The current brouhaha over the comments and subsequent firing of Shirley Sherrod as the director of rural development in Georgia for the Department of Agriculture is a story on many levels. However, if a person is contented to just sit back and have their news fed to them by the mainstream media, they will only know the part of the story that they want you to know.
Over the years I’ve learned to listen closely and read between the lines of “news” agency or network news stories. The AP story on Yahoo news had a faint whiff of something not-right. Aha! towards the end of the item, Mary Clare Jalonick and Ben Evans wrote: “Biggovernment.com is the same outfit that gained fame last year after airing video of workers at the community group ACORN counseling actors posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend. ”
Same “outfit”? Outfit?? That’s not a term that a journalist would use. That’s a term for a hack or worse. Yes, there are writers that are worse than hacks. They’re the ones that color their writing with nuances, to influence the reader to agree with them without them realizing that they have been influenced. That’s not journalism. It’s cloaking an editorial to look like a news story.
And “outfit” was a pejorative that my daddy used. It wasn’t flattering.
So I went to the Big Government site to see what they had to say. They had very little to actually say – they let Sherrod speak for herself.
Click here for her full speech.
Click here to hear her lamenting about black people selling their land to whites.