Racial attack on Herman Cain just shows how badly liberals fear loss of minority vote

Herman CainSuccessful conservative businessman, talk radio host, and potential GOP presidential contender Herman Cain spoke at CPAC this past Friday and brought the house down with the speech he gave in front of a packed ballroom of supporters and potential supporters. Nice Deb has the video. You can read excerpts of the speech here.

I sat and watched the speech because I didn’t know much about Herman Cain, and wanted to learn more about him. Speeches rarely impress me anymore because – as we’ve seen with the current WH occupant – just because you can give a great speech doesn’t automatically mean you’ll make a good President. That said, I was impressed with Mr. Cain’s message of personal, fiscal, and social responsiblity, as well as his digs at the left for calling him a racist for opposing President Obama. He said he had a wall full of names he had been called by people – in particular, black liberals – who were hostile to his message of personal responsibility and let him know it by way of calling him an Uncle Tom, Oreo, etc. You know what they say about when a person’s argument doesn’t have a leg to stand on that they usually resort to personal attacks.

Which leads me to the latest race-based attack on Cain, this time from a writer at the liberal AlterNet website. In a nutshell, he accuses Cain of being an Uncle Tom and suggests that he was catering to ‘white guilt’ types at CPAC. I’ll post an excerpt here, but please make sure to read the whole thing to understand just how low the writer – Chauncey DeVega – stoops in his effort to paint Cain as nothing more than someone who is subservient to guilty white conservatives (hat tip):

Instead, Herman Cain’s shtick is a version of race minstrelsy where he performs “authentic negritude” as wish fulfillment for White Conservative fantasies. Like the fountain at Lourdes, Cain in his designated role as black Conservative mascot, absolves the White racial reactionaries at CPAC of their sins. This is a refined performance that Black Conservatives have perfected over many decades and centuries of practice.

Let’s consider the routine. First, Cain enters the stage to Motown music. Then Cain feigns swimming after rolling up his sleeves to show them his black skin and how he is a hardworking negro (not like those other ones). Cain bellows in a preacher affected voice and channels the folksy negro down home accent of his late grandpappy. In the money shot, Cain gives the obligatory “black folks who are not Republicans are on the plantation” speech to the joyous applause of his White benefactors. And he doubles down by legitimating any opposition to President Barack Obama as virtuous and patriotic regardless of the bigoted well-springs from which it may flow.

In total, CPAC is a carnival and a roadshow for reactionary Conservatives. It is only fitting that in the great tradition of the freak show, the human zoo, the boardwalk, and the great midway world’s fairs of the 19th and 20th centuries, that there is a Borneo man, a Venus Hottentot or a tribe of cannibals from deepest darkest Africa or Papua New Guinea on display. For CPAC and the White Conservative imagination, Herman Cain and his black and brown kin are that featured attraction.

We always need a monkey in the window, for he/she reminds us of our humanity while simultaneously reinforcing a sense of our own superiority. Sadly, there are always folks who are willing to play that role because it pays so well.

New Tone violation!

But seriously, first things first: Can you imagine how the left would erupt into full scale outrage if this had been a conservative writer who wrote similarly about President Obama? Think Progress, Daily Kos, and the Soros-led Media Matters would feature prominently on MSDNC to express their disgust at the racial over/undertones of the piece, and the calling of President Obama a “monkey in the window” would earn the writer a “Worst Person in the World” award from Keith Olbermann (if he was still employed by MSNBC). The rest of the mainstream media would also get involved in the pile-on because they wouldn’t be able to resist yet another opportunity to falsely portray all conservatives as “racists.”

But it wasn’t a vicious racial attack on President Obama by a black conservative. It was a vicious attack on Cain, a black conservative, by a black liberal who – as of this writing – have given this “writer” a pass. Funny how the outrage is so muted on their side of the aisle when it’s one of their own launching vicious identity-based personal attacks against the opposition. Then again, selective criticism is a hallmark of the left, so none of us should be surprised by this.

Why have the left, especially black liberals, been stepping up their smear tactics against black conservatives over the last couple of years? For two reasons:

1) In light of the election of the nation’s first black President, black conservatives are proudly standing up and loudly voicing their opinions because they don’t want to be lumped in with the 95% of black Americans who support liberal policies and via extension liberal politicians.

2) Equally important, the left knows that once they lose the all-important “minority vote” – which includes black citizens – the their ability to win close elections will be in doubt. As I wrote back in November after the election of Tim Scott in SC-1 and Allan West in FL-22 to the US House:

But it’s important to point out that the dynamics of American politics are changing dramatically, especially in the Republican party. And the MSM is, unsurprisingly, ignoring it – even though they made such a huge deal about the race issue in the months leading up to Obama’s election, and since. Young Republican faces, “minority” faces (women, black people, Hispanics) are getting elected more and more each election cycle. There is nothing more frightening to Democrats and their allies in the MSM on the electoral front than “minority” GOP politicians rising within the ranks (see Jindal and Haley and Palin for examples). They know that the more “minority” GOPers who are elected, the more loose their (the left’s) stranglehold on the black/Hispanic/female vote will be.

I’m cautiously optimistic about the future of the GOP, in part, because of this. We have real opportunities to make inroads with voters who prior to this perhaps would have been hestitant to join the conservative movement thanks mostly to shameless liberal race/sex card demagoguery. We need to break the liberal hold on “minority” voters – and NOT by abandoning our conservative principles but by demonstrating that conservative principles are not just good for one group of people … but for everyone and, via extension, this great country we all love.

Expect the shameless personal attacks on black and other “minority” conservatives to escalate in the coming months and years as the left strives to keep so-called “minority” voters “in line.” It’s both revealing and instructive that the party that falsely claims it was at the forefront of the civil rights movement to liberate black Americans and other “minorities” feels the need to try and destructively tear any down who don’t toe the liberal line, who dare to think outside of the box. I guess to the left wingers concerned primarily only with staying in power rather than actually helping people, the only worthwhile citizen – white, black, Hispanic, etc – is one who either naively or blindly follows rather than questions liberal dogma.

That is changing, and America is all the better because of it. The left, on the other hand – their true colors on the issue of the minority vote are most definitely showing … pun intended. Aww. What a shame.

Not.

Update – 8:15 PM: Oh – guess who funds AlterNet? George Soros and the Tides Foundation. Surprise surprise.

Local black leaders, citizens: Charlotte NAACP prez does not speak for us

Local news station WBTV had an excellent report earlier this evening from journalist Steve Crump on how Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Nantambu’s idiotic call for major sports tournaments (and the Democrat National Convention) to boycott the “racist bastion” of Charlotte have backfired big time. Click below to watch.

In a nutshell, the video talks about how many prominent black elected officials and business leaders we have here in the Charlotte area, quoting some of them as saying that the charge Charlotte is a “bastion” of racism are simply false. The report also talks about there’s a concern that Nantambu’s call for a boycott could hurt local minority businesses – and how it’s unclear whether or not the national NAACP sanctioned Nantambu’s remarks, since NAACP boycotts typically orginate at the top. If they haven’t, Nantambu will not only be on the bad side of local black business leaders but the national organization as well.

Aww.

Meanwhile, here’s what the SC NAACP was up to yesterday:

No offense was intended.

The S.C. NAACP said Tuesday it was not trying to hide a State House statue of George Washington at its annual Martin Luther King Day rally Monday.

The group has draped the founding father’s statue at previous rallies. It did so again this year and questions quickly arose about whether Washington somehow was being slighted.

Not so, says the NAACP.

A three-sided structure that covered the front and sides of the statue was intended to display a rally graphic and serve as a backdrop for the event’s speakers, said S.C. NAACP executive director Dwight James. However, the graphic was not finished before the rally and could not be put in place.

Photos of the event showed a three-sided box with the founding father’s statue visible only from behind the stage.

In case you were wondering:

Washington boxed

Photo courtesy: Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@th /The State

‘No offense intended’? Riiight.

Update – 8:30 PM: blogprof has even more revealing photos of the boxed in Washington statue. Wow.

Charlotte NAACP prez: Charlotte a “racist bastion” for holding classes on MLK Day

In local race-hustling news:

Local NAACP President Kojo Nantambu led around 100 people on a march through uptown this morning, protesting the decision to keep schools open on the Martin Luther King holiday.

And Namtambu, pledging to “expose Charlotte for the racist bastion it is,” announced a petition drive to keep the CIAA, NCAA, PGA “and any other ‘A'” from coming to Charlotte.

Protesters were angry over the decision by Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools to use Monday as a make-up day for time missed last week because of snow.

“This is a national holiday,” Nantambu said outside the government center. “They never would use the 4th of July or Easter or Christmas as an alternative (school) day.”

Right. Because we know that the (typically liberal) school board deliberately approved for MLK Day to be used as a possible make up day because they were so eager to upset black “leaders” in the Charlotte community. 8-|

Nantambu – unsurprisingly – doesn’t have his facts in order. CMS used Memorial Day as a make-up day in 2009. Also important to note: Our black Democrat Mayor, Anthony Foxx, supported using today as a school make up day. RACIST!

Continuing on with the self-righteous stupidity:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte NAACP held a protest at the Government Center after Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools decided to use Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a makeup day for last week’s snow storm.

Close to 100 people took part in the protest which started at the government center in uptown before moving to the Levine Museum of the New South, where they are holding a program honoring King Jr.

The group left shouting a familiar phrase, “No justice, no peace.”

The NAACP Charlotte chapter president, Kojo Nantambu said the protest march serves as a learning experience for the children.

“They get the experience of what the civil rights movement was all about, what community organization is about and what unity and solidarity is all about. They can’t get that sitting in the classroom,” Nantambu said.

The school district was forced to close three days last week due to the winter weather, and now parents are upset that MLK Day was chosen.

“We do not want to use Martin Luther King’s birthday anytime as an alternative. That’s the only celebration we have,” Nantambu said.

Nantambu said it’s an example of Charlotte being a “racist bastion”.

He encouraged the crowd to call groups like the CIAA, NCAA and PGA and urge them not to host events in the city.

“We’re going to find out about everything that’s coming here,” Nantambu said, “and let them know that Charlotte is racially-divided, that they’re discriminatory, they’re bigots and that they do not care about all of their citizens. “They do not deserve to have anything here.”

Wow, isn’t that a surprise? A local race-hustler threatening city business — all because the school board chose today as a make-up day for school students … in addition to several other days they’d normally have off. Can you believe this garbage? Not to be outdone, national race-hustler extraordinaire Rev. Jesse Jackson also weighed in on the “controversy”:

Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Sunday that the move by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a makeup snow day is “clearly insulting and hits a very raw nerve.”

What’s insulting is getting corruptocrat clowns like Jackson involved in what should be a local matter.

As to the students who joined the protests today, WCNC has more:

Students who stayed home from school said they wanted to be part of something that Dr. King stood for.

When asked why Mnday’s protest was important, student Colby Johnson said, “because I think it is how to live the dream instead of reading about it.”

Riiiight. Because deceased Dr. King, who put his life on the line every time he marched for major issues like civil rights and equality – including equal opportunities in education – for black people, would certainly approve of school children skipping school with their parents’ permission in order to protest the Very Serious Issue of them actually having to sit in the classroom and learn on a day designated as his holiday. Here’s what King had to say about education in 1947:

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

[…]

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

Would Dr. King find the bickering and divisiveness and pettiness over whether or not it’s justified for students to have to make up a snow day on his holiday a “worthy objective upon which to concentrate”? I seriously doubt it.

Last but not least, here’s a photo – taken by the Charlotte Observer’s Davie Hinshaw – that says much about today’s protests, at least in my view:

Charlotte NAACP protest

Protesters gather outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Monday morning to participate in a NAACP led demonstration protesting the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board decision to use the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a snow make-up day for schools. Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

In case you can’t see it, the word “backward” is spelled incorrectly. It’s spelled “backword.” Yes, let’s allow black students to miss a day of education on MLK Day so they can “march” alongside adults in the crowd who … can’t spell.

Can’t make it up.

FWIW, here’s a bit of backstory on why the local NAACP is so bitterly hateful towards the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board. It didn’t just start with MLK Day.

Related reading:

Why is Al Sharpton still called a “civil rights leader”?

There are a lot of things wrong about this Associated Press report:

NEW YORK (AP) – The Rev. Al Sharpton will host a weekly syndicated TV program focusing on education.

ESH Holdings, a new minority-owned multimedia company, says the half-hour news and information magazine, called “Education SuperHighway,” will target parents, educators and students.

Hosted by the well-known civil rights leader, the show will provide a forum for discussing educational issues, with political, business and social leaders taking part.

Isn’t it scary that this well-known race hustler is going to be hosting a syndicated show focusing on the education of America’s youth? What’s going to be his first priority? How to launch a rape hoax on innocent people and get away with it?

Furthermore, are you as sick as I am of how Rev. Sharpton is continually called a “civil rights leader” when he is anything but? As I said on Twitter, there is nothing “civil” about him, nothing “right” about him, and he is certainly not a “leader.” Yet he is continually treated by the MSM and left wing politicos as a “credible” voice on issues that affect and impact the black community.

Sigh.

Time to play “what if a white pol had said that?”

Race-baiting politics once again strike in NYC.  Via the NY Post:

Mayor David Dinkins encouraged voters to embrace a state Senate candidate because he looks “more like us.”

“It’s important, it is so very important, particularly for the people of this district who vote on Tuesday to recognize how important it is to understand that the city is changing,” Dinkins said in his endorsement of state Senate candidate Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat on Thursday.

“Most people in the city are going to look more like us than others and that’s just a fact,” Dinkins said.

Espaillat opponent Mark Levine, who is white, yesterday called on Espaillat, who is Hispanic, to denounce the divisive comment.

Espaillat did not repudiate Dinkins’ words.

“Mayor Dinkins is one of New York’s finest public servants, and he’s built his career around the principle that communities of different ethnic and economic backgrounds must work together if we want to bring about long-term change,” Espaillat said in a statement.

[…]

Espaillat and Levine are both frontrunners in the race to fill Attorney General hopeful state Senator Eric Schneiderman’s seat. The district includes the diverse population of the Upper West Side, Washington Heights, and Inwood, in Manhattan and Riverdale, in the Bronx.

Hey, why doesn’t Dinkins call for a caramel/“chocolate” city while he’s at it?

Seriously – just imagine for five seconds what would happen if a white politico said anything of the sort.  Especially if he/she were a conservative.  As usual, the double standards are alive and well on the issue of race-baiting, not to mention the fanatical obsession with identity politics.  Let’s not make our choices based on the best candidate to fill xyz position.  Let’s choose on the basis of race.  As long as it’s a liberal Latino or black candidate, of course.

 Move along here. Nothing to see …

When will it stop? The meaning of “racism” continues to get diluted as Tea Party is once again compared to KKK

ABC News reports on yet another black “leader” equating Tea Partiers nationwide to the KKK (via):

A civil rights activist and former congressman equated the Tea Party with the Ku Klux Klan today as he blasted a conservative rally planned in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

The Rev. Walter Fauntroy, the non-voting delegate who represented the District of Columbia from 1971 to 1991, called on African-Americans to organize a “new coalition of conscience” to rebut the rally scheduled for Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial featuring Fox News pundit Glenn Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“We are going to take on the barbarism of war, the decadence of racism, and the scourge of poverty, that the Ku Klux — I meant to say the Tea Party,” Fauntroy told a news conference today at the National Press Club. “You all forgive me, but I — you have to use them interchangeably.”

Fauntroy attempted to explain the comparison to white supremacists by saying that organizers behind the “Restoring Honor” rally are the same people who cut audio cables from a sound system the night before the historic March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

“The same people who cut the cables on the night before the march, that we paid $66,000 for a sound system, they cut it,” Fauntroy said. “Now from Fox News and elsewhere, they are seeking to turn the world back.”

Read the rest if you can stomach even more of his race-baiting nonsense. Newsflash for Fauntroy: It was Democrats who formed and kept alive the KKK, not Republicans. Not that the facts matter, obviously.

Racism anywayOf course, all of us who oppose this administration’s agenda – whether we/you are affiliated in any way with the Tea Party movement or not – are used to being called a “racist” in varying forms. We saw it during the 2008 presidential campaign season when Obama himself, aided early on by his minions and other prominent Democrats, took it upon himself to not so subtly insinuate that the opposition to him would be based on his skin color.

Once elected, the false accusations of racism continued thanks in no small part to the widespread opposition to ObamaCare. Opponents, including seniors and war veterans at town halls, were routinely called racists, were compared to the KKK – all of which the mainstream media, led by MSDNC, lapped up like a dirty, thirsty dog in the desert who just found a plentiful water stream (the so-called “spitting” incident that never was comes to mind as well).

In the midst of all this have been black conservatives who strongly support the Tea Party message of smaller government and fiscal responsibility. As usual, not a day has gone by that they have not been called “Oreos” and “Uncle Toms” and/or all the other typical sludge and slime from the so-called “party of tolerance.” In all of this, perhaps no one has had it worse than these brave free thinkers who are often accused of “straying from the reservation” for daring not to toe the “they’re all racists!” and “Democrats are your only true friends!” lines that black liberals demand all black people believe under threat of being accused of being a “traitor” to the black community.

But beyond conservatives black and white who have been relentlessly smeared by this administration and its many mindless followers, there is the issue of the word “racism” having no meaning anymore. The word is used so often now by race-hustlers/baiters on the left that it has lost its meaning in mainstream America. “Racism” used to mean discrimination based solely on race. Now, liberals black and white alike would have everyone believing that it means “opposition to a black president/black liberal agenda.” This is one of the more sad aspects, if not the saddest, in the whole back and forth on allegations of racism over the last couple of years. The truth of the matter is that even though we’ve come a long way on the issue of race in this country, we’re at a “holding point” of sorts right now primarily due to the fact that those on the left who have a vested interested in keeping the race card front and center refuse to move forward and refuse to see that people CAN oppose a black liberal president based on something OTHER than race. Simply put, if the Jacksons and Sharptons of America did not have the race card to play anymore, they’d be out of jobs. So they have to fan the flames of racism in order to “stay in business.”

MLK dreamThat is not to say that racism in this country has been completely eradicated. It hasn’t been, and frankly I doubt it ever will be. Historically, people of ALL races in ALL countries/civilizations have tended to believe their way of life is “better” than the way of life of those who look different. This is not just true of whites, but blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc. The key is, though, to not let preconceived notions about people who look different cloud your vision when assessing them on basis of the content of their character. THIS was MLK’s dream, not the nightmare “whitey wants to keep you down” scenario the Wrights and Jacksons and Waters’ and other stuck-in-the-60s black “leaders” paint for their respective constituencies every day. Where’s the “hope” in that picture? There’s not – and that’s exactly the way these “leaders” want it to be.

As always, when I write posts about the race issue, it is without fail that I get an email or two from a liberal who blurts “but Sister, what about the confirmed instances of racism from white people that are reported, some of it coming from your party?” My response always is, yes, there ARE rare instances of racism coming from white conservative movers and shakers (mostly at various state levels) but that you’ll see far more instances of reverse racism coming from the left side of the aisle from the Charlie Rangels and James Clyburns of America, people who never waste an opportunity to blame opposition to black liberals on race. Not only that, but even though there have been a few confirmed instances of racism coming from Republican operatives over the last couple of years, something to keep in mind is this: In spite of those contemptible instances, which party’s POLICIES are most damaging to the black community? The GOP’s, or Democrats? I think the answer is pretty clear.

What it boils down to is that Americans must pay attention not to just what activists and politicos SAY but, more importantly, what their side DOES when it comes to the advancement or regression of equality for minorities. In the case of the right, a few yahoos does not make a majority and overall, the smaller government policies of the right benefit ALL – not just a particular race. These policies (some of them admittedly imperfect) don’t seek to divide; rather, they seek to embody the spirit of equal opportunity granted by our Constitution.

Jackson and SharptonOn the left, on the other hand, the racism chorus sings often and loudly purely for the advancement of enslavement all over again of ALL people to the government – and they do so by way of painting each individual group (blacks, females, gays, etc) as “victims” of a “selfish society,” a “society” that they say won’t allow them to grow and advance and be productive members of the community without government intervention. Why do so many “leaders” on the left take this view? For some, I’m sure they really do believe that “society” has made victims of us all and believe that the government is the best way to redress this “wrong,” but for the majority, it’s about one thing and one thing only: Cold, naked, raw power. Think about it. If these special designated “groups of victims” no longer felt like victims, a lot of the movers and shakers on the left at think tanks, liberal publications, serving in government, etc wouldn’t have people around to shamelessly exploit in the first place, and as a result they’d have to find something else to do.

I have a dream. A dream that an overwhelming majority of Americans will no longer feel like they are society’s “victims.” A dream that not only will pave the way for true equality and social harmony as individuals take control of their own respective destinies without relying on “assistance” from a government that thrives on people being “in need,” but one that will also put the power-people who perpetuate the “victim” myth purely for personal advancement and to feather their own nests out of business — for good.

Are you with me?

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If you can’t make it to the Restore Honor rally this weekend, C-SPAN will be broadcasting the rally tomorrow, starting at 10:00 AM ET. Looks like you may be able to also follow it via Facebook.

15 minutes of fame extended: Shirley Sherrod to sue Andrew Breitbart

Yippie:

Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod announced Thursday that she intends to sue Andrew Breitbart for posting a misleading video of Sherrod that ended up costing her job.

Sherrod made the announcement at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in San Diego. “I will definitely do it,” she said.

Sherrod lost her job last week after Breitbart posted a clip of a video on one of his conservative sites that appeared to show Sherrod telling an NAACP conference that she did not lend her “full force” in helping a white farmer.

The full video, though, showed Sherrod had actually been speaking about how she had gotten over the racially motivated killing of her father after helping the first white farmer who had solicited her aid.

Before the full video came out, however, Sherrod was fired by the Department of Agriculture over what it thought was a racist remark.

Sherrod has been offered a new job with the department, and the White House has apologized to her, but Sherrod has not yet indicated whether she will take the job.

She’s probably waiting to find out how much she can try and shake down Andrew Breitbart for before she makes a decision on the USDA job offer. Perhaps she’s getting advice from noted master shakedown artists like “civil rights activists” and Reverends Jackson and Sharpton. Sounds like Media Research Center Brent Bozell is thinking along the same lines:

“Andrew Breitbart is going to be fine. He’s done nothing wrong,” said Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center. “I wonder if Ms. Sherrod, who is such a champion of transparency, will publicly disclose who is putting her up to this. And I also hope this champion of honesty will stop lying about Fox News. I’m also waiting for Ms. Sherrod to publicly apologize for accusing anyone opposed to nationalized health care of being racist. Last time I checked, that was more than half the country.”

Bill Jacobson is wondering for what she will exactly sue him:

Defamation? For what, showing a two-minute clip of her speech, and not showing the rest of the speech (which Breitbart apparently did not have a copy of)? For calling her comments “racist” when she admitted in the speech, at a minimum, to formerly being a racist?

Interference with her employment? When she resigned and turned down the job when she was offered it after her resignation?

For portraying her in a false light? Really? I’d like to see the movie of her real light.

The legal issues — was she a public figure? — may not take this case past a motion to dismiss at the start of the case.

But, let’s say the lawsuit does get off the ground, and moves forward into discovery.

Will Sherrod assert that her reputation has been damaged? By claiming reputational harm, Sherrod opens up almost her entire life to scrutiny, which is why so many people are hesitant to assert a defamation claim.

Will Sherrod assert the loss of her job as damages? This would permit Breitbart to take depositions up the chain of command, from the person who made the infamous “pull over to the side of the road” phone call, to Tom Vilsack, to the people in the White House.

One thing’s for sure: Shirley Sherrod, racist though she may be, is not stupid and knows how to play her cards (including the race card, of course). I hope Breitbart’s got excellent attorneys.

Speaking of, if you’d like to help him with legal expenses, click here. He had to start a defense fund in light of the ACORN drama, but now I suspect he’ll use that money for Sherrod’s attempt at a 16th minute of fame.

Two questions remain: Will our “Healer in Chief” suggest another Beer Summit to smooth things over? And if he does, just how many of you plan on holding a “Beer Summit” of your own in your house to try and forget about both “summits”? :-\

Today only: Sister Toldjah blog will be a Sherrod-free zone

This will be the only post that mentions her at this blog today. Everything else I write about will be on a topic other than Shirley Sherrod.

Please also consider this an open thread, in case you want to talk about her and the issues surrounding what happened last week. Or any other issue. In the interest of my blood pressure, I shall abstain.

Thank you.

All you need to know about how Fox News handled the Sherrod story

Thanks, Howard Kurtz:

But for all the chatter — some of it from Sherrod herself — that she was done in by Fox News, the network didn’t touch the story until her forced resignation was made public Monday evening, with the exception of brief comments by O’Reilly. After a news meeting Monday afternoon, an e-mail directive was sent to the news staff in which Fox Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said: “Let’s take our time and get the facts straight on this story. Can we get confirmation and comments from Sherrod before going on-air. Let’s make sure we do this right.”

Sherrod may be the only official ever dismissed because of the fear that Fox host Glenn Beck might go after her. As Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tried to pressure her into resigning, Sherrod says Deputy Undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her Monday to say “do it, because you’re going to be on ‘Glenn Beck’ tonight.” And for all the focus on Fox, much of the mainstream media ran with a fragmentary story that painted an obscure 62-year-old Georgian as an unrepentant racist.

On Monday night, O’Reilly played the clip posted by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart on his site BigGovernment.com. He led his Wednesday program by criticizing some of Sherrod’s language but acknowledging his own mistake: “I owe Ms. Sherrod an apology for not doing my homework . . . and for not putting her remarks into proper context.” While the excerpt showed Sherrod, an African American, telling the NAACP in a speech that she had discriminated against a white farmer as a nonprofit aid officer 24 years ago, the full speech made clear she was saying she had overcome that race-based bias and learned an important lesson.

In his Monday comments, O’Reilly credited Breitbart with posting the excerpt and concluded that her remarks were “simply unacceptable. And Ms. Sherrod must resign immediately.” O’Reilly taped the show at 5 p.m., and by the time it aired about 8:50, USDA had announced Sherrod’s resignation (as Fox noted on the screen). Fox executives say O’Reilly’s staff, which is not part of the news division, sought comment from USDA throughout the day.

But I’m sure the far left, led by the dishonest whiners at Media Matters, will continue to push the “it’s Fox’s fault!” meme, because – as we all know – they never allow facts to get away in the middle of a good old fashioned rant/race-baiting. So much easier and effective (for them) than dealing with the real issue here, and that is the racism that is rampant at the NAACP, an organization which Andrew Breitbart accurately described as being in no position to lecture the Tea Party on alleged “racism” within its ranks.

Saul Alinksy would be awfully proud of how certain folks on the left – including their allies in the MSM – have attempted to make this about “conservative media outlets” and “anonymous bloggers” rather than the NAACP’s racism, wouldn’t he?

PM Update – 8:41 PM: Mediaite has a great rundown not only of how Fox handled the Sherrod story, but how the rest of the MSM did as well. Good stuff.

CNN hosts: In light of Sherrod story, legal steps/”checks and balances” system needed for bloggers

Alana Goodman from Newsbusters files this disturbing report:

Should there be a “gatekeeper” regulating internet bloggers? In the aftermath of the Shirley Sherrod incident, that’s what CNN promoted on July 23.

Anchors Kyra Phillips and John Roberts discussed the “mixed blessing of the internet,” and agreed that there should be a crackdown on anonymous bloggers who disparage others on the internet.

“There’s going to have be a point in time where these people have to be held accountable,” Phillips said. “How about all these bloggers that blog anonymously? They say rotten things about people and they’re actually given credibility, which is crazy. They’re a bunch of cowards, they’re just people seeking attention.”

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“Well what Andrew talked about with me was this idea of a gatekeeper but there are huge first amendment rights that come into play here – freedom of speech and all that. And he said the people who need to be the gatekeepers are the media to check into these stories,” said Roberts.

Phillips wanted to go even further, asking if “there’s going to come a point where something’s going to have to be done legally” about anonymous bloggers.

“There has to be some point where there’s some accountability. And companies, especially in the media have to stop giving these anonymous bloggers credit,” she said.

Roberts responded that anonymous blogging might benefit from “checks and balances.”

“If you’re in a place like Iran or North Korea or something like that, anonymous blogging is the only way you could ever get your point of view out without being searched down and thrown in jail or worse,” said Roberts. “But when it comes to a society like ours, an open society, do there have to be some checks and balances, not national, but maybe website to website on who comments on things?”

CNN’s two regulation-happy reporters, think the Sherrod situation can help bring attention to the “necessity” of blogging reform if she brings a defamation lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart.

Isn’t it interesting how they are talking about the alleged “hatefulness” of “anonymous bloggers” yet the blogger in question that has caused CNN to fire on all cylinders is NOT anonymous? I’m guessing this point has probably escaped them …

And, seriously, these folks are whining about supposed “lies” spread about Sherrod by Breitbart? What he did was called an “honest mistake” – something the media would do well to remember next time it’s caught deliberately distorting/lying about the facts to help “their guy.”

Really, when it comes to the battle between who spreads more deliberate lies and distortions about public figures, hands down the mainstream media wins that one over “anonymous bloggers” anytime.

In related news, I see Sherrod is still milking this for all it’s worth, suggesting once again (as she did earlier this week) that Breitbart and his supporters want to take us back to the days of slavery.

Sigh.

Ed Morrissey, who has video of Sherrod’s remarks, responds:

But here she is pushing a caricature of her own — with no evidence to support a charge this incendiary — and Cooper the journalist lets it slide, presumably because he’s squeamish about siding with Breitbart against someone who, to his audience, is a sympathetic victim. What a perfectly depressing note on which to end a depressing week.

Yep.