In the course of a column decrying the lack of authentic blacks in the White House (seriously), Maureen Dowd adds this to the Whodunnit on the Sherrod firing:
The West Wing white guys who pushed to ditch Shirley Sherrod before Glenn Beck could pounce not only didn’t bother to Google, they weren’t familiar enough with civil rights history to recognize the name Sherrod. And they didn’t return the calls and e-mail of prominent blacks who tried to alert them that something was wrong.
MoDo is part reporter and part high school cafeteria gossip, but the bit about unreturned phone calls and emails does not seem made-up.
I don't know if anyone believes that, but I don't expect to see any reporters push on it, either.