It's really very simple. Shirley Sherrod did not deserve to be fired.
In that regard, she was treated shoddily.
She got caught in the crosshairs of Breitbart et al at Fox News in their attempt to prove that racism exists in the NAACP. It would be idiotic to argue that NO racism exists in the NAACP.
Just as it is idiotic to argue NO racism exists in the tea party.
This is really about the underhanded "journalistic" tactics employed by Breitbart.
And yeah, the Obama administration looks bad, too.
Sherrod's hasty firing by Vilsack may or may not have been intended by Breitbart. If not, it's gotta be 1000 extra bonus points for him. Good job, asswipe.
A white Sherrod would be a pariah cast out beyond the pale, doomed to wander the alley ways in sack cloth and ashes, her name a byword down the generations.
If a man said, "What you don't want to go out with me? What are you some kind of Sherrod?", people would gasp at hearing the name spoken out loud.
let me fully explain what happened.
A news agency reported something. It was (at best) blown out of proportion.
(but here's the important part) EVERYONE BELIEVED IT WITHOUT BOTHERING TO DO THEIR OWN RESEARCH!!!!
Sounds to me like America got what it deserved. And it seems like the media already has what it wants - an army of deaf, blind, and dumb trolls.
You are right about what happened. The news media, including those who call themselves "journalists," rushed to report a story without checking the facts. Where I disagree with you is that I do not believe it is the responsibility of every American to check every fact that is reported in the media. It is the responsibility of the journalists to do their job. That is why they carry the title "journalist."
When I consult with a doctor, I expect him or her to have a certain level of knowledge and skill so that I don't have to second-guess and research on my own everything he/she tells me. I trust that, because she is the doctor, she knows more than I do about medicine.
In my opinion, journalists who make an error as egregious as that one should be fired, or at least consigned to the obituary page where they can't do as much widespread harm.
"Simple question "was Shirley Sherrod treated "shoddily" during the past week?" Was she treated differently (or better) than if she had been a white female in the same working role making the same type of comments about her feelings 20 years ago versus poor black farmers? .. I mean was it even 2 days before her incredibly poorly managed firing was over turned before she got her personally requested presidential apology in person from Obama and $ millions on book and talk show deals? Would a white manger in the agriculture dept have EVER received this much media coverage for this long? Yes or NO.... ( every and anyone on the left choosing to be brave and honest KNOWS the answer to this question... like you wouldn't want constant media coverage and I hear over $3 million so far in deals...why don't all the liberal types still crying over poor Shirley and her terrible treatment set up a character assassination fund for her and donate say 10% of their annual pay directly to her family..whites to pay double of course as most dems seem to think that sort of thing appropriate to prove they arent racists)"
You see, even now this is giving me a headache!
You are out of control hater IMO and I have no answer to it. Did whites suffer 300 years of racism? Were whites slaves? Were whites called 3/5th human? Were laws enacated making whites lesser than? What do you want???
Put it like this: If a white woman said she thought about discriminating against a black man because a racist black man had killed her father....I think every white person would say "That's perfectly understandable". Does that answer whatever you wanted answered??
And this is why I called you out of control...and why it was as far as I needed to get to find that out:
"all pale Uncle Tom liberal media types such as Olbermann's"...this makes no sense to me...at all.
What does this mean?
LOL AnnCee. That's pretty funny!
"What are you, some kind of Sherrod?"
Only I would change it to "What are you, some kind of Breitbart."
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