‘Context’ Debate Surrounding Shirley Sherrod Forces NYT to Eat a Little Crow on Alleged Tea Party ‘Racism’

But very little crow:

The Political Times column last Sunday, about a generational divide over racial attitudes, erroneously linked one example of a racially charged statement to the Tea Party movement. While Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements, there is no evidence that epithets reportedly directed in March at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, outside the Capitol, came from Tea Party members.

During the Shirley Sherrod “out of context” video story, the question was asked: How is Fox News a bunch of a-holes for running an out-of-context video when every other media outlet ran with John Lewis’ racial slur claims as fact in spite of there being not one shred of evidence that it ever happened?

The lefty media will continue to help promote those false claims, and only when it’s noticed will they apparently run half-assed apologies in their “corrections” section on page 33F.

But notice that even the NYT apology commits the same mistake it’s apologizing for: “Tea Partiers have made these racial slurs, we all know that, it’s just that we can’t find any in this one specific instance, and when we find some to validate the accusation in the first part of this sentence, we’ll be sure to pass those along to you as well.”

That said, it must have killed some people at the Times to have to write that semi-apology.

Maybe now they can focus on putting Sherrod’s husband in context so the rest of us rubes can understand that he’s not really racist.

(h/t Powerline)

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