If there is any doubt about Faux News and its blatant misrepresentation of the facts, perhaps this story will provide everyone (including the naysayers) a clear example. Meet Shirley Sherrod, a former USDA official and the latest victim of political spin, distortion and journalistic dishonesty. A video of her was posted on the Big Government Blog which shows Sherrod speaking at an assembly for the NAACP. In the video, she reflects about how a white farmer came to her for help in protecting their farm, and how she internally fought her initial beliefs and prejudices to provide them services. Alas, the video posted by the blog was deliberately edited and was posted alongside a story to make it seem as if she denied services to the farmer based on his race while as a federal worker. Faux News jumped on this story immediately and in a matter of hours Sherrod was forced to resign from her post. Here's the glaring omissions made by the blog and Faux News: 1. Shirley Sherrod was appointed her position with the federal government in 2009. The story she told was something she went through back in 1986, more than 2 decades before she became a USDA official. 2. The actual farmers she helped were interviewed on CNN hours later defending Sherrod, saying that she prevented them from having to file for bankruptcy, that she didn't withhold anything from them based on their skin color and denounced any notion that she was a racist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUcH0ABKDII 3. The full, UNEDITED video of Shirley Sherrod was provided and it revealed that she actually did help the farmer despite her initial beliefs as stated by the very farmer who received her aid. Sherrod then went on to explain that she learned to accept that problems regarding aid, bankruptcy and financial struggle is not a problem of black people... but POOR PEOPLE. All of this, of course, was edited out of the video that the Big Government Blog aired. Faux News did not air any of the additional footage as well. Before the truth was revealed, NAACP put out a statement condemning Shirley Sherrod and our current administration forced her to resign from her post. Once it was proven that the story Faux ran was false and that Andrew Breitbart is a lying piece of sh** who falsified information to unfairly paint someone as being a racist, the NAACP has pulled back their original statement and made a public apology: Next time we are confronted by a racial controversy broken by Fox News or their allies in the Tea Party like Mr. Breitbart, we will consider the source and be more deliberate in responding. The tape of Ms. Sherrod’s speech at an NAACP banquet was deliberately edited to create a false impression of racial bias, and to create a controversy where none existed. This just shows the lengths to which extremist elements will go to discredit legitimate opposition. So there it is. To be brutally honest, I don't even give a damn what the opposition says about CNN, MSNBC or whatever "liberal news media" outlet. This incident is so blatantly dishonest that nobody should even be trying to defend Breitbart or Faux News in this case. At the same time, one has to really consider the actions of our current administration for falling for this. They acted out BEFORE finding out the full story. The NAACP took accountability for their mistakes and issued an apology. I sincerely hope that the White House does the same. And I never want to hear a thing about the so-called "Fair & Balanced" treatment of Faux News again. We all knew it was BS to begin with, and this confirms it.