Still, bloggers, newsies, and Twitter alike continue to BLAME NAACP for not doing a fact check of more than 450,000 members of the organization to find out who owned the video (late addition: usually meetings of this kind are free and open to the public).
Nevermind that the media ITSELF is responsible for reporting such things. NEVERMIND that even the WHITE HOUSE relies on accurate reporting. I’m sorry, but there is no blaming Fox News for this as there are multiple news outlets reporting out there. I’m sorry, but there is no need to blame NAACP for this as the group relies on CNN, MSNBC, and the others to report, investigate, make phone calls and do what they need to to figure out what the truth is.
Instead, the subjects of Sherrod’s speech to NAACP members were debunked by the citizens whose farm she helped save.
Here’s what the publications reported:
Politico: “On Tuesday, the family of the Georgia farmer Sherrod was speaking of in the video came forward to defend her. Sherrod also went on CNN to defend herself and attack the NAACP for criticizing her without first calling her to confirm details. She also charged on CNN that the White House wanted her to resign – a claim the White House denies.”
New York Times: “Ms. Sherrod took to the airwaves, especially those of CNN, on Tuesday. She told the network that the N.A.A.C.P. was ‘“the reason why this happened.”‘ ‘They got into a fight with the Tea Party, and all of this came out as a result of that,'” she said.”
Washington Post: “But before all the facts were in, Sherrod lost her job. She told CNN that an undersecretary at agriculture told her that the White House wanted her out. The White House denies this. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the decision was his. Meanwhile, the wife of the now-deceased farmer told CNN that Sherrod saved their family farm.”
NOT A SINGLE ONE of these reports have AN ORIGINAL quote for their publication from Sherrod herself or the farmers she could have directed them to.
NAACP is NOT to blame … all of you are. Shame on you.
Do better please.