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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 11:07 PM

When is a lynching not a "lynching" according to the right wing?

Oh right, it's apparently when someone actually dies.

Roger Stone is saying he's facing a "legal lynching", but let's not forget about this...

Just when it seemed the Shirley Sherrod case was receding into Washington's general background noise, some conservative commentators are at it again. This time they're arguing among themselves—about semantics. Specifically, it's about the former Department of Agriculture official's reference, in Andrew Breitbart's now notorious edited video, to a "lynching"—and what the word really means.

It seems the correct definition would determine whether Sherrod lied in remarks she made on the video. In a multipage article in The American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord, who like almost everyone else had attacked Sherrod without doing his homework, admits as much, saying he should have waited to see the entire video or read the transcript before congratulating the agriculture secretary for firing her. “So my apologies to Ms. Sherrod." But he has a different beef: "The problem? I have now done exactly what I should have done originally.”

Lord then goes on to write—at length—about how, in her speech, Sherrod lied. She spoke of the lynching of a black man, when in fact, says Lord, he was beaten to death, not lynched. Lord says there could be a few understandable reasons for her fuzzy memory, but, “There is also a third possibility for what appears to be a straight-out fabrication. Having watched Ms. Sherrod's speech and read the transcript, I think it's abundantly clear that she is a liberal or progressive political activist."


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