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Qtec
07-22-2010, 04:54 AM
The recent Shirley Sherrod drama can be split into two issues.

1. The smear.
2. The Govt reaction.

Issue 2.
The Govt could have come out of this if they had followed their own advice. Last year the Obama Admin said that Fox was not a news channel, just another extension of the GOP propaganda machine. The constant race baiting from the RW has had an effect, the lies do penetrate especially when you have an entire 'news' channel blasting out lies 24/7, day after day.


Issue 1.

Breitbart posted a clip out of context which appeared to be racist. It was edited to show that this woman discriminating against a white farmer. IT WAS A LIE!
Fox ran with this LIE , never bothering to check out the context because they didn't care. They don't report the news or the facts, they MAKE the news despite the facts.
The most trusted name in news they say. Remember the Madrassa story? How did that turn out?



I hope Shirley sues Fox for damages. They lynched her on the air waves.


Q.......

Sev
07-22-2010, 05:59 AM
Due diligence was not performed by either the White House or Fox.

That being said. Left leaning media has been guilty of the same.

It does not make it right in either case. CNN had a discussion about this yesterday.

However the administration claims to be composed of the brightest and the best. That they failed to investigate the validity of the video prior to taking action with another knee jerk reaction shows that somebodies hand is not on the rudder.

Of course this could have all been smoke and mirrors to divert attention from the Finance Bill that was signed into law yesterday.
Another huge piece of legislation that apparently few if any know what is in it and what the ramifications of it will be.

The administration saw an opportunity to bury their story with minimal damage and took it. More political maneuvering.

Its not beyond the realm of possibility.

Qtec
07-22-2010, 06:16 AM
No.


The WH did not perform due diligence, Fox didn't care if it was true or not! It was supporting their 'Race bait' agenda and they ran with it.



Q

pooltchr
07-22-2010, 06:21 AM
You may have a point. This is such a non-story that has grabbed the headlines. The finance reform bill will have far greater impact on our country than will the comments from a woman in the DofA.

You are correct that all media outlets bend the facts to fit their agenda. One only need to remember Dan Rather to verify this.

The bigger problem is that people watch the news on television and think they are informed. The fact is, television news will tell you what the story is, but if you want to be informed, you will have to dig a little deeper on your own to get the facts. Let''s face the fact that there are very few news stories that can be completely covered in the 3.5 minutes that the networks will usually devote on their prime newscasts.

Take the networks for what they are...entertainment programs designed to gain ratings. If you want news, you need to become your own journalist.

Steve

Sev
07-22-2010, 06:23 AM
Actually your are paining with a broad brush. As to your accusation you have no proof of that. Running with a story such as that is not good business practice and would not yield gains in viewership.
More likely Fox trusted the source and fell down on the job by doing so.

They look pretty dumb at the moment.

Both Shepard and Beck vindicated the woman.
I would imagine O'Riely has done the same, though I have not heard as of yet.
Then there is the round table That Brit Hume used to host.

eg8r
07-22-2010, 09:02 AM
Response to your issue 2...Obama's conviction sways with the wind. When he came out against Fox that was because it would benefit him at that time. Now he sees his numbers dropping like rocks so he wants to take action immediately and that blew up in his face.

Reponse to issue 1. In this case it does appear Breitbart cherry picked segments he wanted to get a different point of view across. As far as Shirley suing Fox for damages, maybe she can, what he did was wrong.

It was just as wrong as when gaylio did the same (or copy/pasted someone else) thing to the words that Limbaugh was saying about Steinbrenner but you are to hypocritical to admit it.

eg8r

eg8r
07-22-2010, 09:04 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The WH did not perform due diligence, Fox didn't care if it was true or not! It was supporting their 'Race bait' agenda and they ran with it.</div></div>Maybe you are right, maybe not, we will never know and it is only opinion. The fact here is that if you were not partisan in your bias you would have the same outrage at gayle for the doing the same thing with Limbaugh's words about Steinbrenner.

eg8r