I came across a report in The Age on 24.07.10, about how African-American public servant, Shirley Sherrod, was sacked from her job over what turned out to be a spliced together video of a speech she’d made, implying that she was a racist. The video was cut & pasted together by the ultra-conservative Tea Party blogger, Andrew Breitbart, who made it appear that Shirley Sherrod was racist towards whites. The worst thing is that her employer took the video at face value and didn’t take into account Shirley’s side of the story or bother to watch the entire footage of her speech before sacking her. For an interesting analysis of the saga you could have a look at Richard Kim’s blog “Race Lies & Videotape” on The Nation website.
Thanks to Sarah and Enqi for the tips…now I can provide some more information about the Shirley Sherrod incident. Check out Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website and the video he edited together here. He doesn’t appear remorseful even though he’s been exposed as manufacturing a slur. And here is the link to Richard Kim’s piece in The Nation. And if you want to see the full length video from which Shirley’s comments were taken out of context it has been posted by NAACP here.