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'A disservice was done' by Andrew Breitbart

There are no innocents in the Shirley Sherrod mess. You have an administration that pushed her to resign without due process. You have a civil rights organization that condemned her without hearing her side of the story. And you have a news media that failed to ask the most basic journalism 101 questions that could have spared everyone the last 36 hours or so of grief. But this is a controversy based on a lie. A lie disseminated by Andrew Breitbart, who says that he was trying to point out the hypocrisy of the NAACP and stubbornly stands by his reprehensible action despite being proved wrong.

Last week, the civil rights organization passed a resolution calling on the leaders of the Tea Party movement to disavow the racist elements within it. Breitbart says the point of posting a small portion of Sherrod’s speech to an NAACP chapter in March was to show the hypocrisy of the NAACP tolerating racism within its own organization. “I have evidence that shows, based upon [the NAACP’s] standards, that shows people in the audience behaving racist,” Breitbart told Mara Schiavocampo of NBC News. “We have an NAACP-sanctioned event in which the speaker is talking in a racist narrative, in which the audience, when she refers a white farmer to a white lawyer... and when she talks about not giving him the full weight of what she could do with her position, the audience cheers in this video. That to me is the standard of showing that racism existed in that room.”

Except it didn’t. And after watching her entire 43-minute speech, to say that racism did exist in that room is to believe that Rodney King really was lunging at cops while on the receiving end of a beat-down from the LAPD. The cheers were loudest when Sherrod spoke of getting beyond race.

Race is already a difficult issue to discuss. But it is made so much worse when irresponsible people go out of their way to inflame tensions or create them where none exist for the sole purpose of scoring points.

Breitbart, who told Schiavocampo that he didn’t even see the full speech before posting excerpts on his website, is unrepentant. But he says he feels bad for Sherrod. “I feel bad that they made this about her,” Breitbart said. “Watching how the media misconstrued the intention behind this, I do feel a sympathy for her plight currently.” Whatever.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs addressed the Sherrod affair at the beginning of today’s briefing. He fell on his sword for the administration. “Everybody involved made determinations without the facts,” he said. “One of the great lessons you take from this is to ask all the questions first.” Most important, Gibbs said, “A disservice was done. An apology is owed.” Would that Breitbart had the character to make the same admission.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 21, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
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Gibbs "fell on his sword for the administration"? He blamed "everybody involved" and used the passive voice about four times.

Look, Breitbart is a professional provocateur, but no one forced the NAACP to denounce her without looking at the video of its own event, or forced the White House to fire her without even talking to her.

The NAACP in particular shot itself in the foot. One can imagine the Tea Party ads now: "Do you think the NAACP put any more thought into denouncing us than it did when it denounced poor Shirley Sherrod?"

Posted by: tomtildrum | July 21, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart proves again his dishonest soul, and Fox "News" proves again it cannot be trusted.
Commendations to Rick Sanchez and CNN for outstanding work today to reclaim the reputation of Shirley Sherrod, a good woman.
This is but another in a series of venal tricks by the likes of Breitbart, Hannity, O'Reilly and the other unsavory characters at Fox.
This sorry episode unfortunately re-enforces an image of President Obama's administration failing to stand strongly enough for what is right and just. The president and/or his delegates run scared at the first hint that sneaky tricks threaten from the far, racist right.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | July 21, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Name me anyone as low as Andrew Breitbart.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | July 21, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

As a registered Independent, I see this treacherous act perpetrated by Breitbart against Sharrod, the NAACP and our fragile national cultural integrity as petty and misguided. Whether the NAACP has racists among their constituents or not, the Tea Party obviously does, in part due to the natural confluence of interest between those who genuinely seek more limited government (which apparently doesn’t necessarily mean more efficient government or lower taxes, just fewer public services) and those who harbor racist views provoked by the ascension of the first Black US President. The difference is that it is not among the Tea Party’s mandate to ferret out racism – but that IS in fact what the NAACP exists to do. If conservatives like Breitbart were honest and credible they would acknowledge the existence of racist elements in their ranks and rhetoric; only after doing so would anyone moderate like myself care whether their charges against another organization like the NAACP hold water. Has Breitbart done other articles about hypocrisy and racism among the NAACP in the past? Probably he hasn’t, but rather took this controversy as an opportune moment to decry an organization against which he already harbored ill will. This kind of venom, levied deceptively the way he has, is making the so-called “left” appear much more credible and reasonable to me. Hopefully other centrists will see it likewise, and the audience of Breitbart and liars of his kind will diminish and become appropriately more marginalized, like other hate groups who foment racial discord.

Posted by: iamanisland | July 21, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart is the type of despicable American that uses our flag to cover his Unamericanism. What a piece. I believe that Shirley Sherrod displayed the best of America. As for Breitbart, what kind of human being destroys a good, kind person for purely political purposes -- especially based on a fraud by not noting the entire context of the speech? Not much of a human being! So what if the NAACP and the white-house acted prematurely. It's a serious sideshow, but it's a sideshow. The NAACP's actions shows that they want to appear unbiased. They screwed up by not viewing the entire speech. So did the department of agriculture. However, the real sin was that of a political buffoon trying to put something over on the American people. Congrats Breitbart! You probably sleep well at night since you apparently lack a conscience and the ability to tell right from wrong. Make your point, but make it honestly for the sake of the country you profess to love.

Posted by: Fergie303 | July 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

The problem is we spend TOO MUCH time talking about race.

Take the recent census, for example. The government insists we divide ourselves along racial lines. We can't be Americans -- first we must categorize ourselves as Hispanic or Non-Hispanic and then we slice and dice ourselves along lines of color.

Even President Obama, the Chief of State, head of government and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States of America -- and supposed representative of ALL Americans -- can't be American.

He can't even be Black, for that matter, or African-American or Negro. He is an African-American/Black/Negro, according to the awkward and prolix over-descriptive category of the census.

No, the problem isn't that we talk too little about race in America. The problem is that we talk all too much about what is supposed to divide us, and all too little about what actually unites us.

We should focus on our belief in being "judged by the content of our character," and the fact that the only thing that separates one man from another is his opportunity, character, application and education. Of those four traits, not one is dependent on which ancestor of yours came from which continent. As Dinesh D'Souza once wrote, the best thing about America is that we are the authors of our own narrative. We choose who we wish to become. A government that insists on looking at the color of our skin before it listens to what is in our hearts is a government that diminishes who we are.

I am an American. And I'll bet bet you are, too.

Posted by: spamagnet987 | July 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

My God, What a complete SNAFU, FUBAR! With all these folks rushing to correct themselves, reverse their statements!

Actually, I am a little encouraged. Here we have two groups trying so hard to pick a fight with each other, and they can't, because

Shirley Sherrod TOO GOOD a person, set TOO GOOD an example!

I grew up in the 50's and 60's, and I'm glad it's not that way anymore. It's not good enough yet, but it's better than it was.

I have always said that we all begin our adult life in a prejudiced state, and we can only begin to remove our own prejudices when we acknowledge that, and try to correct ourselves (like Shirley did).

We are not really fit to judge others very well, only ourselves.

I have concluded, sadly, that since the bulk of people I have met do not examine their own prejudices in that way, the bulk of these spoiled attitudes will only leave us when the people who have them die. Maybe I am wrong, and the day will come sooner when we can be at peace!

Way to go, Shirley! God bless and long life to you!!

Jack

Posted by: whitehed | July 21, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on being vindicated Ms. Sherrod. Andrew Breitbart is a disgrace and Fox News is just as guilty for peddling this right-wing ideological propaganda.

Posted by: Civilius | July 21, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

it's a good thing the media was there to put things right.
man, they got on this like flies on manure and made sure that the first reports of this were thoroughly investigated to make sure the story put out by Breitbart was really true. Not that he would have had any agenda.
I'm proud of them.
my heroes.

Posted by: bozozozo | July 21, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I not only don't expect Breitbart and Fox News to apologize, I'd prefer that they NOT apologize. Let them stand out there defiantly unembarrassed, fairly unbalanced, downright foolish.

Posted by: OakParkLawyer | July 21, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

And the double standard goes on unchallenged. Of course there are no calls for the omnipresent lefty demand for apology and repentence from Jeremiah Wright, or Jeanene Garolfalo for her racist comments about the Tea Party, or the NAACP's racist comment about the Tea Party, or the SEIU attackers of Kenneth Gladney, nor from the liars in Congress at the Health Care Sunday gauntlet, or from Eric Holder for his despicable actions in the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, or . . . blah, blah, blah.

Posted by: NCMike | July 21, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I think the first step would obviously be to not only condemn those on the far right, including those in Fox news who incite this vitriol, to be legally accountable. This is beyond apologies and Breitbart went too far.

Atleast the NAACP and the USDA took responsibility for their blunder, apologized, and took some form of positive action, whether fo

Posted by: thmscarlson1 | July 21, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I think the first step would obviously be to condemn those on the far right and begin criminal prosecution. This would include those in Fox news who incite this vitriol,.

This is beyond apologies and Breitbart went too far. Criminal prosecution for Breitbart and Fox news t party company isn't OTT in this case. With Faux, we can start with Megan Kelly, and the list goes on from there.

Atleast the NAACP and the USDA took responsibility for their blunder. Whether it was genuine or politically motivated, doesn't make a
difference. They owned up to their folly.

Of all the far right there was only one acknowledgement, coming from Beck. Yet, still no apology or amends from Breitbart, Megan Kelly, or anyone in the Faux TParty news team who incited and cost this compassionate woman her job.

Criminal prosecution is necessary with these far right bullies or incidents like this will continue.

Th

Posted by: thmscarlson1 | July 21, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party isn't racist and neither is Ms. Sherrod. The NAACP was wrong to issue that resolution and Mr. Breitbart was wrong to issue the convenient parts of Ms. Sherrod's speech. As far as the NAACP being "snookered" by Fox News they may look in the mirror since Ms. Sherrod's speech was to an NAACP audience. This issue raises a larger point. Both the liberal and conservative media contort the news to fit their world view and in the process they've stopped reporting the news and have become the news. That's journalism 101 and, in a free society, a big no-no. The liberal media have ignored a slam dunk instance of voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers as they ignored President Obama's relationship to Reverend Wright. Dan Rather ran with the Killian documents critical of George Bush before fact-checking their authenticity. Bill O'Reilly was wrong in his failure to fact-check Ms. Sherrod's speech and for that he has apologized on air. I have yet to see A SINGLE member of the liberal media apologize for their purposeful omissions of actual, real factual news that are critical of liberal politicans. My take on Ms. Sherrod's speech is that it was an account of a personal journey of racial transformation, not a glorification of "reverse" racism. She admits that, at first, she didn't do everything she could have done and sent the man to "his own kind". Then she said it was not about black and white but, rather, about poverty. And there she's right. Government services should be means tested, not race tested.

I think both sides should just cut it out. As President Reagan said, "We may disagree but at 5:00 pm we are, afterall, all Americans and friends".

Posted by: david_P | July 21, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

David P

I agree on this, and the NAACP and USDA were quick to throw her out with the bath water for their own political agendas.

It's commendable that some of the Fox News team are taking responsibility. The culprits, however haven't. The obvious names, Megyn Kelly and Breibart should both be released from Fox and prosecuted. It goes with the territory of slander and affecting the very welfare of an individual's life.


As for TParty leaders, there have been too many excuses and a ton of denial . Lets start with the top of the food chain, to the likes of Palin
and Bachmann. Their continual denial and irresponsibility to tparty politics gone awry is a tired theme. Ultimately, the buck stops with
them whether the tparty pretends they're only a grassroots
organization. They cannot disassociate with the fanatics of a party who are their constiuency. No more excuses or tit for tat. I watched
Bachmann make a mokery of herself first talking about a harmonious caucus but not able to admit the the folly of Williams or others who incite slander and violence.

Palin and others are as culpable as President Obama, and that's become a reality for all of us last week.

In order for Americans to be friends, we need the compassion and more important the honesty of Ms Sherrod and her farmer friends.


Fortunately for all, Ms Sherrod outsussed the political machinery of Washington with sincerity and her ernest belief that we can see beyond this racial divide if we so choose.

Posted by: thmscarlson1 | July 21, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I think your criticism of Breitbart isn't good enough. Also, I'm sick of this idea that "nobody is innocent." The NAACP is innocent and Breitbart is guilty. When they were confronted with what Breibart misrepresented as racism, the NAACP apologized! Their first action was to take personal responsibility.

And when Breitbart's lies were exposed, they stood tall again.

Name once, much less twice when President Bush actually ever apologized: for lies he used against humanity, to inflict torture on human prisoners, to obliterate the 6th and 8th Amendment of our Constitution. And this, all to justify a war after he'd already started it!

The Bush administration got away treating some humans as cattle because you let them! Now we can hardly even put those people on trial because of what they did. You, the press, let Bush wreck our Constitution. What good is your 1st Amendment when you don't use it? This milk-toast criticism seems intended to "let hate off the hook" again.

If you let people like Breitbart get away with staining the name of the NAACP they will just go do it again. And all that is good in this land will be gone.

All you will have left is Andrew Breitbart and a mealy mouthed press. He was maybe one or two lies away from intentionally destroying a very good organization who never went out to hurt anyone.

The press might have let it happen. But they didn't start it. Breitbart did! It's time for you to stop playing footsie with the politics of hate just to see how many fire sticks you can balance on the remaining toes you have. The NAACP didn't hate anyone. I guess just because you're in Washington doesn't mean you always see how it is. Wake up.

Posted by: richkatz | July 21, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

My question to the Post online chat for Friday:

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Unless I've missed it (I haven't read all the commentary), the real understory of the Sherrod episode is how startlingly and shamelessly successful the conservative movement - through its "tea partiers" and media arm (Fox) - has been at subtly fomenting a sense of "white subjugation by black people" here in 2010 America. To spend a few minutes on any political board on the internet is to at times be immersed in the 1995 movie "White Man's Burden". It seems like they've succeeded in making the Obama Administration downright jumpy in trying to defuse these absurd memes. I think sometimes we forget that Obama is still walking the same tightrope that Jackie Robinson did - needing to be unfailingly careful not to play into resentments from all sides. And that presents an opening for unscrupulous actors like Mr. Breitbart. Comment?

Posted by: B2O2 | July 21, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Attention all real American... Boycott the NFL on Fox... Boycott all products advertised on the Fox Fantasy News channel... Demand that Rupert Murdox be labeled as a undesirable immigrant and deported back to Australia.

Posted by: ODDOWL | July 22, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Attention all real American... Boycott the NFL on Fox... Boycott all products advertised on the Fox Fantasy News channel... Demand that Rupert Murdox be labeled as a undesirable immigrant and deported back to Australia.

Posted by: ODDOWL | July 22, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Words like reprehensible and dishonest do not adequately describe Andrew Breitbart. As long as people continue to pay attention to him, he will continue to pollute our world with his vile lies. He has so thoroughly abused the truth that no decent person should pay any attention to him at all. Above all, responsible journalists should ignore him completely. The 21st century didn't need its own Joseph McCarthy, but it got one anyway in Andrew Breitbart. Oh, I almost forgot, McCarthy is still a hero to some on the Right.

Posted by: treadlightly | July 22, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

and would that Vilsack had used the active tense. That he chose passive demonstrates residual cowardice.

Posted by: daphne5 | July 22, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Typical liberal one-sided perspective, the only place to get a fair & balanced analysis is from Fox news.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | July 22, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

I hope Fox and Brietbart get sued to their underpants.

Posted by: jimbobkalina | July 22, 2010 4:46 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post editorial board’s commentary surrounding Ms. Shirley Sherrod would have more meaning if The Washington Post editorial board actually believed it and operated under its principle. Ms. Katharine Weymouth, publisher, Mr. Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor, and Jo-Ann Armao are not in a strong position to serve as media defenders of truth and justice. They are not in a serene intellectual place to be leading conversations on ethics and doing what is right.

This editorial board, through the literary bloodstream of Ms. Armao attacked me in a previous editorial, “School Daze”, for filing a request for investigation of DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee for possible conflict of interest violations to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance (as well as the federal Hatch Act). The issue is not the editorial attack on me, which was wrong and misinformed, but rather the action of the editorial to print a reply I did not write or approve over my name.

The editorial board of The Washington Post further aggravated the issue by failing to print a retraction or correction. The failure of the editorial board of The Washington Post to print an apology for attributing to me in print and on-line something I did not write attacks the principle of decency in journalism.

The editorial board of The Washington Post has printed numerous opinions questioning the integrity, veracity, ethics, and actions many people. It often writes to politicians to just admit the mistake, tell the truth, and the cover-up is worse than the original sin. Today, the editorial board is critical of President Obama and US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Too bad The Washington Post will not follow its own admonition. Too bad “reputable” journalists at The Washington Post have been silent on its own egregious violation of journalism ethics.

Ms. Katharine Weymouth, Mr. Fred Hiatt, Mr. Andrew Alexander, and Mr. Howard Kurtz, fail or refuse to hold The Washington Post to the same standard of judgment it criticizes in others.
Elsewhere within the pages of The Washington Post columnists are weighing in with their views. This collective intellectual hypocrisy of journalism, offers great weight to why District residents and readers of this newspaper have low expectations The Washington Post is a credible newspaper.

The editorial board’s indifference to my repeated requests for a retraction and correction speak volumes about the corporate culture of The Washington Post and its values.

Robert Vinson Brannum
rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: robert158 | July 22, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

"I hope Fox and Brietbart get sued to their underpants."
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Agreed. Even presuming Sherrod is a public person for purposes of the suit - inofrmation was false - Fox & Breitbart didn't make a reasonable effort to verify it, they certainly did it with an intend to damage Sherrod's reputation.

I hope she makes a mint and she should have no trouble showing both Breitbart & Fox have systematic bias with an intent to defame

Posted by: orange31 | July 22, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Capehart do you think that breibart and the other teabags are normal humans? After everything we see from these creatures day in and day out? Come on man. The teabags are a bunch of racist fools.

Posted by: davidsawh | July 22, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

NCMike: how about we get Chip "Barack the Magic Negro CD" Saltzman to apologize? Since he's a national politician, and was going for the top job of the RNC at the time...how about that GOP politician who likened an escaped zoo ape to FLOTUS' ancestors? How about that GOP poli who called the Prez "uppity"? How about the GOP lawmakers who never denounce the racist and historically frightening signs at some, not all, but some TP's?
No apologies from these politicians, yet you are clamoring about a very- publicly- denounced- by -Obama pastor, and an activist actress, whereas they aren't elected officials. Try again when you have actual facts that don't come from FOX or Briebart. Did you know that the National Jewish assosiations have called on the GOP to denounce those horrible images from rallies last year, but of course they didn't, wouldn't want to offend the "BASE", just millions of Jewish voters. and all you can mention is two irelevant citizens using their freedom of speech. Did the Dixie Chicks get an apology from conservative media for the campaign against them that resulted in death threats for saying they were ashamed the President was from their home state? No racial slurs, no disrespectful name calling, they even referred to him as "the President..." , not Obozo, not Obamination, not Odumbo, not 'boy', or "That one", and not even the nicknames for 43 like chimp, the shrub, etc...yet they got death threats, three traditionally married women with kids, and they got death threats for their freedom of speech.
You were probably one of those that rushed out and bought that offensive cd of Saltzman's. Grow up

Posted by: katem1 | July 22, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

NCMike: how about we get Chip "Barack the Magic Negro CD" Saltzman to apologize? Since he's a national politician, and was going for the top job of the RNC at the time...how about that GOP politician who likened an escaped zoo ape to FLOTUS' ancestors? How about that GOP poli who called the Prez "uppity"? How about the GOP lawmakers who never denounce the racist and historically frightening signs at some, not all, but some TP's?
No apologies from these politicians, yet you are clamoring about a very- publicly- denounced- by -Obama pastor, and an activist actress, whereas they aren't elected officials. Try again when you have actual facts that don't come from FOX or Briebart. Did you know that the National Jewish assosiations have called on the GOP to denounce those horrible images from rallies last year, but of course they didn't, wouldn't want to offend the "BASE", just millions of Jewish voters. and all you can mention is two irelevant citizens using their freedom of speech. Did the Dixie Chicks get an apology from conservative media for the campaign against them that resulted in death threats for saying they were ashamed the President was from their home state? No racial slurs, no disrespectful name calling, they even referred to him as "the President..." , not Obozo, not Obamination, not Odumbo, not 'boy', or "That one", and not even the nicknames for 43 like chimp, the shrub, etc...yet they got death threats, three traditionally married women with kids, and they got death threats for their freedom of speech.
You were probably one of those that rushed out and bought that offensive cd of Saltzman's. Grow up

Posted by: katem1 | July 22, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

It's all deliberate race baiting by breitbart and fox. Just look at the manufactured stories fox has produced since the start of the Obama administration - ACORN, Van Jones, the NBPP, and now this - all blacks - it's blatant and deliberate race baiting. Don't you wonder who the next black person or black organization they'll demonize next to scare their stupid white viewers? It's the southern strategy with the heft a national media outlet.

It's pathetic - and that's where the scorn should lie with fox and breitbart. They deliberately ran lies and edited tapes without any research or confirmation. They think their viewers are stupid, and they prove it daily.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | July 22, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"Atleast the NAACP and the USDA took responsibility for their blunder..."
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Are you kidding? The NAACP has never taken responsibility for this incident. The video was taken at a NAACP meeting and is their property. How did BigGovernment.com get their hands on the video? Before their rush to judgment, why didn't they view their tape before condemning Sherrod?
They took the cowardly route by blaming Fox (a method consistently used by the left).

Breitbart's method to show the hypocracy of the NAACP should be condemned but, after watching the entire tape, I do not believe that Sherrod is without racial bias.

Posted by: bethg1841 | July 22, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

"Race is already a difficult issue to discuss. But it is made so much worse when irresponsible people go out of their way to inflame tensions or create them where none exist for the sole purpose of scoring points. "

Sorta like when Al Sharpton smeared dog feces all over Tawanna Brawley and then accused white Police officers of deficating on her? And we know that Shaprton was widely condemned by both the black and journalistic community... oh wait... gee, why wasn't he? Or maybe when Trent Lott, Republican Senator from Mississippi went to Strom Thurman's birthday party, and in an effort to say something nice and stroke an old man's ego he made the statement that the country would have been better off if Thurman had won the presidency he ran for. But since Thurman had been a segregationist in the past (but had not risen to the rank of grand wizard in the KKK as Robert Byrd had), Lott's innocent remarks at an old man's birthday party became flaming racial rhetoric, thanks to so called "black leaders" like Sharpton and Jackson and the Politically correct press. Lott was removed from any position of power and almost removed from the senate. It was theater of the absurd and Lott did not deserve it. Where are his apologies for a rush to judgement?

Yeah, we have racial problems.

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 22, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The sounds I heard in the room were nervous laughter mumblings of identification. They were voices of individuals who had traveled that road with her. They had been there too. They, too, had experience a similar racial epiphany. It was an amen moment for Sherrod and other members of the audience.

Posted by: lydialdurham | July 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

In reality, black people and institutions bend over backward not to be charged with reverse discrimination.

Posted by: lydialdurham | July 22, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Actually there was an innocent in this mess: Shirley Sherrod.

Posted by: melissa511 | July 22, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse


Not-so-Breitbart sees no need to apologize. Neither did Timmy McVeigh, or Buford Furrow, the conservative "patriot" who machine-gunned a preschool full of kids.

You won't ever see Georgie W Bush apologize for the looting of America, the hundreds of scams and swindles, the astonishing blunders, bungles, and disasters, the endless wars, the war crimes, . . WAR CRIMES!!!

They are of the same cloth. It is a breechcloth.

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Brietbart got the edited tape from someone within the NAACP then takes it to Fox. NAACP condemns the subject before investigating. Whitehouse hastily fires the subject on that tape before it airs. Unedited tape actually proves to be less offensive. Whitehouse and the NAACP backtracks and blames it all on Breitbart and Fox. Obama media condemns Fox right on cue. It would not surprise me in the least if the NAACP and the Whitehouse set up this whole thing.

Posted by: tulsadave | July 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I would like to hear what the liberal reporters that belong to their little club at JournoList are saying about all this, but alas, they have closed that rave and the rats have scurried away to another hidden location. How brave.

Posted by: tulsadave | July 22, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"Name me anyone as low as Andrew Breitbart."

Posted by: jimsteinberg1

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That's an easy one -- Barack Hussein Barry Obama.

Posted by: groovercg | July 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Time line:

8:15 - Breitbart post video

4:00 Sherrod is fired

5:00 - No mention of Sherrod on Glenn Beck

Last I heard, 4 pm comes before 5 pm. Maybe its some kind of weird liberal time warp. Please explain how Fox was responsible for her firing.

Posted by: groovercg | July 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Seriously?! This woman's firing is the fault of an out-of-context web clip which had not yet appeared on any cable channel? What planet are you people living on? Who should have taken the time to at least listen to her side of the story? Who should have recognized that the source of the story was, at best, disreputable? Who was apparently trembling at the thought the story would run on a relatively little watched cable show? Who wouldn't even let the woman get to her office before she "resigned"? Who continues to obfuscate about how these decisions were made?

I only see one miscarriage of decency, if not justice, here - the way this woman was treated by her employer. She did nothing wrong and was shamefully terminated anyways. Stop trying to deflect blame by ranting about Breitbart and Fox. Unpleasant as they might be, this isn't about them. It's about employer/employee relations. The only guilty party here is her Boss, and the people who serve at his pleasure. I hope she sues them. I only wish her award could be paid by them personally and not by the taxpayers.

Posted by: gitman | July 22, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Not-so-Breitbart sees no need to apologize. Neither did Timmy McVeigh, or Buford Furrow, the conservative "patriot" who machine-gunned a preschool full of kids."

Posted by: gkam

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Wow! What a nut!

Posted by: groovercg | July 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, groover, my point was that assassination, whether physical or character is the meme of conservative extremism.

Do you think that Breitbart, one of those who championed the Rape of Iraq and cheered the mass murder of Shock and Awe against a civilian populace, should apologize for his character assassination of this fine lady?

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, groover, my point was that assassination, whether physical or character is the meme of conservative extremism.

Do you think that Breitbart, one of those who championed the Rape of Iraq and cheered the mass murder of Shock and Awe against a civilian populace, should apologize for his character assassination of this fine lady?

Posted by: gkam

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What a strange person you are! You condemn character assassination while your entire post is full of character assassination. How do you live such a life of bigotry and hatred. I feel sorry for you.

Posted by: groovercg | July 22, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Do you think that Breitbart, one of those who championed the Rape of Iraq and cheered the mass murder of Shock and Awe against a civilian populace, should apologize for his character assassination of this fine lady?

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

No gkam, what you have tried and failed to do is an old sleight of hand trick. You pitch a fit about Iraq, which has absolutely nothing to do with Sherrod, the NAACP, Breitbart, fox news, or any topic at hand. You assume that readers of your post are ignorant enough to conclude "oh yeah, Iraq... dead civilians, thats bad too, therefore gkam is right!!!" It might work on mindless drones sucking up and regurgitating talking points, but it doesn't work too well with people who actually use a bit of their gray matter. It also speaks to the mental prowess of the person assuming such an arguement will work.

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 22, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


No, I was, once again, bringing up the character of the person responsible for this character assassination, and his sorry record. I have a feeling that you defend him because you, too, got fooled, suckered by those draft-dodgers into the mass killings of Iraqi civilians.

This affair smacks of Willie Horton, the Swift-Boaters and the other dishonest and slimy tricks used to take over our federal government and loot the Treasury. Haven't you learned your lesson? Did their bungles, failures, disasters, and massive crimes not tip you off that their words mean nothing but manipulation?

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry gkam, you just did it again. Willie Horton, swift boaters.... you have trouble staying on topic, don't you? You are trying to wave a big 'ol "gee whiz" flag to distract from the issue at hand. I mean, it's like Clinton's fling with Lewenski and Ted Kennedy's driving and Dan Rather's prehistoric electronically published documents.... see what I mean?

It will be much easier to take you seriously when you create ONE post that addresses the topic at hand without waving around the some of your favorite but non-related issues. Can you do that? Can you stay on topic for one post?

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Hey, Toots, the topic is Breitbart and his disgusting slander of an innocent lady. You can't turn it into something else. The headline reads :
'A disservice was done' by Andrew Breitbart

Breitbart has the history of such a thing, a sordid history of championing issues which are lies, such his promotion of the Rape of Iraq. His tactics smack of the Swift-Boaters, and you can't deny it.

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I disengage from the conversation when the participant proves irrational. see ya....

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 22, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The great irony of all this is that because of his terrible slander of this fine lady, Breitbart revealed both her sterling character as well as his own lack of such.

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The only problem with you NAACP haters is: They apologized when they were wrong with this affair. Breitbart has not. And therein lies the problem. Breitbart is complete utter trash that needs to be incinerated. The NAACP realized that they made a mistake and took action to correct it. Vilsack should be tarred and feathered. But Breitbart, knowingly and willfully starting what amounts to a national race riot, should be torn apart. Thank God, Ms. Sherrod has attained legal counsel. He illegally used two people to tape ACORN. Now, they are standing trial because it's ILLEGAL to unknowingly film someone in the state of MD without their permission. Then for an encore, Breitbart, hired stupid dupes to attack Sen. Mary Landrieu's office. They too, are in prison!! It seems like everyone ends u in prison for this scum! Someone DESPERATELY needs to shut this man down. He is the scourge of the Earth.

Posted by: gr8bigguy | July 22, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I retract my last statement to ask the following of gkam: So by your logic, if Breitbart came out with a statement saying "Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson were bad men", then we would have to exonerate Hitler and Manson because the source was Breitbart??

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

" . . if Breitbart came out with a statement saying "Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson were bad men", then we would have to exonerate Hitler and Manson because the source was Breitbart??"
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Is it all-or-nothing for you conservatives? Such simple dualities might have worked personally for Reagan, but in your case it is an attempt to erect a strawman for destruction.

No, it means that we can't trust those of the ilk of Breitbart. It means that most folk learned their lessons watching the WMD fiasco, the Enron swindles, the Katrina Bungles, the massive Halliburton and Blackwater thefts and other crimes.

Once again, this story is about the evil deceit of Breitbart for political benefit, . . a hateful political hit, in this case.

The headline is about the "disservice" done by Breitbart.

Are you defending what he did?

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Chappaquiddick, Clinton perjury, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd's Fannie Mae fiasco, Kerry, Hillary and all the other Dems who said WMDs DID exist, Kerry's purple hearts....

No, I am not defending what he did.

I see how to play the game now...wave around a bunch of your favorite but unrelated issues with the other side, then state your case. How am I doing, gkam?

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 22, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Is Breitbart out yet?

Posted by: mattintx | July 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse


Breitbart is just another typical conservative hack and liar. His history is rife with error and terrible consequences. He was caught lying and distorting the truth in his smear of this fine lady. It revealed more the conservative character than it did to tear down that of this woman.


Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Shirley-Sherrods-Disappearing-Act-Not-So-Fast-98846149.html#ixzz0uRKXo4re

Posted by: djslaughter | July 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Breitbart, Michael Moore: distorting reality for political gain through creative editing.

Posted by: gardedgarton | July 22, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse


Before anyone goes running the the "Examiner", let me warn you that it is NOT the real San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle, and now goes by that name. The new SF Examiner is only the same in name - the name was bought by a family of wealthy right-wingers, who hand the paper out on the streets for free.

They could have a genuine story, but be warned the paper is a propaganda organ.

Posted by: gkam | July 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

By now many have learned the backdrop on the misleading effort by a conservative operative (Andrew Breibart) and conservative mainstream media to harpoon through proxy the public face of the NAACP. If it had not been for due diligence and journalistic reporting by a network considered to be in the non-conservative mainstream media, greater character disparagements would have made.

The NAACP entered into a public street fight with the designee “The Tea Party Express.” However, individuals who have witnessed or experienced a street fight is aware that often it is not the person you are engaged with that you have to be fully aware of its his/her friend/associate standing on the side line or in the crowd that will hit or kick you at an opportune moment. And that is exactly what happened to the NAACP with their admission they were “snookered” --- sucker punched by friends of the Tea Party Express.

On the non-conservative media outlet MSNBC Andrew Breitbart told the interviewer that the video of Mrs. Sherrod was put into his possession months ago. If his word is true, and based on the fact within 72 hours of the NAACP releasing a statement Mr. Breibart released the video, doesn't this shouldn't this raises the issue that he and possibly others were given advance knowledge that the NAACP was expected to issue a statement condemning "elements of the Tea Party." --- Knowledge that could only be given by someone within the NAACP organization?

Maybe it has occurred to them. Mr. Julian Bond being of old school remembers well individuals assigned and others who volunteered for memberships in the civil rights organizations but actually worked for others. Maybe that explains why he inserted the old school word of “snookered” in the organization’s official response, but didn’t say if that meant by outside or inside sources.

Posted by: Mas1 | July 22, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I think the first step would obviously be to condemn those on the far right and begin criminal prosecution. This would include those in Fox news who incite this vitriol,.

This is beyond apologies and Breitbart went too far. Criminal prosecution for Breitbart and Fox news t party company isn't OTT in this case. With Faux, we can start with Megan Kelly, and the list goes on from there.

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Perhaps the Hugo Chavez admirers here can at the very least tell us what crime was committed.

Posted by: bbface21 | July 22, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"He was caught lying and distorting the truth in his smear of this fine lady. It revealed more the conservative character than it did to tear down that of this woman."

gkam

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How did he lie? Your rants certainly reveal the liberal character. You have piled lies upon lies in your posts.


BTW, if you listen to the whole speech, Sherrod doesn't come out smelling like a rose. She lied when she said that those who oppose the Obama regime do so because they are racist.

Posted by: groovercg | July 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

re:

Attention all real American... Boycott the NFL on Fox... Boycott all products advertised on the Fox Fantasy News channel... Demand that Rupert Murdock be labeled as a undesirable immigrant and deported back to Australia.

Posted by: ODDOWL | July 22, 2010 12:27 AM

That's the best idea I've heard yet. When will those who are so willing to see conspiracy in every action begin to see how this rich Australian is using his billions to undermine our culture and our freedom? Fox News takes every opportunity to slant its coverage, increase hate among factions and falsify its coverage. This incident is just the latest.

Posted by: lagibby1 | July 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope she sue's the daylights out of Breitbart. The purpose of his site is to defame people he doesn't like. If the victims of the defamation machines at Drudge, Limbaugh, Fox, Breitbart, et. al. start suing them right and left they might well be out of business. They can preach all the hate they wish but their victims should sue them for every act of defamation.

Posted by: orange31 | July 22, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse


Andrew Breitbart should pay Fox to hire the gracious and deserving Ms. Sherrod as a full-time commentator on Fox News. Her experiences and wisdom would provide direly needed leavening for Fox's dense right-wing junk. Ah, but that would make sense....

Posted by: Otney | July 22, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"I hope she sue's the daylights out of Breitbart."

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On what grounds? Nothing he posted was not true.

Posted by: groovercg | July 22, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I just heard Ed Schulz say on MSNBC that Jim Demint is a racist because he wanted Barry Obama to meet his Waterloo over the socializing of healthcare. Supposedly Sen. Demint used the racist code words "Break him." What a pathetic buffoon! These race pimps are doing damage to racial harmony.

Posted by: groovercg | July 22, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The most interesting thing about this string is that it starts out as fairly rational and then degenerates into rants about Timothy McVeigh. Give me a break! It started with Breitbart ruining a nice persons reputation running a totally misleading portion of a speech. It's really all about him. Sure the USDA & NAACP screwed up, but they did so in an attempt to quell the garbage that Breitbart was strewing. The problem, as I see it, is that both the idiotic left and right seize on any incident, such as this, to make their stupid points. To them Shirley's well-fare means nothing. What a sad situation!

Posted by: Fergie303 | July 22, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Address JournoList, CFE boy.

Posted by: grunk | July 22, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart says in part "Race is already a difficult issue to discuss. But it is made so much worse when irresponsible people go out of their way to inflame tensions or create them where none exist for the sole purpose of scoring points."

You mean like when they accuse political groups of racist sentiments because they disagree with their policy preferences? I couldn't agree more. Too bad you have zero ability to self-reflect.

Posted by: mj13 | July 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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