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Shirley Sherrod Will Sue Blogger Andrew Breitbart Over Edited Video

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Burned by an edited video, former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue the blogger who posted footage that showed her making racial remarks that were misinterpreted and cost her a federal job.

Sherrod, who was the Agriculture Department's head of rural development in Georgia, said in San Diego Thursday that she would "definitely" file a lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart, the Associated Press reported. Breitbart put up a part of her March speech to the NAACP on his website. In it, Sherrod said she had not used all of the resources at her command to help a struggling white farmer in Georgia -- but the incident occurred in 1986, before she worked for the federal government. And she went on to explain in portions of the video that were not posted that she realized her mistake and went on to assist and befriend the farmer.
Shirley Sherrod
She was fired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack before the misunderstanding was cleared up. Vilsack subsequently apologized and offered her a new job at the agency, but Sherrod has not decided whether she will accept. In disclosing her intention to take legal action in a talk before the National Association of Black Journalists, Sherrod said she has not received an apology from Breitbart and no longer wants one.

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I'll be her witness....sue him for all that he has (he probably has more money than brains).


July 30 2010 at 1:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Clearly, Vilsack (& the White House) acted hastily & ignorantly. They could have spent 5 more minutes to find & listen to the rest of her speech. Clearly, Breitbart acted venomously by selective editing. And just as clearly, Ms. Sherrod
is now simply being arrogant. I think she enjoys the celebrity hat she now gets to wear for a while (until we're sick of hearing it, and by the way I'm already there). Her real loss, a few days work. Offered a complete apology & a new job which she "cannot decide about", she's now sitting on the Media Attention/Talk Show fence for some unknown reason. Just go back to work Lady. Give it a rest.

July 30 2010 at 8:06 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Well, she does have experience in this area ... Shirley Sherrod, the now former Georgia Director of Rural Development for the Obama administration, was part of an historic settlement with the U.S. Government recently. Ms. Sherrod is co-founder of a group, New Communities, that took part in a lawsuit that successfully sued the government over the rights of minority farmers. An article at the website discussed the case and the $13 million dollar settlement and Ms. Sherrod’s own $150,000 settlement from Uncle Sam.

July 30 2010 at 7:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Hopefully, the hatred and venom espoused by persons wanting to air their political agenda will cease to allow for deliberate distortions, mistruths and outright lies being published. If persons want their bigotries to become the way of this land, they should have to pay for the luxury of misleading the rest of the public. If the persons responsible for this incident lose a significant sum of money, it is the privilege they earned by airing such a piece.

July 30 2010 at 6:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It is so sad that in these days and times, we still have those who would seek to destroy another. Hopefully this will be a teaching moment for the world. There is much growing we as a people, and I'm speaking that all people, must do. I agree that Shirley Sherrod should take the legal and civil action she has indicated. This, at least, is a start in attempting to remedy bloggers from writing untruths.

July 30 2010 at 6:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Good for her! She should sue Fox "News" and Rupert Murdoch while she's at it.

July 29 2010 at 7:32 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply

This isn't freedom of the press, Mr. Peapers, it is called "defamation by omission" and is slander - I hope they lock this sleazy propagandist up for good........

July 29 2010 at 6:12 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

it's a waste of time to do the wrong thing forgive and move on

July 29 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

What Breitbart did was irresponsible and stupid. Never move forward to publish anything you haven't edited yourself. He deserves to be sued.

July 29 2010 at 5:48 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

Hate mongers like Andrew Breitbart really need to be discouraged. Perhaps Ms. Sherrod's lawsuit will help in this regard.

July 29 2010 at 5:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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