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Meet Your Meat: Why We All Should Care Where Our Burger Comes From

Sam Schabacker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sam Schabacker

As corporations increasingly own the animals on giant feedlots they control, they are able to suppress the price independent ranchers across the state can get for their livestock.

Tom Vilsack Offered To Resign Over Shirley Sherrod Debacle

Politico | Roger Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...In a 75-minute, exclusive interview Tuesday, [Agriculture Secretary Tom] Vilsack told me about his initial suspension of Shirley Sherrod and his su...

Marcus Baram

Ms. Sherrod Goes To Washington | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department employee forced to resign after an edited video clip gave the false impression that she had discriminated ...

Friday Talking Points [132] -- The DMV? Really?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, this column took a week off, due to an extended trip into the desert for the Netroots Nation convention. But now, we turn our sights back ...

What Journalism Students Can Learn From Shirley Sherrod, JournoList

Matt Vasilogambros | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Matt Vasilogambros

Take note of what happened in the world of journalism this summer. As we've seen, even professionals continue to adapt to the industry and learn from the actions of their colleagues.

Agriculture Secretary Puts The Brakes On New Roads In National Forests

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver


Gaggle of Problems With New York Plans to Kill Canada Geese

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Wayne Pacelle

Officials plan to kill more than 150,000 Canada geese in New York alone. Brooklyn was shocked when 400 Prospect Park geese were killed. In our day, such mass slaughter is wrong and unacceptable.

Will President Obama Have Another "Beer Summit" After the Shirley Sherrod Fiasco?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dexter Rogers

At the end of the day, those at the top will not give up what they've accumulated via oppression without being forced to do so.

Does Anyone Remember That Tom Vilsack Ran for President in 2008?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

Before Monday, when he fired USDA bureaucrat Shirley Sherrod and then had to beg her to return, not that many people had ever heard of Tom Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa.

Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers and the 2010 Racial World Cup

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Perhaps one of the more eloquent and official retrospectives resulting from the Shirley Sherrod incident was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb's...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, President Obama signed the financial regulation bill, Facebook signed up its 500 millionth member, and the Senate Judiciary committee signed off on Elena Kagan. But the news cycle was dominated by the media frenzy over Shirley Sherrod. turned the obscure USDA worker's tale of racial awakening into a grainy video snippet "proving" reverse racism. Fox News tore into the story like rabid jackals with a taste for blood and race baiting (Shepard Smith was a noble exception). Tom Vilsack revealed an itchy trigger finger, having an underling force Sherrod to resign via BlackBerry because "you are going to be on Glenn Beck tonight." So the administration left no doubt it's afraid of Beck's shadow, and the president insisted that the buck stops... somewhere else, pointing the finger at the "media culture." The White House and a shamed media want to brand this a "teachable moment" but will the lesson stick?

NAACP Still Hasn't Atoned for Sherrod Blunder

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

NAACP president Ben Jealous caught holy hell from black bloggers for his astoundingly embarrassing rush to judgment applauding the curb toss of Shir...

Why Does Anyone Take Andrew Breitbart Seriously?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Dreier

By now it's clear what Breitbart is selling. The real question is why the mainstream media and Democratic politicians bought it. Breitbart is a con artist, but con artists only succeed if consumers don't know they are being conned -- or don't care.

The Shirley Sherrod Story: Breitbart Plays the Media Card

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Have you seen this clip? Have you heard this sound bite? Take a look at this thing -- it's unbelievable! Except, of course, when everyone believes it.

What the President Didn't Seem to Learn From the Shirley Sherrod Incident

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The President's remarks about Shirley Sherrod's firing suggest that this "learnable moment" may have been lost. Here's an idea: Don't hide your opponents in a verbal cloud, Mr. President. Name them. Call them out.

The F Word: National Confrontation on Race

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At the end of a long painful week, Shirley Sherrod's been offered a new job with the USDA's Office of Civil Rights and Community Outreach. She's still considering, though, and who can blame her?

A Teachable Moment

Arthur Goldwag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arthur Goldwag

From Tom Vilsack's press conference yesterday: I've learned a lot of lessons from this experience in the last couple of days. And one of the les...

Why the White House Really Rushed to Judgment on Sherrod

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Capitol Hill reporters relentlessly peppered White House press secretary Robert Gibbs with questions of why the White House rushed to judgment and dem...

What the Shirley Sherrod Saga Says About America

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

What happened to Shirley Sherrod is an embarrassing reminder of the racial dysfunction in America today and how politics continues to play a critical role in this ugliness.

USDA Offers Sherrod Authority Over Farmville

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

With Facebook now claiming over half a billion members worldwide, Ms. Sherrod's new job will mean that she is responsible for approximately 2.3 trillion imaginary sheep.

Note to Sherrod: Kick the Tires of Vilsack's Offer of "Unique Opportunity"

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

When you hear the words "unique opportunity" as a qualifier before a government job, then be sure you can and should demand "your own budget."

Tom Vilsack: Shirley Sherrod Has 'Been Put Through Hell,' Deserves New Job

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK and BEN EVANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose o...

Everyone Reading This Is Racist (Except for Those Who Aren't)

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The National Administration of Racism (NAR) released a sweeping statement today, accusing everyone outside The National Administration of Racism of be...

Is Fox News the Government's Daddy?

Warren Ballentine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Warren Ballentine

I once heard a great man say, "I am not going to be perfect I am going to make mistakes but I promise you when I do make a mistake I will do my best to fix it." Well Mr. President do the right thing here and fix it.

Shirley Sherrod and All Workers Deserve To Have Their Voices Protected

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip.