Regarding the Shirley Sherrod matter:
In the 24/7 news cycle, she has been first vilified and now martyred. I don't know which position is the right one, and neither do you. But what will give us a better understanding of Ms. Sherrod is a "follow the money" analysis of all government grants/loans etc. that she approved and rejected both at her non-profit jobs and in the Department of Agriculture. The analysis would be able to shed light on whether she has a pattern and practice of denying people access to government subsidies on the basis of race and ethnicity. And if the analysis proves that she treated people equally, she should be praised. If it shows that she discriminated, than she should be removed.
Unfortunately, the Justice Department, which is the agency that would perform the analysis, is headed by Eric Holder, who is so incompetent, he makes Janet Reno look like Clarence Darrow.