This Must Be the Moment We Wake Up to Learn We’re Still Watching the Movie
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Glenn Beck today criticizes the Obama Administration — just like us! — for throwing Shirley Sherrod under the bus after a heavily abridged tape of her “surfaced” yesterday.
On Drudge Jr.’s website. And promptly picked up by Fox News. Before the story crashed today, leading even Erick the Red to disown it.
Beck does not mention Fox’s own horrendous coverage, which certainly did not wait for “context” before declaring Sherrod a racist. FoxNews.com’s first report on Sherrod — the first mainstream report on her speech — gave no indication that her comment might have been taken out of context. It reported that Fox was “seeking a response from both the NAACP and the USDA,” but not that they had attempted to find the full version of the tape or contact Sherrod herself. In the network’s first coverage of the comments, Bill O’Reilly said they were “simply unacceptable” and called on Sherrod to “resign immediately.” Newt Gingrich said that her comments indicated a “viciously racist attitude,” Sean Hannity called them “racially charged,” and the Fox and Friends co-hosts agreed they were “Exhibit A” of “what racism looks like.”
Okay, got it. And say, what’s that train running through the middle of our living room?