloney! Every "Obama for America" name I could dig up from my email! Tom Vilsack (not actually inappropriate)!

oudemia (#177)

Sweet jeezus does Vilsack suck.

lawyergay (#220)

This is fucking appalling. Hey, Obama, I would really appreciate it if you did less "bipartisanship" on this kind of thing and more knocking a rageaholic bully down to size. Glenn Beck managed to get Van Jones, the green jobs "czar" fired using a similar tactic. This is not going to stop unless good people are willing to hit back just as hard.

DMcK (#5,027)

What kills me is that NO ONE at any level of her department or the administration had her back on this. They caved literally INSTANTLY.

oudemia (#177)

Even the NAACP caved instantly — but now they've retracted their initial statement.

Isaac Smith (#4,324)

Does anyone else see the parallel between Breitbart and 4chan? What are idiotic smear campaigns but just amped-up cyber-bullying?

Isaac Smith (#4,324)

Should be, "What are idiotic smear campaigns like this but just amped-up cyber-bullying?"

The amount of power willingly handed over to people like Breitbart is astounding. He's like the owner of a spam bot-farm. Don't listen to him just because he can get a million idiots pissed off. They aren't going to listen to reason regardless.

Ron Obvious (#351)

The White House ought to distribute tee shirts with the following to their employees: "I Got Played By Fucking Andrew Breitbart!" The political brain trust over there needs a severe overhaul. Is it too much to expect Democratic operatives to possess both a spine and cunning nature?

Yes. Boy, that was an easy one!

Ron Obvious (#351)

And, unfortunately, you are absolutely correct! I have no lovely parting gifts for you.

KarenUhOh (#19)

A highly public reinstatement would be a nice place to begin.

oudemia (#177)

+ abject apology.

KarenUhOh (#19)

+ exposition of the "fair and balanced" vs. the truth.

KarenUhOh (#19)

+ a Certain Someone's balls tied to the trailer hitch of an F 450 for an afternoon tour of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

roboloki (#1,724)

i'll drive

Buffalo66 (#6,146)

Totally agree. No federal employee should get fired or resign EVER, no matter the cause.

Buffalo66 (#6,146)

As it turns out, there's much more to this story than first thought. I guess if you want to get mad at anyone for her termination, perhaps you should start with the Administration.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Shirley-Sherrods-Disappearing-Act-Not-So-Fast-98846149.html

As usual, there's a much larger backstory that is almost as interesting as the initial breaking event.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Clucks. Why isn't the Mainstream Media reporting this?

A better question: why, if that's a story, didn't Breitbart run with that, rather than slicing and dicing a tape to prove that African-Americans are Just As Bad As Whitey?

Your link is disingenuous; it merely stands for the proposition that Black Folk have it really easy in this country. Stay on point.

DMcK (#5,027)

It isn't a story. "Unanswered questions" are not facts. Much that link consists of racist dog-whistles in the form of "bolded emphasis". Ridiculous.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I have plenty of mad for Breitbart and Vilsack to share. Unlike some, I am capable of standing up to people who are on 'my side' when they do things that are reprehensible.

libmas (#231)

It's true that unanswered questions aren't facts, though I think "racist dog-whistles" is a bit harsh. But I do think the backstory is interesting, given how quickly the Administration dropped her. Obama was just in the rose garden yesterday, railing against Republicans. I don't think he's afraid to fight when he's confident. That he didn't fight here might be significant.

KarenUhOh (#19)

What's curious is that all of the normal attack dogs haven't yet aligned on this "subtext" to the story that remains at the forefront–Cut-and-Paste Reverse Racism Charges Trigger Hasty Firing. Usually, they're pretty astute at finding some weak nerve and squeezing the living Jesus from it.

I don't canvass conservative media, to be sure, but the little I've heard have not taken aim on this "backstory," as it's being called here. To me, that's a pretty darn big question in and of itself.

If the lady got favor curried to her, that's one thing. Maybe it's worth a look, at some point.

But stay on this story, for a moment: whatever other naughty little truths might lurk, this soiled piece of jizzwipe, Breitbart, manufactured a story to suit his agenda. And it's tough–real, real tough–to overlook the overt and nasty implications of the agenda.

janine (#248)

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Shirley-Sherrods-Disappearing-Act-Not-So-Fast-98846149.html

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

The awesomest part is that I heard this inspiring story (the full-length version) during the SPLC boycott of Dallas, when my student organization would host orgs that wanted DFW, but still support the boycott.

Teh gigglez. I knew once they fired her it was going to be a trainwreck for Obama & NAACP.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

Also conveniently stepped all over the unemployment vote news cycle.

Timing is everything.

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