That supposed racist rant by a black USDA worker, Shirley Sherrod, lit up the right-wing blogs and caught FoxNews with its racist pants down. It was a grand spectacle worthy of the yellow [white] journalism that is associated with FoxNews.
I actually watched 15 minutes of FoxNews last evening- specifically Bill O’Reilly. Chris Matthews had predicted that O’Reilly would retract his racism charge that he made on Monday evening when FoxNews picked up the ‘story’ from a right-wing internet site. Not surprisingly, O’Reilly had run with the raw story because, naturally, his hungry right-wing audience needed its evening feeding.
Not surprisingly, O’Reilly did not retract his earlier story. He is a foxy guy to be sure. As he began his Tuesday evening show he stated quickly, almost unnoticed by his dumbed-down audience, the phrase ‘of some years ago’ as he rattled on with ‘the story.’ That ‘some years ago’ was 28 to be exact. Not that it matters all that much to those hungry to hear of black racism.
O’Reilly had his ‘liberal stooge’ Alan Colmes at the table along with a blond bimbo whose name tag bore the title, PhD, as if that gave her more credibility. Colmes attempted to set the time of the story correctly but, as usual, O’Reilly talked over him and dominated the story with his own spin. The blond and O’Reilly dominated the discussion so completely that Colmes was unable to finish a single sentence he had begun. Pathetic, but of course, it was Fox and bashing liberals, even one paid by Fox, is most important.
CNN gets the prize for its persuit of truth underlying the complete story of Shirley Sherrod. I watched it unfold yesterday morning as she was most carefully interviewed by Tony Harris, a CNN anchor. During the interview, the white farm owner at the center of the controversy phoned in to tell her side of the story- a corroboration of the facts.
Facts. Imagine that. Facts, not spin.
Facts, not an edited tape.
Yet, if you think about it, why would Fox fans want facts when they can have spin?