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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Sheppard Misleads in Attacking Dean
Topic: NewsBusters

Noel Sheppard uses a a July 25 NewsBusters post to mount a bogus defense of Fox News and falsely attack former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean.

Noting that Dean said on "Fox News Sunday" regarding the Shirley Sherrod story, "I think Fox News did something that was absolutely racist. They took a, they had an obligation to find out what was really within the clip," Sheppard highlighted "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace's retort that Sherrod had been forced out of her job before Fox News started playing the out-of-context clip of her that Fox News host then used to falsely portray Sherrod as a racist.

"Wallace of course was correct," Sheppard wrote. "But facts weren't stopping Dean on Sunday as they NEVER do."

But Dean never claimed that Fox News got Sherrod fired -- he claimed that it hyped the deceptively edited tapes without bothering to look for the full story, which it most certainly did. Sheppard doesn't seem to want to admit that.

Sheppard wasn't the only one to decieve about what Fox News did; Accuracy in Media's Don Irvine did a similar bogus defense.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:49 PM EDT

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