In an interview with CNN shortly after the White House forced her to resign on Monday (July 19), former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod said that a White House liason with the USDA demanded her resignation “because you’re going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.”
It seems that the White House was more concerned with what Fox News’ Glenn Beck would say about a snippet of video that had been edited by a right wing conservative blogger to portray Sherrod as a biased racist.
But as this clip shows, Beck (who had not yet seen the full Sherrod video) came out in support of Sherrod on his show. Beck supported the USDA’s former director of rural development in Georgia, even though he did not know that Sherrod did not discriminate against a white farmer.
“I’m puzzled by this,” said Beck, “I believe that someone is innocent until proven guilty.” Beck went on to accuse the Obama administration and the NAACP of “harassing” Sherrod into resigning – “before I even made it onto the air last night, and I didn’t even run the video.”
As you watch this video clip from Tuesday’s Glenn Beck show, note that Beck made his comments before the NAACP released the full video.
Beck also noted that the NAACP and the Obama administration condemned Mrs. Sherrod before they had even heard her side of the story.
“Hold on just a second… the NAACP didn’t even talk to her?” asks Beck incredulously. “The Obama administration does have a history of acting without all the facts,” said Beck.
Yesterday Obama, through White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, apologized to Shirley Sherrod for rushing to judgment without all of the facts.
In a guest appearance on NBC’s Today Show this morning, Sherrod said that she loves Obama and she hoped to speak with him to see if he is “fully committed to fighting discrimination against black farmers.”
But that talk likely won’t take place because Sherrod is neither white nor Muslim. Therefore Obama has no political use for her.
This case proves again that even before his election, Obama has bent over backwards to prove to whites that he does not favor non-Muslim blacks.