ASSOCIATED PRESS - Shirley Sherrod, who until Tuesday was USDA's director of rural development in Georgia, said she was on the road Monday when Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her and told her the White House wanted her to resign.
"They called me twice," Sherrod said. "The last time, they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my BlackBerry, and that's what I did."
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement saying his agency has no tolerance for discrimination.
The controversy began Monday when the conservative website BigGovernment.com posted a two-minute, 38-second video of Sherrod's remarks to a local NAACP banquet. She said the video was selectively edited and misleading, while the white farm family she was accused of discriminating against came forward on Tuesday to praise the help she gave them.
THE CONSERVATIVE TRAP
The NAACP's leaked video fails to play the proper context of Mrs. Sherrod's statements. She continues on in the unleaked portion of the tape to use her story as reason that "race is not the issue," "I learned my lesson," and "the real issue is poverty."
By leaking only the portion designed to inflame conservative commentators and bloggers, Media Matters, the NAACP and the White House have created a political trap in which they hope to influence voters and news coverage throughout the election. Once Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and others pounced on the story, the remaining tape was to be released. In the next daily news cycle, the remaining video was released, but unfortunately for President Obama, Glenn Beck did not fall for the ploy.
This ploy to discredit conservatives is ammunition to label bloggers "witch hunters" and build a case against new media in general and http://www.biggovernment.com/ and Glenn Beck specifically. On The O'Reilly Factor, Alan Colmes immediately spouted what seemed to be the Media Matters talking points before Bill O'Reilly had even seen the remaining video.
Politics of this sort is designed to deceive and if you have read my report on The Logical Goals of Good and Evil, you will understand that this tactic is nearly as Evil as the apparent White House plan to assassinate American Citizens.