Washington (CNN) – The woman caught in the middle of a national firestorm said Thursday that, if given the chance, she would tell conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart that he is a liar.
Breitbart, who first posted an edited version of a speech that led to Shirley Sherrod's resignation, said Tuesday on CNN's John King, USA that he had not specifically targeted Sherrod, and had not asked for her to be fired.
But when asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King what she would say to Breitbart, Sherrod did not dance around the question.
"I'd tell him he's a liar. He knew exactly what effect that would have on not only - he knew what effect that would have on the conservative, racist people he's dealing with. That's why I started getting the hate mail. And that's why I started getting the hate calls. He got the effect he was looking for," Sherrod said on John King, USA.
And is Sherrod willing to forgive Breitbart?
"[H]e would really need to come and sit down with me and look me in the eye so that we could see if we can find a place," Sherrod said. "I'm not saying I won't forgive him, but we would need to see if we can find a place where that can happen."
In the video first posted by Breitbart, Sherrod can be heard telling an audience at a March 27, 2010, appearance before a local chapter of the NAACP that she had not given a white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him save the family farm.
A longer version of the video, discovered after Sherrod was asked to resign from her job at the USDA, revealed that Sherrod's words had been taken out of context.
Breitbart did post corrections Wednesday on blog entries that led to Sherrod’s forced resignation.
"Correction: While Ms. Sherrod did discuss withholding help from a white farmer, it was not during her tenure with the USDA," said a notice posted on one of two blog postings on Breitbart's biggovernment.com website.
A notice on another posting of the Sherrod video footage said: "Correction: While Ms. Sherrod made the remarks captured in the first video featured in this post while she held a federally appointed position, the story she tells refers to actions she took before she held that federal position."
Breitbart did not mention the edited nature of the video he posted or the full context.
Both of the corrected postings were from Monday.
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