July 29th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Sherrod to sue blogger who released video clip

Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will pursue a lawsuit against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart - the man responsible for posting an edited video clip of Sherrod appearing to say she discriminated against a white farmer looking for assistance.

"I will definitely do it," she said when asked whether she was considering legal action. Sherrod made her remarks during an appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego.

Breitbart "had to know that he was targeting me," Sherrod said. "At this point, he hasn't apologized. I don't want it at this point, and he'll definitely hear from me."

The controversy surrounding the clip led to a rush to judgment and Sherrod's forced resignation. However, it was later determined that her speech, unedited, focused on how the incident changed her outlook and made her realize people should move beyond race. The incident occurred 24 years ago, before Sherrod began working for the USDA.

She received an official apology from the USDA and a phone call from President Barack Obama once the full text of her remarks came to light.

Sherrod has since been offered another position at the Agriculture Department.

Obama said earlier Thursday that Sherrod "deserves better than what happened last week." Speaking at a National Urban League conference in Washington, Obama called the claim of racism against her "bogus."

"Many are to blame" for the reaction that followed, he said, "including my own administration."

Her whole story, Obama said he told Sherrod, "is exactly the kind of story we need to hear in America (because) we all have our biases."

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  1. Robert In Atlanta, GA

    Good for her! If you don't fight back against evil, you just allow it to grow.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • afraidofheights

      I feel for Sherrod and she should sue...we sue over dumber stuff than this quasi-slander perpetrated by Breibart. She did not deserve the negative attention, but the bigger picture beyond her and the moral outrage on both sides of the NAACP/Tea Party debate is pretty laughable. Mark Williams claims that the Tea Party has no racists? Come on. Get 20 people together at a neighborhood block party and you will have a racist in your presence. And the NAACP, while they have accomplished many good things for African Americans, they are hardly the last bastion of unadulterated racial tolerance.

      For a good laugh, read this article: Token White Member of NAACP Calls Tea Party “Racist”; Lone Black Tea Partier “Outraged”.

      FUNNY

      http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=1798

      July 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mat

      There was no 'libel' or 'mallicious editing'. If you watch the original video that was posted (and the basis for her firing) at the end of it she clearly says, "what I came to realize was that it's not about black vs. white – it is – but it's about those who have vs. those who don't." So how can it be edited to make her look like she wasn't trying to make a point, when the point she was trying to make was clearly in the original video? Can anyone answer that?

      July 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate lindsey

      I think that she should sue the originator of the information to include Fox Network, bug i don't believe she will be successful with fox unless she can show they intentionaly doctored the tape.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mat

      So should she sue the NAACP as well, seeing as they made a more public rebuke of her than Fox ever did? And don't say, "well, they apologized", because Oreilly apologized every day last week for the 30 seconds he spent on her on Monday.
      As far as the 'doctored' tape, it wasn't doctored, it was an excerpt. Did you watch the end of it where she clearly states her turning point? If so, how was it doctored?

      July 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      She deserves an apology. Anyone who has listened to the speech in its entirety and still says she is a racist is just plain ignorant or at least mentally inferior. As far a libel, yes this is libel not quasi- or kind of. The blogger may not have altered anything but he edited and mislead in order to paint her as a racist and that is only allowed on reality shows (and those people signed away their rights).

      July 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      The blogger actually made her point for her. For those too dense to get it, the point of her talk is: there are people who try and set the races against each other in order to draw attention away from real issues. If they can create tensions between the races then us poor people will wear ourselves out fighting with each other. She was explaining how she had been deceived into thinking she should be racist but learned that it is not about race (He left that part out). That would be like someone asking if I ever had a race bias but learned to be tolerant, then I shared that experience and he posted it on the web saying I was a racist. If you still think she is a racist then you probably are one.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianAtll

      Very well put James

      July 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I'll be rooting for her! These ridiculous smears must stop.

      July 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dj Krankz

      Sue?? for what? releasing an incomplete video to put a negative slant on someone? Kinda like this network does to anyone that disagrees with flaming liberal idiots? Consider that if any employed citizen admitted on tape to racist thoughts, behavior, or decision making while employed.....be fired would be completely normal response. Guess not all of us can stroke the NAACP for favors and then blame others.

      July 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • unsheepled

      Thats what you ALL get for watching , and worshipping TV and the trash it spews. (ALL CHANNELS
      KILL YOUR TV!)
      it is a weapon of MASS DECEPTION !

      July 30, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      This other Robert in Atlanta, GA seconds his namesake. Ms. Sherrod has every right to sue. Good luck to her, though, she'll be facing the deep pockets of Dick Amory and other GOP leaders behind Breibart in short time.

      July 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Georgie

      People like Sherrod, no rather what color they are, are hipocrites. The story was not out of context in my opinion, I'm offended by her remarks. I believe she used race to discriminate in part if not in full from what I can see. If she's the typical lawsuit type person, she won't take back her job to see if she can sue the US for damages. If this is true, she is probably going wait until she gets a nice settlement from him and sue the US when he settles or if she finds he has no assets. Whites are by far not the only racist people out there, all other races have racists. It appears more acceptable in the media and government today to be racist against a Mexican, a white, and an Asian, but completely unacceptable to be racist towards anyone black. I pray this changes and the law will someday soon be revised to protect all races and genders.

      July 31, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      She is just a shakedown artist

      August 1, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Vikki

      Didn't NAACP release the tape? Why isn't she sueing them.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vikki

      NAACP released the tape. They owned the tape. Racist would sue people they don't like instead of who is responsible. NAACP didn't even have to release the tape. She is working with NAACP to go after Fox but the original owner was NAACP.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vikki

      NAACP released the tape. They owned it. I'm black but know right from wrong. She should sue the NAACP for releasing it, If she didn't give them permission to release her tape.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of Racism

      Ya'll are missing the point here...I want to know why there's a National Association of Black journalists convention and not a National Association of White journalists convention. They aren't any better than we are and the NAACP will tell you that.

      August 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP56

      Free speech, cuts both ways. Sue the boss for wrongful termination. She and her backers just want to harass Breitbart. But hey, that's ok too. He's white.

      August 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP56

      Olberman is not only a hypocrite, but an idiot as well.

      August 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Donald Boon

    Yes go for it, sue him and fox news.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      fox never even commented on it until after she was fired. Then it became a news story.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake2

      Looks like there's another Jake on here. So...I will be Jake2. Again...Fox News never aired the video before she got fired. Once again, they were the only news outlet that reported this story with any accuracy. It must be painful to you left wing radicals that Fox News and the Wall Street Journal actualy reports the facts...unlike most of the rest of the media.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lala

      Fox talked about it ALL DAY BEFORE she got fired. For your own sake you may want to make it a little less obvious how truly ignorant & brainwashed you are...you know at least give people the impression (however false it may be) that you actually have more than 1 brain cell to work with...

      July 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Brian, you're a liar. Fox was all over it well before she was fired. There's plenty of footage of Fox anchors (in Fox's case, commentators) who were insisting that immediate action should be taken.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Conservative

      Why would anyone have made the stupid remarks that she did? Even when you see the entire video, the fact that she made the statement that she did demonstrates a lack of good sense on her part. As for Fox News – I would love for anyone on the left to be able to show me anything that FOX has presented that is false. Every attack on FOX News is "I hate that right wing bunch". You never tell us what they are saying that is incorrect. In this case Fox didn't run the story until AFTER she was fired. What part of this don't you understand?

      July 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Wow! Looks like Fox has a bunch of flunky interns trolling comment sections under these articles. Jake/Jake2/Brian, enjoy the rest of your summer over at Fox, and good luck with school in the fall. That communications degree will no doubt come in handy.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Your response demonstrates the ease of telling a lie and how easy it is for people to fall for it.

      She should sue Breitbart.
      2. Fox had nothing to do with it and your response is based on ignorance and knee-jerk bias.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Remdogg

      Jake,
      "radical left"? Radical left throws firebombs and stages coups. This is just normal people talking about stuff. You are insane.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • PrettyAmiable

      @AConservative, it's not our responsibility to wave around examples of how Fox lies. Can you google search? Can you get to a library? Read, mayhaps?

      Al Franken's, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them."

      You can do it! I believe in you!

      July 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Hi, my name is Donald.....sorry, don't mind the drool. Information was just being presented and I always go brain-dead when that happens...

      July 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      To A Conservative,

      I agree that the statement to sue FOX is unnecessary and, unfortunately, useless since FOX had nothing to do with the story except to "report" on it, you did ask for any evidence of FOX lying and being caught. Well there is a plethora of evidence out there and yes, the most is posted by left wing media or individuals, but that doesn't diminish the truth behind them. Here is one of my favorites:

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2KU02lsfH8&w=640&h=360]

      July 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • p53

      @Jake: Jake you dummy.. Fox has the utmost responsibility to check the facts BEFORE broadcasting ANY story. Fox is liable, and accountable for the slander of Bill Oreilly, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck. Know the rule of law before posting your teabagger, conservative lies.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Bill O'Reilly apologized to her publicly a few days later for criticizing her on his show.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mat

      There was no 'libel' or 'mallicious editing'. If you watch the original video that was posted (and the basis for her firing) at the end of it she clearly says, "what I came to realize was that it's not about black vs. white – it is – but it's about those who have vs. those who don't." So how can it be edited to make her look like she wasn't trying to make a point, when the point she was trying to make was clearly in the original video? Can anyone answer that?

      July 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      wow left wing radicals...... so moderates, centrists people who don't follow the neo con line are now radical??? people who recognize an out and out lie and say so are radical??? I knew my grandmother very well, she was a good christian woman born in the depression dies young from polio but before she did she taught me what is right and she would be shocked at what passes for "traditional american values" these days, wasn't a hateful bone in her body and she taught us to be good to others no matter what, perhaps you new "conservatives" didn't have a good grandmother to teach you, too bad

      July 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Oh yes, Fox News...unbiased...only the facts...the best news! I guess that's why they are under so much fire for airing this without checking it out first. "They only aired it after she was fired" boohoohoo. Yeah they were loving it. They ran it like it were true that she was a racist hired by Obama to stick it to the white man. They never ran her speech in its entirety. They never mentioned it was a speech about tolerance. They never mentioned she has been working for there since before Obama was in diapers. You Jack A$$es need to get a life. Your comprehension levels are abysmal.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealUSlol

      Fox News posted the story online the story called, "Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer" at around 6pm. Sherrod was fired at around 9:00pm. Let's do the math together and see which came first.

      Not to mention Fox's follow up story that said, "The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned."

      July 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Good old Shirley was fired before the video even was aired . She is a common every day shakedown artist.

      This isn't her first lawsuit. She was envolved in a multimillion dollar lawsiut previously.
      SHAKEDOWN!!!!!!!

      August 1, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Greenspam

    I think Sherrod is overplaying her hand. I think if she leaves it at that, she will have a good name. But if she continues to pursue, that is not so good.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickRude

      How he is the reasoning behind this whole fiasco.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Why? What has she done wrong? He has done horrific things and she is taking him for the cleaners for it. Good for her. Anyone who thinks bad about her for doing so is basically siding with the abuser. Are you one of those people? Anyone who does not applaud her for fighting back is sick in the head.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      For purposes of clarification, I am a different Jake the the other one commenting here. That is, I am not the one who seems to have extreme intelligence/reading comprehension issues.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      How is she overplaying her hand? She was slandered and there was defimation of character. After loosing her job and being exposed to the entire world, a simple apology was not enough.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Funny how liberals always result to character insults. Note that I have not made any personal attacks on people here but they are continuing to insult my intelligence for disagreeing with them.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake2

      Jake the lesser....the truth hurts!

      July 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Remdogg

      Overplaying her hand? What hand? She lost her job because of libel. If the court agrees then she gets $. If not she doesn't. Overplaying her hand would be to start a reality TV show about it.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • joesnopy

      Greenspam it is Americans like you who allow false news clips on the air. It is up the American people to stop this mess. On both side so get with it Greenspam. Everybody need s to step up and stop this mess.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jsm1960

    In the British legal system, there is a remedy whereby one can sue for damages under the libel and defamation of charachter statutes. Is that not something that exists in the US legal system?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logical Thinker

      I think there is and is applicable but she needs to go for more than just that. I would even go as far as suggesting a civil rights suit also.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mln59

      we have the same legal recourse available to US citizens with one major difference.

      In England, if I sue you for slander, you have to prove that what you said about me is true. the onus is on the defendant.

      In the US, if I sue you for slander, I have to prove that what you said about me is false. the onus is on the plaintiff.

      and if this is incorrect, please correct me.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      It does, but Greenspam doesn't think it should apply to her. Go fogure.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      A civil rights uit is not logical, it is foolish and not intended by the laws.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yes there is. But first one needs to determine if she is a public or private citizen. I think she is a public citizen, so her suing will be harder. 1st she has to prove that was was said is not the truth . 2. then she has to show that the person intended to do her harm in some manner if she is a public person. If she is a private person, then she only need to prove the first claim.

      Following what has been said what was posted is not a lie. It is an excerpt that has not been doctored. Second, it will be hard to show that the blogger meant to do harm to her. Just because other reacted to his blog that did harm is not enough.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Joe, Proving the intent is actually easy since he highlighted what he wanted everyone to glean from the speech. Also he has a history of his intent on his blog. Next proving that what he said was false is also easy, even though he did not doctor the footage he did 'edit' it in order to paint her as a racist, which lead to her losing her job. He did not have permission to edit the footage. If I were to say "I used to be mistaken because when I was a child I hated black people but now I know that was wrong" and you posted that I said "I hated black people". What would you call that?

      July 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Good. People need to be held accountable for their actions. That is something I can definitely agree with the right-wing on.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LindaPP

    Good for you Shirley. Sue him for millions! Show Fox News channel a thing or too. I am so sick of them!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      You seem to be very confused about the facts of this story...

      July 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tall Texan

      Jake: If you remove your head from where the sun doesn't shine, you may not be so confused.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Conservative

      Why are you sick of them Linda? Simply because you disagree with them? Perhaps it's because you can't tell us one thing that they present that is untrue.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      both Linda and Jake (not the other Jake) are either completely ignorant on the subject and just spewing ignorant comments based on foolishness and/orbais or they are purposefully lying about Fox. Like or hate Fox News, they had nothing to do with it. But ignorant people are easily swayed.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob the Janitor

      LindaPP: I bet you have never even watched Fox News long enough to draw an intelligent conclusion about the REAL news that they report and compare it with the filtered garbage offered by the other so-called "news" organizations. If you really want to read the whole unfiltered truth about news in America, I suggest BBC (yes, the British company) because they cover news here in the states with the least possible amount of bias.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Hey Bob the Janitor. I used to watch fox news but had to stop because I realized the they were only presenting the "truth" as they saw it. Just like this story they only report half the truth. I used to like O'Reilly and enjoyed his show when he used to call out both conservative and liberals but I soon found out that he is only a puppet on a string who works for a lot of money. But you can edit my post and say that I watch Fox News and like O'Reilly it would all be true but you will leave out the part about me not watching anymore because I learned the error in my ways. That's called irony.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. akimdavid9

    I would sue to. She has a strong defamation of character chance I think.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • aprincess

      Uh know, because if you actually watch what he put out there in the end she does say she realized her mistake. He also did not call for her firing or mention her specifically only the fact that the NAACP has a double standard.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • lala

      "Aprincess" of the trailer park? Learn the difference between NO & KNOW before you post again, ok? Maybe your 5 year old can help you out with that!

      July 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Conservative

      Hey lala land – once again the left doesn't address the issue – they attack someone for typing a word incorrectly. Try actually debating an issue rather than acting like a five year old and making fun of others. (By the way – proper grammar requires that you spell out numbers when writing.)

      July 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lala

      You are the one who is wrong on the facts, or you are just a liar. Do you need me to post links to the MANY instances of Fox "News" talking about the Sherrod story ALL DAY prior to her firing? There is no point in debating people who are so ignorant they can't see the truth right in front of their eyes! Also, too such as, I know you can see Russia from your house, but if you don't know the difference between "no" and "know" you really NEED to get out of the trailer more often.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Actually, proper grammar requires the spelling out of a number if that number has a value in the single digits. Numbers with values over a single digit can either be spelled out or typed in numerical form.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homer Simpson

      First, you had better learn how to spell.

      Second, how do you defame a person with a video of that person making their own comments? Seems to me that Sherrod should have kept some of her story to herself and all of this could have been avoided. Was it pride that led her to brag to her NAACP audience that she was in a position to discriminate against another person while doing her job? Didn't matter if it was a federal, state, county, or city job. What mattered is that she told other people that she was going to do it.

      Some people just don't know when to keep their mouths shut.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      @Homer Simpson – You should take your own advice (i.e. know when to shut up).

      July 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sickofit

      lala, just the stupid name you came up with says it all.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Just like A Conservative to only post half the truth, how ironic. When writing, yes you are supposed to spell out numbers, but only under a certain value. Therefore you are right, but maybe just a little slanderous for leaving out the rest.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Homer Simpson, You have never been known for your intelligence and this is one of those times. You said "she told other people that she was going to do it." No actually she was talking in past tense. So either you are lying in order to slander her or you lack proper reading comprehension.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      Ms. Sherrod was giving a personal example of how racism can affect our judgment. In fact, she did her job and helped her clients, something they were so grateful for, they came forward to expose the lie. Mr. Breitbart edited the speech deliberately to put her remarks in the worst possible light. Fox News played up the phony story. To its discredit the Dept of Agriculture and the Obama administration panicked and fired her. Of course she should sue. The irony is of course if Breitbart had really wanted to clear his movement of racist charges he could have played the whole speech and agreed with her remarks, pointing out that his group should not be judged on the basis of a few extreme nuts (like Mr. Transcredo, etc). Instead he went for the low blow.

      July 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken in NC

    Sue him and make it hurt him financially. Make him know that he can't ruin peoples lives simple to prove his point. Make him scream MAMA.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    I am glad Ms. Sherrod has this remedy to the Bloggers actions.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    Sue Breitbart too. He is funding all of these people.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pflatman

    I hope Breitbart and his lies go down in flames.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jake

    Finally!!! She should sue his ass for all he is worth. I can not believe that she hasnt already filed. Go shirley! Hope you win, Stay with it.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. luvsthecity

    I'm glad that Ms. Sherrod will be suing Breitbart. His journalism was irresponsible. He reported only part of the story and he should be held accountable for it!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Good for her. I hope this is merely the first salvo against the right wing noise machine which has thrived on distortions, lies and intimidation for the past 20 years. To co-opt a certain phrase heard all too often recently, it's time for real Americans to take back our country.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed

      Blah, blah, blah.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Zed, your response says a lot about your intellectual capacity.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Conservative

      Do tell us David – what lies?

      July 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Calling Obama a racist who hates white people, accusing the Obama administration of protecting the New Black Panther Party when it was the Bush DOJ who dropped the case against them, claiming that the new SEC regulations exempt it completely from FOIA requests when in fact it only protects proprietary info of firms under investigation, and that's just recently. More to the point, Fox News itself has admitted it aired the story prior to her dismissal: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=1B47C63B-18FE-70B2-A88568269D9BA857 (From Politico, hardly a left-wing organization). Bill O'Reilly has publicly apologized for it. If they did nothing wrong, why are they copping to it?

      July 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • sickofit

      Let’s see conservative lies, gee I think you need to look at your beloved Barry
      1. Oh if we pass the stimulus unemployment won’t go above 8% we are what 10% or more
      2. You can keep your health care, uh no, sorry employer cannot afford it with the new health care regulation regulations
      3. Your health care costs go up, gee husbands is going up $200 more per month, already pays $350.00
      4. Our economy has come back from the brink – Sure, yeah let’s see housing market is going back down, lending has stopped, consumers are not spending, etc etc.
      5. Your taxes won’t go up if you make less than 250,000, no wait, 225,000, no that’s not right 200,000, oh forget it lets just raise them across the board. P.S. I pay more now than I did under Bush by more than $2000 a year, just though I would let you know that.
      6. I won’t rest until the hole is plugged, unless you count playing golf, going on vacations every two weeks, having parties for the Hollywood types, musicians, and sports players to the White House.
      7. I feel your pain, yeah so does my dog that is why he gets his own private jet to take him to our vacation spot in Maine on you the tax payer dollar.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sickofit

      Oh by the way it was not Bush who dropped the Black Panther it was Eric Holder and the Obama justice department. There was a judgment on them in April of last because they did not show up to court, but it was the Obama Administration Justice department who said to drop it. Might want to fact check before you speak next time.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seraphim0

      I've been trying to stay out of this with all of the insane right vs. left mentality that has been flowing from this section. It's ridiculous to think that we're all in teh same country and trying to make ita better place when all we can seem to do is throw insults across the aisle. THIS is what is wrong with politics in America today: the extreme bickering about who did what instead of how to fix things.

      Regardless, Sickofit-

      1. Oh if we pass the stimulus unemployment won’t go above 8% we are what 10% or more
      – Stimulus has undeniably helped keep things worse than it could have been on an economy-wide scale. Then again, I assume if he had done nothing, the right would be bashing him for that. Have you also failed to notice jobless claims dropping recently?
      2. You can keep your health care, uh no, sorry employer cannot afford it with the new health care regulation regulations
      – There is a lot more to this than you seem to think. Providers are striking back by raising rates. When their heavier clients start ditching them because of this, they will come around. It may take a year, but it will instigate a pricing war on benefits. I don't know who you work for and what insurance they provide, but my rates aren't budging at all. And I live in Illinois.
      3. Your health care costs go up, gee husbands is going up $200 more per month, already pays $350.00
      – Again, I find this extremely hard to believe. One of you or both HAVE to have some sort of pre-existing condition or high use of benefits, or have all of your family on the same insurance (and it must be a big family). I pay less than $100 a month for me. I would pay easily under $200 if I added a family member.
      4. Our economy has come back from the brink – Sure, yeah let’s see housing market is going back down, lending has stopped, consumers are not spending, etc etc.
      – Where are you getting this? Lending has slowed, but not stopped. They are talking about a housing SHORTAGE, not surplus, now. The economy is swiinging up and it is evidenced by numbers.
      5. Your taxes won’t go up if you make less than 250,000, no wait, 225,000, no that’s not right 200,000, oh forget it lets just raise them across the board. P.S. I pay more now than I did under Bush by more than $2000 a year, just though I would let you know that.
      – Another practical impossibility. Especially with the stimulus that CUT taxes for individuals and couples. I pay less now than previous out of every paycheck.
      6. I won’t rest until the hole is plugged, unless you count playing golf, going on vacations every two weeks, having parties for the Hollywood types, musicians, and sports players to the White House.
      – Shall we talk about Bush and camp david? Didn't think so.
      7. I feel your pain, yeah so does my dog that is why he gets his own private jet to take him to our vacation spot in Maine on you the tax payer dollar.
      – I'd LOVE to know where you got info that the Obama -dog- was flown around solo on a jet- without being on the plan to accompany the family.

      Please. Inform me. This is getting silly.

      I'm not saying the man is perfect, but he's the president. If you didn't complain about some of Bush's policies that have been just as bad if not worse (oh, say, invading Iraq on shoddy intel or the Patriot Act, Guantanamo, etc), then you have no right to dis the current president. I don't agree with all of Barack's ideas and policies (I disliek the health care reform, for one, but don't make stuff up to make a point), or things of the like, but he is the president. I'm sure even Bush thought what he was doing was for the best at the time.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sickofit

      I would be the one to answer your questions.
      The Dog
      When the Obama’s flew into Maine for their vacation Air Force one was too big to fit on the runway, so they had to take separate air craft. They went on one the dog on the other. First off my aunt who absolutely loves Obama and lives in Maine read about in her local paper, second just do some research you will find out.
      The Taxes
      Secondly, I know I am paying more in taxes, because since the Bush tax cuts went into effect I have made money back off the taxes I pay within $400 to $500 each year. There were no changes to anything in 2009, none nothing, I made $3345 less than all previous years (not combined mind you. I even gave him the benefit of the doubt and calculated in that nice little $800 credit he gave for making work pay and the extra $13.00 a month in my paycheck and I lost $2156.
      Show me how the stimulus has done any good, we had cash for clunkers okay one or two months of cars sales, big deal that has now sunk, except for Ford, who didn’t take any bailout, TARP or stimulus money. Created or saved 3,000,000 jobs, we lost more than 7,000,000, numbers don’t add up, I too live in Illinois and all I see is how the stimulus money got spent on signs advertising the stimulus money. There are NO private sector jobs being created. Okay you save some public, but it takes 5 private sector jobs to pay for the salary of one public sector job. Stimulus according to many economists is not working.
      Healthcare, yes the taxes are going up on healthcare plans, no my husband and I do not have preexisting conditions, we just choose to purchase a decent healthcare plan instead of going on vacations or out to eat, you know the little luxuries in life. We are at a lower middle class income level as well. Our healthcare is going up and mine is being lost. Maybe you should read the bill. Takes a lot, but it is very expensive and damaging to the country. Oh and by the way Obama stated three times he wanted a single payer system may take ten years to get there, but he will get us there. I lived in England when I was in the military and exposed to that type of system, believe me if you want it, go there to get, but do not push that nonsense on me.
      Bush and Camp David,
      He took his staff there with him and actually worked, not played. Obama plays and doesn’t work, shall I continue. I got a lot more.

      July 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jake

    This is not going anywhere, her case is "he posted a video of me and didn't apologize?". Just an attempt by the left to give bad press to conservatives. I wonder how much a high profile case like this will cose the American taxpayer?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logical Thinker

      Blah, blah, blah

      July 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • skurfer

      The conservatives and Faux news give bad press to themselves. They don't need any help.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phattee

      A nice oversimplification, but you might want to look up 'libel' in the dictionary.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      No...her case is, "He posted this maliciously edited video of me to make it appear that I am saying things which I'm not!" Clearly a defamation of character. As far as the cost goes, it certainly will cost the taxpayers far less than the cost of the republicans delyaing every single piece of legislation in Congress. Even the ones they agree with, have been delayed senselessly!

      July 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RN

      No, he was responsible for her losing her job. He edited this video knowingly to cause damage as a way to stab back at the NAACP claim that the Tea Party is racist. If anything I think this shows that the conservatives as a group tend to be racist.
      The only way to stop people like this – and those who defamed John Kerry – is to sue them and let them know that this is not acceptable. Take away their wealth and see if they still have the desire to hurt others.
      This will not cost the government / taxpayers a penny. I hope it costs that conservative blogger 99% of his wealth.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickRude

      Slander and Libel look it up jake.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Ah, Dah! He posted incorrect information about her and she ended up losing her job. Never mind you right wingers have selective forgetful brains.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Maybe instead of reading the definition in a dictionary you should read the legal definition. Or is Merriam-Webster the new authority on how defamation cases are prosecuted in the United States.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DogDeer

      Her case is that Breitbart knowingly and willingly made a false statement that proved malicious and harmed Sherrod's reputation and caused her to lose her job. Those are the grounds for her suit, and she has a pretty good chance at winning.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tall Texan

      Why would you suggest this will cost the American taxpayer? Because all right-wingers do is espouse fear about anything and everything? She should sue for libel, plus all court costs and attorney fees. So where does the American taxpayer come into this scenario? Huh???

      July 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom L

      There is a legal case...misrepresentation caused a loss and defamed character...You a lawyer?

      July 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrek

      Lee, the video was NOT EDITED!! How can you be so dumb and still be alive?

      July 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      So he misrepresented her by posting a video of her? Ok, and can you prove it was done maliciously? I grant that she suffered a loss because of him, but that also does not automatically mean its a defamation case.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wondering

      The news media and many posters keep claiming the tape was "edited", it is my understanding that it was just a clip, not edited. And, if you watch the entire "clip" it demonstrates that Sherrod completed her point that the NAACP must stop being racist against white people. The journolist reporting on this story also left out that Sherrod herself was awarded money from her employer from a class action suit of black farmers.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Conservative

      Any evidence to support you statement Skerfer? Care to cite example regarding Fox News?

      July 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • CP

      You know I really love how some people here miss the obvious. Fox News, Mr. Breitbart did not fire her. Obama did do you all understand that? Obama fired her BEFORE Fox ever aired the story... Do you understand that?? He made a snap decision to throw her right under the bus. Obama and his people did not bother to check the story out and Obama got rid of her. Are you really going to blame a man posting a video on a website for the President making a bad decision and getting rid of her? Come on.

      August 3, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
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