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Why you say? Well at least most sane people know by now that Fox News cant be trusted and any story they push has a political motivation to hurt President Obama and exacerbate racial tensions.  Can you spell A-R-I-Z-O-N-A?

You probably think I'm crazy, or that the headline you just saw is blasphemy, how can Fox News not be guilty of this ugly sin, they coordinated with Breitbart, posted the story and ran it non-stop on a loop while CNN gave Sherrod the opportunity to explain and defend herself, not only that they also were the first ones to actually call the farmer and found out he actually is friends with Sherrod.

All of that is true, but it is also true that CNN has been legitimizing fringe elements of the Tea Party like Erik Erikson of RedState and Andrew Breitbart.  It is when this voices of HATE and DIVISION are pushed into the public eye as "mainstream" that a disservice is done to America and the world as a whole, and this is the root cause of Sherrod being in the position that she is in now.

I am all for having different viewpoints in any discussion but why do you have to kowtow to extremists? Why do you have to quote what Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck said when you know their only motivations are HATE and DIVISION?

I'm all for freedom of speech and if you have a point of view that is different from someone else you have the right to be heard, but there are different kinds of speech in society, there is acceptable and unacceptable and some of the things the Tea Party have said and done are unacceptable yet in news broadcasts like those of CNN they are threated with KID GLOVES, their blatantly racist actions are "DISCUSSED" and not "ABHORRED" as they should be.

This elements of the extreme right should be made to answer for the reality of their actions and not given a platform for the promotion and acceptance of their lies.

So this week CNN has sold themselves as the "FAIR and BALANCED" alternative to Fox News. The problem for CNN is that it's always easier to say you are fair than to be fair and it's always easier to say you are balanced than to actually be balanced.

What cause has the Tea Party helped in that is not controversial or does not advance HATE and DIVISION in America?  I dare the geniuses @ CNN to name one, just one... I'm waiting.

Seriously, why is the Tea Party deserving of so much more airtime than similar groups and organizations on the left that instead of ginning up hate and hateful rhetoric such as "DEATH PANELS" are helping causes such as the plight of the people in Gulf due to the BP Oil Spill.  

Yea I know a story of a bunch of "hippies" helping wild life and cleanup the gulf is not as sexy or ratings boosting as a bunch of haters throwing bricks through windows, sadly thats the America we live in... correction that's the America CNN portrays us to be... and I beg to differ.

Originally posted to DFutureIsNow on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:21 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Republican brand of HOPE: "I HOPE HE FAILS"... Country First Anyone?

    by DFutureIsNow on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:21:04 AM PDT

  •  It was the idiocy of the Obama admin who is to (3+ / 0-)
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    blame.

    •  I am not absolving them of anything they panicked (3+ / 0-)
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      bustacap, dougymi, rosecar

      But I was just more interested in exposing the media angle of the story, since ironically it's not being explored by the media.  

      I guess because it makes them look bad, like they did not do their homework or had some motivation to ignore the facts.

      Republican brand of HOPE: "I HOPE HE FAILS"... Country First Anyone?

      by DFutureIsNow on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:38:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  And it's people who make statements like (6+ / 0-)

      yours----key word "Obama"----who share in the blame.
       "And here to present the view that Obama is a racist is ......".

    •  Stop cowardly blaming the Obama administration (12+ / 0-)

      and put the blame rightfully where it belongs.

      Racism in the America did not start in Jan 2009, and YOU KNOW IT. The media has willfully participated in the fanning of racial animosity (Tea Party) and made excuses for racist behavior (Tea party = Real Americans with genuine concerns), and have stood by while FOX NEWS have launched a relentless campaign to smear this President and other organizations that try to empower people of color.

      So stop behaving like FOX NEWS and the rest of MSM in trying to shift the focus to the administration headed by the Black president. That is typical cowardly racist behavior. Trying to deny any culpability and blaming the intended target of the vicious act.

      •  why are we not going after the media. (2+ / 0-)
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      •  It was the Obama administration that fired her. (0+ / 0-)

        How, please, is the WH not to blame for okaying that?

        (I know they have dumped it all on Vilsack, but don't even try to tell me that he didn't run it by the political gurus in the West Wing.) And not standing up and accepting responsibility for what was clearly a political decision is typical of this White House. Unfortunately. How do you say it, Mr. President? Rahm? I screwed up. There. Was that so hard?

        We don't need a third party. We need a second party.

        by obiterdictum on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:22:40 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The one thing that made the civil rights protest (0+ / 0-)

          work was committment to the cause if we will commit altogether to do something that will have a impact. we can stop this.

        •  They are to be blamed for firing her and (2+ / 0-)
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          they've apologized and offered her a new job. Can we move on from that now? Can we get to finally holding Breitbart, Fixed News and the complicity of rest of the MSM for smearing this woman in the first place?

          "Palin tried marijuana years ago. She said it distorted her perceptions & impaired her thinking. She hopes the effects will eventually one day wear off." -

          by marabout40 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:25:21 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  There's plenty of blame to go around (1+ / 0-)
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        Sorry, but it's hard to let the Obama Administration off the hook, knowing that they stood by the firing even after the truth came out. It wasn't until the blow back became extremely loud that they felt Shirley Sherrod's firing merited further consideration. This is what happens when an administration lets themselves be led around by the media, or in Fox News case, bogus media. In the future, this administration needs to ridicule or ignore Fox News, not react to it.

        I'm not worried about your state of mind, 'cause, you're not the revolutionary kind - Gomez

        by jhecht on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:23:41 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  how long are we going to blame,they apologized (0+ / 0-)

          Breitbart and Fox News has not. So we condem the ones who at least own up to their errors, then we are contradicting ourselves, when most was on here hollering they should apologize. they did. and offered her job back. But we will sit her stuck on constantly bashing the administration. A administration that comes out and admit when they mess up.

    •  Bullshit (4+ / 0-)
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      Vilsack and some underlings REACTED poorly once Breitbart/Fox launched the smear and the media pushed it out into the mainstream.

      Their reaction was bad and should be addressed, but the vast majority of the blame lies elsewhere.  

      Duh.

      ... and we have seen the black suns | pouring forth the night. -- Clark Ashton Smith

      by bustacap on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:49:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And the USDA did address (5+ / 0-)
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        their "bad reaction." Vilsack made a public and (private) apology which Sherrod accepted. Robert Gibbs also made a public apology on behalf of the administration.

        Where are the apologies from FOX NEWS, Breitbart, et al?

        •  Which is good and I applaud them for it (0+ / 0-)

          How to ensure that a panicked kneejerk reaction like this doesn't ever happen again is what I mean by "should be addressed."

          Once again, the blame doesn't lie with the administration.  Sure, they got some egg on their faces, and it will hopefully be a learning experience.  

          But the actual blame falls on the lying liars who told the lies ... and those who repeated them far and wide without checking.

          ... and we have seen the black suns | pouring forth the night. -- Clark Ashton Smith

          by bustacap on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 08:17:40 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  President Obama went after fox news and people (4+ / 0-)

        called him petty and defended them jake tapper and cnn. He tried now they have comeback against him with a vengence and we are allowing it to happen. How can he fight something so big, when we wont help. yes they dropped the ball but so has americans. We are allowing them to cause racial tensions and when something happens they will be the first there with their microphones,saying President Obama has not had a discussion about race. Talk about being hoodwinked

        •  Anyone who says Barack Obama is afraid to (11+ / 0-)

          deal with race is an ass or damn liar. The very fact that he's the first black POTUS is evidence enough. But, he's also written a book which is practically all about race: his struggles with it, his families and this country. He's given a historic speech on race. Everyday he and his family walk around in their black skins and are the targets of hatemongers and racists is a display of great courage.

          The traditional media has aided and abetted the RW in their vicious campaign to destroy this black man and, by way of collateral damage, the citizens of this country.

          President Obama and members of his administration have gone after Fixed News several times:

          Anita Dunn: Fox News An Outlet For GOP Propaganda

          Obama Blasts Fox News: 'I've Got One Television Station that is Entirely Devoted to Attacking My Administration'

          Obama calls out FOX News and Sean Hannity as promoting hate against himself

          Apart from Rachel, Keith, and Ed I don't see anybody else in the MSM getting his back on this. In fact, I remember earlier this year there was some dust up over the WH refusing allowing Faux News to do an interview and they were pounded by WH reporters who ran to Fixed New's defense.

          Look at how this story is now being played on this networks: no mention of Breitbart and Fraud New's deliberate character assassination of Mrs. Sherrod. Now it's all about the Administration. To here them tell it, the administration got wind of this video that was making the rounds on the internet and fired her over it. That's it. Nothing here people. Move along.

          "Palin tried marijuana years ago. She said it distorted her perceptions & impaired her thinking. She hopes the effects will eventually one day wear off." -

          by marabout40 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:41:58 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Cheryry where the PROOF? (3+ / 0-)
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      That's exactly what the RIGHT WING is preaching as well as CNN Preaches and yet there is

      NO  NONE NADA ZILCH

      PROOF

      Of what you're saying it's all right wing kool aide

      Please vote Democratic in November. If the GOP wins we will all be forced backward another decade, who wants that?

      by Wary on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:49:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  And it's that chick's fault she got raped (0+ / 0-)

      for wearing such a slutty outfit?

  •  My understanding of the "story's" development (2+ / 0-)
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    Monday, July 19:

    8:30 a.m. Breitbart publishes his hit piece
    1:30 p.m. Fox Nation covers Breitbart.
    5:30 p.m. Drudge covers Breitbart.

    Monday prime time: O'Reilly and Hannity coverage.

    As far as I can tell, CNN and other MSN media, including the 3 major broadcast networks, didn't touch the story until Tuesday, after Sherrod resigned. I might be wrong.

    "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

    by cadejo4 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:31:24 AM PDT

    •  I dont dispute those facts BUT the buildup (8+ / 0-)

      to the whole thing happening in the first place.  Not too long ago I saw Andrew Breitbart spewing hate on John Kings USA and not being called on any of it, same with Erik Erikson, that's my problem, I never said CNN was not fair to Sherrod or that Fox had no culpability I just think CNN hurts more for legitimizing the hate speech and division being pushed by the right.

      Republican brand of HOPE: "I HOPE HE FAILS"... Country First Anyone?

      by DFutureIsNow on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:35:55 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I did notice that the bulk of Sherrod's anger, at (5+ / 0-)
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        least in the beginning, was directed at Roland Martin of CNN.  I don't know when he reported on this development, but she was really angry at him for reporting it without calling her or checking facts.
         Ric Sanchez, however, was really patting himself on the back for holding off on the reporting and actually doing some background investigation, and I think his program was the first to have the farmer and his wife on, which brought all the accusations to a screeching halt.

        •  But if you may have noticed (5+ / 0-)

          when Roland Martin tried to shift focus from him/Sherrod to FOX NEWS and Breitbart, they got cut off by CNN.

          Sherrod was angry (rightfully) at Roland Martin because of comments he had made earlier - the same rush to judgment that most in the media engaged in. And Martin was trying to defend his initial position, insisting that racism of any kind should never be tolerated (completely missing Sherrod's point). So that's how they got into an argument.

          Then Sanchez (trying to play all innocent) made a ridiculous comment to the effect that today's generation doesn't know anything about racism because that was a thing of the past. Roland quickly corrected him and pointed out several CURRENT instances of racism occuring today, and then at that point tried to shift the focus on FOX NEWS and Breitbart. Sanchez then told him " yes, that's a good question, and hold that thought for a moment"and that's where  CNN went to commercial. I don't recall them ever completing the discussion, but perhaps they did.

          •  cnn won't call out fox (2+ / 0-)
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            They will call out the fox opinionators, but not the network. Sanchez, whose coverage has been generally excellent on this thing, was not so good on this aspect of it yesterday. He swallowed the kurtz line about some kind of firewall between news and opinion hook line and sinker. Anthony Weiner had to set him straight about fox "news" coverage.  As long as kurtz is employed by cnn, nothing will be said about news coverage at fox. As his column this morning indicates, fox is never responsible for any wrongdoing in their reporting. It's always someone else's fault. cnn follows whatever kurtz says in anything related to media criticism.

            A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

            by dougymi on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:13:28 AM PDT

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          •  You are right. They never did complete that (2+ / 0-)
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            discussion, at least none that I had seen.

        •  NO, Tony Harris did in his 10am show. (3+ / 0-)
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          He had Ms. Sherrod live. Had a lengthy interview.  The farmer's wife, ms. Spooner called in.  That put the news to an overload.

          The truth started unveiling.

          Tony Harris s quiet.

          Rick Sanchez is not.

          But so are the facts.

      •  Breitbart has also been allowed to spew hate (8+ / 0-)

        on the Dylan Ratigan Show. He has worked alongside Arianna Huffington and is credited with developing her website (Huffington Post). The so-called "librul" media has been harboring this malignancy knowing the kind of person he is. He was involved in the Okeefe scandal and they continued to give him a platform even after his dishonest hand in helping to defund ACORN was revealed.

        God only knows how many other "Breitbarts" are being currently reared in the librul and conservative media. I believe I see some of them on this very site from time to time.

      •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

        Even when they try, as Anderson Cooper did last night, to call out Breitbart and Fox, they insert a caveat:  "both sides do it".  In an otherwise straight and fair report, at least four times during the hour he claimed both the right and left are guilty of the "same things" without any substantiation.  

        I'd like some examples.  Where are the left "swiftboaters"?  Where is our Willy Horton?

        Frankly, I think it's hopeless where cable is concerned.  At Fox it's tits and asses, CNN gives us Eric the Red and Rich Sanchez thanks him for alway telling the "truth" and MSNBC continues to pay long-time, full-time racist Pat Buchanan and Morning Blow.  

        I give up.

        "Armageddon was yesterday. Today we have a serious problem."

        by Lying eyes on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 10:19:12 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  What about MSNBC's (1+ / 0-)
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    responsibility? They are duplicite as well.

  •  Last Night I watched Anderson Cooper (7+ / 0-)

    everyone on twitter was PRAISING his program, how FAIR he was in getting to the 'truth' so I just had to watch.

    Indeed, it was a fairly good program for Anderson Cooper--who to me is like MSNBC's idiot Dylan Ratigan--but I'll put that aside.

    Anyway when that segment was OVER--know what old Cooper did?

    He PIVOTED to that OTHER 'Concern' of 'conservative bloggers' of ANOTHER case "Obama administration is DUCKING and HIDING from' as well as the rest of the media--

    the BLACK PANTHER non story---

    Yep he did! Old Slanderson Cooper BEST BUDDIES of the conservative tea baggin buddies, when John King is not around.

    Please vote Democratic in November. If the GOP wins we will all be forced backward another decade, who wants that?

    by Wary on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:06:13 AM PDT

  •  Put the blame where it belongs: (5+ / 0-)

    On the liars that started this shit KNOWING it was false.

    I can't believe all the diaries and comments blaming CNN, Vilsack, Obama, Gibbs, and everyone but Breitbart and Fox.

    A lot of people got duped by these scumbags. A lot of people got duped by Bernie Madoff. I don't see too many people suggesting Madoff's victims are equally culpable.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:08:26 AM PDT

    •  Plus whoever fed the video to Breitbart (0+ / 0-)

      It'd be interesting to know who that was, just to tie up the loose ends.

      "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

      by cadejo4 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:11:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  My guess is (1+ / 0-)
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        it was his BFF James O'Keefe. Or he did it himself.

        But HE DID IT. Not CNN. Not Vilsack.

        Credit where credit is due, and all that.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:17:44 AM PDT

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        •  My hope is Sherrod sues Breitbart (0+ / 0-)

          The source of the video would then have to be revealed.

          "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

          by cadejo4 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:20:45 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  You are aware that the video was played on a (1+ / 0-)
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        public access cable in GA.

        That was why I was mad at NAACP.  They knew the lady and had invited her to their event.  Instead of rushing to put out a statement at 12am, they had the ownership of the tape.  All those in the GA area that were their members that attended the event in March of 2010, the NAACP couldn't get an answer in a Giffy?

        Something stinks to high Heavens on this story.  It has not added up for me.

    •  Well Fox and Madoff are both kind of the same (0+ / 0-)

      Like any con man, they blame the victims.

      "...Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order." FDR

      by wrights on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:13:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  We are all at fault (2+ / 0-)
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    We are a nation of ego-driven addicts. We abuse our fellow humans and planet daily and find lesser scapegoats for the wrongdoing we don't wish to admit to ourselves.

    Denial is our way of life and the most insidious form of dishonesty.

    Point fingers if you want, but FEAR is the key to our ego-driven society.

    We are all guilty of assassinating the character of a family member, friend, co-worker, etc.

    We need to grow beyond ego and fear.

  •  I could not disagree more strongly. (0+ / 0-)

    CNN puts idiots on the air - without filter - to allow people to see what they're saying and to make their case.

    NPR has been known to do the same thing.

    So does freaking C-SPAN with their Washington Journal call-in show.

    I just disagree with the premise that allowing someone to get on camera somehow "legitimizes" them.  Erick Erickson has been hidden in plain sight for years - just like Stormfront, FAIR, and other groups of extremists.  Erickson knows that freedom of speech means he can say inflammatory things with impunity.  This is nothing new.

    So, putting him on TV just ensures that people outside of his RWNJ bubble actually hear the insanity that he delivers.

    As it turns out, folks like Erickson do much worse than, say, Joan Walsh at Salon.com when it comes to looking legitimate on the TV.

    Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

    by Benintn on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:13:56 AM PDT

  •  Always PIE. Otherwise, "yes."// (0+ / 0-)

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