July 22nd, 2010
01:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Schakowsky calls on opponent to stop blogging for Breitbart

Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky called on her Republican challenger to stop blogging for Andrew Breitbart.
Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky called on her Republican challenger to stop blogging for Andrew Breitbart.

(CNN) - Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart has hundreds of contributors to his website, and one of them is a Republican challenging Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky for her seat in Congress.

On Thursday, in the wake of the Shirley Sherrod firing controversy, Schakowsky called on her opponent, Joel Pollak, to "denounce Breitbart's intentional distortion of the truth and to end any further association with his website, BigGovernment.com."

Backlash against Breitbart has mounted since Monday, when he published a video of Sherrod, a USDA employee at the time, speaking to a crowd of NAACP members in Georgia. Liberals accuse Breitbart of deliberately editing the video to paint a portrait of a racist woman and NAACP members who applaud discrimination.

"Breitbart's publication of a video, which intended to turn the point of her speech into its exact opposite is the lowest form of political mudslinging," Schakowsky said in a statement.

Pollak has used BigGovernment largely as a megaphone to criticize Schakowsky. He has penned 16 blog posts this year, nine of which have mentioned the six-term congresswoman.

Pollak is not paid by Breitbart for his contributions and has no plans to disassociate himself with BigGovernment, his communications director, Shalom Klein, told CNN. But Pollak acknowledges what he sees as errors on all sides.

"Andrew [Breitbart] used intemperate language in his debate with the NAACP, which was wrong," Pollak said in a statement. "It was even more wrong for the White House and the NAACP to punish a woman for alleged racism without conducting a full and fair investigation."


Filed under: 2010 • Andrew Breitbart • Illinois • Jan Schakowsky • Joel Pollak
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Smart move Jan. Connect him to the radical people he's associated with. If he doesn't, then we'lll know his position on race.

    July 22, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. daveindenver

    I think he should agree to do it if she agrees to denounce all of the crap that Soros puts out that is even more bogus.

    July 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Don in Sacramento

    What an injustice! The title of racist only applies to whites and never to blacks, many of whom are blatant racists.

    July 22, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Thank you...at least there are maybe a couple honorable Republicans left. It's intellectually dishonest how Breit-bait incites hatred towards blacks to fuel the deep anger in the Conservative-Puritan agenda. The big media frenzy about Sherrod and Acorn was all a hoax. The media is largely complicit in this by not reporting the actual facts and providing the whole story.

    July 22, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Breit-fart should be on the receiving end of this. He is the one who also doctored up the ACORN video too, and got away with it, the Conservatives still think that ACORN did something wrong to this day.

    But when you make a deal with the devil Breit-fart, you end up paying more that you've bargained for. Just ask OJ, he thought he got away with murder for a while too...

    Let's not forget Fox News who ran with this story, remember, Dan Rather got fired for less than this...

    July 22, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. A.H.

    Rep.Schakowsky,
    If you going to investigate journalists, would you also please take a look at the JournoList....it sounds very shady.

    July 22, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. MR AMERICA

    "more wrong?" Maybe...nice spin though. At least he admitted that his "megaphone" is a liar.

    July 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    Right now Baghdad Bob Breitbart is the darling of the right wing nuts for his complete lack of journalistic integrity. Fox news sure got their money's worth by pushing racism again, and on spending a news cycle on a story they knew was a complete lie.

    July 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Lucullus

    Breitbart is no different from any other conservative Republican. He's an ideologically driven liar. These people are destroying America and they do it in the name of patriotism. We on the left watch them and some of us laugh at their antics. Others scream curses at them but nobody really does anything about these people. We are like the good Germans who sat in cafes in Berlin in the early 1930s and laughed at those morons in their brown uniforms and arm bands as they goose stepped down the road. And we know what happened to them.

    July 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. The Truth Will Set All FREE

    Pollak's statement "... "It was even more wrong for the White House and the NAACP to punish a woman for alleged racism without conducting a full and fair investigation." , is not a valid arugument because the White House& the NAACP have corrected their wrongs and for Pollak to repeat garbage picked up by FOX news is sad. However, he should ask FOX news to correct their wrong and stop spreading vicious lies about people in general. This would help our country as well as our citizens. Progress is awsome!!

    July 22, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. doug

    I love it a Democrat talking about "distorting the truth", what's next Joey Chestnut doing a seminar on "over eating"?

    Breitbart is now owed an apology by all you slimmy lying libs!!!

    He did nothing wrong, he showed the video to show the people at an NAACP meeting applauding racism.

    Libs who live in glass houses shouldn't be throwing stones.

    If you are honest you will not vote against every Democrat in November. If not, well take it up with god.

    July 22, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Marty, FL

    Breibart is a disgrace and so are politicians & followers affiliated with him–Ingraham, Beck, O'Reily, Hannity, etc.

    July 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Anthony Beasley

    Don't sling mud and there won't be a reason for anyone to over-react! Now, it's okay to slander someone as long as if you get caught doing it, someone doesn't say they caught you before it's too late. The guy distorted a video in the name of racism in an attempt to play gotcha with a long standing civil rights organization who defended dogs being put on people, beatings by police, water cannons, hangings, beatings by whips and a host of other things that were ugly. And his goal was to show the world how bad they were. No! It showed how much people still don't understand why race is such a sore subject in America.

    July 22, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    "It was even more wrong for the White House and the NAACP to punish a woman for alleged racism without conducting a full and fair investigation."

    BreitFART 'punished' Sherrod!!! There is NO WAY to get around it. He can say this over and over "...it's not about Shirley Sherrod" but we know better.

    He's LYING about not having the full tape!! He's also trying to blame "snickering and laughing" during this one snippet meant the NAACP was racist.

    The NAACP is not going anywhere but Shirley Sherrod did!!! NOW, BreitFART is going somewhere – DOWN and his well should run DRY!!

    July 22, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Hugo

    The video was not aimed at Sherrod, it was aimed at the NAACP in response to their idiotic claims in a political effort to defame the Tea Party. It showed what a bunch of racists comprise the NAACP, and that there are racists within it. It showed them cheering her discrimination of a white farmer and her belittling of the farmer. Sherrod herself was telling her own story of discrimination and bigotry however the end result of her story was one of rising above it... Welcome to white boy land. Most people don't care what color someones skin is, it is the manner in which they conduct themselves in a social setting that creates judgment. If you go in public and act like a punk, don't be surprised or offended when people call you a punk...Ridin' Dirty, get it?

    July 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. mike

    Yet another Democrat infringing on someone's right to free speech because "she doen't like what she hears. This whole thing just shows how touchy people are about race. If they weren't bigotted themselves, they wouldn't be so sensitive and think they need to rush to judgement without all the facts. Hey wait a minute, isn't that what biggotted means?

    July 22, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Augsbee

    Give me a break, I listened to the Sherrod words and she used to be a racist yet everyone is trying to change what this woman was, it's ridiculous. This is the woman that took the Agriculture Dept. in 1997 to court and won the case for $13 million of which she and her husband were awarded $300,000. She's not as timid, shy, nervous as everyone is making her out to be. She did not expect to get caught by the technology/internet.
    I think it is awful that she told everyone that the White House was to blame for her resignation, that they bullied her, forced her to resign, had her pull over on the side of the road, etc... She started a mess probably looking to make some money on her story, probably get an interview with President Obama.

    July 22, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Gary

    Doesn't she believe in freedom of speech?

    July 22, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Dave

    Andrew [Breitbart] used intemperate language in his debate with the NAACP, which was wrong," Pollak said in a statement. "It was even more wrong for the White House and the NAACP to punish a woman for alleged racism without conducting a full and fair investigation."

    This statement is probably the most glaring example of politician doublespeak I have ever read. Does Pollack really think Andrew (notice he is on a first name basis with this race baiting clown) only used "intemperate language" when he intentionally created this firestorm by his lies and manipulations? What planet does Pollack live on? Are the clouds green or blue on that world?

    Pollack needs to refer to the recent op-ed by conservative writer Fruth when he states that conservatives are at fault for refusing to call out Breitbart for this stupid, insidious stunt. Here is hoping that Rep. Jan Schakowsky trounces this pig in the fall elections.

    July 22, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Tori in Texas

    Andrew Breitbart is not a jouranalist, he's a gossipmonger, manipulater and all around tool of the right wing.

    The big question is in all this – will the people who call themselves the "news media" or "investigative journalists" start acting like professionals again instead of relying on these no nothing thugs with a keyboard? Only time will tell.

    I guess after 8 years of spreading Bush/Cheney lies without investigation the facts, our media got too lazy and fearful of not getting access. And this is the result.

    I'm quite sure Murrow, Cronkite, and all the classic reporters are spinning in their graves right about now.

    July 22, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Sticky G

    Whole cloth fabrication and bald faced lies are a long standing policy of the right: republicans, tea party, or whatever else they are calling themselves these days. It is all they have since they are unwilling to debate issues or offer detailed substantive ideas on governance. No surprise. What is jaw dropping is the naivety of the administration in being duped by these liars so easily.

    July 22, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Bob in PA

    Maybe Ms. Schakowsky should go watch the entire 40 minute video. It's not the only item of interest said by Ms. Sherrod.

    July 22, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    Schakowsky couldn't care any less for Breitbart or Pollak, or even this case! She's just using the occasion to score political points. l really can't blame her through. This kinda fell in her lap. Funny though, she said nothing to criticize the DOJ for dropping the New Black Panther case! (Yes, it started under Bush but the final blow came under Obama and Holder). Come on Jan, wrong is wrong to matter what party it is cloaked in!

    July 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |