published Thursday, July 22nd, 2010


about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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librul said...

Another graphical coup, Clay.

The right wing blogosphere, personified by Andrew Breitbart, and their broadcast megaphone at Fox have been exposed for the lying purveyors of putrid propaganda that they are. And all it took was a soft-spoken Black woman - ouch!

Keith Olbermann interrupted a well-deserved vacation to really skewer them in a special comment, too. You can view it here:

July 22, 2010 at 1:10 a.m.
OllieH said...

Great cartoon, Clay. I was really hoping you'd draw on this case.

The treatment of this good woman has been an absolute disgrace. Andrew Breitbart is the lowest form of life, and FOX News eagerly laps up any bile he coughs up. Luckily, this deceitful attempt to tarnish Mrs. Sherrod's reputation has only served to damage their own.

It's nice to see those cretins get their just deserts.

July 22, 2010 at 2:10 a.m.
dougmusn said...

I agree with both posts (librul and OllieH) today. It would be valuable for all of us to listen to Keith Olbermann's comment again--I hear echoes in it of the famous Edward R. Murrow comment about Sen. McCarthy: "...the fault, dear Brutus, does not lie in our stars but in ourselves." Mr. Olbermann reminds us of our eagerness to swing for the fences in our hyperconnected, tweet-infested, "ready--fire--aim!" world.

How about this: use the ON-OFF switch, put down the cellphone, turn of the TV and consider CONTEMPLATION when faced with something that sounds incendiary. Otherwise, join your favorite bloviator and add another row of sandbags atop our bunker to keep us separated from THEM, whether 'them' are Repubs, Dems, blacks, whites or whatever.

Common sense is not common. Either we work to listen and understand others fairly or we shall bask in our ignorant solitude, safe and lonely.

July 22, 2010 at 5:45 a.m.
Lefty said...

Oh Clay that was a mistake. The feathers are going to fly today. You can attack their religion, but not their Fox News. You have really done it this time.

July 22, 2010 at 8:45 a.m.

Not sure how Fox News fits into a story that is primarily about a poorly edited video blog and the knee-jerk response from The Whitehouse. But then, Bennett doesn't need to make sense for the bed wetters to claim victory, no matter how shallow.

Fight On!

July 22, 2010 at 9:03 a.m.
Nagoc said...

How ironic that Fox's spin now is that the White House/Ag Dept. acted too hastily without getting all the facts. What hypocrisy! You have to be an idiot to believe anything broadcast on that channel.

July 22, 2010 at 9:15 a.m.
rolando said...

FoxNews has consistently been the Number One cable news network for years now...perhaps even a decade.

It is #1 for good reason.

For one thing -- and just one -- when shown to be in error, it quite publicly admits to it and prominently publishs the updated information...they do not bury it on "page 47" or try to conceal it altogether.

Who would YOU trust more overall to get the true and most complete story, the WH-TV news service or FoxNews?

I rest my case.

July 22, 2010 at 9:34 a.m.
moonpie said...

Interesting turn of events here.

Of course, Fox News, behaved in a manner fairly typical for Fox and used highly redacted video footage to vilify this woman.

One might expect like-minded conservatives who are primed to believe every word from that network to jump on board with this story... as misrepresented statements support the "truth" they're looking for.

It was alarming to see how those within the White House reacted quickly to dismiss her without looking into the facts for themselves. Since when did Fox and the like become so credible among them?

Hopefully, Ms. Sherrod will recieve the greatest benefit from being dragged through the mud and then exonerated.

It's dissapointing to see how quickly we believe something just because we want it to be true - not exactly an examined life, is it.

It's dissapointing to see how quickly we can react in fear (as did the White House).

In the days when I listened to Rush Limbaugh, he never admitted a mistake unless it was to say her underestimated how bad someone else was. I do watch O'Reilly sometimes, and have yet to hear him acknowledge his mistakes.... though he may do this.

Fox's reaction to this will be very telling to all. Dogged defense of this story will only prove that they are trying to be right, not get it correct.

July 22, 2010 at 9:38 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

Great toon Clay. Yes the Keith Olbermann comments were spot on. The Rick Sanchez interview with both Sherrod and the Spooners was the proof of the blatant attempt at reverse racism by Fox news.

July 22, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
Oz said...

Team Obama is the BIG Loser...They threw the woman under the bus without verifying the facts. They forced her to resign before hearing her side of the story or investigating the facts.

Obama….Boss of the Year!

July 22, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

Rolando, unsure of the point you are trying to make. Most all reputable news organizations offer retractions or corrections to stories, especially regarding inflammatory issues. The New York Times has done this longer than Fox News has been around. As to who I would trust for my news, suffice to say Fox News is very low on my list.

July 22, 2010 at 10:04 a.m.
Salsa said...

The White House should be on the bottom of the cartoon. They are the ones who overreacted and pressured her to quit without getting the facts.

July 22, 2010 at 10:46 a.m.
Lefty said...

"The White House should be on the bottom of the cartoon. They are the ones who overreacted and pressured her to quit without getting the facts."

And the message here is that you should never act on "facts" that come from Fox News because they can't be trusted to be correct.

July 22, 2010 at 10:58 a.m.
Oz said...

Anyone that forces an employee to resign without allowing them to present their side of the story is WRONG!

Illegal aliens receive better treatment from this administration than Ms. Sherrod received.

July 22, 2010 at 11:06 a.m.
Sailorman said...

"And the message here is that you should never act on "facts" that come from Fox News because they can't be trusted to be correct."

Nor can you lefty or the rest of you taking such misplaced joy based on this ridiculous cartoon.

Even MSNBC made the point this morning that Sherrod had already been fired by the time it aired on Fox. So those of you who enjoy mental mastur---- continue.

Oz has it right and the NAACP (who owns the original video) should be right there with the administration.

July 22, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

"Anyone that forces an employee to resign without allowing them to present their side of the story is WRONG"!

Oz, perhaps you should tell that to employers in a right to work state.

Mayhaps you are a union supporter? You do have the right to question a firing within a union. Sadly, most people work at the whim of an employer.

July 22, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.

The NYT, Jon Stewart, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, Huff Post, Moveon, David Letterman, Obermann, Couric and a whole host of Left media in the lap of and licking the Obama White House's face, have consistently for more than 2 years 'misreported' facts, omitted truth and facts/data, protected Obama from criticism and generally lost more viewers and readers due to their blatant lack of Journalistic integrity than at any other time in History.

Just a few items that have surfaced that are being 'ignored':

Breitbart received an edited version, the one shown by O'Reilly on Monday. They aired it and talked about it. Glenn Beck never aired the piece or brought it up. He was suspicious about it's integrity from the get-go. So was I and many others. So why did air it, when Breitbart himself is smart and checks what he receives pretty thoroughly? No lawsuit brought against him for slander or lies has succeeded to this day. The NYT, on the other hand, and a few others in the Left media have been found guilty as charged and their reporters slapped hard or resigned. As for Foxnews-no lawsuit naming evidence of lying or slander has succeeded. We keep hearing from the Left about "all the lies". So prove it. Show evidence.

**Disclosure: I do not watch Foxnews exclusively. There are programs and Liberal news talking heads that are not my cuppa. I find O'Reilly annoying and too wishy-washy for my taste, too Liberal at times. Yet, he and many others on that station have more Leftists, Mod-Liberals and other types to round out their commentaries than the Left mainstream media has conservatives or Rinos on theirs (usually zero). I have to give O'Reilly credit for apologizing when he's wrong. He does do it more than any other cable news Head or Commentator does (and most don't).

So who sent the edited piece to Breitbart? The word right now is that the NAACP and/or their lackey did, wanting to bring Fox and Breitbart down for revealing the truth AND the full video evidence of ACORN and others clearly breaking the law-just like the evidence before a Judge was clear and the Judge's court order to charge the Black Panther's was ignored and then refused by Holder and the White House. All this and more is not looking good for Obama and cronies.

Video, in context does not lie, that's why at times, it is used as evidence. Clearly, Breitbart was wrong not to do further investigation before sending it to Fox and O'Reilly apologized (as he has done many times) for not vetting it thoroughly. At least this is now in the open as it should be. Funny thing, has any of the above Leftists or Left media apologized for their many lies? Still waiting.

July 22, 2010 at 11:36 a.m.

The White House obviously thought this out-carefully. Sherrod says a Cheryl Baker spokesperson asked her to resign NOW "because she will be on the Glenn Beck Show". This shows two things: one, they fear Glenn's show. He consistently has townhall meetings with Blacks from around the country and from all economic strata, stating their concerns with Obama and his Gov't and his racially divided policies. They are fed up with the NAACP, an org that has ceased to represent all Blacks in this country, yet pushes a far-Left agenda on a daily basis. They love this country too and want it made right again. Glenn is dangerous to the White House and it's Agenda.

Two, the White House knew if they fired Sherrod AFTER she appeared on the Beck show (which she never did, nor did he report on her story), they would look bad in the eyes of their Left base and in the eyes of the other media. Looking like fools who do Fox's bidding. The thing is no one on Fox or Breitbart demanded her firing. They wanted to know why members of the NAACP in her audience, on the tape, were seen nodding their heads in agreement and saying yeah, yeah, when she spoke of not wanting to help the white farmer and feeling that he was trying to be "superior" to her.

With the rest of the video seen, even Ann Coulter stated on Red Eye, that it was "an amazing speech" in its entirety, one that showed there exists racism on both sides and the struggle to overcome those feelings.

July 22, 2010 at 11:39 a.m.

Also left out above, are some facts about Mrs. Sherrod and her husband. She has sued her employer (Dept of Ag) and received 13 million dollars for an activist group she was part of; she and her hubby received $300,000 (taxpayer dollars) for themselves. She will probably now sue again, at the least, she will have another cushy Gov't job after the latest White House firing fiasco. She is Far-left in her ideology and knows that the NAACP is too, and mad at the Tea Partiers, Fox News and any conservative in the country that moves and breathes. In the video, she goes on to talk about the white farmers and her wanting to send them to "their own kind" (white lawyers). She uses several derogatory words when talking about whites that brought shouts of approval from the NAACP, which only proves that while she has come a long way, she has a ways to go, baby. If this were turned around and Hannity or Beck were making statements like this about Blacks or minorities, they would be fired AND locked up.

This makes one wonder if all of the above persons did what they did, because they wanted to pull Fox and Breitbart down, proving they are the 'true racists' for airing an incomplete video and (maybe) excoriating Sheddon and the NAACP. The Rachel Maddows and other madwomen/men are all over it, gleefully claiming Fox got caught lying, etc, etc. Fox did not lie, no one lied, they just did a stupid thing, which ALL media does, all the time. That is, not getting the whole truth and nothing but the truth and airing an incomplete byte. For the Left to preach on this is more than laughable. It's sick and a very telling symptom of their own omissions, lies and inadequacies in reporting, vetting and investigating their 'own kind'.

July 22, 2010 at 11:43 a.m.
librul said...

Go stuff it, Canary. Jeesh, what a verbose loser.

July 22, 2010 at 12:04 p.m.
OllieH said...

Wow, even in the face of the most irresponsible journalism (and i use that term loosely in case of Fox News) I've seen in a long, long time, the devotees to Fox stand firm.

What a bunch of hypocrites. Two days ago, you guys would have been the ones screaming for Shirley Sherrod's head on a stake, but today you're protesting this poor woman's shameful treatment at the hands of the Obama administration.

The White House didn't intentionally release a deceitful story, that was Andrew Breitbart. The Department of Agriculture wasn't the one who gladly spread the lie without even the desire to confirm it, that was Fox News. The Obama administration's only sin was to believe a story from a news organization that has done absolutely nothing to earn that faith.

At least the White House has apologized. At least Secretary Vilsack has welcomed Sherrod back to the department and begged her forgiveness.

But Fox? The only words those entertainers have offered up was some qualified apology from Bill O'Reilly who, amazingly, was able to attack the woman in the very process of apologizing for misrepresenting her two nights before.

The only people more pathetic than the jerks at Fox News, are those of you who continue to defend the network, even when it lies right to your face.

July 22, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Canary, my feathered friend, where to start?

"I have to give O'Reilly credit for apologizing when he's wrong. He does do it more than any other cable news Head or Commentator does (and most don't)".

He does it more because he is so consistently wrong.

"So who sent the edited piece to Breitbart? The word right now is that the NAACP and/or their lackey did.."

"Also left out above, are some facts about Mrs. Sherrod and her husband. She has sued her employer (Dept of Ag) and received 13 million dollars for an activist group she was part of; she and her hubby received $300,000 (taxpayer dollars) for themselves".

Unsure what your point is here. Along with other black landowners the courts ruled they were discriminated against. They were compensated for for loss of land and loss of income.

Ahh, yes, a conspiracy huh? Whose "word" is it that the NAACP sent the tape? Do you have any idea how much you sound like O'Reilly with his conspiracy theories and racist innuendo?

"This makes one wonder if all of the above persons did what they did, because they wanted to pull Fox and Breitbart down.."

Yawn, must everything be a left wing conspiracy to you? I can picture you in the McCarthy years gleefully pointing out all the Communists hiding in the Bushes.

Instead of being a canary in a coal mine seeking conspiracies, perhaps you be better served to seek reality by brushing up on Plato's Allegory of the Cave. Reality is out there if you seek it.

BTW, I have always associated the "shadows" in the allegory representative of Fox News, LOL.

July 22, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.

Another rational and fact-filled reply from one Libster who feels Superior. Get educated or whine elsewhere.

Here's the full story dated 1969: a wee manifesto @ Go to: Youdontneedaweathermantoseewhichwaythewindblows and go to the visual picture of a book in the left column. Among the 'authors' of this thesis are two old and present friends of the Obama family, William Ayers (who teaches at a well-known university today) and Bernadine Dorn, his wife. Both attempted to blow up the Pentagon and succeeded at blowing up a couple of judges homes. Today, Billy boy lamented that they "didn't go far enough unfortunately". No remorse.

Click "read online' to read all the "verbose" 27 pages-if you can stomach it. It gives a perfect history of all the hippies, henchmen, terrorists, racists, eugenicists and sundry, evil others, who are now on Wall Street, in the White House Mansion, both Houses of Gov't, various Departments and Agencies, those who have been in our schools and institutions, educating our children and grandchildren, etc, etc. They got smart and organized after the Weatherman/Black Panther bombings and killings. They realized IT has to be "incremental" and target minorities and youth. IT also has to infiltrate and indoctrinate the religious and their churches with the "social/economic justice" mantra.

For relevant to the topic here, see Section III on the Black Colony and Black Liberation: Self-Determination aka what shall we do with the white "crackers"?

Sections VII and VIII are also informative: Revolutionary Youth Movement is explanatory as far as showcasing how and why they target young people. The last couple to three sections are eye opening for anyone who 'sees' and understands what and who is in our Government now and what fits like a glove with these earlier Plans. Racism is a big card for them and one to use also as a "diversionary tactic". After all, they state: "This is the People's War!" Yeah, hate, racism and the Progressive-Left. Great combo Mac.

July 22, 2010 at 1 p.m.

well boys, what else did we expect from ya'll? More diatribes about Fox, no facts, proof or even reading/researching/vetting the other 'side', much less your own indoctrinated bilge-talkers, eh?

When you're all grown up and can read, we'll see ya at the D-Day celebration.

July 22, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.
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July 22, 2010 at 1:15 p.m.
hotdiggity said...


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July 22, 2010 at 2:41 p.m.
Lefty said...

"Glenn Beck never aired the piece or brought it up. He was suspicious about it's integrity from the get-go."

Canary, If you want lies, research, and apologies, here's your chance. You lied, I researched, now how about that apology?

Canaryinthecoalmine? Nah, just another sheep in the Fox den.

July 22, 2010 at 3:02 p.m.
dss said...
  1. Fox News certainly looks bad in this. Failing to acknowledge this drops credibility.

  2. To suggest that Fox News should never be trusted again is a shortsighted attempt to take advantage of a major blunder. CBS stills airs news. (Remember Dan Rather and the 30 year old memos? And Mr. Rather was "our most trusted journalist.") Toyotas still are being sold. BP gas still pumps at the station. The New York Times still informs.

  3. If the White House already deemed Fox News as a non-credible source, why would they use that as their source for decision-making/firing?

July 22, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.
sd said...

Just tossing two things out there.

  1. Does racism have a shelf-life? We touched on that one a little when Senator Byrd died.

  2. (Dewey may appreciate this one.) Let's roll the tape back a few days. In a country where the forcible enslavement of black people was once legal, a black woman, whose father was murdered by a white man when she was 17, gives a speech at an NAACP meeting where she voluntarily admits that over two decades ago she had ANTIPATHY for a white man. She is fired for it.


July 22, 2010 at 6:50 p.m.
notgriscom said...

Poor Clay....Fox news reported this AFTER the White House demanded her resignation....Typical Clay and Tommy...ridiculous

July 22, 2010 at 7:33 p.m.
Lefty said...

Poor notgriscom, another sheep following the Fox propaganda.

See most of us learned not to trust Fox a long time ago. But you should have at least learned from this story.

July 22, 2010 at 7:40 p.m.
Sailorman said...

Are you an equal opportunity cartoonist Clay?

One word - JournoList

As for Sherrod - Fox was every bit as wrong as the White House and NAACP. Well, maybe the NAACP was worse since it was their tape - they could have looked at it and rebuked the charge immediately.

Now - back to your feeding frenzy.

July 22, 2010 at 8:05 p.m.
notgriscom said...

Lefty is pathetic...probably has stock in CNN or the other state run media

July 22, 2010 at 8:16 p.m.
notgriscom said...

Wonder why the White House and Shirley's boss were so quick to pull the trigger? Perhaps the Obama machine and the most articulte Robert Gibbs is ruled by Fox. That must be it. Yea, that's it. If I say it enough perhaps you will believe it. Lefty.....suits you just fine. By the way, what about the coverage from YOUR news stations (not including this paper) about the thugs in the Obama administration, you know, the greatest, smartest team EVER assembled?

July 22, 2010 at 8:26 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I thought that Foxnews was a soap opera.

July 22, 2010 at 10:05 p.m.
Lefty said...

"try this one, Lefty" Did you even read that link? Everybody knows they jumped the gun...who was the one to admittedly jump the gun in reporting it? (I'll give you this one, it was your pals at Fox).

"Lefty.....suits you just fine." Really? Because it seems like nobody could possibly figure out the intent of that name. You sir are a genius.

"By the way, what about the coverage from YOUR news stations (not including this paper) about the thugs in the Obama administration, you know, the greatest, smartest team EVER assembled?" Besides here where is it that you have determined that I get my news? You are making assumptions that you are not qualified to make. You have come on here and tried to repeat the Fox party line while calling me pathetic for pointing out your errors. Is this the best you have?

July 22, 2010 at 10:18 p.m.
notgriscom said...

Brilliant, Lefty......enjoy cause you guys are gonna get creamed in

July 22, 2010 at 10:47 p.m.
notgriscom said...

Hey Lefty, check this out:

Not feeling particularly high on Congress? Join the crowd. A Gallup poll conducted July 8-11 has public confidence in Congress down to 11 percent, the lowest score in its "Confidence in Institutions" survey since 1973.

The other institution that took a hit was the presidency. In June 2009, 51 percent had a great deal or a lot of confidence in the presidency, a number that has now fallen to 36 percent.

Keep in mind that your leftist folks were in charge of the last 2 years of the Bush Administration. Ashamed yet?

July 22, 2010 at 10:51 p.m.
alprova said...

Canary wrote: "Breitbart received an edited version, the one shown by O'Reilly on Monday. They aired it and talked about it."

It goes just a little deeper than that. Sean Hannity aired it and condemned Mrs. Sherrod. The morning crew aired it and condemned Mrs. Sherrod. Apparently, the ONLY on-air personality who did NOT air it or condemn her, was Shepard Smith. He released a video to YouTube, in which he made it clear that he did not trust the source of the video. He's the ONLY one without any egg on his face over at Fox News.

And given that Breitbart has been caught THREE times submitting edited videos at the core of controversy, to Fox News, and they are still accepting them, airing them, and using them to report news stories, goes very much to the credibility of that news network, which has been flushed down a very large toilet at the moment.

"So who sent the edited piece to Breitbart?"

If indeed it was sent by someone else, you can bet that we'll all know sometime in the future who that was, because this one is not going to be ignored.

"Also left out above, are some facts about Mrs. Sherrod and her husband. She has sued her employer (Dept of Ag) and received 13 million dollars for an activist group she was part of; she and her hubby received $300,000 (taxpayer dollars) for themselves."

Shirley Sherrod was an advocate for black farmers who were not treated fairly or compensated for their losses like white farmers were between 1981 and 1999. She and her husband were also among those black farmers who lost it all.

Their land, their home, and all their possessions had to be bulldozed under the ground. For that, she was awarded $13 million and she and her husband received $150,000 each for pain and suffering.

In all, there were 16,000 victims that were paid from more than the $1 billion dollars awarded in that lawsuit. 70,000 more victims were awarded class action status in 2008 for the same type of complaints.

Most of these farmers were former tobacco growers. When the Gov't stepped in and basically made tobacco a product non-Grata, farmers, white and black lost their hind-ends. White farmers were paid-off. Black farmers were not. The Sherrod's led the way to justice.

Bad news for Breitbart and Fox News. They've opened up a can of worms that they will all regret opening.

It's going to be fun watching where all this goes in the foreseeable future.

July 23, 2010 at 1:30 a.m.
librul said...

Leftists? ... in the Bush administration? WTF??????????

July 23, 2010 at 1:31 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

I love this cartoon, and I love this venue.

Attack Clay Attack Lib-media Attack other posters Attack, attack, attack Then maybe everyone will ignore the facts.

July 23, 2010 at 7:19 a.m.

this is one of the most racist cartoons i've ever seen. i can't believe you portray Ms. Sherrod as a white chicken. you may as well have put a piece of watermelon in her mouth. you should be ashamed.

July 23, 2010 at 8 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

MrChatt, you should be ashamed. I know it's painful to admit that the chickens have come to roost.

July 23, 2010 at 8:14 a.m.
sd said...

You know, watermelon gets a bad rap. It's delicious and refreshing, of course everyone likes it. But you can't ever suggest that anyone likes it. You're not even supposed to offer it to people.

It's the best melon, too. Cantaloupes are for chumps.

July 23, 2010 at 8:18 a.m.
acerigger said...

chickens LOVE watermelon!

July 23, 2010 at 8:52 a.m.
Nagoc said...

I get the distinct feeling that Faux news is a substitute for Viagra for several of you regular Obama haters on this site.

July 23, 2010 at 9:11 a.m.
jmsignature said...

Does anyone realize that when the story first broke Glenn Beck on Fox News defended Sherrod claiming that she should not have lost her job and that the white house and the USDA should have done some research before they overreacted? Of course I am not surprised that a liberal rag such as the CTFP "forgot" to report this to their readers. Do you research in a "fair and balanced" way for those of us who appreciate that kind of reporting.

July 23, 2010 at 9:52 a.m.
whatsthefuss said...

One thing you have to LOVE about the left. They not only know everything {NOT} but they also know what is best for everyone else and are free with dispensing and attempting to impose their beliefs on everyone. Sounds like something a good southern christian would do!! They seem to be made up of government employees, or retired government employees of all branches. You know, the ones that receive benefits becoming a king paid from taxes, past, present and future. Oh, and did I mention how much smarter they are than everyone else. A person with even a small dose of business sense would have run from the platform philosophy. Greedy Greedy Greedy. The gravy train is about to run out of tracks folks. Just like the truth is finally out about the saga of Shirley Sherrod. BLO-VI-ATE about that.

July 23, 2010 at 10:26 a.m.
Lefty said...

jm, Feel free to go up and read the links I listed above and you will find that your boy Saint Glenn actually played the tape on his radio show and ripped her. Sorry, you're wrong. Care to try again?

July 23, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.

Good point jm, the point(s) I was trying to make way up there and everywhere. But they don't read, except the hate-filled Leftist poison and they don't/won't comprehend or do real research. No conservative here uses Fox solely for news and most criticize it also on a regular basis when they get it wrong. The fact Fox viewers and talking heads represent a wider swath of America than any other media outlet, flies over the geniuse's heads like a 747.

Now if we could only see this much raving and moshing over ALL the policies and issues the Dems get wrong, the Obama administration does or doesn't do and both Houses in DC have been doing since 2006 (newsflash libster: that is what the poster above meant-the Left in Both Houses HAVE BEEN IN POWER SINCE at least 2006/7). Is that easier?

PS: Seasmokier and Inspector, nice little links and comments-always from the far-left UK too, eh? Now, if you guys would practice what you preach and SHOW both sides of the corruption instead of tagging along with the Left-Progs, that would be nice too. Nobody is completely unbiased, no matter what some like to say here.

Here's another gift today for those who drink the poison and need to detox, or for those who like to 'copy' new info and aren't too lazy to research further and seek more truth.

July 23, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.

Van Jones, Friend and Admiree of the POTUS:

Glenn: When I read that, I remember the words of Van Jones. If you remember what Van Jones said in his green speech about a year or so ago". (Jones is the Marxist-Communist 'thinker' appointed to Obama's White House and when his recent speeches and videos were uncovered by Glenn Beck, the WH 'moved' him out in the middle of the night and on a weekend-to another, less known Post, in one of the EPA agencies).

JONES: "..this is deeper than a solar panel, deeper than a solar panel. Don't stop there. Don't stop there. We're going to change the whole system. We're going to change the whole thing. We're not going to put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system. We want a new system".

GLENN: Listen. And the crowd goes wild. It is really important that you understand who these people are and the code language and you cannot dismiss anything. The President was tied to Rashid Khalidi and Rashid Khalidi was, well, he's not really a friend of the President's and, well, he's not really that bad, yada yada yada yada. Just know that Rashid Khalidi, this is what the President said in a going away reception kind of thing for Khalidi. He talked about that "he had been a consistent reminder to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. It is for that reason that I am hoping that for many years to come we continue that conversation, a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table but around this entire world". That is the President of the United States and what he said about Rashid Khalidi, that they used to have conversations at a dinner table all the time and it was all about, how we move as a people.

GLENN: Oh, they are big friends. (The White House staff and Obama lied. They told the press that Rashid was only "an acquaintance", when in fact Rashid had supported and paid for Obama's 'journey' and education at Harvard U).

PAT: He was asked about it, you know, because Khalidi has well known terrorist ties. He's got sympathies with Palestinian terrorists and he's never, as far as I know, denounced those ties and so the President was asked about him and he said, oh, yeah, I know Rashid Khalidi and he's a professor, he teaches, and that's where he left it.

GLENN: Hamas is the Muslim brotherhood's Palestinian arm. Rashid Khalidi has now signed an appeal for funds to outfit another ship like the peace flotilla that would try to break Israeli's blockage of Gaza, the territory controlled by Hamas. Rashid Khalidi, a good friend of the President, Bill Ayers, his wife was part of the last one. This one Rashid Khalidi. This ship he wants to send out and break the blockade. The name of the ship, the Audacity Of Hope. Time to make your neighbors up, my friend. Time to wake your neighbors up.

July 23, 2010 at 10:44 a.m.

On Keith Olbermann and Shirley Sherrod/the Far Right:

GLENN: I haven't heard this yet. I've heard that this is classic Keith Olbermann.

OLBERMANN: "On the 15th of October, 1894, a fervently patriotic, almost jingoistic French man stepped into the office of the Minister of War, in Paris. He had been told he was simply attending a review and he was still not suspicious even as another man slammed a hand on his shoulder and arrested him for treason. Just 82 days later he was convicted, stripped of his military rank, sentenced to life imprisonment, and sent to a fortress in Guiana. He was, of course, utterly and totally innocent. All of the evidence against him had been fabricated, some of it literally stitched together, with the parts that would have exonerated him, edited out. But religious fervor and xenophobia had gripped his country, and his ethnic group was in the minority, at a time when the majority was trying to paint that minority as evil and subversive and bigoted beyond all reason against the majority. Those in government who knew his innocence stayed silent in a foolish and ill‑fated attempt to govern on behalf of all of the people, even the irrational and the hateful and the prejudiced. Those in the press who did not grab at the circulation and the profits, that the hatred and the scapegoating would bring them, were literally chased out of the country".

GLENN: Stop just a second. Is he making the point that that's what's about to happen to people like us..?

GLENN: Keith, Keith, as anyone who is speaking out is rounded up or is shot in the head or mysteriously has an accident or is chased out of the country or is just driven out of business, whatever the ends are, you should remind yourself of this cute little story. Go ahead.

OLBERMANN: "..before the man was pardoned, nearly 11 before he was fully exonerated and restored to active service. His name, of course, was Captain Alfred Dreyfus".

GLENN: Of course it was. His name ‑‑ his name, of course, is Richard Alfred Dreyfus. Oh. Why didn't you just say Dick? His name, of course, Dick. Oh, and then your wife would say, who's Dick? Richard Allen Dreyfus. You simpleton. I got my degree at an agriculture school, you simpleton! Now, plow that field! What a dope. Is there more?

July 23, 2010 at 10:55 a.m.

OLBERMANN: "..Devil's island".

GLENN: Oh, boy.

OLBERMANN: "Well we need to congratulate ourselves. How far we have come! We can pull a Dreyfus faster than the French could in 1894. 82 days until they sent him to Devil's Island? We did it to Shirley Sherrod in 48 hours. We, the howling fools of the far right, the stand‑aside pathetic bureaucrats of the Department of Agriculture, the whole of the cowering media, this network included, the whole of the government, this self‑defeatingly above‑it‑all president, included. It is a merciful by‑product of the swiftness with which we can ruin somebody's life, that the real truth will also emerge at nearly the same lightning‑speed. But, no matter how much of a stretch it is to compare Shirley Sherrod.."

GLENN: It is quite a stretch. Shirley, Shirley, tell me about devil's island. Tell me about that. Seriously.

PAT: The hell of talking to CNN for two straight days, tell us about that.

OLBERMANN: "Shirley Sherrod has been to her own Devil's Island, and thanks to the perpetual fraud machine that is Fox News, and the scum that is this assassin Breitbart".

GLENN: Stop. Breitbart, tell me about this scoundrel, Arg! He is such a joke.

OLBERMANN: "..To whom she is forever convicted and ever imprisoned. I have sat behind this desk for seven years and pushed back at these counterfeit journalists, as a man might stand at the shore and try to push back the tide".

GLENN (pretending to be Olbermann): "I have sat at this desk for seven years and my ratings tell me that I'm not going to be sitting here for very much longer. They've taken one of the worst guys on television and had him fill in for me and they're already starting to hire a staff and make graphics for his show. They could take me off the air and ‑‑ (Laughter.) And it will all be thanks to Breitbart when I'm finished. Thank you, Breitbart, you scoundrel! You scallywag!"

GLENN: Even Dennis Miller was at home going, who the hell is he talking about?

GLENN: And only Keith Olbermann, only Keith Olbermann, would expect that you knew French history. (Laughter.) I've got to give my stomach a rest. Thank you for that history lesson, Keith. You are so far from a joke, you really are.

Audio/full transcript/

July 23, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.
Lefty said...

Canary, Forgive me if I skimmed and missed it(you understand it is all but impossible to read all the drivel you post),but where was your apology for the lies I mentioned above? You are the first to call for it from others. Here's your chance to prove that you are the only truly honorable one here.

July 23, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

I fear that your bite sounds no better than it parses.

A review of the facts might be in order.

The business address of the Wall Street Journal is

1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036

The editors of the Wall Street Journal would therefore disagree with your assertion that their paper is UK-based.

For a better understanding of the paper's economic philosophy and political leanings, please review the Wall Street Journal's statement of editorial purpose, where the editors make such things quite clear:

If the Wall Street Journal provides intelligent coverage and analysis of the news, I will read it.

If the Wall Street Journal stands on the side of "individual autonomy" and against "bullies" and "the tempers of momentary majorities," this Texan will stand with those New Yorkers any day, anyplace.

Where we disagree, then we disagree. I often read and many times enjoy "disagreeable" things, here, there, and elsewhere.

The same independent thinking would hold true for my reading of intelligent investigation and analysis coming from the US-based New Yorker magazine ("left" in US terms) and the UK-based Guardian ("centre-left," by its own statement). Where we disagree, then we disagree.

Fight the cant and creed-mongering. Priestcraft, complacency, political opportunism, and cliched thought have made a muck-up of our world.

Ride hard, shoot straight, and speak the truth.

July 23, 2010 at 11:15 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

There are a several reasons Faux Noise has a high percentage of viewers.

Those who can think and research for themselves don't require a talking head to feed them opinions and don't require the assistance of the "liberal" media for help in understanding.

July 23, 2010 at 11:49 a.m.

That's what I've been doing Inspector, on a regular basis-and showing BOTH or ALL sides many times. You, with all due respect only show when the moon is in its quarter and usually with poetry...which I do admit calms the savage beast and is greatly appreciated. Here's what I referred to, not the WSJ, although they are the elite-of-the-elite and do not eschew "parsing" as well as the next one:

"Rage Machine Andrew Breitbart’s empire of bluster. Rebecca Mead


Andrew Breitbart: profile of a shock jock

The web's 'most combative conservative impresario' cannot be dismissed as a rightwing crank

** Username: InspectorBucket | On: July 22, 2010 at 1:15 p.m."

How can the New Yorker or the UK Guardian, as I pointed out, both Progressive-to-the-Left elitist 'rags' speak without prejudice on most subjects dear to this country's heart? I'd say, IN CONTEXT and throughout the years, most media here, in Canada and in Europe have more than proved their extreme and troubling bias. And their refusal to research and showcase different perspectives.

What the Left here and around the world are doing is shouting one side and one side alone, erasing good chunks of History and omitting many facts without reading, watching or listening to all of the news, all of the radio or all of the TV news stations. Instead they quote sound bytes and bits from their favorite "news" guy like Jon Stewart (?!), Olbermann, Obama and the like. Ad nauseum, without reading or listening to the complete Breitbart, or Hannity or Thomas Sowell or Joseph Farah.

They knee-jerk dismiss them without seeing or hearing or reading the whole context, never mind any of it. And THAT is what I am speaking about here and that is why I provided the OTHER side. Because there are two or three sides and they need to be aired/drawn/debated as well. And they are not. Here and in many other places. That's why we have racists like Dewby and his mentors he so admires up above dominating and disseminating drivel. When you show up with good stuff from folks on the conservative side, who may or may not be as 'classy' as yourself, then I will properly tip my hat, old chum to Free Thinkers everywhere.

July 23, 2010 at 12:14 p.m.

and eeksit: you are one to talk about "research". You delight in pure hatred and trashing of Christians, conservatives and any others that your Left sites and Profs taught you to hate. I have been researching many subjects on my own for decades, thank you. While you were peeing in your training pants. Without the Internet, Al Gore, Obama, Wikipedia or any indoctrinated Pap from far-Left, George Soros funded sites. And Who is YOUR master?

July 23, 2010 at 12:19 p.m.
princehal said...

Canary opined, "They knee-jerk dismiss them without seeing or hearing or reading the whole context, never mind any of it."

Sounds like what you do on these vary pages on a daily basis. And as far as "erasing good chunks of History [sic]" goes, you seem to have forgotten your dear conservative friends in Texas and their campaign to rewrite the history books with a not so neutral slant.

July 23, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Thanks for that response, Canary.

I do not mind bias as long as it is openly admitted. Yes, where bias is paraded as "objective fact and nothing but the fact," that is deceptive. Believe no one who claims to see the whole picture, For now we see through a glass, darkly, &c.

A claim to absolute objectivity by reporters, analysts, or readers is a charade, and I think that you will agree with that. I doubt that we could find a major source of investigative journalism or news analysis that does not frame its reporting and analysis in terms of political and economic interests. This becomes a significant problem in a world of rampant illiteracy, consumerist thinking, &c.

By literacy, I mean the ability to recognize the leopard by her spots and to mistrust the she-wolf when she promises to keep your lambs safe, fat, and happy. Conversely, literacy would also mean the clear-sighted vision which prevents one from projecting leopards and she-wolves where no leopards and she-wolves exist. That is not merely allegory, but also good strategy for hunting and survival in these dark woods.

As a rule, I trust no news source in toto, but as long as I stay on the alert I learn from many.

If read smartly, with facts and claims counter-checked and followed by quiet consideration, I think that all three pieces (from Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the Guardian) are relevant to an understanding of the past and present actions and words of Mr. Breitbart, Ms. Sherrod, Fox News, and the White House.

At the very least, these three pieces convince me that 1) Mr. Breitbart intends to make it necessary for us to attend his words and actions; 2) that major sources of news and analysis from the UK and US are indeed attending his words and actions.

July 23, 2010 at 1:05 p.m.
quietreader said...

I think there's enough mud in this to sling both ways. How can you lefties say that Fox is the loser here? Don't you all see that both sides got it wrong? We're all biased to some extent. Even Sherrod admitted her bias. That was what got her in trouble. The lefties blogging here just want everyone (especially other lefties) to view them as more righteous for acting as if they aren't biased. This whole argument about Fox News is so stupid that I can't believe you're wasting so much time arguing about it. All news organizations are out there trying to get us to watch them and if one can pull the trigger before the others do on a controversial subject all the better. Journalists used to have some pride in telling the truth. If no one is getting it correct there's no standard with which to be compared. I think Fox at least tries to be fair. However, I don't expect anyone to be pursuaded by me and Canary, you're wasting your time with these folks. They believe what they believe and so do we. Where's Andrew when we need him?

July 23, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.

Inspector and Quiet: you both said it very well, I cannot add a thing. Miraculous, eh?

PS: I think Andrew holds his 'gun' close by his side and chooses his battles wisely.

July 23, 2010 at 1:37 p.m.

hal-not-a-prince: you got me wrong again. If you really knew me and my postings, you would find many a time when I posit other and both sides of an issue. I never READ or WATCH out of context, I practice what I preach, no matter how sickening it is to read/watch/hear the lies and trashings from the Left.

PS: you need to do better research than that on my "friends" on the Texas school board. They have been simply attempting to place back into the real History of America and Western Civilization books what the Left-Progressives over the last hundred years or so, have taken out. It's your lovely little Progressives you'd best be on the lookout for. Stinkin' dangerous they are, bub.

July 23, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.
FM_33 said... this one and it's very cute.

July 23, 2010 at 1:52 p.m.
ITguy said...

Here is what concerns me regarding this incident.

There was a deliberate distortion of the truth for political purposes. We have seen this again and again. No matter how many stories run on CNN or Fox or any other outlet, there are people who will continue to believe that this woman is a racist. Just like there are people who continue to believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11, and people continue to believe that Obama is not really an American Citizen.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but one would hope that opinion would be based on facts and truth.

If I say something that I believe to be true, but later find out that it is false, then I was mistaken.

If I continue to repeat the misinformation after I learn that it is not true, then I am a liar.

If I repeat lies that are slanderous of another person, then I am bearing false witness against my neighbor. Western civilization has recognized that as evil for at least 3,000 years.

July 23, 2010 at 1:52 p.m.
acerigger said...

VERY well-said ITguy!

July 23, 2010 at 3:55 p.m.
notlittletommy said...

sounds line Dewey in East Ridge and Lefty must be bedmates. OMG u 2 are soooo lame. Sounds like your brains have been fried from standing too long in the hot sun to get a free handout. Gimmmmeeeee more.

July 23, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.
Oz said...
July 23, 2010 at 10:19 p.m.
moonpie said...

At the end of two days, having not seen this story unfold from inception (nod to DiCaprio), to getting a full rundown on how events actually transpired.... most of my first post still stands.

However, I will make the following adjustments:

1) The White House was completely stupid and embarrassed themselves initially but ultimately did the right thing.. sort of....

2) Fox news was stupid and embarrassed themselves and offered what apology they could while trying to make the best of it.... I might have done it differently, but what they did was not unreasonable.

3) Canary is a complete idiot and has shown this time and time again until he agress with IB. (Sorry canary, but your rants outweigh your rational side... by far).

4) Dewayne Callahan is an idiot and comic who just may be Canary in disguise. I'm not convinced either way.

5) OllieH and ITguy have the two most spot on posts of the day.

6) This story was a cluster from the beginning. Just about every person who handled initially, bungled it.

But at the end of the day, the truth came out..... and I'm glad for that.

And for MountainJoe, for the first time ever, I actually go to hear Van Irion. He exposed himself as a flame-throwing alarmist. Until Van Irion informed me, I had no idea that our president wanted to kill or imprison so many American voters!

Thanks for opening my eyes. Come Monday, I'm investing heavily in barbed wire futures!!!!!!

July 23, 2010 at 10:53 p.m.
Lefty said...

"sounds line Dewey in East Ridge and Lefty must be bedmates. OMG u 2 are soooo lame. Sounds like your brains have been fried from standing too long in the hot sun to get a free handout. Gimmmmeeeee more" If you would like to make a statement that has any credibility, try not to write like a 13 year old girl on facebook. The only "free handout" I ever received was a military uniform.

Regarding Dewey, cut it out, you're worse than Canary. At least some people can figure out what the heck he is saying.

July 24, 2010 at 9:26 a.m.
joseyj said...

One of the best cartoons exposing Fox's blatant racism. Fox & Breitbart also coordinated the EDITED ACORN videos that made it appear employees were saying things they never said. Several State attorneys general viewed the UNEDITED videos and concluded it was a ruse - but Fox Noose never apologized nor even mentioned the videos were EDITED.

July 24, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.

Oh really josey dear? Just what left-tinged koolaid have YOU been drinking?

Are those the same AG's who refused the clear video evidence of the New Black Panther's thuggery at the polls and refused a Judge's court order to proceed with a trial? Oh and refused the public's right to read and hear the facts of the case and then refused a Congressional Senate hearing for over a year?

Or the same AG's and White House staff who refused to READ the AZ immigration legislation and their own, Federal immigration Law, yet claimed it was all RACIST before the AZ law has even come into effect? Or the Same AG's and Feds who choose to look the other way when 'Sanctuary' cities break federal immigration law every day and force their police departments to look the other way?

Or the Fed Gov't and it's 'attorneys' who were so quick to run down to Louisiana to sue the pants off BP, yet ignored and ignore the plight of the Louisianan citizens for 80, 85 days and counting while taking continuous fiestas, holidays, golf trips and jet-setting parties?

Uh, I think I'd rather believe the evidence of my own eyes and ears PLUS unbiased research than to drink the poison of Big Government, Big Media in the pocket of Big Government, Big Lobbyists, Big Congress/Senate taking away all our rights, power and money, Big Unions like SEIU and last but not least, Big Ole George Soros, a Big Ole Billionaire who just happens to be one of the Big, Numero Uno guests in the White House on a much too much frequent basis.

July 24, 2010 at 5:08 p.m.

left one: "Regarding Dewey, cut it out, you're worse than Canary. At least some people can figure out what the heck he is saying".

I find you laughable in that you can only make 'sense' of the dewby and his blatant racism/hatred, but you cannot even comprehend or correctly read anything legible and true coming from the other side of the aisle.

dewby's hugs and kisses towards you Left-Progs is also very telling, with friends like that you don't need me as your Enemy, huh ole chap?

As for me, being your kinds 'enemy' is a badge of honor and that's a wrap bub.

July 24, 2010 at 5:16 p.m.
alprova said...

Canary, why spew the same lies that have been addressed a dozen times over? Don't you have anything new to add? Of course not.

You're hopelessly entrenched underground in those idiotic holes you dig and all you do is to keep on digging the holes deeper and deeper.

You're a lost cause and your credibility is zilch divided by zilch, which leaves you zilch to work with.....bub.

July 24, 2010 at 7:29 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

I have a theory about the internet. (In all seriousness) All communities have had people with extreme, crazy ideas. However, they didn't usually find others in town who shared their views, and that made them shift back to center. Thanks to the intertubes, village idiots can get together, share ideas, reinforce their wacky notions, and issue statements that are read by other equally nutty folks.

There is some really weird s..t out there. AND there are some really weird folks who believe it. For an example, see canary's religious, end-of-times raving.

July 24, 2010 at 7:44 p.m.
Lefty said...

See canary what you miss is that not everyone views this as their own team versus all the evildoers in the world. I prefer to divide it up a little more. There are rational people that I agree with and those that I don't. Then there are people like you and Dewey who have drifted so far from the comforts of reality that none of us communicate with you. I don't consider you an enemy; you have yet to make an argument that puts you on the level with the vast majority of posters on this site. What you lack in rational cognitive abilities, you make up for in volume, which forces people to respond to you. Speaking of responses, you have ignored me since I pointed out your lies. Care to go ahead and apologize now?

July 24, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.
FM_33 said...

FM -- The TFP has the "Buddy/Friend" feature now... All you need do is double-click on their login and type away. Your e-mail will be [confidentially] forwarded to that person by the TFP. Be sure to include your own e-mail address so he/she can directly respond to you [or not] without going through the TFP, if he so chooses. Your e-mail to him will not appear on this forum so your address is secure.

I tried this Rolando and it has not worked. Now what am i doing wrong ?

All it does is go to there postings and it does not go to an e-mail box.

Did they change that feature maybe you should check it out.

July 27, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.
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