It's been five days since Andrew Breitbart released his video of Shirley Sherrod speaking to an NAACP group about how race has played a role in executing her duties at the US Department of Agriculture.  The USDA has offered her position back and everyone right up to the President of the United States has apologized to Sherrod... so why is she still talking?

The answer is because the Left loves to listen to her, especially the liberal media who love to use Sherrod to attack conservatives--namely Fox News Channel and "tea party activist" Andrew Breitbart.  (How Breitbart got dubbed a "tea party activist" is beyond me, except for the fact the liberal media and the NAACP who coined the phrase probably thought it was convenient to take a jab at the tea party while they hold the spotlight.)

Despite Glenn Beck being one of the very first people to stand up for Sherrod; despite the Obama administration dismissing Sherrod before Fox ran the footage; despite Bill O'Reilly being the first cable news host to show the FULL video to reveal its context; and despite Fox's Bret Baier inviting Sherrod to appear on the network a number of times, she has declined and instead given exclusive interviews to the likes of Media Matters and MSNBC--groups who are seizing this opportunity to attack Fox News. 

Media Matters calls the "Sherrod smear" a "wake up call" not to trust Fox.  Sherrod's so cozy with the far-Left, she granted the propagandists an exclusive interview to play up the "victim" card against Fox and Breitbart, all the while ignoring the people who actually fired her:
Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department Georgia Director of Rural Development, says she is a victim. A victim of poor reporting and, as she contends, clear bias and racist coverage from both Andrew Breitbart and Fox News.

"When you look at their reporting, this is just another way of seeing that they are (racist)." ...

"You think we have come a long way in terms of race relations in this country, but we keep going backwards," she said. "We have become more racist. This was their doing, Breitbart put that together misrepresenting what I was saying and Fox carried it."
In addition, Media Matters says "experts"--the Left's favorite people quote--also say Fox and Breitbart were to blame for Sherrod's dismissal.

Keith Olbermann had one of the most ridiculous (and unintentionally hilarious) rants, calling Fox a "perpetual fraud machine" and denouncing Breitbart as "scum."

The New York Times is blaming Fox News for the Obama administration's treatment of Sherrod.

Newsweek also blames Fox, but not just for Sherrod's dismissal--they also defend Van Jones against his dismissal (apparently also Fox's fault).

CNN's Anderson Cooper, who cleverly said of the tea partiers last summer, "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging," is suddenly concerned about the discourse in America and cable news' (read: Fox News) "smearing" of Sherrod.

Rachel Maddow is absurdly warning that Breitbart and Fox are working together to stoke white peoples' fears of President Barack Obama and other blacks.

The left-wing smear machine has happily granted Sherrod a national platform where she's free to spout off ridiculous leftist rhetoric--including demanding Breitbart's website to be shut down, accused him of being a racist in favor of bringing back the practice of slavery,

And finally, as reported by the Huffington Post, Barack Obama himself has condemned the media for his firing of Shirley Sherrod.

Obviously I think both Breitbart and Fox News dropped the ball in not looking into the story further before running it, although as Katie pointed out yesterday, there's still a lot to be extrapolated from the tape.  But the liberal media's coverage of the incident has turned away from the wrongful firing of a federal employee and focused solely on inflating their ongoing feud with Fox News and attempts to silence conservatives like Andrew Breitbart.