July 21st, 2010
02:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs: Sherrod is owed an apology

Shirley Sherrod watched Wednesday’s White House daily press briefing live on CNN.
Shirley Sherrod watched Wednesday’s White House daily press briefing live on CNN.

Washington (CNN) - White Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that Shirley Sherrod is "owed an apology. I would do that on behalf of this administration."

"A disservice was done. An apology was owed. That's what we've done," he told reporters at the White House.

"Decisions were made based on an incomplete set of facts," Gibbs said. "Members of this administration, members of the media, members of different political factions ... have all made determinations and judgments without a full set of facts."

Gibbs said that "we live in a culture (in which) things whip around, people want fast responses, (and) we want to give fast responses."

"One of the great lessons you take away from this is to ask all the questions first," he added.


Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Shirley Sherrod
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Dan Holiday

    What apology? So sorry you're a racist? Unreal.

    July 21, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. John

    Please take your job back. Don"t let the republican trash win. This was a pathetic move on their part to discredit the Obama administration. Don't let them do it. The house and senate is full of bigots who work both sides of the fence when it fits their needs. It's strange how they can overlook those things. THE REPUBLICANS ARE WHITE TRASH AND DESERVE TO LOSE.
    ps. I am a registered republican but also believe in voting for the best person and I voted for Obama because mccain (loose cannon) and palin (starved mama grizzley) were not something I could support.

    July 21, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Dave

    OK, reinstate the General you threw away based on some excerpts in some leftist journal..

    July 21, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You darn right she's owed an apology by the White House.

    Faux News, on the other hand, can save their apology (if they even intended to issue one). If I were them I'd be looking for court papers in the mail. Ms. Sherrod should sue the hell out of them for INTENTIONALLY and with prejudice defaming her character and good name.

    Take them to the cleaners Ms. Sherrod! America is behind you!

    July 21, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Sense of fairness

    Gibbs is absolutely correct! He has accurately captured all the culprits to blame for this debacle.

    July 21, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. New Age Independant

    This is a new high for liberal double standards. Sherrod is a disgrace and made outlandish comments. I watched the entire video of her "story" and found her comments extremely racist. This isn't about what she did, but the words she chose to tell the story. The NAACP and others that support her have zero creditability and have attacked others like a rabid attack dog for much lesser comments.

    July 21, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. jeff jackson, alabama

    So... does this mean Mel Gibson gets a pardon too ?
    The woman said what she said in plain english to a
    cheering, laughing crowd. She even used stand up
    comic style timing and facial expressions as she was
    talking. This is a joke. Only white people can be racists
    it seems. People of color are immune to racism charges
    and when white people listen to and watch the tape of this
    woman being blatantly racist then they just must have a
    glitch in their vision and hearing. I don't believe anyone should
    be racist and I don't exclude any race from those standards.
    Mel Gibson is a racist, George Wallace was a racist and by
    damn Shirley Sherrod is a racist !!!!!

    July 21, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Frisky

    Yes. She is. Everyone should be ashamed of themselves. Fox, the NAACP, her bosses.... no one behaved well in this.

    July 21, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ....By the way, has Faux News issued any kind of a statement stating WHY THEY LIED????......AGAIN?!

    July 21, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Ancient Texan

    The lady was the victim of a dishonest blogger and a overreaction from the NAACP and The Obama White House. That's sad and the victim should get her job back if indeed she wants it.

    July 21, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Reborn

    White House needs stop reacting to Faux News and stop squirming to race issue. I have no time for political cowards.

    July 21, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. kab

    Mr. Breitbart is one smart person. Look what he did with 30 seconds of a video. He completely took the NAAACP's new regulation against the Tea Party and threw it right back in their face. The NAAACP calls the Tea Party racists with no proof whatsoever and Mr. Breitbart shows how two-faced this group is because the whole group is sitting around laughing at the fact that this lady was going to discriminate against a white farmer. If you think about it, it was pretty genius on Mr. Breitbart's part.

    July 21, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. lennart Lundqvist

    For how much longer will CNN repeating this story? We just getting tired of it! There are actually more important news happening around the world, you know! This looks more and more like a soap-opera! I used to enjoy watching CNN, and FOX at same time. Two different views sometimes, which complemented each others different views, but lately CNN really has switched to left and became more of a gossip-broadcast, rather than a news cast. Today, I do prefer to watch the more balanced and accurate FOX news. (Except Fox and friends, which sounds to much like CNN news!, to be honest)!

    July 21, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Not just Obama, but all Americans need to stand up to these slimey scum-bag political propogandists who think they can manipulate the facts to lie and cheat their way into power – or promote their lap dogs into power. We need to be vigilant to protect ourselves and our country.

    Fox media is the worst at spreading lies and half truths because they disguise themselves as a legitimate news source which this incident disproves totally. Most of the time fox doesn't even identify the people or their credencials who are talking on their "shows". And the rest of the time the start with "some people say ....... ".

    Even worse are these "fox followers" and ditto-heads who are so lazy they don't even try to think for themslves and will believe anything fox or limpball barfs out.
    It's a disgusting display of anti-Americanism!

    July 21, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Why, because she sued the goverment and won thirteen million dollars a couple years ago?
    Because the Obama administration acted stupidly?
    Because she showed all america that the NAACP members are racist?

    July 21, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. One Nation

    For those who have said for almost two years "It is not about race” This is a prime example of the black and white lines which were drawn in this country, when President Obama was made president.

    ...And when certain groups talk about "taking back our country" it's not from the government they are talking about.

    Call it what you will... but it is about race...

    P.S. I will be amazed if this comment even makes it to post, because it brings light, to the underbrush of a growing fire.

    July 21, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Bud Waund

    Would the secretary of agriculture have taken a few minutes longer to check things out before snapping off a pink slip if the accused was white rather than black?

    July 21, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Now that the DOJ has found that the Bush administration was clean in its firing of the US Attorney's after a two year investigation, will the libertards, particularly the ones who demean and degrade republicans in these pages, apologize for all of the hateful, stupid things they said about Bush and Gonzalez in regard to this. I doubt it, to full of hate and drugs to do it.

    July 21, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Baby Boomer

    Mrs. Sherrod is owed an apology by all who jumped to conclusions but especially by the website that chopped up her speech and defamed her. She needs a good attorney who can put them completely out of business financially... I hope she will pursue legal action. As for her boss and the department of Agri., he needs to apologize and offer her her job back, then hope like heck she accepts. Other wise he has a similar problem the owners of that website have. Good luck Mrs. Sherrod. Also, I think the elder farmer who came forward is to be congratulated for being a true and proud American. He stood up for what was right and he along with Mrs. Sherrod are examples of what decent American people look like...

    July 21, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Marty, FL

    A rightfully deserving apology to Ms. Sherrod from the administration and other organizations.

    Now, will the Fox propaganda machine (Laura Ingraham, Bill O'Reily, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, et al.) apologize for lying and defaming a decent person's record? Oh, who am I kidding?

    July 21, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Chas in Iowa

    Vilsak should deliver the apoligy in person and acknowledge he made a decision based on incomplete information,
    Sherrod should accept graciously and move on.

    It won't happen that way,....Vilsak will make excuses and Sherrod will make a race issue out of it.

    July 21, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Marcus68

    I'm glad to see that they have acknowledged the error, now if they could do that for the many other errors this admin has done.

    July 21, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. montag

    Shirley Sherrod should sue Rupert Murdoch and FOX News for slander and defamation of character.

    July 21, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    I have long been an Obama supporter but I must admit that on this issue the Administration was in a Fire, Aim, Ready mode. The administration should have also been suspect when they herd that FOX News was going to run the story.

    July 21, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. RTB

    Vilsack should resign.

    How much effort would it have taken him to view the complete tape in the first place?

    It makes one wounder. How many more rush jobs has he committed and at who's expense?

    July 21, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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