This is one of those instances.
Paula Deen, that grandmotherly butter queen cook who Oprah helped to make super famous, has had a pretty bad couple of weeks. I'm sure you've heard all the details of her use of a certain racial slur and how she's gone and gotten herself fired from all her lucrative money-making deals because people are so quick to dump anyone they think might get them lynched in the media.
It's actually been a sad ordeal and I feel bad for her. She's been absolutely crucified in the media and it's been painful to watch and read about.
While the media may have had a field day with the story, Charlie Daniels has Paula's back in a new blog post on his always entertaining Soapbox forum.
Do the twenty-year-old words of a lady with a television cooking show trump the lie an Attorney General told Congress, or officials at the IRS usurping the rights of the American public and pleading the fifth amendment when confronted about it or the hiding of the facts surrounding the murder of four Americans at a Consulate in Libya or the incredibly shabby image of a president taking a one hundred million dollar vacation in this economy while closing down tours of the White House or the NSA invasion on the privacy of millions of unsuspecting citizens?
I think not, and yet these and other stories of the utmost importance were either ignored or given a back seat to the Paula Deen story which, when taken in context with the high level scandals, Putin's snubbing of an American president, the potentially explosive situations in so much of the world the story was certainly not newsworthy enough to be featured five nights in a row on network news.
It's definitely an interesting read. While I don't think that the media necessarily chose to attack Deen so that they could ignore more important stories that didn't fit their "agendas," as Daniels says, I do feel that Paula Deen was basically on the receiving end of a modern-day witch hunt, one that definitely makes me glad I'm not famous ... or a good cook.