What is so amazing is the bloggers and columnists who are making out that FOX News is the “bad guy” in the Shirley Sherrod issue. What planet are they on? It seems to me that Sherrod has done more than share a story about her own prejudice to make a point.
Rochelle Riley of Freep.com states: But what would lead the NAACP to weigh in negatively based on something on Fox? Why would the NAACP believe anything it saw on Fox?
Francis Martel of MEDIAite.com states: So now the list of people that have defended Shirley Sherrod or apologized had they initially attacked her include NAACP President Ben Jealous, Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow, (the links carry you to other MEDIAite.com opinions) Bill O’Reilly, and the entire White House, among others– on the one hand, honorable of them to admit their mistakes, on the other, everyone is doing it. And O’Reilly’s apology could well be described as back-handed, as he defended her in one area only to open up several new battle fronts that have little to do with the tape. Still, he counts.
Glynnis MacNichol of MEDIAite.com states: The NAACP and the administration apparently agreed: Sherrod’s words were denounced by the former shortly after the video became public and the USDA accepted her resignation last night.
Which is just a smattering of misdirecting and twisting of facts, albeit the fact that these are columnists who are paid for their opinions. It remains that in today's journilistic arena sensationalism ranks higher than truth. This is why we see reports of celebrities’ deaths and other things which are not true just to generate traffic to a site which is for the purpose of stats for advertisers. It boils down to greed.
If a person is going to report on some comments made by anyone, then they should at least watch the show rather than carry their bias on what someone else says what they said. That leads to a he said she said they said scenario which holds little or no resemblance to Truth.
Where has America gone? The place I grew up where journalists had integrity and cared deeply about reporting the truth is no longer. It’s gone. The place where I grew up had columnists like Dave Barry who may have been a little sarcastic, but cut out slices of American life that had meat as well as humor.
Today, we have rantings and ravings and careless actions of leaders without regard to the speed bumps of facts. What corporate executive would still have his/her job if they committed the knee-jerk action of firing someone without all the facts… especially firing on a racially charged issue like Sherrod? The fact is, not one. The reason: Lack of Judgment.
In my own opinion, Shirley Sherrod is dangerous. She stated yesterday that she wanted to get even and might even bring a law suit against USDA. She’s done that already and won $300,000. She may have accepted the apologies, but she does carry a grudge. That is dangerous. Those are her words and her sentiments stated flatly on various shows. Did she jump on a bandwagon? Within hours of being fired (for that is exactly what a forced resignation is), she was on talk shows and news shows venting her options for what had been done to her. She seemingly never thought through the consequences of what her actions would be.
This is a result of our 30-second, microwave society. We rush around with attention divided leaving train wrecks in our wake. It is the result of man’s love for man growing cold. It is the result of being allergic to God and in lust with self. It is the result of the “If it feels good, do it” generation. Wake up, America. We are sliding down into the muck and mire that Paul warned Timothy against in 2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that in the last days grievous times will be upon us. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, money-lovers, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural feeling, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good, 4 betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these.
We Christians have a responsibility as Paul points out to the Colossians in his letter to them. Col 3:12 Therefore, as elect ones of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassions, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also you should forgive. 14 And above all these, love, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you also were called in one body, and be thankful.
Living in Truth is where the peace abides. Seek out the truth and do not be deceived by everything you hear or everything you read. Do not act blindly or rashly for that will end badly. Get the facts before taking action. It is an axiom the President would do well to follow.