Our Wilmington News Journal yesterday: "Racism is too serious a charge for such knee-jerk reaction by the media."
Former Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean on Fox News this morning:
Let's just be blunt about this. I don't think Newt Gingrich is a racist and you're certainly not a racist, but I think Fox News did something that was absolutely racist. They took a, they had an obligation to find out what was really within the clip. They have been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony Black Panther crap and this, this business, and Sotomayor and all this other stuff.
When host Chris Wallace challenged Dean on his assertion that the Breitbart snippet of Shirley Sherrod was run by Fox before she fired by the Obama administration (and indeed, resulted in the firing), the former presidential candidate hemmed and hawed, and then ultimately offered this:
DEAN: Did you play, did Fox News play the clip that turned out to be inaccurate?
WALLACE: After she was fired.
DEAN: Right. I don't think it matters whether it was before or after.
I don't know what's more frightening -- Dean getting cornered and then admitting "it doesn't matter," or thinking the accusations by some former Dept. of Justice officials that the Dept. is litigating in a racialist manner is "phony crap." But hey, after all, Dean is a member of the Ruling Class. His sort of nonsense is to be expected.