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Lola in The Guardian: Shirley Sherrod's case exposes ugly media flaws

[Originally published in The Guardian] The hasty sacking of Shirley Sherrod shows how easily we are manipulated by 'journalism' based on inaccuracies When Shirley Sherrod spoke at an NAACP event and shared a 24-year-old story of overcoming her prejudices, little did she realise the same speech would come back to in a new, highly edited form, putting her at the centre of a national controversy, costing her a job at the department of agriculture and almost ruining her reputation. Yet that is exactly what happened this week. Rightwing blogger Andrew Breitbart, in cahoots with Fox News, went on a mission – which he claims was to reveal the "truth" about the NAACP – to cause controversy. He took a bite-sized clip from Sherrod's speech, tagged it with a headline accusing her of being a racist and released it to the world. The clip showed Sherrod, who at the time was the director for rural development in Georgia, saying that she did not use the full force of her power t…

Lola in The Guardian: After Oscar Grant, just take guns away from US police officers

[Originally published in The Guardian]




 A passerby walks by a mural of Oscar Grant in downtown Oakland, California. Photograph: Susana Bates/EPA
Friday 9 July 2010 11.35 EDTFirst published on Friday 9 July 2010 11.35 EDT