Skip to comments.News Media Blackout of Firing of Racist Obama Agriculture Appointee
Posted on 07/19/2010 7:08:25 PM PDT by kristinn
As of 10:00 p.m. EDT, hours after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack fired Shirley Sherrod for racism in her official duties after being exposed by BigGovernment.com there is a near total blackout by the mainstream news media on the scandal.
Sherrod was appointed a year ago by Vilsack to be the Georgia director of Rural Development where she doled out millions of dollars in federal funds.
Just days before her appointment, the Obama Justice Department settled a lawsuit by Sherrod and her husband claiming discrimination against their farm cooperative for a reported $13 million.
A search of Google News and Google Blogs shows nothing form the Associated Press or Reuters. Nothing from Politico or The Hill. Nothing from The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times. Nothing from MSNBC or CNN. Nothing from ABC or NBC. CBS gets partial credit for running a story earlier about Sherrod's racist remarks but has failed to follow up with the story of her firing.
Credit goes to Fox News for reporting the story and updating it with news of Sherrod's termination:
The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.
"There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. "We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously."
Sherrod was videotaped at an NAACP dinner in March of this year speaking about an incident where she discriminated against a white farmer while acting in her offical capacity because she is black and is prejudiced against white farmers.
Big Government broke the story with video to back it up around mid-day. The failure of the mainstream media to touch this story even after Sherrod was forced to resign and was publicly rebuked by an Obama cabinet secretary is a shameful example of the censorious nature of the liberal mainstream media.
I guess she didn't need a job anyway!
...so where is the farmer guy...?
Its true. There will be no story here, as there wasn't when J Christian Adams resigned.
No story, no outrage. And the progressives will grow increasingly corrupt.
Moved to Zimbabwe to have an easier go of it.
There never was a Shirley Sherrod.
Odd how the effing Washington Post missed this story... and every other story doing with racism that doesn't have blacks as victims.
Ya think there bias at the Washington Post? Maybe their too busy having parties with their advertisers... oh wait - I mean with their liberal pol friends...
Blackout as Black Gubamint Official outed as ‘racist’
No film at 11
Where Hypocrisy knows no limits.
Obamie admin default line...
And how much of that figure found it's way back into the coffers of the Democrat party and their allies?
i guess obama paid that settlement...or did we?
Eric Holder: America is a nation of cowards when it comes to race.
Whoa. Smells like fraud/abuse/corruption/payoff. Hope Holder investigates. If not, congress should jump on it.
Oh they didn’t miss the story. I emailed the stinkin’ link to ‘em. They can’t claim ignorance on this one. They know about it all right. Emailed it to CNN too.
On the other hand, has the reporting about perceived racism by Tea Partiers stopped now? Now that their side is actually very, very guilty of discrimination based on skin color?
Payola.... lots of payola out there for black and white kleptocrats.
The MSM harbors a good number of such cowards, though not in the way that Eric Holder probably has in mind.
The over/under on when the Washington Post Ombudsman does a story picking a standard excuse to cover why they didn’t report this is 6 weeks.
Hope to hell Breitbart follows up on this. It's got corruption written all over it.
Another story dies down the Memory Hole. Ignorance is Strength.
Thirteen million? What the hell was she growing, plutonium?
Six weeks minimum before it will be safe to offer a mea culpa — again.
This is one case where I hope the lawyers got most of the money.
I’ve scoured the “major” news outlets and nothing! Complicit in their silence.
Fox News is running the Video now and I bet they continue repeating it. I hope Breitbart has more of this type of material to drop on them, especially video.
Wake up America, WAKE UP!
Go antithesis! Go antithesis! It's your birthday! It's your birthday! All riiiiiight!
That's racist ! ! !
White people gonna riot! - David Manning
Yes, yes they are...
“If you do a Google search of her name in the news section it shows over 1100 articles but then click on the link to the articles and all of them are Tea Party Racist and only a couple mentions of her”
I just noticed the same thing a minute ago and was going to let kristinn know. Google is now nothing more than Obama’s private KGB and Pravda rolled into one. They are probably busy scrubbing the internet of this woman’s racist trail as we speak.
The $13 million dollar settlement was won by a co-op. No telling how many individuals split the money, but surely, she and her husband profited handsomely from it.
I emailed CNN tv and asked why they aren’t covering it, and sent it as a tip for a news story.
Did the same thing on the Latino group harassing the Tea party telling them, ‘your’e too white’, ‘go back to Europe’.
You bet. Because they no doubt agreed with everything Sherrod said and did. Every newsroom in the MSM is biased against rural southern whites.
It is one of the most pernicious aspects of modern-day journalism.
More people saw it on Fox News than they would have wanted to see it. Could have been worse. Could have been on MSNBC and nobody would have seen it.
I bet she did too.
Not to white folks, apparently.
BTW, Reagan's fault:
The cash award acknowledges racial discrimination on the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1981-85. (President Reagan abolished the USDA Office of Civil Rights when he became President in 1981.) New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering). There may also be an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This is the largest award so far in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack).
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Drudge has the story up, as well.
CNN just picked up the story but of course they qualify it with mention of the Tea Party guy saying “People Of Color” in a satiric manner.
Info on the lawsuit here(not sure about the website but it has the statements of all the players):
Vilsack and Holder Announce Pigford II USDA Settlement with Black
USDA Press Release No. 0073.10
NAACP Hilary O. Shelton, Director of Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy:
The NAACP applauds the USDA for taking this crucial step today to finally close what is a painful, but sadly all too pervasive, chapter in our Nations history. We would like to commend President Obama, Secretary Vilsack, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Dr. Joe Leonard and others for their commitment to seeing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture fully address this significant injustice and allow all who were affected to seek remedy. The NAACP is now committed to partnering with the USDA and the Congress to try to see that the full $1.25 billion requested by President Obama to help resolve the Pigford claims in his FY 2011 budget proposal is fulfilled. We are further committed to working with the Administration and the Congress to try to level the playing field and to prevent future discrimination against Americas farmers.
Man oh Man...they are robbibng this country blind and discriminating against whites and non-black farmers at the same time.
Wrong!. I just did a search on her name and Google turned up lots of stories. Look: http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=Shirley+Sherrod+
“NAACP is now committed to partnering with the USDA and the Congress to try to see that the full $1.25 billion requested by President Obama to help resolve the Pigford claims in his FY 2011 budget proposal is fulfilled. We are further committed to working with the Administration and the Congress to try to level the playing field and to prevent future discrimination against Americas farmers.
Unfreakinbelievable! 1.25 BILLION DOLLARS IS WHAT OBAMA AND HOLDER WANT TO SETTLE THIS RIDICULOUS LAWSUIT?!
Hit the ‘all stories’ link at the bottom of the list and you will see what we are talking about.
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