Tell the whole truth

Going off the same idea as my last blog post, Girl Fight, the Shirley Sherrod story shows what can happen when videos/news is taken out of context. Sherrod was labeled as a racist because of a statement she made when she was giving a speech. The NAACP refused to back her and she felt compelled to quit her job.

However, the statement she made was taken completely out of context. The woman was referring to a white family whose farm, as it turns out, she helped save. The NAACP apologized to her, and offered her her job back, but it was to late. Sherrod refused to return to an organization that had turned their backs in her time of need.

Our job as journalists is to tell the whole story. Which was clearly not done in this situation. We are too quick to judge.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s