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The inconvenient truth for Horton

Posted: July 30, 2010 9:11 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Gary Horton’s opinion column “Don’t fall for fabricated horn stories” (July 28) claims that ignorance and bigotry persist in America; he is certainly correct. However, he missed some important facts when he used Shirley Sherrod’s video speech to the NAACP.

He called Andrew Breitbart a lying race-baiter. Breitbart was proving Horton’s point for him. Sherrod’s initial comments told a story of how she showed prejudice toward a white farmer. That portion of the story was received by the NAACP audience with laughter and cheers. They were cheering her discrimination.

Breitbart pointed out how the NAACP had claimed the tea party was racist, yet the NAACP had racist issues itself. Sadly, Breitbart seemed to have made his point. In fact, Sherrod is to be commended for the continued part of the story where she discussed her change of beliefs, noting that all races of people should be treated equally.

Horton only wanted to tell you that Breitbart is a racist, and that Fox News is bigoted, slanted and reactionary-driven. He failed to tell you that only after the Obama administration caved in and asked for her resignation, and she had resigned, did Bill O’Reilly on Fox run the video. This is inconvenient for Horton, but still the truth.

It was O’Reilly who apologized to Sherrod and took total ownership for not checking the complete story before running it. O’Reilly has invited her to come on his show to discuss this. So far, she has declined.

The original Breitbart premise has since been tossed. It was unfortunate Sherrod has since gone on the news claiming Fox News used her as a pawn and they have a racist agenda.


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