In the curious case of Shirley Sherrod, there seems to be a lot of blame to go around. Andrew Breitbart ran with a video without trying to find any greater context. The NAACP issued a knee-jerk condemnation and called for her firing. The White House fired her. Sherrod herself, although she tempered her racial remarks, when heard in context, added several looney left-wing remarks in the speech, possibly violating other standards of conduct for Federal employees.
The NAACP retracted its condemnation, accusing Fox News of "snookering" them, by not showing the full speech - which was originally delivered to themselves. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs apologized, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack offered to re-hire her.
After all that - and more - I don't even remember now what got this whole ball rolling. Do you? I didn't think so.
But after a few days of knee-jerking, name-calling, firing and un-firing and spinning, I do know this:
The NAACP and the White House look like complete, incompetent clowns, and I know for sure that I should ignore them whenever they cry "racism."
Andrew Breitbart is a genius.