Surely - There is More to Talk About Than Shirley

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For the past few days the air waves and print media have been dominated by a story about former United States Department of Agriculture director, Shirley Sherrod, who was erroneously forced to resign.  

After a heavily edited video of her giving an address in March to an NAACP meeting was posted on a blogger's website a controversy broke out and began to snowball.  In her remarks, Ms. Sherrod described her own attitude when a white farmer sought her help with his farm which was about to be foreclosed on.  Taken completely out of context those remarks were construed to be racist. 

Eventually, the complete, unedited version of the video was aired and showed her true disposition.  But, more importantly, the actual farmer that she helped came forward to speak on her behalf.  As a result, Shirley Sherrod has received numerous apologies from conservative talk show hosts, the people responsible for her job loss as well as President Obama. 

It is great that this miscarriage of judgment has been put to right. However, the incident has completely overtaken the news media at the cost of all other events right now. 

What else is has been happening besides the Shirley controversy? 

On Wednesday, the President signed into law the biggest rewrite of financial regulations since the Great Depression.  This is a two thousand three hundred page bill that actually promises to protect the average American. 

Congress has agreed to create a Consumer financial Protection Bureau that the Federal Reserve will pay for.  It will come at a budget of around five hundred million dollars a year.

Since one of the goals is to prevent home buyers from getting larger loans than they can pay for, this bill could have a direct affect on the housing market.  Some people are of the opinion that this legislation will actually make it harder for individuals to obtain financing.

Following years of banking deregulation, banks are now scheduled to have hundreds of new rules written and tougher enforcement of those that are currently in place.  President Obama has also vowed that there will be no more tax-funded financial bailouts.

This was important legislation that is not really being talked about in the shadow of the Shirley Sherrod story.

Of course, things could be worse.  We could still be focusing on Mel Gibson's rant or Lindsey Lohan's legal problems.

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Claudette Millette
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Hi, Jim:

I tend not to get into political rants. I know only a little about Charlie Rangel's problems. I have to do more reading on that and I think more will surface in days to come.  However, I hear what you are saying about unfair news coverage. 

July 23, 2010 07:12 AM
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Kathryn Acciari
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This is a great post, Claudette.  An edited video can create false impressions.  How often do we see edited interviews in the news? Every day.  I'm all for the new bill, but it's unfortunate that Americans can not seem to save themselves from themselves without a 2000-page bill.   "Can I reallly afford this house?  No."  Should be as simple as that.

"And, don't call me Shirley!"

 

July 23, 2010 07:38 AM
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Craig Rutman
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Personally, I felt that this was a non story that partisan cable news stations used to promote their positions.

July 23, 2010 11:46 AM
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Elizabeth Bolton
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Hi Claudette ~ Ha! I thought this was going to be another one of your excellent historical / local interest posts about the town of Shirley.  I actually think this fiasco is very important with all sorts of things to be said about it and learned from it.  Far better that it gets some coverage - though in most cases the coverage is far too superficial - than to have to listen (before I zap it with my clicker) to one more thing about Mel Gibson, Lindsey Lohan, or the most recent car that crashed into a house.

Liz

July 23, 2010 02:03 PM
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Claudette Millette
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Kathryn:

I certainly hope that this new bill helps some of the problems that we have been having. I agree with you - people should be able to not get in over their heads without a huge piece of legislation forcing them not to.

Surely, you have to be of certain vintage to appreciate the line, "Don't call me Shirley." (I'm glad you got it.)

Craig:

Partisan is correct - first the conservatives were all over this lady for a perceived insensitivity which was completely blown out of proportion.  Then the administration had to back pedal on the entire firing episode.  However, it really has gone on ad nauseum when other stories of importance are being neglected.

Liz:

Ah - I could have written about the town of Shirley.  I sold a house there about fifteen years ago.

The Shirley Sherrod story was of significance and it showed how a rush to judgment could have completely ruined a person who has been doing some very good work.  That racial hot button was pushed too quickly.

Hold tightly to the clicker because I think more is coming on Mel & Lindsey.

 

 

 

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