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