Breitbart, Fox and Their Rush To Judgement

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    As the dust settles on the fake racist story surrounding Ms. Shirley Sherrod, the one thing that must be remembered is that both Andrew Breitbart and Fox News failed to proper journalistic prodcedures and in doing so showed a clear lack of ethics.

    The big push now, on Fox of course is that "Breitbart was set up." Poor Andrew is now the victim. Not true

    Breitbart had an obligation to insure that the video clips he used gave a full, complete and accurate portrayal of the events as they transpired in the meeting that Ms. Sherrod was addressing and he FAILED TO DO SO.

    Breitbart claims that he asked "The relevent clips." The adress by Ms. Sherrod to the N.A.A.C.P. lasted 40-Minutes, yet only the clip made available lasted at best 2-minutes, and was heavily edited. The clip of Ms. Sherrod attempted to show that she was addressing a very recent meeting of the N.A.A.C.P., when in fact the clip shown dated back to at least 1986. In 1986 Ms. Sherrod WAS NOT an employee of the United States Department of Agriculture. In fact, Ms. Sherrod did not join the federal work force until 2009. At no time did Breitbart make any attempt to let people who would view the tape know that the meeting was over 20 years old, nor did Breitbart attempt demonstrate that Ms. Sherrod, at the time of vid, was NOT employed by the Federal Government.

    Breitbart, who claims to be a journalist/blogger failed to do the most basic of research on this story, and instead used a doctored tape in an attempt to show an African-American Woman, a State Employee telling an audience that she had engaged in discrimination against a Caucasian Farmer.

    Fox News, who claims to be "Fair and Balanced" did not check the validity of the tape, nor did Fox attempt to proper research on the meeting, where the meeting was held or when (1986) the meeting was held. Instead of doing basic source checking, Fox ran story after story of how Ms. Sherrod, a Government Official had engaged racial discrimination against a poor White Farmer. Never mind the fact that the Farmer, who has since come forward to say that Ms. Sherrod treated him fairly and did the very best she could for him and did in fact save his farm, has said he considers Ms. Sherrod a friend.

    In the past both Breitbart and Fox have been caught using heavily edited tapes to create stories that in the end have proven not to be true. The "A.C.O.R.N." scandle comes to mind. Where some wanna be right-wing tool, dressed as a pimp and a woman wearing a skirt that went all the way up to glory, taped (without permission) staff of A.C.O.R.N. offices giving "Advice" on how to bring in under age girls to work as prostitutes. Fox played this footage day after day, calling A.C.O.R.N. out for helping a pimp and hooker to bring young girls to work for them.

    Well, it turns out that the tape(s) used in that story were in fact edited for content and in no way actually, honestly, or factually showed what transpired.

    In fact, "Pimp" boy is now facing criminal prosecution in California, because under California State Law, it is IN FACT AGAINST THE LAW TO TAPE AN INDIVIDUAL OR INDIVIDUALS UNKNOWN WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION!!!

    Fox and Breitbart have shown time and again that rather than attempting to discern fact from fiction, they are about sensational stories that have little or nothing to do with reality.

    Breitbart is once again proven to a liar. Fox is hardly fair and balanced.

    Anyone who uses them as a source should remember this. Unless of course your more interested in posting lies than the truth.
     
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    I would love to know how anyone could feel that Breitbart was set up? Wasn't HE the one who started this whole charade?
     
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    Kinda leaves one wondering about the NAACP, the USDA and the WH rush to judgment.

    But, whatever floats your boat ther Traveler.
     
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    O'Reilly last night apologized for his 'rush to judgment' which was in fact taking the first half of the story at face value and not doing his homework which required the offensive comments to be put within their full context. Within their full context, the comments were not offensive. O'Reilly admitted his error due to laziness in research and made no excuses for it.

    However, Ms. Sherrod was fired BEFORE Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, or Sustern had broadcast a single syllable. The White House hadn't done any homework either, but then it rarely does.

    There is plenty of other ammunition to use against Ms. Sherrod which is no doubt why she refused to go onto any of those shows who all gave her opportunity to do so last night, but she was not guilty of the initial accusation.

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    Just one more in a list

    Democrats/Mainstream Media: Let's Ignore The Real Crime.

    Firing Sharrod
    Chapaquiddic
    Blago
    JFK/Vietnam
    Congress/Iraq
    The A to Z Guide of Clinton Scandals
     
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    Well it is typical of the leftwing media to focus on the sins of Breitbart and Fox while ignoring that the Obama administration fired the woman before any of it was out on the airways or into the mainstream.

    So where was the real rush to judgment?
     
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    The WH and everyone associated with this story, minus Breitbart and Faux News has apologized profusley for putting Sharrod through the ringer. How are they ignoring it again?
     
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    The real rush to judegment was made by this administration and by the guy who fired Sharrod. Both have come out and explained as much and apologized for same. What more do you want?
     
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    I dont think he was set up. I think he screwed up...and bad.
    He lost my confidence. I will never believe what comes off his site without further investigation.

    But I heard rumor yet to be able to confiurm it that Jealous was in the audience when she spoke. If he was, why did HE rush to judgement?
     
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    This is why now more than ever, regardless of how 'sensational' a "Breaking News" story is, one must take it with a grain of salt until all the facts are in. I have fallen for this nonsense too many times in the past and posted a 'gut reaction' comments to something that turned out to be total nonsense and misrepresentations, distortions and flat out lies.

    The bad part is that for those who are the 'target' or the recipient of such stories suffer substantial damage to their credibility, even when they stories are retracted or 'corrected'. Like statements made in court before a jury and the judge orders them to disregard the testimony, the statements are already placed in the minds of the jury. Someone should be held liable for these 'errors in judgement'.

    What do we do to correct this, 'tool', used by many, to force changes in public opinions which enhance agendas at the expense of the subject(s) or organization(s)?
     

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