July 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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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. sammieb51

    Go Girl!

    July 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Jess C.

    Please don't stop there; go after the rest of the big fat liars on Fox "News" programs. Hard for me to actually use the word "news" in referance to Fox, because it so clearly isn't.

    July 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Angus McDugan

    Why not sue Obama too? Oh, that's right. Obama is off limits. I smell something political here as always with anything attached to Obama.

    July 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Hey Mr. Breitbart Looks Like It's Time To . . .

    Lawyer Up.

    And guess what kids?
    She can get punitive damages too.

    July 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. ST

    Go ahead Sherrod and sue him. There are some people who are happy to learn through the mistakes they make. Let Breitbart face the music he initiated! He deserves it.

    July 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes he deserves to be sued. He should have not edited the video to spin the facts. It was obvious her point was that she overcame her anger towards whites since her father was killed by Southern bigots.

    July 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Dale

    I have in my lifetime been the target of slander and I can empathize with her. Who among you has never said anything that could not be edited to make you look bad?

    The edited video was clearly intended to mislead the viewer. She should sue for slander, and I am pretty sure she will win.

    July 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Tim

    And embrace Obama.

    Did you hear, those in his administration acted "stupidly". But the king of Stupid has no fault.

    July 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Tim in CSG

    Right wing mouth-breather here. If she's going to sue him, shouldn't she also sue Obayme and the Ag Guy?

    July 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. usualone

    Go lady, go.

    July 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Tim

    Sounds like she's qualified to hold a government position. Fat, lazy, and looking for a handout.

    July 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Jane (Minnesota)

    Go for it and I hope an example is made of the blogger! Free Speech doesn NOT include taking statements out of context. I've always felt if you say it, you really should be able to support it with facts.

    July 29, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Tim

    So when Obama publicly pressured the Philidelphia police to terminate the officer who acted "stupidly", that was ok?

    July 29, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Donnatella

    She should sue, it's time that somebody made Fox News accountable for all the lies they tell on a daily basis.

    July 29, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Reborn

    Breitbart and Faux Noise spread media viruses that people react to and should be sued.

    July 29, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. worriedmom

    Well everyone has the right to sue whomever they want. Ms. Sherrod seems to have a knack of winning lawsuits.

    Ms. Sherrod if you have been harmed so badly why are you not suing NAACP and Dept of Agr??? oh i forgot you probably can't sue Dept of AGr. because you already drained money from them.

    July 29, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. nini

    Oh, and let me guess her lawyer was handpicked by the WH?

    @ GI Joe, the hate is coming from the likes of YOU not FOX.

    The hate is being fanned and created by Obama's administration to divide this country.

    Obama uses Race, Class warfare, demonizing Innocent people with not proof, he went as far as accusing our doctors of cutting legs for no reason.
    I have evidence for every item I listed , WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

    Facts are pesky little things but then again You fear mongers don't need facts you play on people emotion.

    July 29, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. thor

    Yeah,that's a great idea, sue Glenn Beck the one person in the media that backed Sherrod !!!

    July 29, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. chelka

    This big mouth racist is gonna sue again?

    She said what she said – in or out of context- the words flew out of her racist mouth.

    She's wrong and she knows it.
    She's a racist and she knows it.

    She doesn't deserve an apology from anyone and certainly doesn't deserve a dime.

    July 29, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Rob NY

    Good! Sue the pants off of him! And Faux, Fixed, Fake, Fox News while you're at it!

    July 29, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. buckwheat

    Here we go again......take that money from that evil white dude....wake up people, look at the people taking over our world!

    July 29, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    She should include Fox No News too! They are the ones who ran with the lie.

    July 29, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Melissa

    I hope she gets every ill gotten penny he has. Even more, I hope that the name Breitbart becomes synonymous with LIAR.

    July 29, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Dan

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

    She may well do that. This suit does not preclude others. But he libeled her and she deserves her day in court over it.

    July 29, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. doob

    Good on her. I hope she fies his but!

    July 29, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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