October 9, 2010 |
A Republican lawmaker will ask to meet with Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack to express concern over e-mails showing frenzied department aides trying to contain the political fallout over a video painting former official Shirley Sherrod as racist. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) said in an interview Friday that he was particularly disturbed by one e-mail in which a USDA deputy secretary said that the job of agency political appointees "is to protect the president. " "How do we get people to understand that their primary responsibility as political appointees is to make sure the policies of the president get executed ?
October 7, 2010 |
Obama administration officials knew they did not have all the facts last summer when they rushed to dismiss Shirley Sherrod from the Agriculture Department after learning of a video that painted her as a racist, newly released e-mails show. The day after Sherrod's ouster, even as USDA officials acknowledged in internal memos that they had not seen the full video, a White House senior aide e-mailed them to commend the department for moving quickly so the story would not gain "traction.
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September 26, 2010 |
Under an unrelenting scorching sun, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart extolled what he said was the individual, grass-roots nature of the "tea party" movement. "There is not a leader here; everybody came here on their volition," he told an energized crowd of several hundred converged on the grass before the iconic Beverly Hills sign, contrasting the movement to what he said was the lockstep organization of labor unions and calling it a "totally purist, people movement. " Breitbart was among about a dozen speakers Sunday at a tea party rally organized by actor and singer Pat Boone and some of his neighbors in Beverly Hills.
September 11, 2010
True to the Dodgers Re "They go to bat for this stadium delivery man," Column One, Sept. 6 Pete Bonfils probably has the best job ever. Too bad his meager pay isn't commensurate with his enormous heart, desire and loyalty to the Dodgers. I mean, on any given day, my local batting cage takes in more money than he does. At least Frank McCourt, in order to save more money, hasn't outsourced his job yet. Cesar Madrid Orange I love inspiring articles like this that shine a light on the integrity of unsung individuals.
September 2, 2010 |
The command center of Andrew Breitbart's growing media empire is a suite of offices on Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles with the temporary feel of a campaign office. Only the computers seem firmly anchored. On a recent summer day, just weeks after he posted video clips that touched off a national furor over race, Breitbart was swigging a bottled Frappuccino at his desk. In a Lacoste shirt, cargo shorts and laceless Converse All-Stars, he looked every bit the 41-year-old industry player he might have been, but for a political awakening that transformed this liberal, West Side child of privilege into a Hollywood-hating, mainstream-media-loathing conservative.
August 25, 2010 |
Former federal official Shirley Sherrod, ousted from her job after a racial remark she made during a speech was taken out of context, turned down an offer to return full time to the Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, but said she would continue to speak out about racism and discrimination. Sherrod said in a news conference with Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack that she would work with the agency as a consultant at some point, but was not ready to come back full time.
August 8, 2010
Conservatives, then and now Re "Make way for the crazy-cons," Opinion, Aug. 1 Thank you, David Klinghoffer, for your insights on the crazy-cons. Oh for the day when political discourse focused on the facts and truths of our public life as they shaped our ideas and opinions and, ultimately, our own beliefs. Today we get to listen to people blather about their own beliefs as they distort and misstate public "truths" to conform to their own ideas and opinions.
August 1, 2010 |
Once, the iconic figures on the political right were urbane visionaries and builders of institutions — like William F. Buckley Jr., Irving Kristol and Father Richard John Neuhaus, all dead now. Today, far more representative is potty-mouthed Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, whose news and opinion website, Breitbart.com , is read by millions. In his most recent triumph, Breitbart got a U.S. Department of Agriculture official pushed out of her job after he released a deceptively edited video clip of her supposedly endorsing racism against white people.
July 24, 2010 |
Short of announcing the discovery of a zero-calorie potato or juggling piglets at the state fair, a mid-level bureaucrat for the USDA wouldn't stand much chance of breaking into the national news conversation. That would have been true if not for the work of a furiously partisan Internet operator and a group of all-too-credulous media accomplices, namely some Fox outlets, that made sure this week that we all knew the name of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development director for the state of Georgia.
July 21, 2010 |
The Obama administration issued an extraordinary public apology Wednesday and offered to reinstate a federal official who was fired after she appeared to make racial comments on a misleading snippet of video. When it became clear that her comments had been taken out of context, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to Shirley Sherrod by phone to apologize and to ask if she would return to the department. The events came as an embarrassment to Obama administration officials, who have sought to depict themselves as immune to the blogosphere and demands of the news cycle.