July 21st, 2010
08:51 AM ET
12 years ago

White House says review needed of Sherrod firing

(CNN) - A White House official tells CNN a "longer look" now needs to be taken at the circumstances surrounding the firing of USDA official Shirley Sherrod.

"We're not sure what the ultimate result will be, but it's clear that with new information through the full speech, a longer look needed to be taken," the official told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux. "The White House contacted the department last night about the case and agreed, based on new evidence, that it should be reviewed."

A White House official told CNN Tuesday night that President Obama had been fully briefed after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's original decision and fully supported that decision. Vilsack says he's now willing to conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts.

Filed under: Obama administration • Shirley Sherrod • USDA • White House
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  1. RTB

    Seems the wool was pulled over the eyes of the administration by the right wing nuts – yet again.

    July 21, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Cbass

    Three lessons learned from this:

    Brietbart is the Tawana Brawley of the blogosphere.

    Obama is scared of his own shadow.

    Fox news gets away with modern day McCarthyism.

    July 21, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. La Piovra

    If they had viewed before, there would be no need for a re-view. I doubt that this is the first time fair-minded people have been stampeded into committing racist acts by racists' accusations of (reverse) racism. It clearly won't be the last, not when even specious, pieced-together, maliciously- concocted evidence is so eagerly seized upon by a segment of the public who wants to say,"See? 'They' are bad, so give 'us' 'our' country back." Without higher journalistic standards in the mainstream, fairer standards of review, and greater shrewdness on the part of the American public, "we" may indeed get "our" country back – and it won't be worth having.

    July 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. jp michigan

    The White House and the Sect. of Agriculture aacted 'STUPIDLY' the clip was shown on the internet and had nothing to do with Fox news. The Media has led the American people blindly to elect Mr. Obama and that will not happen again. The News media is to inform the American people honestly and biapartisnly the truth on various issues. Not avoid them to get their person elected, or to show them only in good light.

    July 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Dave Harris

    This appears to be an overreaction to the latest Republican "narrative" that Obama is trying to persecute white people, thereby justifying their own increasingly blatent racism.

    July 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. PalmReader

    How unfortunate that FOX News, in their eager attempts to ignite racial tensions used this Shirley Sherrod as their scapegoat.

    How unfortunate that FOX News wields the power and determination to rip apart the core of America in what amounts to nothing but FOX News anchors show hosts promoting their own agenda's and political points.

    How unfortunate that those viewers whom FOX Cable News call their *own* are so full of hate and anger that they eagerly eat Murdoch's propaganda and then spit it out as truth, even while knowing *it* to be nothing but pure mischief.

    How unfortunate that it is these same viewers which CNN is trying to woo away from FOX.

    July 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm all for free speech and all, but I think the right wing nutjob who purposefully edited the video to make people assume Ms. Sherrod was a racist should be held accountable. When it comes to providing "NEWS" to the public, it should be fact checked and verified before it gets aired on networks. This was clearly a scheme to make it look like the Obama Administration is a bunch of racists.

    July 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Kipsie Lange

    This action/reaction are typical of the Obama administration who continually uses political point of view to press everything. All the major bills signed by this Pres have been rammed through congress without anyone even reading them and people have been thrown under the bus with just a hint of political scandal without anyone taking a long look at the facts. This is the most shoot from the hip bunch of gangsters ever to have invaded the white house and America will suffer for the lack of leadership and non-partisanship. Don't you see, this same style is exhibited now in every corner of the world and it will lead the world to believe we are all crazies in this country. And Race? Never has there been such racial division in this country and I am wondering if this is intentional by Obama (divide and conquer?)..

    July 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Jilli

    She should be reinstated.

    Breitbart and Fox should be publicly condemned for their lies and blatant race baiting. Breitbart is a hack and should be treated as such.

    July 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Biased

    Now when there is egg on their face for reacting again to a race issue before they found out the facts, just like the Gate's arrest where he called the policemen stupid after telling the country he didn't know the facts, we see them rush to now smooth over their actions. You can be mad all you want at a partial video and whether it was right or wrong to display it not in its entirety, HOWEVER you can not excuse the government actions who seemed too worried to cover their own backsides when "racism" was called. Maybe that is why we see so many liberal media and pundits and those from the ex Journolist say to divert attention call republicans "racist" and then the theme changes to them as how they try to explain they are not. These are sick political games that are being put in play and goes to show that the tone in Washingtom is changing to the detriment of all Americans.

    July 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. kpinatl

    The problem here is not the White House, nor what the president was told. Surely we do need to investigate WHAT exactly was said to Mr. Obama for him to agree with Tom Vilsack. He is the problem, because it was him who rushed to judgment, not the White House. Why did he believe Fox news and not investigate beforehand? What was his reasoning? Mr. Vilsack needs to be looked into, and what was his motivation to relieve this woman of her post. If I had an employee with a stellar work history, etc. and something of this magnitude surface I would think cognitive reasoning would prevail. Mrs. Sherrod is due an apology from her boss, not just the NAACP and the White House. I hope the White House takes a strong look into Mr. Vilsack and perhaps his continuation of his job

    July 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. RTB

    It appears that Vilsack should be fired for not doing his job.

    Ms. Sherrod should be given the job of Agricultural Secretary in place of the idiot now in that position who created such a mess to start with.

    July 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Willy Brown

    OOPS! We threw her under the bus Barry just for you.

    July 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Oy Vey Az

    Facts? What fact needs to be looked into?

    The entire country knows that the firing was based upon a doctored fraudulent FOX News video.

    Prosecute FOX news now!

    July 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. chuck T

    When people gong to understand that FOX noise is not a news organization? If the people in this controversy would have understood that FOX is a political arm of the Republican Party they would not have jumped to the wrong conclusions FOX was intent on force feeding people.

    I wrote off FOX noise as a new source in 2000.

    July 21, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Edwin in Coralville IA

    So you fire before you investigate or review? Is this not an opposite mentality? If Tom Vilsack does not have the nerves to investigate an issue before extracting a "forced" resignation (veiled sack), it is time for him to review or investigate his own leadership. One advice, Secretary Tom Vilsack please do not "Veil Sack" anyone before you get the complete facts.

    July 21, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. NVa Native

    Sure the administartion should have reviewed this better.

    But we shouldn't lose sight of the reality that this was caused by deliberate manipulation of facts (lies) by a political operative and Fox TV. It proves without a doubt that Fox TV is an illegitimate "news source" and truely is a fake reality show.

    The Fox media has been exposed and needs to be treated as the social and political parasite it is.

    July 21, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. nathan

    The right knew EXACTLY what they were doing in creating this. They lie like I breathe.

    July 21, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. AFR531

    The way it should have been done in the first place. when all the evidence is in-she should have her job back-if she wants it.

    July 21, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. montag

    Shame on the Obama administration for throwing this poor woman under the bus. They should apologize to her publicly and rehire her.
    I wouldn't be surprised if she tells them to stick it, though.

    July 21, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Maybe if....

    Maybe if they did not base their decision on a news source such as fox news this would have never happened. I mean, if you have to call yourself "Fair and Balanced" you are probably not.

    July 21, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. fastrack

    Knee-jerk reaction. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? What would have been so wrong with calling for an investigation or even getting the facts straight BEFORE asking for this woman's resignation? In the real world, the WH would know by now that this is just dirty Right Wing politics...distracting everyone with baseless, vile accusations based on selected partial information? Don't you know by now that The Party of No always says Yes to mud-slinging and lies?

    July 21, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Padraig

    This is interesting. Just shows the lack of leadership and management that is running our country.

    July 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Me

    MAYBE they looked at The Rachel Maddow Show™ last night and realized they had been through this before?
    MAYBE they realized that this was yet another ploy by the conservative right, the same way the did ACORN.
    They don't have any new ideas. Their policies are proven failures. They only care about winning and money and they will LIE to get what they want

    July 21, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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