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Originally posted by ~Lucidity...
The very simple point here, in this topic, again, is that there was rush to judgement in the media (the term here including Breitbart and all the radio and televised stories about this) and that this was irresponsible.
Were there other factors and agendas at work? Probably. Some apparently obvious and maybe some not so obvious. But that doesn't excuse what the media did to this woman.
Originally posted by abecedarian
reply to post by ~Lucidity
Fine. Beck flipped/flopped. And he did the right thing in doing so.
Sadly, the other involved parties can't come clean like he did.
No need to start a new thread.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
reply to post by abecedarian
I'm still not convinced he flip-flopped. But if he did a very wrong and irresponsible thing to begin with, and that is key here. Some wrongs are hard to undo.
Other parties have also apologized and even offered her a new job. I have not yet gotten to the NAACP angle. The source on that one is harder for me to get a hold of. Maybe you should start a thread on that particular chronology and sequence of events, as factual and objective as possible, and devoid of the sensationalism. That would get us even closer to the big picture of what happened in this situation.
With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA Official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.
The former Agriculture Department official also said she never heard from the NAACP to hear her side of the story prior to its statement on the video. “The NAACP has not tried to contact me one time, and that’s why this happened,” she said. “I would have appreciated having the NAACP at least contact me … to try to get the truth about what happened.”
“I have done more to advance the causes of civil rights in this area than some of them who are sitting in those positions now with the NAACP,” Sherrod continued. “They need to learn something about me. They need to know about my work. They need to know what I have contributed through the years.”
so he makes a mistake, corrects himself, and he's still on the bad side?
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
reply to post by Xtrozero
Semantics. And it wouldn't negate the damage done or the fundamental irresponsibility, which, if I'm remembering the show correctly (pretty much what's in the audio at the link) was pretty bad.
"Ooops, I drove recklessly and killed a child, but if I immediately turn around and say I'm sorry 100 times, it'll make it all better."
People in the spotlight have a greater responsibility to THINK before they slander.
To his credit he did get the word out to MOST of the same people who listen to his show. But neither he nor any of the other people who fell into the trap had much of a choice. They got busted. Live on national TV. However to try to deny they fell into the trap? Naw.
[edit on 7/22/2010 by ~Lucidity]