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. Backlash

    Ever see Absense of Malice? Sherrod, NAACP and Obama – gotcha

    July 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Good!

    For those of you like ignorant Jake below who believe that just because Fox aired this after she was fired is any reason to excuse them are just as delusional as those so called "journalists" on Fox! Fox FUELS lies and they feed off this type of stuff and keep throwing the punches regardless of what the story is...they lie lie lie, hate hate hate, and they are definitely all racists! hannity, beck, o'reilly all of em! so don't give me this excuse that they aired this stuff after Sherrod was fired garbage cuz we aren't buying it!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MikeG

    Awesome. Sue the pants off of him – of course, if he loses his pants, that will make his lover Matt Drudge very happy.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Laura

    Yes, sue his hateful little @ss. People do need to be held accountable and what he did was beyond libelous.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KC

    She's a model citizen who stands for fairness with a HEART of GOLD...

    Slander tarnishes your reputation....I say go get'em!!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kristi

    Ok, so wikileaks can post info stolen from the government and its ok but if someone posts a video of something that really happened it is somehow wrong???

    She is a racist who deserved to be outed!

    A judge will laugh this out of court...unless its the federal judge who is allowing illegals to live in AZ!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blob

    When is the National Association of White Journalists meeting in San Diego??

    July 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BSSherrod

    Yah! Don't take ANY responsibility! Blame FOX, ya bunch of wet noodles! SUE SUE SUE! Sue because you see this as an oportunistic time to fill your coffers and just confirm what black folks are good at... working the system!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Remdogg

    "Funny how liberals always result to character insults".... ha ha ha ha

    July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. scasados

    @ jona your an idot and quit watching FOX news your post shows your ignorance.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. carlwillis

    I have no idea how Sherrod might fare in a libel suit against Breitbart, but at least the suit will answer questions such as who made the video, when and how Breitbart obtained it, and what he knew about its context. So at least we'll get a peek behind the scenes at the Breitbart smear factory, and more information about who his lowlife stooges are.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. just wondering

    Has anyone really noticed and addressed the that fact that people were laughing while she told the story?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    The initial video, as released by Breitbart, captured Sherrod's claimed 'change of heart.' The only thing the longer video provided was additional elaboration. So, as Ms. Sherrod alleges, she was never taken out of context, despite what she and CNN might wish has been the case. Also, Ms. Sherrod and her husband's conduct and statements in recent years call into question whether she really underwent the transformation (i.e., color blindness) she claims. Her husband and she have said many things in the context of the Hasting case and in other videos which indicate that they are all about race-based preferences and politics. The record of such statements and actions is just beginning to be compiled online and will most assuredly grow.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cin

    Andrew Breitbart should be a man and apologize to her for doing her wrong. Shirley, pls forgive him for what he did, leave him to his conscience if he has one, and move on.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NetNinja

    Sue him until his eyes bleed! This has to stop now otherwise more serious acts will occur. This has to be stopped so dead cold that people will reallt think hard before they post.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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