Fox News spreading race-baiting garbage is old (and all too often ignored) news. So is their spreading Breitbart disinformation. So is their getting caught at it. So, unfortunately, is people reacting to the original smears without waiting to see if or when they’re debunked. But what’s new now, in the latest big-time Fox-promoted, Breitbart-originated conservative disinformation scandal, the smearing of Shirley Sherrod, is that one of the defenses Fox and Breitbart’s people are deploying sounds a lot like something out of the 1970s comedy Animal House. That’s right, gang, it’s the Stratton Defense — "You f—ed up! You trusted us!"
BIG GOVERNMENT BLOGGER: If this story is true, and there is no reason to doubt her, it shows the extent that Breitbart, Fox,and the Tea Party have gotten under the skin of the White House. Rather then to think it through they overreacted and forced Sherrod to pull over on the side of the road and resign without telling her side of the story.
And here’s the Fox version thereof, courtesy of Media Matters:
asserted that, in Perino’s words, "before the news even broke, she had
resigned." Perino then stated that "everyone’s nerves are raw and exposed on
these racial questions, and I think we should all look before we leap." Doocy
then stated: "What was the big hurry for them to condemn her in the first place?
I don’t get it, because the totality of what she said was out there."
Rosen: "Did the White House
essentially railroad an innocent woman in this?" On the July
20 edition of Fox News’ Happening Now, James Rosen reported that
the additional context from Sherrod’s speech "appeared to corroborate" her
statement that she was telling the story of "how she came to see beyond race,"
and then asked: "Did the White House essentially railroad an innocent woman in
this because they are on edge themselves because of the Van Jones controversy,
the Black Panthers Party case, and other controversies?
Yes, the NAACP, the USDA and the White House shouldn’t have been so quick to jump when Fox and Breitbart told them to. But one mustn’t forget who told them to jump in the first place.