Doocy resorts to falsehood in defense of Fox's terrible Sherrod coverage
Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy falsely claimed that “Fox News did not do” the Shirley Sherrod story “until after she had already resigned.” In fact, FoxNews.com published a story based on the deceptively edited video before Sherrod resigned; indeed, a subsequent FoxNews.com article reported that she resigned “shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video.”
Doocy whitewashes Fox News' irresponsible coverage of Breitbart's deceptive video
Doocy: “Fox News did not do the story until after she had already resigned.” From the July 21 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
DOOCY: Yesterday, the NAACP came out and they said that we are now apologizing to her and they say they were snookered by Fox News and Andrew Breitbart but as Dana mentioned, there's a timeline problem. Fox news did not do the story until after she had already resigned. So she was pressured by the Department of Agriculture to quit, she quit, and then we did the story. So for anybody to say that Fox News pressured her out, that is simply a lie.
In fact, FoxNews.com ran the story before Sherrod resigned
FoxNews.com: “Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer.” A July 19 FoxNews.com article reported on the video, noting that it was “first posted by BigGovernment.com” and reported that:
FoxNews.com is seeking a response from both the NAACP and the USDA. The clip adds to the firestorm of debate over the NAACP's decision to approve a resolution at its convention last week accusing some Tea Party activists of racism -- a charge Tea Party leaders deny.
FoxNews.com: “The Agriculture Department announced” the resignation “shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report.” A July 20 FoxNews.com article stated: “The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.” That initial report was replaced by the July 20 article, but it was copied on a discussion thread here.