This story has been all over the news the last few days - I've heard something about it every time I turn on NPR. Basically Shirley Sherrod at the USDA allegedly claimed to refuse help to white farmers. The video of the talk where she mentioned this was posted on some conservative blogs and Fox News (Specifically Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity) grabbed the story up. Sherrod was forced to resign from her position on the grounds that her actions were racist. Then the full, unedited video was posted, and it turned out that she was just providing an example of learning from past mistakes. The Obama administration apologized and offered her another job.
Here's the problem... the media has made this into another criticism of the Obama administration. I agree, they should not have trusted these blogs and should have looked into it further before taking such harsh action. But the Obama administration is not to blame here! It's the conservative bloggers who are to blame! More and more, they're making shit up just to get people upset - this is just one case out of many - and in this case, they've won despite being exposed. Conservative bloggers and talking heads need to be called out for spreading this kind of misinformation, and not allowed to scurry away under the criticism of Obama. Why are we not hearing profuse apologies coming from O'Reilly and Hannity?