Watch: Rachel Maddow on the Fabricated Racial Controversy and Resignation of Shirley Sherrod


Rachel Maddow takes apart the fabricated racial controversy that forced the resignation of Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the USDA Shirley Sherrod, after the White House bought into conservative spin surrounding an edited video tape posted by Andrew Breitbart which FOX News pushed to the public.

The White House has now asked for a review of the firing: "The White House intervened late Tuesday night in a racially-tinged dispute that prompted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to fire a black civil servant, and Mr. Vilsack is now reconsidering his decision. 'I am of course willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner,' Mr. Vilsack said in an e-mail statement sent at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. A White House official confirmed that advisers to President Obama spoke to officials at the Department of Agriculture 'and we agreed that the issue should be reviewed.' The official, speaking anonymously to reveal internal discussions, said Mr. Vilsack was amenable."


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