Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee has cancelled a fundraiser with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is under fire for promoting an edited video that falsely portrays former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod as having boasted about discriminating against a white farmer looking for her assistance.
Breitbart was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills.
“We are working on scheduling and we fully plan to have another event scheduled soon based on our existing trips to California,” an RNC spokesman said in a statement sent to CNN.
The spokesman said the fundraiser was cancelled “To better capitalize on the fall fundraising season that happens post-Labor Day, while also lowering costs by utilizing existing trips to California.”
Breitbart has been under fire for posting the video clip of Sherrod that led to a rush to judgment and Sherrod's forced resignation. She was later vindicated when her speech to a chapter of the NAACP was shown in full. Sherrod said on Friday that she will sue Breitbart.
Update: An RNC spokesman tells CNN that Breitbart will be invited to the next California fundraiser this fall. “The invitation stands,” said the spokesman, who noted they are looking for “an alternative date.”
RNC is a big failure.
I am happy to see RNC do what's right....Somethings you should do based on principals...NOT politics and NOT money
They (the GOP) love his lies until he gets caught at them. The GOP is one big group of hypocrites.
This is prove that RNC supports lies,Racist ideology and cooking information to satisfy narrow devisive politics. This is disgraceful conduct of any political party leadership. Civilised world expect RNC to admonish or distance themselves from such extreme blogger but not to glorify him. This is shame of the highest degree.
I'm dizzy from the GOP spin.
So Michael Steele maybe does have a few brain cells.
The RNC can't even disavow Breitbart? At least everyone else said they were sorry...
The RNC must also drain the swamp instead of restocking it!
But this is something that CBS,ABC, MSNBC,CNN, do all the time!
Michael Steele and Breitbart together. What a dream for Democrats! Too bad Palin wouldn't have been included.
Clarification please: Is the RNC fundraiser with Breitbart canceled and to be rescheduled with our without Breitbart? If the RNC thinks that by canceling this event with Bretibart as the star and rescheduling it later, hoping that most rational Americans won't remember Breitbart as the Neocon Chief Goebbels-esque Propaganist, they are deeply mistaken. A photo with Andrew Breitbart and Michael Steele waving and smiling, arm in arm, at an RNC fundraiser would be a winning Democratic political ad worth its weight in gold.
Another fine example of republican values.
Breitbart = Yellow Journalism
About time somebody thought this guy shouldn't be representing anything.
In any event, if the GOP wanted to make inroads into the black community, this pretty much killed that effort for this election cycle.
Palin. Bachmann. Wilson. Breitbart. Every time something ridiculous comes out of these people's mouths, the RNC is all too eager to trot them out to fundraise. There's truth in that old idiom. One man's trash is the GOP's treasure.
Frankenstein ... Republican style
At first the Republicans loved to PRETEND that the Tea Party was a grassroots organization, and not a third arm of their party
They loved using it to bash the Democrats
Suddenly, when this monster they created, starts spewing the Republican hate, fear mongering, racism, and bigotry, that is the core of their party, like a faucet on full, they run from it like they never heard of it
The Republican party is the most disgusting example of POOR leadership this country has ever seen
Michael Steel is the biggest token in history.
RNC is a BIG failure.
Breitbart is scum. Anyone that would believe one word that comes out of this guy's mouth is hopeless.
They love them and use them....until they are exposed!
well in a way that's TOO bad because if he was getting paid to speak there he could have used that money to help pay off Mrs Sherrod when she SUES HIS PANTS OFF!
Why don't you just say the real reason you don't want him to appear...he is too TOXIC...even for you! What a joke!
Although I hesitate to attribute the actions of the RNC to decency or good taste, it is cheering to believe someone there still has some.
amazing how the RNC even tries to feign responsibility and accountability as an election nears