Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sherrod To Sue Breitbart

Talk about making my day.

Thank you Shirley. This from OnDeadline:

Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, the Associated Press reports.

Sherrod made the announcement Thursday in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention.

Breitbart posted a heavily edited video of Sherrod on his website,, speaking to an NAACP group and appearing to admit that she had deliberately refrained from giving full assistance to a farmer because he was white.

She is referred to on the site as a "racist govt employee."

The political fallout from the posting prompted the Agriculture Department to force Sherrod to resign. . . .

In the clip, Sherrod admits to an act of reverse racism. Her damages will be de minimis, as she was immediately offered a better job by her employer at USDA. She has had more than ample opportunity to appear on the press to rebut charges of racism. So it would seem that the goal of this litigation is simply to try and punish Breitbart. It also means that her entire life will become open season during discovery.

I don't know much about Shirley Sherrod beyond the events of the past week. That said, during the past week, her reaction since the firing has been incendiary. She has, on several occasions this week, thrown around her own accusations of racism, including an allegation that Breitbart wants to bring back slavery. She has raised charges of racism at the USDA not to mention Fox News. I suspect we will find Ms. Sherrod has a history of race baiting.

There should be many "teachable moments" indeed. Pass the popcorn.


Anonymous said...

I have recently read that she has gained monetarily from previous lawsuits with more then a hint of shady dealing. The information is slim but it could be we will learn much more about Shirley Sherrod then she wants us to. What kind of scams has she run in the past?

Also I understand that Breitbart released the video as he received it and did not edit it. But even if he did isn't that what reporters and news outlets do?

GW said...

I agree that we should find out a lot about Ms. Sherrod. As to the video from Breitbart, as I understand it, even the original is in two parts, and that portion that Breitbart showed included some exculpatory language from Sherrod as it was. Breitbart isn't responsible for the overreaction of USDA or NAACP. And yes, news outlets almost always edit tape. The question is does it fairly depict the act for which it is shown. And I think the answer here has to be yes.

At any rate, I hope Sherrod follows through with a suit, though I don't know of any attorney that would take this one on without a large retainer. Sherrod has no viable case that I can see.

Ex-Dissident said...

Breitbart said very clearly on Fox, that what he found most offensive on the video was the reaction of the NAACP audience had. When Sherrod made racist comments, the audience nodded in agreement and cheered her. Somehow that message became lost after all the apologies to Sherrod that MSM keeps trumpeting.

OBloodyHell said...

The real problem is that Sherrod, despite her so-called having "learned" from her errors, still refers to them as "white people" and "black people". She's still a racist at the core, and any casual discussion seems to bring it out in self-evident relief as surely as a discussion of race does with a countrified 5'4" Georgia Cracker.

Someone noted how, after all the furor during the week, she was markedly absent from the weekend news shows. No doubt her guiding massahs realized in no uncertain terms that if she was allowed to reach a wider audience she would utterly and totally discredit herself and their "racist conservative" meme. So she got quickly shuffled under the rug. This lawsuit, however, keeps the meme in the spotlight, without requiring her to provide any sustained media presence in the least.

This way they get to continue selling the ignorant public media watchers on their message with no downside. It's a very cheap but effective trick on the part of the libtard media.