Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shirley Sherrod: Fox News Is Unprofessional, Racist

In apologizing to Shirley Sherrod, who worked for the USDA and was falsely depicted as racist by a conservative blogger's edited video, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated, "Members of this administration, members of the media, members of different political factions on both sides of this have all made determinations and judgments without a full set of facts."

Exactly which media outlet in particular played up the story and didn't check its veracity? Read Sherrod's account in an interview with Media Matters. There's no surprise here:

[Sherrod]...said Fox News never checked the facts with her before posting a story and the video clip. "Not before they reported it," she said of Fox's negligence. "They have called me today and initially I had said yes (to an interview), but I thought about it and I did not think they intended to be fair in their reporting. They are going to say what they want to say regardless of what I say."

She said Fox showed no professionalism in continuing to bother her for an interview, but failing to correct their coverage. "I think they should but they won't. They intended exactly what they did. They were looking for the result they got yesterday," she said of Fox. "I am just a pawn. I was just here. They are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person."

Still, Fox continued to push for an interview with her, Sherrod said. "It was unbelievable. I am refusing to be on there. They have been calling me and calling me. I have refused to do an interview because they are biased," she explained. "I don't think Fox News does it fairly. It is worse so now. I have sat and listened to the way they cover the news even before this administration and I saw what was going on."

Sherrod said this situation has worsened her view of racism in media coverage. "I think it is race. You think we have come a long way in terms of race relations in this country, but we keep going backwards," she said. "We have become more racist. This was their doing, Breitbart put that together misrepresenting what I was saying and Fox carried it."


J.R. said...

Personally, if I were Ms. Sherrod I would lawyer myself up and file a tort claim of defamation of character against the blogger, Fox (we manufacture the news) Network, their reporting staff and management. A libel cause of action was brought against the New York Times at one time based upon a reckless disregard for the truth...also known as actual malice. That would seem to apply to Fox.

I would like to see that scum network brought to their knees.

Jeff Tone said...

J.R.: Yes, Fox has a reckless disregard for the truth. But coupled with that, wouldn't the suit also have to prove that there was a deliberate attempt to malign to win a charge of libel?

It seems like it would be a tough case to win. But we can dream, can't we?

Michael, The Molar Maven said...

You don't think there was a deliberate attempt to malign? Also, i can't say that I am pleased with the way the administration handled this incident. Once again it appears to be afraid of Fox and its epigones.

Jeff Tone said...

I think there was a deliberate attempt on the part of Breitbart and Fox to malign. Yes, the administration is running scared of Fox. They're too quick to get rid of anyone Fox attacks.