Commentary: The Unfair Firing of Shirley Sherrod

While checking news alerts on my BlackBerry yesterday morning, I, along with most of the country, saw the story about Shirley Sherrod, an African-American Department of Agriculture official who admitted at an NAACP banquet last March that she once failed to help a White farmer because of his race. A partial video clip from this speech had been posted on the website of right wing publisher Andrew Breitbart, under the heading "Video Proof: The NAACP Awards Racism." The clip made the rounds on other conservative blogs and FOX News, and almost immediately Sherrod lost her job... Here's what you had to say: Bebi commented: "First and foremost, Andrew Breitbart -- the instigator of this entire situation, should be the target. He deliberately manipulated the video to show what he wanted. I think his actions are horrible and he should have to make a formal and public apology to Mrs. Sherrod." Lady DM wrote: "President Obama, shame on you. You should have listened and watched the whole video and not get the story from a fourth, fifth or even a sixth party?"
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