July 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Sherrod plans to sue Breitbart

Shirley Sherrod said Thursday that she plans on suing Andrew Breitbart.
Shirley Sherrod said Thursday that she plans on suing Andrew Breitbart.

(CNN) - Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will pursue a lawsuit against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Breitbart posted an edited video clip of Sherrod appearing to say she discriminated against a white farmer looking for assistance. The clip showed her addressing a chapter of the NAACP.

"I will definitely do it," she said when asked whether she was considering legal action. Sherrod made her remarks during an appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego, California.

Breitbart "had to know that he was targeting me," Sherrod said. "At this point, he hasn't apologized. I don't want it at this point, and he'll definitely hear from me."

Earlier: Sherrod deserved better, Obama says

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Filed under: Andrew Breitbart • Shirley Sherrod
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. some guy in New Hampshire

    And next the Tides Foundation can sue Glen Beck and Fox News for their role in inciting an attempted murder in which at least one police officer was wounded. There is such a thing as criminal responsibility. Hang 'em all.

    July 29, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hope she sues him for every worthless penny he has. Even better, shut down his website since it has proven to be a character destroyer.

    July 29, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. TangledThorns

    How about she sues the people who actually fired her?!? This woman is awful.

    July 29, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. mar

    Good for her. Sue this racist no good trouble maker.

    July 29, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Would Tim Mcveigh be a Tea Party hero today?

    Good,he should be sued,and Rush should be jailed for treason.

    July 29, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    She should sue Beck and Fox Noise also. Make the hate-mongers, the fear-mongers, the liars pay big time.

    July 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Good for her. And before all you right wing mouth breathers start screaming freedom of speech, Breitbart edited the video with an intent to defame. That's libel and that's illegal.

    July 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. DIANA

    Take him for every penny he has!

    July 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Chris - Denver

    I hope she wins.

    July 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Voice of Reason

    She wouldnt have a chance if it was just straight libel, because everything that was posted was true. But when he told people that it said something that it didnt that's when he got in trouble. You can put something out there that just gives an impression, but if you then try to sell it as something it isnt – you're toast.

    Besides, she's got the White House backing her up on this one. She's gonna win, and Breitbart will be out of business for at least acouple of weeks.

    July 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Beverly - NYC

    Great, Breitbart and his racist ilk deserve the full weight of a law suit. He used this woman's statement without knowing anything about her to make her something she wasn't , a racist like him. Breitbart could stand to learn a thing or two on judging people on the content of their character , just like Ms. Sherrod and the farmer who had the courage to speak out on her behalf.

    July 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Lucullus

    Good, make that lying SOS pay till his pips squeak! Drag his lying ass into court and make him try and defend all the lies he's told. With luck it will start a trend of holding the Jack Boot right responsible for the lies they tell about their opponents. She should also sue everyone else involved from Fox news to the White House. Maybe it will teach them to be a little more careful in the future about who they get their information from.

    July 29, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Ed

    Right on. Shut down Fox news and all right wing radio talk shows. Make it illegal to be a Republican. Install President Obama as a lifetime dictator. Then all our problems will go away and we can finally live together in the utopia we've all been waiting for.

    July 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. KImberly

    I LOVE the right wing SPIN here, YES the USDA jumped the gun and fired her, by believing the CRAP that this putrid man put out there, HE LIED PEOPLE!!! Why does the right NOT care that this man nearly destroyed her LIFE on this lie??? He should be FIRED! OH and right wing NUT JOBS, i am NOT surprised you back this pos, I mean, we the left ALSO went to war based on LIES by the right and STILL you blame us...pathetic disgusting vile right!

    July 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Shawn-Ga

    Good luck... problem is no one is mentioning that he DID have up the clip of her saying that this was a lesson she had learned. He did not only have the inflammatory parts. She will lose this case.

    For those of you who are surprised to hear this..... to you I say, Oh what is the matter you didn't know this? The media you watch left this part off? It is not a surprise to me.

    July 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Jessie

    Best of luck to you, Sherrod! As Americans we're entitled to free speech, but people like Breibart believe that they are entitled to say anything without taking responsibility for it. America is a great, wonderful nation. But, few Americans are willing to own up to their mistakes. This wasn't even a mistake! He deliberately edited a video to push poo into the NAACP's face by showcasing their alleged racist mentality. He presented that video as fact, when it was defiantly not fact. He should take responsibility for his slimy "journalism" and pay up for what he did.

    July 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. JonDie

    I'd love to be on the jury that sends BigGovernment.com and Breitbart into bankrupty.

    July 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Deborah/Kansas City

    I agree sue him and then Bill O'Riley and Sean Hannidy and Glen Beck and Fox "News". They should realize that they have a responsiblity to do more than spew hate and lies about people and that they will have to pay for doing that.

    July 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Shawn-Ga

    BTW for those who want to pin this on Fox news... they never aired the video or mentioned her name by the time she was forced to resign, if she needs to sue then sue the people who wrongfully forced her to resign....

    July 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    "Don't take the law into your own hands..take em to court"

    Good advice.

    Go for it.

    July 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    To Tangled Thorns – you are one low-life piece of racist garbage. I hope you meet your end in the worst possible way imaginable. See, I can hate just as good as you can.

    July 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. doug

    Fox and Glen Beck should be sued because Beck demanded Obama APOLOGIZE for having this lady fired and give her the job back. Obama, then did exactly as Beck told him, and he woudn't have without realizing that his little Alinsky game backfired as GLEN BECK WAS IN ON THIS LIB HATE FEST THE WHOLE TIME.

    She has no case here, but glen Beck has one against every single lib scum in America since they have all lied about him, not one person on the right has ever lied about Sharrod.

    July 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Baby Boomer

    Good for her. Absolutely the right thing to do.

    July 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. John

    You go, girl!

    July 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. jay1975

    It's funny to see such ignorant people here. She was fired a day before Beck touched the story...oh yeah and she was fired for her own words. Now she just wants a payout for being a bigot.

    July 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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