White House misled by dishonest conservatives

Sorry for the redundant title.

The Tea Party movement has been getting a lot of criticism lately due to its inherent racism. As a counter, some of its biggest supporters found a video from March of a black Agricultural Department employee, Shirley Sherrod, giving a speech to the NAACP where she said she once did not give her full help to a white farmer 24 years ago. Except it didn’t really find a video where she said that. It found a video with an entirely different point and context and then made a bunch of dishonest edits.

The two-minute, 38-second clip posted Monday by Biggovernment.com was presented as evidence that the NAACP was hypocritical in its recent resolution condemning what it calls racist elements of the tea party movement. The website’s owner, Andrew Breitbart, said the video shows the civil rights group condoning the same kind of racism it says it wants to erase.

In the clip posted on Biggovernment.com, Sherrod described the first time a white farmer came to her for help. It was 1986, and she worked for a nonprofit rural farm aid group. She said the farmer came in acting “superior” to her and she debated how much help to give him.

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with helping a white person save their land,” Sherrod said.

Initially, she said, “I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do” and gave him only enough help to keep his case progressing. Eventually, she said, his situation “opened my eyes” that whites were struggling just like blacks, and helping farmers wasn’t so much about race but was “about the poor versus those who have.”

Sherrod was initially forced to resign from her position, but has now been offered to return (though to a different position for some reason). The White House has apologized.

I can’t say I’m surprised a political organization, especially a conservative one, would pull this sort of dishonest stunt. It’s expected. But what is surprising is the fact that Glenn Beck has managed to say something reasonable.

32 Responses

  1. The racism was demonstrated by the crowd, not by Sherrod’s story of enlightenment. The White House’s inept overreaction was an unintended consequence of posting the VIDEO… as well as a great example of their poor judgement and malicious intent.

    Which brings us to the point that the NAACP owns the video, so, hasn’t the left had access to it in it’s entirety from the beginning? Further, what is misleading about a video displaying an NAACP crowd laughing and cheering a story of racism in action?

    The edited clip displays exactly what Breitbart claims. Even if it was a game of some kind… this would be right out of the liberal LEFT play book. They are seasoned experts at ‘taking things out of context’ to smear and discredit.

    I like your blog, best wishes with school in Maine. Click on over and read some Conservative thoughts at my blog, feel free to comment! Thanks for the conversation!

  2. The relevant part begins around 16:45. The only point where anyone chuckled was when Sherrod said something to the effect of “He was trying to show he was superior to me. I knew what he was doing. And the whole time he was trying to show he was superior to me, I was thinking just how much help I was going to give him.”

    Overall, the crowd agreed with Sherrod’s conclusions of reconciliation and it being about the haves and have-nots.

  3. Shit like this is right from the right wing playbook. This has been standard operating procedure of the right wing since Tricky Dick Nixon. You can also expect right wing nuts to accuse the left of doing the fucking crap that the right does all the time. That is also standard operating procedure.

    I do not think that piece of gonzo bozo journalism by that slug Glen Beck is any kind of apology. Just listen to the snide, unfair digs he throws in as he sanctimoniously spews his hatred.

    Just go look at the flaming racist remarks and the lies on the comments at the link in first paragraph of this article above – that is the clear representation of the right wing and the tea party scum.

  4. This is an absurd post.

    The USDA made her resign, not Glen Beck, not Andrew Breitbart, and not Rush Limbaugh. The USDA and no one else is at fault.

    Racism is okay if it happened 24 years plus one day ago? Is that the new rule?

    I realize the point of her talk was that her views on racism changed. Sorry I don’t really care, she abused her power for discriminatory purposes and that’s enough for me.

    Bob, this isn’t any kind of ‘play’ from any right wing play book. It’s a political play and nothing more. Don’t try and claim that republicans are anymore devious than anyone else. It’s just not true, and you do your, seemingly, considerable intelligence an injustice by making claims like that.

  5. Oh and don’t forget, Black Panthers at your polling place are more scared of you than you are of them. Especially if you’re a cracker.

  6. I stand by what I said Nate. Your post is wrong. Every sentence is pure bullshit.

    Paragraph 1: the Reich wing group doctored the recording and got caught – you are wrong.

    Paragraph 2: The white family praised what she did back then and said she saved their farm – you are wrong.

    Paragraph 3: Pure made up nonsense – you are wrong.

    Paragraph 4: It is the right wing standard practice – there are hundreds of examples by the right wing vs a few on the left. – You are, as usual, wrong again.

    The right wing is suffused with ignorance, hatred, racism, bigotry, misogyny and anti-science.

  7. Do you work for the Democratic party or do you spread your hate free of charge?

  8. Hate belongs to the right wing. Too bad you confuse it with facts. When you can’t refute the facts then you misdirect. Yet another right wing pathetic tactic.

  9. Hate belongs to those who spread it, not to those with a particular party or political affiliation.

    I don’t care what the family thinks. It was a clear case of racism. If a black person said that being denied a job or anything else worked out fine, it would still be racism.

    The left is, just as, if not more adept at spreading lies and hate and editing videos. Again, the fault here lies with those who did not investigate before they took action. The ineptness of the current administration is the real issue, not where the video was clipped.

  10. The left is, just as, if not more adept at spreading lies and hate and editing videos.

    Yet another HUGE tactic of the the right wing: repeat some nonsense over and over again and some fuckwit will believe it. Case in point: Sadaam Hussein was responsible for 911.

    Again, the fault here lies with those who did not investigate before they took action. The ineptness of the current administration is the real issue, not where the video was clipped.

    Again, another platitude that is meaningless from you. Someone does something nasty and you blame it on a victim. Is that the Republican way? Oh yes, I forgot, it is.

    Do you want to talk about ineptness? Lets talk about the Dumbya administration and how it was completely inept at sizing up Afghanistan where it should have taken a bigger stance and Iraq where it either knew nothing of the situation or lied about it all (most likely). Lets talk about the 150,000 people who were killed in Iraq due to right wing ineptness.

    Lets talk about the Dumbya administration ineptness in handling the environment.

    Lets talk about the Dumbya administration ineptness in handling the economy.

    Lets talk about the Dumbya administration ineptness in handling the deficit.

    Lets talk about the Dumbya administration ineptness in handling the taxes.

    Lets talk about the Dumbya administration ineptness in handling the health care.

    Lets talk about the Dumbya administration ineptness in handling the supreme court picks.

    and we can go on an on about dozens of more issues because every fucking thing the Dumbya administration did was either inept, incompetent, malicious, cruel or counter to the interests of the citizens of the US.

    So now I hope you are finished shifting balme from the victims and begin to realize how disgusting the right wing operates.

  11. blame

  12. Who’s diverting?

    I don’t think W is president anymore… How many years will it be until this is Obamas war? Believe me, its already his.

    Everything you’ve listed for W has been repeated, albeit with better diction,with equal ineptitude by the Obama-messiah.

    The environment? Obamas inspectors allowed that rig to operate after finding safety issues.

    The economy? Its a good thing we got stimulated, so employment didn’t rise above 8.5%!!!!

    Deficit and taxes? Its gotten no better and you are a fool if you don’t see how our situation on both these things has gotten worse.

    Health care? Dear God… If it gets run as efficiently as the post office, or god forbid the civilian army administration than we are all going to be begging for Tylenol forget everything else.

    Awww, poor you, you disagree with W’s court picks. I disagree with O’s, yet we still have decisions we each applaud. Liberal judges ruling on their personal opinions are no better than conservative ones doing the same. Fair is not a word I care to hear when talking about the courts. Impartial is.

    Obama is inept. He is a post turtle. let me know if that needs further explanation.

  13. I don’t think W is president anymore… How many years will it be until this is Obamas war? Believe me, its already his.

    You mean the war that Dumbya started and fucked up and that Obama is winding down? Yes. Obama took responsibility unlike Dumbya. Once again you are wrong Nate.

    Or the Afghanistan war that Dumbya started and fucked up royally? Yes, Obama has taken true responsibility. Once again you are wrong Nate.

    Deficit and taxes? Its gotten no better and you are a fool if you don’t see how our situation on both these things has gotten worse.

    You are the fool, Nate. It will be years to undo all the real damage the right wing has done there. They, with Dumbya had YEARS to screw us over, so it takes time. It is already far better. Once again you are wrong Nate.

    Health care?…

    Something was FINALLY done here, despite the Republicans and right wing trying to fuck over the US citizens and give more profits to insurance companies who contribute NOTHING of value to the economy. Once again you are wrong Nate.

    You are so full of shit, Nate, that I bet the room smells every time you open your mouth. Your positions could not be any more wrong and I will continue to blow away your nonsense here.

    Dumbya, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, et. al. were not only inept but criminal in their despicable conduct and traitors to the US citizens.

  14. Here is a TYPICAL Republican and how he thinks (lack of thinking is more like it):

    http://thethingsrepublicanshate.com/?p=11

    Also see the “Things Republicans love” page.

  15. I guess we’ll see who’s right in November. I’ve read through quite a bit of the new ‘health care’ bill and it has less to do with fixing the system and more to do with democratic payoffs.

    We’ll also have to wait and see in 2012 whether O can get a second term like W. I kind of doubt it unless the republicans take either the house and senate this year.

  16. And that website is not accurate at all, being a republican myself, its a misrepresentation of anything and everything.

    Very funny though, I can appreciate humor.

  17. The owner of the web site calls himself a Republican, not me.

  18. Which is why it makes good humor. Its good for you to laugh at yourself.

  19. Michael, did you see Rachel Maddow’s takedown? Fox and the right wing have a long history of stirring up white fear of the “black thug”.

    http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2010/07/22/required-viewing-maddow-takes-down-fox-news

  20. I’m not sure I would believe anything that comes out of her mouth.

    The black panthers do a good enough job of slandering their own race. They don’t need fictitious right wing stirring.

  21. Rachel Maddow is fantastic. Her show does actual research for a story. It is Hannity and Limbaugh and Glen Beck and all of Fox ‘news’ who make shit up and lie through their teeth. But right wing media has never been reliable or told any truth.

  22. Yet another video from the cream of the crop of the right wing. Read the paranoia at the end. THIS is your typical ignorant tea party participant:

  23. Excellent article by PZ Myers. He sums up the right wing perfectly:

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/lessons_learned_from_breitbart.php

  24. “The gay community is made up of pedophiles.”

    That is a statement just as true as your condemnations of ‘the right wing’.

    Certainly some homosexuals are pedophiles, but I dare say not all or even most.

  25. Your inane statements prove my point, Nate. Thanks!

    I deal in specific facts and you spew inane generalities. Contact me when you get even near the big leagues.

  26. I’ll be glad too, but looking at your “facts” I dont think much of the big league, I’d rather play AA ball if this is what you pass off as “fact”.

  27. Its easy your way – devoid of facts, evidence, logic. So pathetic.

  28. If you say so, many times your posts degrade into a sort of vitriol more suited for the 3rd grade.

  29. Yet more hatred and lunacy from the right wing and the religious:

    http://tinyurl.com/38blc7k

    Excerpt:

    These high-profile victories have earned him the enmity of the hardcore Christian Right and the mentally unstable. And the crazies are getting crazier. Weinstein and his family are bombarded with hate mail, from the grammatically incorrect and easy to dismiss — “I hope all your kids turn out gay as hell, take it in the ass, and get aids and die!!!!” — to the kind of threats that immediately make you leap out of your chair and double-check that the doors and windows are locked. (MRFF has referred multiple death threats on Mikey, his family, and MRFF employees to the FBI.)

  30. And yet more right wing bullshit:

    http://tinyurl.com/3yndpnq

  31. “I’m not sure I would believe anything that comes out of her mouth.

    The black panthers do a good enough job of slandering their own race. They don’t need fictitious right wing stirring.”

    not sure what a near-defunct group from the 1970s has to do with Maddow or the race baiting that the right wing is engaging in now… (please don’t tell me you buy that hysteria about the “New Black Panther” voter intimidation).

  32. I buy their website. Please compare it to the KKK website.

    Not that I endorse either group, but the difference is quite stark.

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