Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fox News Had A "Mediagasm" Over False Sherrod Story

The Huffington Post produced a video showing how Fox News had a "mediagasm" over the story of Shirley Sherrod, a black woman who worked for the USDA and was falsely depicted as racist by a conservative blogger's edited video. In a March 27 speech to the NAACP, Sherrod focused on overcoming personal prejudice; the video presented her as still harboring prejudice. One Fox commentator after another vehemently condemned Sherrod, not bothering to examine the entire speech. Only after the truth came out did Glenn Beck admit that "context matters." Watch:

Fox's Shepard Smith condemned his own station and stated why his program did not cover the story:

We here at Studio B did not run the video and did not reference the story in any way for many reasons, among them: we didn't know who shot it, we didn't know when it was shot, we didn't know the context of the statement, and because of the history of the videos on the site where it was posted, in short we do not and did not trust the source.

Not running with a story before one fully investigates every aspect of it. Imagine that. Shepard Smith is the exception, not the rule, at Fox.

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