July 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
8 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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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. gt

    save your money ... the only one that will win is the slime ball attorneys

    July 29, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Paul

    You idiots check your facts. The White House asked her to resign before her name was ever mentioned on Fox. Check the lexus nexus. It's not the first time Lobama acted without reviewing the facts. Remember the police acting "stupidly". And if you guys are going to start sueing medai outlets for not showing entire videos ans statements you better warn, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS and this website.

    July 29, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Carmen, Miami FL

    Breitbart is just garbage, take him for every penny he's got!

    July 29, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Seattle Girl

    Good for her! I for one, am tired of conservative bloggers and Fox News editing so-called "news items" for shock value and to incite their bigoted audiences.

    July 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    GREAT NEWS!! I hope she wins and too bad she can't sue FoxNews as well. I'm sure she'll have little problem finding a lawyer to take this case.

    July 29, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. New Age Independant

    If she's smart, she'd take the job and shut up. All the blogger did was show the truth. It was obvious from both the full length video and the clip from the blogger that she did illegally discriminate against the farmer. In addition, she was racist in the way she told her story in the full NAACP video. As a father of a mixed raced family I found her actions appalling and a disgrace to everyone.

    July 29, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. barbara

    In order for her to sue she will have to say that he was dishonest in what he did and I do not think that she can show that. He did not edit the video he merely played one segment of it, It was not doctored. She DID say tos ehtings and memebers of the NAACP audience DID applaud when she said that she was racist against the white farmer. If she wants to show that she no longer harbors those kind of feelings then she come out and "testify" to the nation as a whole and NOT to just the NAACP. I saw the entire video and I do no tthink that her testimony persuaded ANY of the people to change their way of thinking. Shame.

    July 29, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. breitbart the liar

    He`s just a weak , sniveling bully. He needs to have the snot knocked out of him. I`d be glad to given the opportunity.

    July 29, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. susie

    I meant NAACP.

    July 29, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Sherrod makiong political hay for NAACP

    Howard Dean and the NAACP publicly blame Fox News for the firing of Sherrod. Conveniently, they omit a key fact - The White House asked for the firing of Sherrod before Fox aired any story or any video. Likewise the NAACP blasted Sherrod as a racist before Fox News had even mentioned the story. This is all political posturing with Obama behind the scenes trying to change the nationaL discussion away from the economy, jobs, and the war. SHAME

    July 29, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. a little sad

    TangledThorns July 29th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

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


    This woman was a private citizen, victimized by a media outlet that was fully aware they were defaming her.

    Why does that make HER awful?

    July 29, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. MikeH

    Boy, all the RepubliKlan and TeePee dung beetles are out in droves today, pushing their little turdballs around to all the ticker articles to leave their distinctive brown smear posts of hate.

    The RNC must have increased the amount of money these sick sycophants get for each of their posts. I wonder how much they paid Breibart to post his lies.

    I hope Sherrod wins her suit and Breitbart is ordered to pay big $$$.

    July 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Ben

    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. "

    You're just another Liberal conspiracy theorist. Maybe you should be arrested for making wild baseless accusations.

    July 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Augsbee

    People, this lady is smart, she knew what she was doing when she willingly resigned and didn't stand her ground. She even got Obama involved in her mess and embarrassed him. Sherrod owes Obama an apology for her imature behavior and not standing her ground as a grown woman that she is and demanded a meeting to explain herself. Nooooooo, she ran to cause to trouble to make $$$$$$$$

    July 29, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Steve in Denver

    It is about darn time these liars were held to account for their trash. Not a day goes by that someone doesn't forward to my wive some bogus piece of work from the right wing slime machine.

    Why is the right wing so obsessed with having a villian? Unions, ACORN, etc. I guess because they advocate policies that are repugnant and opposite to the interests of 90% of Americans?

    July 29, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER


    yeah too bad there aren't MORE people as AWFUL as this woman including the jerk that posted the video along with Limbaugh and the FoxNews clan. People like you could learn a lot from that AWFUL woman.

    July 29, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Grundoon

    Good for her!

    July 29, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. BobRoss

    How about she sue the people who actually had the authority to force her to resign?

    July 29, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Orlando Patriot

    Just go ahead and open THAT can of worms!! Should this be even considered by the court then Michael Moore will be sued next for his PURPOSEFUL editing and misleading statements and movies, Dan Rather sued for creating a FAKE report (and getting caught!!) about George Bush National Guard service, and many many more!!

    Breitbart was given a clip of Ms. Sherrod and played it NOT to point a finger at Ms. Sherrod but rather to show how racist the NAACP is as they applauded and cheered with each comment about how to screw "the white man". Her firing was NOT caused by the video but the incompetence of this administration and the USDA. We have a president that REACTED instead of studying the facts (this is not new and this fool of a president does this on a consistent basis).

    If she is to sue anybody it would be her useless boss and our incompetent president. THEY are responsible for her losing her job and admitted doing so offering her a similar job to make amends. She should sue the USDA AND this incompetent president.

    July 29, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Cat

    Good for her.... she needs to include Faux News to her lawsuit.

    July 29, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Marcus

    TangledThorns – If she did what you're saying what would you say about her in order to attempt to diminish her?

    Remember folks, he EDITED the video, making her say and act as she didn't actually did. He tried... attempted (right legalese term?) to smear her name and cause her harm (moral and financial).
    THAT is NOT protected by the First Ammendment...

    If he had just reported the incident (in its whole duration) THEN he'd be protected by the First Ammendment.

    July 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Simple Words

    Seems like the TEA Party and other conservatives have missed a crucial point. Free speech is a fundamental pillar of a functioning democracy. But there is a vast difference between "free speech" and "irresponsible speech." (Shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater when there is no fire is the classic legal example of "irresponsible speech.") Much of what passes for "news and commentary" on FOX and other conservative media is in fact "irresponsible speech"; it is designed to alarm, outrage or just plain lie without regard to consequences. When such events damage individuals or groups, the aggrieved should have access to redress.

    July 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Liberal4Obama

    Clean him up and then HIT Fraud News too.

    July 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Angus McDugan

    Ahhh yes... Let's sue someone. I guess she saw what kind of commercials are on day time TV after she got canned.

    July 29, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    GI Joe July 29th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

    She should sue Beck and Fox Noise also. Make the hate-mongers, the fear-mongers, the liars pay big time.
    While she at it sue Vilsack , the USDA, and the NAACP, and the President too, right? Visack and the USDA fired her, the NAACP condemned her even thought it was taped at THEIR event. The President supported the fring. BECK supported her! But don't let the fact confuse you!!

    July 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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