July 22nd, 2010
07:47 PM ET
8 years ago

Sherrod on Breitbart: 'I'd tell him he's a liar'

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.

Full story here

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. not afraid in cali

    This type of person(Breitbart) is what makes America the country that it is.. divided.
    Ms Sherrod on the other hand has shown the type of country that America can be, one that grows and learns from mistaken positions.

    July 22, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Becca

    Big shocker there... Pardon the sarcasm pooling at your feet.

    July 22, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Louisiana Man

    Not only is this man? a LIAR, CONSPIRATOR, INSTIGATOR,-

    He proposes to be the hand maiden of the chosen one-
    Heather's holier than thoust pastoral father.

    Now what would the good minister say to these deliberate, dastardly shenanigans perpetuated by the good christian hypocrite Bb?

    This man is a disgrace to humanity and the drones and ditto heads keep defending the lap dogs of fraud and deceit. No matter the toll on a person's reputation.

    Bb should be sued and put thru the grinder. Good luck, Ms Sherrod.

    July 22, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. jeff

    Brietbart is to much of a punk to come sit eye to eye with you... You should sue his but and fox spews... I wish you will

    July 22, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. ysidero

    Disgraceful conduct by Breitbart and the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, et al, by distorting this woman's words and then issuing a half-correction (if any) and not admitting wrongdoing. Sherrod's speech was about reconciliation and fairness, something the far-right thugs wouldn't understand, much less embrace. Kudos to Bill O'Reilly (words I never thought I'd type) for having the integrity to admit he was wrong. And kudos also to Shepard Smith for refusing to follow the Faux News line and push this warped version of reality. I hope Ms Sherrod will be able to continue her work in helping the less fortunate and being a wonderful example of racial reconciliation and reaching across color lines to help fellow human beings.

    July 22, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Marcus

    'Breitbart, who first posted an edited version of a speech that led to Shirley Sherrod's resignation, said (...) that he had not specifically targeted Sherrod, and had not asked for her to be fired.'

    Mr. Breitbart must think that he has any credibility left after this whole incident...
    Well, HE HASN'T!!!!

    July 22, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Victor E. Maffei

    Breibart ought to get sued big time. Libel is libel is libel!!!!

    July 22, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Dan

    He should be forced to pay her a financial settlement for invasion of privacy, slander, and numerous other offenses. He should be forced to liquidate his media assets if any, and perhaps his home as well.

    July 22, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. oldsoldierboy

    Breitbart and his followers are a bunch of dittoheads who are quick to call the people they oppose racist while denying that they are. The truth is hard to grasp for those who run from it.

    July 22, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Max

    a liar, and a punk

    July 22, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Tell it like it is

    She should tell him more than just he's a liar.....

    July 22, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. chuck T

    Andrew Breitbart is a maggot that targets people of low intellect so he can formulate in them the opinion that he gives them. They will swallow his propaganda hook line and sinker due to their inability to reason or disseminate fact from fiction.

    July 22, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Bobby

    A man with absolutely no impact or influence on anything posts a video on his website and the NAACP and the Obama administration react by firing this woman and now it is all his fault? Give me a break. There are thousands upon thousands of videos posted everyday by irrelavent people like this guy. I think what most of us that do not need any news media to tell us what to think know what this is. The NAACP and the White House messed up. Period. No other way to spin it for folks that can think for themselves. These are the folks that run our country, and shame on me for voting for them. They will not get my vote again. They messed up like they have on so many other things.

    July 22, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Peter T

    Now Breitbart tries to defend himself that he only wanted to expose the NAACP – but the video isn't even good for that: both Sherrod and the NAACP are not embarrassed by the full video, only Breitbart does, because he edited it to turn its meaning upside down.

    July 22, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Eric

    My wife and biological children are Hispanic, so I can't be racist. And yet I'm conservative, so I must be racist. This defies the rules of logic. It darn sure doesn't make me want to understand and empathize with the accuser's point of view. People talk of having racial dialogue. Healing dialogue comes from actual dialogue and not an accusation. There is a large difference between racism, bigotry, and cultural insensitivity. When you attack someone by labeling them racist, you lose the opportunity to gain common ground.

    July 22, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Seth Burnham

    I think we all know what Breitbart is about. Hope Fox loves him. He fits right in.

    July 22, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Alegna

    Breibart feeds off of the ignorance and fear of people. Whenever I see people at his rally's I feel sorry for them and annoyed with them all at the same time. He is a sorry excuse for a human being.

    July 22, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. DB

    Breitbart is clearly an unconscionable man. His readers are likewise amongst bad company. Here is one who rails against mainstream media, and then turns around and cooks up half a story himself! Why leave out the next statement which changes the whole context?

    July 22, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. GrogInOhio

    Love this lady more every time I hear from her.

    July 22, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. RinMaine

    She says he is a liar. At last, some truth in this story.

    July 22, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Buchab01

    I think it is time Breitbart was in hot water. These talking heads need to pay for this kind of crap.

    July 22, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. BobInIrvine

    Wow. Just look at the "corrections" that Breitbart issued. I hope Ms. Sherrod sues his butt into oblivion for defamation and false light.

    July 22, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. michael

    Breitbart should be afraid of the backlash. People are calling for a boycott of his sponsors such as Progressive Insurance.

    July 22, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. Nicole

    I believe these guys do not care about the consequences of their actions. It is the same when President Obama was running and they tried to use hate. She should sue Breitbart for attacking her character. People will never stop these types of behavior until they know that they will have to face some costly consequences. I still cannot believe that in 2010 we have a large group of people encouraging hate.

    July 22, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. saftgek

    Of course Mr. Breitbart is full of cr@p! What's news about that? Manipulating audiovideo media is classic of the ultra-Right Wing. Let's get on with life. Anyone with a functional brain knows the workings of what's between the ears of the ultra-Right!

    July 22, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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