Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shirley Sherrod Is Now the Club To Bludgeon Conservatives

Does anyone honestly think David Frum is a conservative? There's absolutely nothing about the conservative movement that Frum agrees with, and while he might not be Amanda Marcotte, he spends more time bashing conservatives than discussing his alternatives.

Take the Shirley Sherrod controversy. As I said in the comments of the previous post, I can't believe Andrew Breitbart deliberately edited the video and put it out on the net. It took less than 12 hours for the story to be refuted, and that makes it hardly worth the trashing of his own reputation, doesn't it? I can see that Breitbart snapped up the video like Rosie O'Donnell gobbles down chocolates, but being gullible isn't the same as intentionally harming this woman.

Of course, the leftwingers are all portraying this as the latest example of conservative racism, and it certainly knocked the Journolist story off the top spot on Memeorandum. But the best line comes from Legal Insurrection:

Media Matters and Think Progress, the ultimate out-of-context word and phrase manipulators, are hot on the case because Shirley Sherrod was taken out of context.

So how about some context for the handful (out of many millions) of people who have attended Tea Party rallies carrying racist signs?

How about considering that some of the people were not really Tea Party supporters but plants by the opposition designed to create controversy? Or that some of the photos were not even at Tea Party rallies? Or that some of the people were kicked out of the Tea Party movement? Or that some of the accusations of racist words being shouted are denied and the videos show otherwise? Or that numerous blacks who are active in the Tea Party movement deny that there is widespread racism? Or that the Tea Party philosophy of limited government and free enterprise is completely race neutral?

"Context for we, but not for thee," seems to be the philosophy.