Jumping to Conclusions
Was Fox News's coverage of the Sherrod fiasco fair and balanced?
12:00 PM, Jul 22, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
For Shirley Sherrod, the moment of retribution has arrived. Not only has she focused her guns on the vast right-wing conspiracy, but she has also singled out Fox News as leading the charge. Why? As the former Ag employee told Media Matters, the network would "love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person." Perhaps Sherrod has access to secret emails between Fox execs outlining this long-term strategy. Or perhaps she is ... jumping to conclusions?
As Howard Kurtz reports in this morning's Washington Post:
Kurtz goes on to observe:
So you've got members of the media who jumped to conclusions, leading to Secretary Vilsack and the White House reacting rashly, and Sherrod, among others, making hasty judgments about a network's coverage of the whole mess. Have we all forgotten that age-old advice about jumping to conclusions? It's a bad thing. Even as a floormat.