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Media Matters vs. Andrew Breitbart

Oliver Willis of Media Matters on the Breitbart video of Shirley Sherrod:

We’ve seen this before. When the Attorney General of California finally got ahold of the unedited version of the Breitbart-promoted Giles/O’Keefe videos attacking ACORN, he called them a ”highly selective editing of reality.”

Based on Breitbart’s terrible track record with the truth, until he releases the full, unedited video the version of the story that he’s promoting lacks credibility.

Well, that would be a fine argument until the NAACP and Obama’s agriculture secretary weighed in, as I posted earlier:

The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.

“There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. “We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.

The NAACP released a statement late Monday condemning Sherrod’s admission.

“We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers,” the statement said. 

“Her actions were shameful,” it continued. “While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.”

When will Media Matters refudiate the vial conduct of the Obama administration and the NAACP in this matter?

Update (12:11): Oliver Willis is refudiating the Obama administration, but on his Twitter feed.

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