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    Still Waiting For Apologies

    Still Waiting For Apologies

    Now that the left-wing blogosphere and Democratic media operatives Media Matters and Think Progress have found the Religion of Context when it comes to Shirley Sherrod …

    how about finally apologizing for the months long smear in 2009 that Census worker Bill Sparkman was killed by anti-government, Tea Party-affiliated, right-wing talk show inspired extremists. Think Progress, which is leading the charge on Sherrod, linked the Sparkman killing to Michele Bachmann’s concerns that the Census was too intrusive, and numerous left-wing bloggers did the same.

    There never was a shred of evidence to support the allegations, and it turned out that Sparkman committed suicide.

    And while we’re at it, how about some apologies for all the false allegations by Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Charles Blow and numerous left-wing bloggers claiming that health care protesters were violent, and falsely linking the Tea Parties to the Amy Bishop shooting, the IRS Plane Crasher, the Fort Hood attack, and the Pentagon shooter.

    And while we’re at it, all the left-wing bloggers who called health care protesters thugs and a mob and astroturf and terrorists and Birthers and harassers and manufactured and frightening and vicious and “Karl Rove’s wet dream.”

    And while we’re at it, the Democratic Party and left-wing bloggers who have seized on a strategy of painting all political opponents as crazy.

    And while we’re at it, how about Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer apologizing for calling health care protesters “un-American“; and Harry Reid for comparing opposition to Obamacare to opposition to ending slavery; and Sheldon Whitehouse for invoking Kristallnacht and comparing health care opponents to white supremacists; and Alan Grayson and his groupies for saying Republicans wanted patients to die; and the Southern Poverty Law Center for serving as a tool of the Democratic Party by branding legitimate political opposition as racist.

    And while we’re at it, how about all those who have elevated the use of the race card to the central tool in the Democratic Party arsenal, thereby tearing at the fabric of this country (and ruining my Saturday nights).

    And while we’re at it, the Democratic base which thinks it’s a riot to make fun of Trig Palin.

    There are so many apologies needed. Shirley Sherrod is the least of them.

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    Good Lieutenant | July 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

    >She is still a left wing nut-case, but the portion of the clip unfairly depicted her story.

    No, it didn't. It depicted what it depicted. Breitbart made no "edit" of the video – he presented the excerpt he was given. There was no "alteration" or "edit" made. It was just an excerpted clip that he was given on a DVD in April, and was denied the full video by the NAACP when he asked for it prior to publishing.

    Details matter. Context matters.

    You know – like it does when Media Matters ships and clips and bastardizes conservative quotes from Rush Limbaugh or anybody else and fills in its own "context" between its snips of transcripts.

    One might say they engage in the same behavior they accuse and chide others for engaging in. Times ten.

    Breitbart didn't fire the NAACP racist. Obama did.

    Whether or not Shirley Sherrod is owed an apology has nothing to do with the fact that so many liberal pundits and politicians are hypocritical little shits.

    The point of the video wasn't Sherrod anyway. It was the reaction of those in attendance before the full context had unfolded. Interesting that when she states that she was learning it wasn't about race but class, the response was awkward and she quickly moves on.

    Breitbart had an article and TWO videos that prompted all of this… not ONE.

    It is necessary to read the article, see both videos and understand what he is saying within the framework of the article. Those videos showed what was necessary to support the article – the audience reaction to a racist remark. Out of a 41 minute video, how many will watch for the minute or so that the comments in the two clips appear? Would anyone do that? We would hear complaints of 'its too hard to find' or 'what part of the video is it on?' or 'can't you edit this down?'

    Anyone looking at BOTH videos understood Sherrod's timeline and that she got 'past' the immediate racial context and then moved on to another context about poverty and race. That position, not just the context, is supported by the full presentation.

    I am dismayed by the full presentation as it shows a government worker who does not understand their responsibilities, hold to them thusly demonstrating ethics, and who refuses to separate out her work descriptions from political viewpoint. The concept of the USDA running its own home mortgage system (which I had not known about) was horrifying, to say the least. But no one notices these things due to the race card being thrown around. That is a couple of weeks of 'sensitivity training' purgatory in my books, not a grounds for firing based on the outcomes seen. The rest of it? Major problems, but that is only based on the responsibility of federal employees to the public and differentiating work from personal life and political advocacy.

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