Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Right to Offend: Out of Context

I was talking to my children the other day about how to show the idea of something taken out of context, where a person manipulates another's words to make it seem like they are saying something they're not. My kids directed me to this:

Consider the case of Shirley Sherrod, a federal employee (USDA Director of Rural Development in Georgia) who was fired in response to a conservative blogger's post about her. Andrew Breitbart alleged that Sherrod, a black woman, was racist against white people. He posted a video clip of her speaking to the NAACP to support his claim.

But to paraphrase Paul Harvey, Breitbart didn't show "the rest of the story." Take a look at this.


Do you know of examples where someone was harmed because their words were excerpted or taken out of context?

You can read more about the case here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/07/21/GA2010072104380.html

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