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Published on July 25th, 2010 | by thevyne

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“Shirley-gate”: Right Wing Conspiracy or Media Goof?

If you’ve been watching any of the major news stations this past week then you’ve heard about the debacle with Shirley Sherrod, former Georgia Director of Rural Development for the USDA. The gist of the story is that she was fired after making a speech that was edited into a few seemingly inflammable statements and posted on youtube by an “anti-obama administration” pseudo-journalist. The real debacle was the fact that Fox News, NAACP and others (not including CNN) took the youtube video as a credible source and publicly lodged claims of reverse racism on Shirley’s part and called for her resignation. Next thing you know someone in the administration called Shirley and forced her to resign from her position. Once the full tape of Shirley’s speech surfaced it turned out that her comments were taken completely out of context, which prompted a slew of public apologies as well as an offer for her to return to work with the USDA in a different capacity.

What’s interesting about this incident is that it completely overshadowed the President signing the historic Wall Street reform bill. Which begs the question, was this all a right wing stunt to steer the media away from covering the signing of the Wall Street reform bill? Or, less dramatically, was this just a colossal goof on the part of everyone who is responsible for keeping the “24 hour news cycle” going?

Tell us Vyne Readers, what do you think? Right wing conspiracy or colossal media goof?

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