Shirley Sherrod served as director of rural development in Georgia until yesterday. After an explosive video appeared on Big Government, where she made shockingly blatant, racist statements, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack forced her to resign.
From the get-go, there were some in the right-wing blogosphere, most notably, The Anchoress, who were questioning the editing of the video. It seemed like she was leading up to something redemptive…. (although her attitudes were initially, severely jacked up).
Charles Krauthammer believes Sherrod deserves an apology, and restitution, because the full video is a heartwarming story about racial redemption:
The most disturbing part of the video for me were the murmurs of approval from her NAACP audience when she admitted that she was not going to do everything she could do for the white farmer who was facing foreclosure on his farm. That, argues Breitbart, was the main point of the video, which he says, was sent to him in two parts. Here he is defending his “get” on CNN:
Right after that appearance, he appeared on The Dana Show:
Looks to me like Shirley Sherrod got caught in the crossfire in the war between the right and the left-wing medias.
Here’s the tail-end of Breitbart’s appearance on Hannity, tonight.
Breitbart debates arch-nemesis, Eric Boehlert of Media Mutters on Good Morning America. Video at Gateway Pundit.
Love the part where Boehlert robotically mutters “I’ll take John Lewis’ word…I’ll take John Lewis’ word…John Lewis is a American icon…” as Breitbart gestures: Four videos … four videos! FOUR!
The left is reduced to defending the March 20 tea party smear as a “he said, he said”, and of course they take the word of their Alinskyized brethren. What a pathetic joke.
Tom Blumer: Shirley Sherrod’s Disappearing Act: Not So Fast
Ms. Sherrod’s previous background, the circumstances surrounding her hiring, and the USDA’s agenda may all play a part in explaining her sudden departure from the agency. These matters have not received much scrutiny to this point.
An announcement of Ms. Sherrod’s July 2009 appointment to her USDA position at ruraldevelopment.org gives off quite a few clues:
RDLN Graduate and Board Vice Chair Shirley Sherrod was appointed Georgia Director for Rural Development by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on July 25. Only days earlier, she learned that New Communities, a group she founded with her husband and other families (see below) has won a thirteen million dollar settlement in the minority farmers law suit Pigford vs Vilsack.
Here are a few bigger-picture questions:
- Did Shirley Sherrod resign so quickly because the circumstances of her hiring and the lawsuit settlement with her organization that preceded it might expose some unpleasant truths about her possible and possibly sanctioned conflicts of interest?
- Is USDA worried about the exposure of possible waste, fraud, and abuse in its handling of Pigford?
- Did USDA also dispatch Sherrod hastily because her continued presence, even for another day, might have gotten in the way of settling Pigford matters quickly?