Re: Post-Post-Racial America (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)
Glenn gets some basic facts wrong. Breitbart didn't distort the video, he put out what he was given without doing the responsible factchecking to make sure that the snippets weren't taken out of context...Kind of like what the NAACP did in reacting without doing the necessary factchecking despite having the video in their possession. And, kind of like what the White House did in firing Sherod.]
Fox did not report the story until the White House fired Sherrod, and at that point they played the snippets that caused Sherrod to be fired. This was normal, conventional journalism.
We don't know who gave Breitbart the video but my guess is that it is someone affiliated with Sherrod. Given her bizarre views ('Breitbart wants to take us back to the days of slavery!'), history of litigating to get ahead, and her husband's outright racism, I think this is entirely reasonable.