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.