A Full Set of Facts

It is pretty clear that in the Shirley Sherrod case the Obama Administration acted precipitously without a full set of facts at their disposal. The question left in my mind and shared by others is why the Administration won't draw a line in the sand and stand up to the right wing noise machine. It is especially troubling since the Obama Administration had previously noted that Fox News was not just a news outlet but all too often acted as a propagandizing agent for the deranged right. So it is disturbing that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his deputy Cheryl Cook, an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture, acted in the way that they did. Mrs. Sherrod said White House officials wanted her to quit immediately because the controversy was "going to be on Glenn Beck tonight." In truth, it was the USDA acting on its own and ironically Glenn Beck was among those who felt that Mrs. Sherrod shouldn't have been fired. Nonetheless, an Administration living in fear of what Glenn Beck or what Fox News may say is not a good thing.

Today, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued an apology, "on behalf of this entire administration" to Shirley Sherrod. He also said Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to reach her to extend an apology. More on this from MSNBC.

Mrs. Sherrod, for her part, has accepted the apology but noted that she's not sure if she wants her job even if it is offered again. That would be a crying shame for someone with such commitment to the poor is precisely the type of civil servant that we so desperately need.

Tags: Shirley Sherrod, Race Relations in the United States, Andrew Breitbart (all tags)

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5 Comments

Once again, a small story gets turned into a big dramatic one

That is the story of the Obama adminstration.

by Kent 2010-07-21 05:03PM | 0 recs
RE: Once again, a small story gets turned into a big dramatic one

Shut up Kent

by spirowasright 2010-07-21 06:14PM | 0 recs
RE: A Full Set of Facts

haven't apologized to acorn yet, have they?

by thelonius 2010-07-21 05:07PM | 1 recs
Why?

Acorn, for all the good it was doing, got caught red-handed in a major screw up.  Like many programs fighting to stay alive and help their constituents have gone from supporter to enabler as the budgets have been cut and the money for proper resources have been bled from them.  But just because they have a good excuse for what happened does not mean they did not deserve the criticism they got...nor that there were not more issues that were never publicized.

Acorn screwed up and were guilty.  Sherrod was targeted and defamed while actually being innocent...and she got a apology.  Seems fair to me.

by Hammer1001 2010-07-22 12:08PM | 0 recs
RE: A Full Set of Facts

This is off-topic, but I saw on Bartcop yesterday a quote from Charles Krauthammer which basically warned Republcians against underestimating Obama. I think someobdy should issue that warning to the President's so-called supporters in the fifth column left here at MyDD.

 

by spirowasright 2010-07-22 01:21PM | 0 recs

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