Taking Issue With Jeff Lord

A regular part of writing for a political magazine or website is that you sometimes disagree with what is written, or even with decisions to publish certain articles. Such is my sentiment today with Jeff Lord’s piece on Shirley Sherrod. I am rendered speechless by a 4,000-word article that is based around the suggestion that somebody is a liar for saying that a black man was lynched, when he was merely beaten to death by a white sheriff who evidence suggests had previously threatened to “get him.”

Radley Balko has a more detailed critique of the article here, though I’d take slight issue with the headline, if only because it gives the impression that we’re making this argument as an institution, even though there are those of us at the Spectator who strongly disagree with Lord’s piece.