Sherrod said the final call came from Cheryl Cook, an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture. Sherrod said White House officials wanted her to quit immediately because the controversy was “going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.” – CNN

So, under the bus you go, Shirley Sherrod.

It got on Glenn Beck anyway.

Compliments of a carefully cropped and edited hit job by Andrew Breitbart, with the full story telling a completely different tale.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

But Spooner, who considers Sherrod a “friend for life,” said the federal official worked tirelessly to help the Iron City couple hold onto their land as they faced bankruptcy back in 1986. “Her husband told her, ‘You’re spending more time with the Spooners than you are with me,’ ” Spooner told the AJC. “She took probably two or three trips with us to Albany just to help us out.”

Spooner spoke to her friend by phone Tuesday morning. “She’s very sad about it,” Spooner said. “She told me she was so glad we talked. I just can’t believe this is happening to her.”

But that’s not all, not even close. From Jay Bookman, who unlike conservative assassin Mr. Breitbart, has the entire, unedited video:

Sherrod [told the Atlanta Journal Constitution] that what online viewers weren’t told in reports posted throughout the day Monday was that the tale she told at the banquet happened 24 years ago – before she got the USDA job – when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund.

Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth of the story about how she eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm, and how she eventually became friends with the farmer and his wife. […]

“The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it’s about the people who have and the people who don’t. When I speak to groups, I try to speak about getting beyond the issue of race.”

Evidently, once the White House got wind of the controversy Mr. Breitbart was stirring up, they panicked. I know, you’re shocked.

I wonder if the Daily Caller will blast the fact that Andrew Breitbart swiftboated a 62-year-old USDA woman, by implying that her comments of 24 years ago were made while she was with the USDA? Nah, wouldn’t want to hurt one of your own, now, would you, Tucker? Better to support someone who crafts a willfully malicious story against an African American woman who actually didn’t discriminate against a poor, white family.

As for Sect. Vilsack and the White House, they all should be ashamed. They owe Ms. Sherrod her job back.