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Who is to blame for the Shirley Sherrod debacle?

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Now that President Obama has personally apologized to Shirley Sherrod, the USDA director who was hounded out of her job after a doctored video of Sherrod's remarks hit the Internet, what now?

Andrew Brietbart, the website publisher who initially posted the video clip that was intentionally edited to make Sherrod look like a racist, won't be out of a job anytime soon. The NAACP officials who took Briebart's bait, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and the White House officials who ordered Sherrod's resignation, will also likely emerge unscathed. Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary called the sordid episode a "teachable moment," but did anyone besides Sherrod learn anything?

Will anything in the media change because of this story? I don't think so. Well maybe one thing. Public officials are likely to think twice about giving a speech at a NAACP dinner.

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