July 20th, 2010
07:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Breitbart: 'This was not about Shirley Sherrod'

Washington (CNN) – Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who published video of a speech by former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, said Tuesday that his decision to release the video was not motivated by wanting to target Sherrod, the African-American woman shown in the footage talking about racially-charged matters at an NAACP event.

Instead, Breitbart told CNN he released the Sherrod video because he believes it shows the NAACP itself tolerates racist behavior within its ranks – a stinging accusation just one week after the civil rights group made a similar charge against the conservative Tea Party movement.

Related: Sherrod resigns after video released

"This was not about Shirley Sherrod," Breitbart said Tuesday in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA.

"This was about the NAACP attacking the Tea Party and this [the video of Sherrod] is showing racism at an NAACP event. I did not ask for Shirley Sherrod to be fired. I did not ask for any repercussions for Shirley Sherrod. They were the ones that took the initiative to get rid of her. I - I do not - I think she should have the right to defend herself."

Breitbart also described his decision to publish the Sherrod video as an effort to expose what he sees as the NAACP's hypocrisy when it comes to allegations of racism.

"[R]acism is used by the left and the Democratic Party to shut up opposition," Breitbart told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "And [by releasing the Sherrod video] I am showing you that people who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones."

And Breitbart also sounded off on claims by African-American congressmen that they had been greeted by racial slurs during a Capitol Hill protest earlier this year. The protest included Tea Party activists.

Related: House Republicans denounce slurs hurled at Democrats

The conservative blogger said the NAACP had "resurrected the false charge" that racial slurs had been directed at the black lawmakers in order to help justify the civil rights organization's recent resolution calling on the leaders of the Tea Party movement to condemn racist elements within their movement's ranks.

"[I]t is a manufactured political hit against the Tea Party because they're fearful that this group of people is going to amass going into November," Breitbart told King.

Related: Statement from Rep. Carson

Updated: 8:20 p.m.

Filed under: Andrew Breitbart • JKUSA • John King USA • NAACP • Popular Posts • Tea Party movement
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  1. Dave

    Ah, the interview of the the general turn into pieces by a leftist journalist was ok, but these pieces are not ok?!

    July 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Yawn. This was about editing a video to misrepresent what Sherrod said by taking it out of context that would show what she was really saying...plain and simple. All you have to do is fabricate the lie and send it out there to be believed with the right wing nutjobs. They don't give a flying rat's pink patoot what the truth is...all they needed was some fodder. Breitbart is a world-class liar and expert wielder of misdirection. This is well known. That's the primary problem. The secondary problem is that everybody in the MSM pretended not to know that, skipped doing any research because they didn't want to be "scooped" and just re-published his hack job willy-nilly without doing any research to find out if there was more to it. Tertiary problem? Well, again, people who would even bother frequently a site like Breitbart's don't give a crap if it's true or not...they just go there for ammo.

    July 20, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Brietbat is a very sick man.

    July 20, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Angie in Denver

    Partial truths are also lies.
    This tactic is gonna come back and bite someone in their conservative butts.

    July 20, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. coco

    Mr. Breitbart,
    It is about shirley sherrod. she lost her job. No, you did not directly fire her, but if you had not edited the video as you did she would still be employed. I like to think I have an open mind, but I cannot say that I was able to follow your reasoning. It seemed your are trying to prove a point and altered video to make your case. If you had a point or any credibility with reasonable middle of the road independents, you lost it.

    July 20, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Tina in PA

    Unfortunately Breitbart Shirley Sherrod is a person and you choose to use her in a negative way and she was affected in a negative way. Try again. You were being dishonest and that's not helping. I'm sure the probably are black racist people out there, creating a lie doesn't make you as a white person look good.

    July 20, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Gayle

    Breibart is a liar and I'm ashamed of this president who is not stepping up to the plate and denoning this. And I'm african American also.

    July 20, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Shirley in California

    "This was about the NAACP attacking the Tea Party and this [the video of Sherrod] is showing racism at an NAACP event. I did not ask for Shirley Sherrod to be fired. I did not ask for any repercussions for Shirley Sherrod. They were the ones that took the initiative to get rid of her. I – I do not – I think she should have the right to defend herself."

    Liar. It was ALL about your anger regarding the tea party (which incidentially does not deserve any caps).

    July 20, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Marty, AL

    If was her I would get me lawyer,so the next time bloggers and fox news would think twice about running doctored video.

    July 20, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. David Smarr

    Breitbart seems to be saying the video is NOT about Sherrod, but about the NAACP AUDIENCE's reaction when they thought she was saying she had prejudiced feelings about the white farmer. The audience applauded there. That's the point of the video, that the NAACP seemed to relish perceived reverse racism.

    July 20, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    my question is why didn't he release the entire video instead of doctoring it up? I am sure as much racism that exist in this country on ALL sides of the races that if he looked hard enough he could have found a TRUE one. Yet he chose to show snippets that I admit I even fell for and condemned this woman for. Breitbart should be ASHAMED of himself but I know he won't be.

    July 20, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Shawn-Ga

    Why is it she said these things in MARCH and the NAACP had nothing to say about it until it was aired on radio and TV? They cannot say they were unaware... it was an NAACP event she was speaking at. The NAACP is learning fast and I surmise will get further lessons on why people should not throw stones unless they are sinless. (Glass houses are apropos as well)

    July 20, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. eric

    Uh, didn't Mr. Breitbart just have a meltdown on CNN? Didn't he just accuse accuse the Spooners (who are now forcefully supporting Ms. Sherrod against charges of racism) of being plants? Seriously, the man is deranged and has a meltdown on CNN and you treat it as if it was a sane and rational appearance. It wasn't.

    July 20, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. roro

    Shame on Breitbart and Fixed News for purposefully deceiving everyone by choosing to show only certain segments of Ms. Sherrod's address. They are despicable and should be fined for deliberately lying to the public.

    July 20, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Dean

    Political tricksters have been around since this country was founded, but their mission was always to embarass another candidate. Mr. Breitbart's unsubtle mission is to make trouble, defame the political process and divide us from one another.

    I wish he and his ilk would find honest employment feeding the poor or something similarly selfless. Our politicians on both sides are quite adept at embarrassing themselves and the rest of us by extension. We're already divided into armed (literally, thanks to the NRA) camps, filled with distrust for the other side and disgust for the system.

    Breitbart, please go away.

    July 20, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    The only manufactured political hit was blown by Fox News and The Tea Party when they decided not to put out the whole video of that speech that Ms. Sherrod made. They left off the end where she put her feelings aside, and then decided it was not about black and white, but right and wrong. She then proceeded to work with this white family for the next 2 years and helped them keep their farm. The end of the story and the end of her speech was about unity. So how does it feel to have a good woman give up her career because of a political ploy? What does it say about the tea party when they can't find real examples of racism that they must manufacture it? Why is fox news on the air? It sure has h#ll has nothing to do with news. They invented the tea party, have lied about how important the tea party is, and now they are inventing fake racism to protect the tea party!! Wow, all I can say is wow!!

    July 20, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. George of the jungle

    the president did the only thing he could. Shut it down right away so the repos couldn't keep using this to further their agenda. You will probably find out this blogger was being paid by fox news. You know the net work that has three of its employees. Thompson Hukabee and Beck all being investigated now over that gold scam. The NAACP was right on this from the beginning . Teabaggers are a bunch of racist and you see it every time the news shows them or you hear their speaches.

    July 20, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. JLD

    Sherrod's video did not even come CLOSE to the racist expressed by Williams of the Tea Party Express or even the signs regularly carried at Tea Party events. The Tea Party would have much more credibility if it would just admit that it has a problem with racist elements within its organization and commit to trying to get rid of them. That was all the NAACP asked and instead of trying to attack the NAACP (with a story that is, frankly, not comparable to the racism the Tea Party has demonstrated), the Tea Party should make an effort to deal with its problem. Getting rid of an obvious racist like Williams was a good start.

    July 20, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Stee

    LOL, Epic Fail, Andrew

    July 20, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    "Breitbart: 'This was not about Shirley Sherrod'"

    But it took her down.

    Mr. Breitbart, can you really not tell the difference in sound between recognition and adulation? The audience identified with the speaker, nothing more.

    Without having their experience, you have no way of knowing their true feelings. Judge if you will, but we can never know their life experience and for myself, I'm glad.

    July 20, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Justin

    Funny how Mr. Breitbart says he isn't responsible when he writes an article that calls a long-time public servant a racist, plays a completely – and patently – misleading video to support his false claims, and in the process destroys her life, yet throws what can only be described as a hissy fit at Max Blumenthal for calling James O'Keefe (who had a blog in which he complained about being forced to be in proximity to minorities) a racist.

    The biggest thing about Breitbart is his shrill hypocrisy. He admitted context is everything, yet presented a context he could not have known or believed was accurate. Ms. Sherrod should sue him for libel.

    July 20, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Do we REALLY need to know this?

    I swear these are some pathetic excuses for human beings. You may not have asked for her to get fired, but you sure as hell got the smoke started to the point someone lost their job. CAN YOU IDIOTS UNDERSTAND THAT?!?!? You cost someone your job, you know the ones you claim Obama isn't creating and if she was one of those looking for a job and need benefits to get by, you would just say she's lazy, she doesn't deserve it.
    I swear these idiots that start this crap are nothing but a bunch of pathetic human beings and an embarrassment to this country.

    July 20, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. reggie from la

    Why is that name "Breitbart" so familiar? Sounds like a name associated with another "race to the bottom" campaign. Hmm. Interesting. I don't believe Ms Sherrod is a racist. I believe that if ever there was any justification for an idiot to be one, she has it. She has endured much. However, I think she would agree that she needs to take a more passive role with a microphone at her mouth and not go for so bold. A number of us should take a lesson here. Everything we say is not always welcome. That's ego. Appears her heart is in the right place, but her mouth, tsk tsk.
    As for you Mr Breitbart, you'd be great in HR. You always give employers just enough video to fire people and you're a liar.

    July 20, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Ndubueze Chuku

    Andrew Breitbart is a liar and a disgrace to human race. He showed just a portion of Shirley Sherrod's speech to portray her, hence NAACP as racist. If you watch the complete video, you will see that Shirley was making a speech on racial tolerance and understanding. And the whole news media just ran with the story. Even the white House did not verify thi story before jumping on the bandwagon to have this woman resign. This is a shame.

    July 20, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Viet. Vet

    If one believe that BS from Breitbart, I have this bridge in Alaska to sell you. Isn't he the same guy involved with the Pimp Tape on Acorn. He was following his wing nut agenda , what is more outragious the more it is being discussed the more his true intention surface, even the so call white farmer victim debunk and exposed this nut, another race baiting move by the haters and those bent on dividing America

    July 20, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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