"After the Shirley Sherrod episode, there's no longer any need to mince words: A cynical right-wing propaganda machine is peddling the poisonous fiction that when African-Americans or other minorities reach positions of power, they seek some kind of revenge against whites," Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote. "A few of the purveyors of this bigoted nonsense might actually believe it. Most of them, however, are merely seeking political gain by inviting white voters to question the motives and good faith of the nation's first African-American president. This is really about tearing Barack Obama down." Meanwhile, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz defended Fox News, noting how the network "didn't touch the story until her forced resignation was made public Monday evening, with the exception of brief comments by (Bill) O'Reilly." Kurtz also noted that "Sherrod may be the only official ever dismissed because of the fear that Fox host Glenn Beck might go after her."