Rightbloggers on Shirley Sherrod: "You Fucked up -- You Trusted Us!"
But if you follow only rightbloggers for news (and why wouldn't you? MSM lies!), you'd know that the real villains here are President Obama, the NAACP, black people in general, even Shirley Sherrod -- everyone and anyone but the people who smeared her.
Breitbart had been gunning for the NAACP since some black Democrats claimed in March that Tea Party people had shown them racist treatment. With the Sherrod tape, in which she was shown saying she'd once, as an employee of a non-profit, failed to give a white farmer who came for her help "the full force of what I could do," Breitbart announced he'd uncovered "video evidence of racism coming from a federal appointee and NAACP award recipient." Even worse, the audience was seen chuckling appreciatively at her story -- proof that all of them hate Whitey!
Because black racism is the only kind today's conservatives believe exists, rightbloggers luxuriated in Breitbart's truncated tape. (So did Fox News, which by now is basically just a large-screen projection of rightblogging.)
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit railed against "the former civil rights group known as the NAACP" and claimed the "Radical Obama Official" Sherrod "admits in a speech at the NAACP that she discriminated against farmers because they were white."
Moonbattery gave "Shirley 'Black Power' Sherrod," a "Pea Brain Award" (pictured below) for "admitted institutional racism." "Simply put," said Sister Toldjah, "it's ok to be a racist in this country as long as you are a black Democrat."
As usually happens with mobs of this character, their outrage slopped over from Sherrod to the the rest of the black folks in the room. Dan Riehl, in addition to calling Sherrod "A Racist And A Marxist," added that the NAACP were "House Slaves Of A Mostly White DNC."
Winning this week's Chutzpah Trophy, the American Spectator's Jeffrey Lord actually compared the NAACP to racist screamer Mel Gibson. "Mel and the NAACP. What stories. What legends," wrote Lord. "And what both now appear to have in common is that each has been living a very sad lie."
But Breitbart's video showed only a small part of Sherrod's speech. When context was added (transcript here, video here), Sherrod's remarks were revealed to mean almost exactly the opposite of what had been claimed for them.
She told the crowd that because of her own brutal experience of racism (her father had been murdered; because his killers were white, they were never brought to justice), she had been less than eager at first to help the white farmer. But once she saw how badly he'd been served by the white lawyer to whom she'd taken hem, she stepped in on his behalf. "Well, working with him made me see that it's really about those who have versus those who don't, you know," she said. "And they could be black, and they could be white..."
To top it all off, the farmer in question and his wife backed Sherrod up on that, and said they remain grateful for her help.
Before the truth could come out, though, both the USDA and the NAACP had already over-reacted, the first by firing Sherrod, the second by condemning her remarks. It is presumed that they didn't want to give the black-racism crowd any ammunition for the next news cycle.
When the truth came out, both the USDA and the NAACP apologized.
But a depressing number of rightbloggers didn't see any reason why they should.