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July 21, 2010

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PJ Smith

Your quote from the NAACP:

"With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias," he said.  "Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans."

From what I've read on this issue, the original source of the video Breitbart published was... the NAACP. The NAACP later released the full video which makes clear that Sherrod was describing a turning point in her views. So WHO had the intent to deceive whom? Further, how did it work out? The story on this isn't over.

Tom Bowler

I suspect Breitbart has no plans to reveal his source for the video, but it sure would be interesting to find out who gave it to him. TPMMuckraker quotes Breitbart saying he did not do any editing of the video.

So we asked Andrew Breitbart, the founder of Big Government, why he hasn't posted the full video.

"I don't have it," Breitbart told TPMmuckraker in an interview. Breitbart said his source sent him just the edited clips at first, but is in the process of sending the full video.

Breitbart said he'll post the full video, if he can get permission from the video production company who filmed it for a local NAACP chapter. He also maintained that he didn't edit the clip and that it was sent to him already edited.

I suppose there is chance, slim though it may be, that we'll see a little less of the race card as a result of this incident. But if that happens, on what will Democrats campaign?

PJ Smith

Tom, this incident serves to keep racial tensions at the front of peoples' minds. This fits with the leftist strategy of distraction while their agenda moves forward in the Congress.

Further, the perception of racial conflict keeps the key elements of their base hunkered down in solidarity with their groups of identity and on the Democrat plantation.

This is why I suspect the release of the video to Breitbart could have been intentional, timed with the NAACP resolution, to keep race a front page story heading into the fall. I expect more of the same in coming months.

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