Rachel Maddow lies: Fox had absolutely nothing to do with the Shirley Sherrod story

by editor on July 26, 2010

Smug, smirking, smarmy Rachel Maddow took what passes at MSNBC as an in-depth look at the Shirley Sherrod incident and laid the entire blame at the feet of Fox News. Of course, she was lying, but that was probably Fox News’ fault, too.

Turns out that Fox never mentioned the story until after Sherrod had already resigned her position with the USDA. And that is proven by the very clips that Maddow used to condemn Fox.

Fact is, a closer look at the three Fox video clips Madow uses as “evidence” prove exactly the opposite of what she thinks they prove. The on-screen captions in those three clips read:

  • USDA official resigns over racially-charged remarks
  • Moments ago Sec. Vilsack accepted Sherrod’s resignation
  • USDA official resigns over controversial remarks

(If you can’t stomach watching the entire clip, go to the 4:10 mark to see the clips):

Each of those graphics indicate that Sherrod had resigned before Fox reported the story. Yet Maddow smugly comments, “How’s that for efficient! How’s that for action! Fox News and a conservative website uncover what they say is an admitted racist in the Obama administration and she is forced to resign immediately.”

To summarize: Fox reports that Sherrod has already resigned, yet Maddow uses them as “evidence” that she resigned because of Fox News.

Don’t look now, Rachel, but your effect preceded your cause.

Perry Mason you ain’t.

(Read all of our Shirley Sherrod stories, and we have a lot of them.)

H/T: Tim Blair

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drb July 26, 2010 at 4:55 am

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Isn’t that grounds for dismissal? Oh, wait this is MSNBC we are talking about.

danybhoy July 26, 2010 at 5:09 am

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Never mind she was fired BEFORE her name was spoken on FoxNews. Never let the facts get in the way of your feelings…or your lies.

Kenny July 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

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The only things Fox News failed on here was to trust that the White House was confirming the story to be true by firing Sherrod. In this case, Fox News now realizes that the White House does not do anything to back up their claims and throws people under the bus….so we did learn something from this.

Fox News reported she resigned….didn’t CNN and all the other media outlets do the exact same thing….weird.

I thought it was somewhat of a farce that the ratings of Fox News outnumber the other media networks….but its actually true….:)

LKF July 26, 2010 at 7:17 am

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Liberals never let the facts get in the way of a good lie. That odd looking person, along with that p.o.s. olberman are disgusting, er, I meant they are democrats.

Ruben July 26, 2010 at 8:41 am

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That, that dude looks like a lady….

Mike Russell July 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

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please don’t make me watch her, she scares me.

Repeat a lie long enough and it becomes the truth after a while. The jerks at MSNBC are idiots, as is anyone who believes them.

Necron_99 July 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

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Rachel Maddow has been pissed off ever since someone dropped a house on her sister and made off with the ruby slippers.

KimmyQueen July 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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that was funny necron!

Necron_99 July 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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Surrender Dorothy!

Bob Porrazzo July 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

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KimmyQueen July 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

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Is funny I saw Fox News that day and I remember reading this story on Yahoo! that she was fired or that she resigned like around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I really didnt pay that much time and at the time it was all a Breibart thing. Then at 4 Beck came on I saw him NOTHING on this lady. I don’t recall if the straight news said something, but on O’Reilly while he said something on her (it was a small bit) under him it shown that she had already resigned hours before that. O’Reilly tapes his shows in the afternoon. He doesn’t do live shows. He was the first to talk about it, so she HADN’T resigned yet. By the time it aired she had resigned. So his words didn’t prompt her resignation. It seems that Hannity and Greta are done live? Dont watch them so don’t know. But O’Reilly doesn’t do live (only on special occassions). She is a moron.

Gregory Tart July 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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Who takes seriously a newscaster who looks like a prison matron from a 70′s movie like Cage Heat – maddow is so shallow and small, she should change her name to minnow.

matthew s harrison July 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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maddow, olberman, schultz, ratigan……all cut of the same America hating cloth, whereby they revise history, revise truth, and feign outrage, when someone tells the truth about their candidates/leaders. They are all communists. They hate America-and they hate anyone who believes in or loves America. They want a communist state, whereby everyone is equal from cradle to grave.
That my friends is not possible in a world where everyone is born different.
While the ideals in America are of “equality for all men”, the guy born with an IQ like olbermann’s isn’t going to be treated equally as the guy with an IQ like William F Buckley. Each will have the same opportunity, but only one of the two will make hay from it.
Only in a communist society will that equation have an outcome where both have the same house, education, shoes, cars, etc-and only in a communist society will the encouragement to be exceptional be banned from existence.

These reprobates and miscreants on the left want that communist society, as long as they are above the fray and win favor of the ruling class. Thus, they carry the water for that ruling class, knowing full well, they are the very people who are on the wrong end of the fore-mentioned equation.

USN-RETIRED July 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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Typical MSM. Nothing new here. Next story please.

USN-RETIRED July 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

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Dem’s new motto:

When in trouble, when in doubt,
Run in circles. Scream and shout – RACIST!!

Woody July 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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Two points: First Bill O’Reilly – 8pm EST shows the Breitbart videotape, says this is unacceptable, and Sherrod MUST resign. True, Fox hadn’t run the show by the time Sherrod resigned, but it had certainly been taped and it was already in print on FoxNews.com and FoxNation. Fox was running with the story before Sherrod resigned. Second. Sherrod was not fired and she resigned – which is actually important. As a political appointee she served at the pleasure of the Presdient and AgSec requested her resignation? As, Sherrod, AgSec, and FoxNews all confirmed; hyperbolically, she was “going to be on Glenn Beck
(actually O’Reilly). AgSEc had only the Breitbart video (referred by Fox News) to judge by. But her resignation DID NOT CONFIRM what Fox the reported – that she “was what racism looks like.” Sherrod did not resign due to her racism; she resigned because of everyone’s fear that Fox would report it as racism – which they did.

danybhoy July 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

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Whatever you say, as long as the thugs in the Obama regime fear FoxNews, great. The knee jerk reactionaries running The White House are scared sh!tless, that’s the way it should be.

KimmyQueen July 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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Please post a link to the Fox News online stories where it was published before 5:00 EST on Monday July 19th. Timing is everything. She had resigned either that morning or very early afternoon. They scrambled to get her to go away before Glenn Beck who never said anything on the issues that day. It was the White House and the USDA that jumped the gun AS well as the NAACP who threw her under the bus BEFORE Fox News either online or on the TV had the chance to mention her and her situation.

If you dont have a problem with the fact that Fox News had NOTHING to do with her firing, but are just saying that they did what the WH feared they were going to do, okay fine, but why put the BURDEN of people thinking her guilty ONLY on Fox when it was the WH, the NAACP (who OWNED THE TAPE) and the USDA that were the main ones responsible of supposedly taking her situation out of context. It smells like a set up. It smells orchestrated.

Was it wrong for O’Reilly and then Greta and hannity to play the thing without finding out the context fine but dont act as if they were the only ones and the WH is innocent on the matter.

Woody July 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

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OK, Here is a link to an interview that Politico had with the Fox News Director, Clemente; where he admits to the breakdown and that Foxnews.com ran with the story in error. But I am sure you will conclude that Politico misreported the interview or that Clemente was wrong in acknowledging Fox News mistake. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40374.html
And Shirley Sherrod did not resign until the evening. That is why the O’Reilly show – taped at 5 pm EST – called for her resignation, but did not report that she had done so. Rather, they ran a streamer of her resignation over his show when it ran at 8 pm EST. When you assert Sherrod resigned in the morning you are just making stuff up – kinda like FOx – so you can rest easy with the false security of Fox’s infallibility. There is nothing in my original post that anybody can point to that is factually incorrect; yet it was poorly rated and “hidden”. That speaks volumes.

KimmyQueen July 31, 2010 at 10:18 am

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I said either that morning or early afternoon which is accurate. They wanted her to resign before 5 EST when Glenn Beck comes on. The ANNOUNCEMENT happened DURING Glenn’s broadcast and Glenn did NOT mention the story. Yes O’Reilly made the mistake of running with the video without the full context, and he apologized for it. But the call for her resignation happened (on TV) HOURS after her actual resignation and indeed it was done HOURS before that broadcast happened, so it wasn’t FOX that engineered or prompted the White House nor the USDA to fire/have her resign. Yes it was taped in the afternoon, but it didnt go on TV until 8 so there is no way that they can claim it was Fox that MADE the White House fire her. I read an article in Yahoo around 3 or 4 pm in the afternoon which said she was asked to resign and that was also before the formal announcement, so it is not uncommon for online sources to jump the gun because it is so easy to write up a story and have it live. In fact in the article you posted it is stated that he asked for calm on this story, however his memo did not get down to all people in time, that was a breakdown in communication, however with that said, it was still not FOX that acted independently of this issue and asked for her resignation WHICH then prompted her resignation. The White House were the ones that acted rashly and so did the NAACP who HAD THE WHOLE VIDEO to begin with and afterwards accused Fox News of snookering them when there is no bases for that. THEY acted rashly and fired her before they had all the facts, blaming FOX for the same without taken responsibility is the problem here something that you don’t seem to understand.

Mistella July 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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Ms. KQ, as you have said from the beginning, this whole thing stinks. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out the entire episode was orchestrated by the left. Stranger things have happened.

One thing is for sure, these folks are on the ropes – I only hope the conservative candidates can pull off a “rope-a-dope” this fall.

KimmyQueen August 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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Breitbart was an idiot for running the clip without asking FOR THE WHOLE THING, however he was saving that clip for the right moment (he had the clip since February or March of this year). He wanted to emphasize that the NAACP is not so quick to challenge their own members on issues of racism. The problem here is that whoever gave him the clip either was setting Breitbart up thinking Breitbart may show the clip at an innappropriate time, or the person who gave him the clip was set up him or herself. We don’t know as Breitbart is not talking about the source. With that said, Breitbart is his own person. He is not part of Fox and in comparison Fox was EXTREMELY responsible with that clip CONSIDERING the irresponsibility of left sources like MSNBC.

I agree Mistella this was more than likely an orchestration to belittle the tea parties through Breitbart, but something happened that it fell flat.

Woody July 31, 2010 at 2:06 pm

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You’re right, the Administration and NAACP were stupid to act rashly on a story born on Breitbart and being rapidly developed by Fox News. Each must take responsibility. Fox’s responsibility as an organization that purports to “report” “fair and balanced” journalism so you can “decide” is to try to obtain the whole story – the truth – before they run to press or television with a distortion. Fox should know better than to run a story based on Bretibart’s tortured videos. Clemente has taken responsibility for Fox’s mistake and says they’re dealing with it. They clearly failed in that vey basic journalism ethic; so I am befuddled why this site seems dedicated to making excuses for them on the technicality that taped shows the Ag Department knew were being developed didn’t air until after Sherrod resigned; or the more silly notion that her resignation somehow validated their assertion that she is “what racism looks like.” Do you really believe that the Ag Secretary would have demanded Sherrod’s recognition if a major network (Fox) working on the story and asking for comment had provided a fair videotape for them to comment on? Since this videotape was taken at just one of many functions sponsored by the NACCAP; I doubt that NAACP HQ had access to the full tape as quickly as this story was moving through BigGovernment.org, Fox, and the rest of that machinery. They also didn’t have access to the farmer couple who came to Sherrod’s defense.

KimmyQueen August 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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THIS IS THE TIMELINE as per many sources (Beck, Beier and others):

8:18 AM 7/19 Breibart first publishes the video on his website. Breibart is not associated to Fox, he doesn’t work for Fox, he has his own agenda.

If you get on tape the ENTIRE broadcast for Fox that day there is nothing on this lady until 8:49 PM EST.

From 7 AM EST (before the video was out) until 8:49 EST there is NO mention on this situation all the day on TV. Nothing on any of the opinion nor news shows, until O’Reilly who gave her about 30 seconds of his time. Even if Fox HAD the clip by 9 AM EST they didn’t show it nor talked about it the entire morning and afternoon and early evening. Hence the discussion about the chief telling people to not rush into it is apt.

In the mid-afternoon that day she was told to get off the road and resign. Her resignation must have leaked (which is interesting), because the information about the video and her resignation was already on Yahoo! and other online new sources between 3-5 pm EST. On Foxnews.com the first new story on this was AFTER 5PM closer to 6 in the afternoon and that was about the same time that the official announcement was made. So the announcement was made or about to be made when Foxnews.com ran with the story. It wasn’t irresponsible of them. Would the chief had like it that it didn’t run until later? Perhaps, but it wasn’t a rapidly developed story by Fox when other news sources online had already spoken to it. So how is it rapidly developed if Foxnews.com just mentioned what had already happened? that the the video was out by Breitbart and she was asked to resigned?

30 min to 50 minutes after the official announcment online, 2 WHOLE hours after the official announcement did O’Reilly speak to the situation FOR THE FIRST TIME on Fox TV. 5 hours at least from her vocal resignation in the car both online and on TV. How is that rapidly? Considering cable news and the internet and how can you quantify that as a rapidly developed and disseminated story?

When other news sources have already spoken to this issues, how come it is Fox the one that gets the blame for her resignation when it had nothing to do with it? Why must Fox run with the great part of the responsibility? When it was White House and the NAACP and the dept of agri that acted quickly and harshly on the matter… and this is the NAACP who OWNED the entire video and could have placed the ENTIRE video online in the morning after Breitbart came out with it to refute it… why wait a whole day to showcase more of the video?

O’Reilly did wrong in not putting up the whole tape, but again THAT is not the reason she was fired AND other news organizations (and the white house and the naacp and department of agri) had already distorted the video and its message so why aren’t you pissed with them more?

You are making excuses for the white house et al when it is their involvement that caused the problems to begin with. had they not overreacted nothing would have happened.

You are ASSUMING that the department of agriculture somehow KNEW they would run with the story BEFORE 5 pm? Now it wasn’t the case so how come they knew and it didn’t happen at all? I feel they were HOPING they would run with the story before 5 pm so they can blame Fox for her resignation, but it wasn’t the case.

You would have an airtight case if by 9 AM or even 12 PM Fox had ran with the story either online or on TV or both. If that had been the case you would win the argument, considering that wasn’t the case you really don’t have much to stand on.

Cecilia September 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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Once again cutting off a tape that explains the whole story. If you had the extended clip you would have seen Fox and Friends MORNING SHOW calling for Ms Sherrod’s resignation. Fox and Friends called the tape racism exhibit A at 7 O’CLOCK AM which if I am not mistaken is still before 5 O’CLOCK PM. Also calling for her resignation at 7 AM…don’t know if you are aware how clocks work, but that would be BEFORE she resigned. So maybe next time you should fact check…Rachel was merely reporting that Fox news ran with a story they either knew was fake or they did not care.

Here’s a link to your beloved Fox News http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlXRxbtTCFI both the day the story broke and the day after…flip flop I think so. Fast forward to 4:30 then talk like you have some sense.

KimmyQueen July 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

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You are a moron. Where is this video? Seriously you put up a fake video that doesn’t even exist? And you want to talk to me about talking like sense? I know what I was talking about because I dealt with facts. Neither Fox news nor online ran the story before 5 pm EST. You and your cohorts are all morons.

arlan August 1, 2010 at 2:59 am

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Interesting, since the WH, Ag Secretary and NAALCP didn’t have immediate access to the entire video tape, it’s ok for them to jump the gun and fire/ask for resignation of one of their people, because they were afraid of what Fox was going to do.
Fox simply reported on the facts as they had them. The WH and company reacted without interviewing Sherrod. A compentent management team would have determined the facts, then used them to embarass Fox, not try to squew the facts and blame Fox later. The responsibility for this mess rests squarely with the WH and company.

AverageJoe August 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm

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FOX News didn’t mention her name on air before she resigned, but they played the clip nonstop , multiple times per hour before the resignation while naming the pertinent agency and the NAACP while leading their audience to believe that the speach was given while the woman was employed by this administration. Now, were they the only program play the clip? Absolutely not, but to say FOX didn’t push this story from daybreak to nightfall and back again is an outright lie. Did the Ag Dept. screw up? You bet they did. Did the White House screw up? You bet they did. Did the NAACP & other networks screw up … You bet. But NOBODY pushed this story more than FOX, Hannity, Rush, and all the other Right leaning outlets and to try and rewrite history now is just plain wrong.

KimmyQueen August 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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Get a video of the ENTIRE Fox TV day for that date 7/19. I can assure you not ONE mention of her not one show had the clip until O’Reilly at 8:49 pm EST. Stop drinking the Kool Aid.

SW99 July 22, 2011 at 5:40 am

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So FOX DID misreport (again) and the Maddow story ISN’t wrong. Nice one guys. Boy you sure exposed the evil left this time! hahahah!

KimmyQueen July 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

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You are a moron! The entire story just factually described what it has been discussed already. That online Fox didnt run with the video before 5 pm EST and that was run after she resigned in the morning. You are an idiot who cannot read.

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