Bob Schieffer Scolds New Media on Sherrod Scandal… Then Misreports the Story

CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer scolded new media for what he called a misrepresentation of Shirley Sherrod’s racist speech to the NAACP… Then Schieffer went on to misreport the story.

The state-run media still has not reported the truth on her several attacks on whitey or the audiences reaction during her hyper-partisan speech:

The state-run media sure wouldn’t want you to take a closer look at Sherrod’s speech now, would they?

Schieffer further discredited himself this weekend.
Mediaite reported:


CBS Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer is a great journalist with a long, storied career.

But in the wake of his admission that he didn’t mention the Black Panther story because he was “on vacation” and didn’t know about it, he took to a commentary yesterday to scold “new media” for the Shirley Sherrod story.

…But Schieffer’s commentary took on Andrew Breitbart and “new media.” “I am Old Media with a capital O. Proud of it, actually,” said Schieffer. “And yes, we do operate differently than some in the New Media and I again underline some.”

One of those differences, said Schieffer, is that Old Media may make mistakes but not on purpose. Old Media “call[s] people involved in a story to get their side” while New Media, presumably, does not. And then Schieffer got the story wrong on the Shirley Sherrod timeline.

A partisan blogger with an agenda – not a journalist – put the heavily edited, totally out of context, now infamous sound bite of Shirley Sherrod on the Internet. Some of the cable folk picked up the story, and demanded the woman’s ouster.

No calls to those involved, no checking of any kind – just throw it out there and leave it to the woman to defend herself.

Which ‘cable folk’ is he talking about that demanded the woman’s ouster? Because the only person who did was Bill O’Reilly, and even that didn’t air until after she already resigned. And if Schieffer had bothered to call those involved, before throwing it out there, he would know that O’Reilly’s show contacted the USDA Monday afternoon and got no response.

Nice work, Bob.

More… Power Line added this, via Instapundit:

Lewis, Carson, Cleaver and the phantom n-word. “It is a contrast that provides the appropriate ‘context’ for the Breitbart hysteria of the past week.” They’re attacking Breitbart because he’s destroyed their narrative. That’s all it’s about.

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