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“Anatomy of a Smear Campaign” and Lessons Which Should Be Learned

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President Obama has apparently now telephoned Shirely Sherrod.  Here  (above) is CNN’s summary of how we got to this place.  The lesson is obvious: Do not believe anything presented by either Andrew Breitbart or FAUX News. We know that.  I would think that folks with the best information in the world at their fingertips knew that already too. Apparently, not.

Perhaps the admin now will stop reactively responding based on the rantings of the worst common denominator.  This is not the first time.  I’ll say it again: Our side of the aisle doesn’t even listen to its base, but it knee-jerk responds to FAUX News and Andrew  Breitbart. Something is very wrong in “Bipartisanville.”  

Breitbart infamously edited video to falsely accuse Acorn and ultimately to destroy it.  Are not Faux News and Breitbart’s vile, anti-civil-liberties ambitions clear by now? Are not their despicable mischaracterizations of President Obama sufficient for the administration to question everything the fringe, wrong-wing, fake media put out there?

Neither Vilsack, nor the Obama administration has any reason to get defensive with the FAUX News predators.  Our side of the aisle should seek the facts, react appropriately and ignore the ignorant minions of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Andrew Breitbart. The country and the world will be better for it.  

  • independent in arlington

    …it appears that in this case they hadn’t aired a thing about Ms. Sherrod before she had already resigned, at least according to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/

  • libra

    has an interesting article on the question of “why attack now?”, since, apparently, Breitfart had the tape (whether whole or “edited”) for several weeks. It’s all speculation but it does make sense:

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpoi

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    Put his fellows in their place with the following:

    “We here at Studio B did not run the video and did not reference the story in any way for many reasons, among them: we didn’t know who shot it, we didn’t know when it was shot, we didn’t know the context of the statement, and because of the history of the videos on the site where it was posted, in short we do not and did not trust the source.”

    Note “because of the history of the videos on the site where it was posted…”  That sums it up.  The rest of the story is at Huffington Post.