Thursday, July 22, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Thursday July 22nd 2010

Well, falsely vilified Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod has a new job offer.
If the Department of Agriculture can just falsely accuse another 15 million Americans and offer them new jobs as compensation, we will have solved the unemployment problem. Of course, we’re going to have a lot of people on the Department of Agriculture payroll. On the upside, we should be doing pretty good in terms of agriculture. Heck, for every struggling family farmer out there, we’ll have a few thousand USDA employees keeping tabs on each of them. All we have to do is get Andrew Breitbart and Fox News to manufacture fake videos to falsely incriminate 15 million Americans. I’m confident they can do it. Hell, do that and then there’s a few hundred thousand jobs for videotape editors too. This just keeps getting better for the economy. Shirley Sherrod has received apologies from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the NAACP, and President Obama even called her personally today. She’s received apologies from everybody who fell for this scam, and nobody who perpetrated this scam ( timeline). Both Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly aggressively pushed this story. Now they’re just as aggressively pushing this story away from themselves. Why hasn’t Fox News issued an apology for pushing the story? Because they’re too busy criticizing the White House for believing the story they were pushing. “How dare you believe what we were saying! Didn’t you stop to consider the source?” Yesterday Fox & Friends devoted a whole segment about the Sherrod story without ever even mentioning Andrew Breitbart’s role. Breitbart not only had a role in this controversy, he had a starring role. Heck, he even wrote the screenplay. Andrew Breitbart is to the story of Shirley Sherrod as Herman Melville is to the story of Moby Dick—he completely made it up, based very loosely on actual incidents. On an even more discordant note, a conservative media critic said he would give $100 to the first Republican Congressman who punches Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson. Wow. I hope nobody tells Michelle Bachmann. Of course, Michelle wouldn’t punch Grayson in the face. She would definitely punch below the belt. I don’t think she can reach above Alan Grayson’s belt.>>> MORE

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