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   Deep editorial thoughts, from the Buffalo News Opinion shop, about teaching in school and learning in politics.

- Sherrod in the vortex - Buffalo News Editorial
   The Shirley Sherrod moment was one that had to come -- for better and for worse. The lunatic frenzy of false accusation, gutless overreaction and shame-faced comprehension represents the inevitable collision of some of the most powerful and elemental forces of American society: racism; the media; broken Adamneitherami politics; and the power of the federal government, reaching right into the White House, home of the nation's first black president.
   Sherrod was dragged into a vortex of insanity not of her own making. An African-American and an official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sherrod was portrayed as a racist in a maliciously truncated video that made it appear as though she had once denied her full energies to a white farmer in difficulty. ...
   Yet in between release of the edited version and the full one, Sherrod was fired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, criticized by the likes of Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and even the NAACP chapter to which Sherrod had made her speech. Vilsack, O'Reilly and the NAACP have since apologized -- as has President Obama -- and Vilsack has offered Sherrod a new job in the Agriculture Department. He said he wants his agency "to learn from this experience."
  
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- Public expects 'gotcha' reporting - Dubuque [Iowa] Telegraph Herald Editorial
- Faster Than a Speeding Blog - New York Times Editorial  
- Another lie from the right - Leonard Pitts/Miami Herald/Buffalo News
- You’ll Never Believe What This White House Is Missing - Maureen Dowd/The New York Times
- Civil Disagreement: The Sherrod affair - The Seattle Times  
After Shirley Sherrod, who needs context? - Alexandra Petri/The Washington Post
   How does the saying go? "A little knowledge is a ... thing." I'd look it up, but I'm on deadline.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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