Shirley Sherrod sues Breitbart

@Taskr36 (13928)
United States
February 14, 2011 2:03pm CST
I know a lot of people predicted this, but I honestly thought she'd move on. Apparently, she saw dollar signs and couldn't help but sue Breitbart for showing a video that let the world know what a racist she was. Sure, she may have learned from her mistakes and not be a racist anymore, but she readily admitted her racism in her speech at the NAACP. So the charges she's suing under are: "defamation, false light and infliction of emotional distress," Defamation involves intentionally false communication that harms someone's reputation. Since all he did was provide a video, I'd say there's nothing false about what was displayed in that video. False light is funny because it's the same as defamation, except it covers things that are TRUTHFUL that harm someone's reputation if they are out of context which one could easily argue this video was. The only problem she'll have is proving malice. Without malice, she doesn't have a case and despite what many believe, she was not the target, the NAACP was. Nobody even knew her name before that incident. The infliction of emotional distress I can only laugh at and tell her to grow up. All he did was show a video of her explaining her past racism to the NAACP. She talked her way out of it then and I don't see her having any problems now. In reality, her career was not injured. She was actually offered a BETTER job after the incident and she came out looking like an innocent victim of the "Evil Breitbart". Breitbart's response is below: "Breitbart, meanwhile, said in a statement, "I find it extremely telling that this lawsuit was brought almost seven months after the alleged incidents that caused a national media frenzy occurred." He said he believes it is "no coincidence" that the suit was filed the day after he held a news conference calling for a congressional investigation into the settlement of a case -- Pigford v. Glickman -- reached more than a decade ago between the USDA and minority farmers." "Shirley Sherrod is a central figure to the largest single politically motivated fraud in the history of the United States. It's called the Pigford black farmers' settlement." Breitbart said Sherrod's husband and the couple's "defunct communal farm ... collectively were the largest recipients of compensation in that lawsuit." http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/02/14/sherrod.lawsuit/index.html
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@anniepa (26441)
• United States
22 Feb 11
Way to go Shirley! I'll sure be rooting for her to win her suit because if there's ever been a case for defamation this is it. I thought you didn't approve of edited recordings or videos, Taskr; "all" Breitbart did was provide an EDITED video that had been cut to make sure Shirley Sherrod came across looking like as racist and to leave out the part about how she'd learned she'd been wrong back then. Annie
@laglen (19783)
• United States
15 Feb 11
well her 20m minutes of self righteous fame had come to an end. It was time to bring it back.
@Rollo1 (16674)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Feb 11
I think it has everything to do with the Pigford corruption and nothing to do with her reputation. Besides, whatever she said that was after the end of the video, however she stated that she had changed her mind, it didn't change the fact that while she related her bias and her desire to never help white farmers, her audience was approving of that bias. If the White House was quick to act without investigating then her lawsuit should be against them for unlawful termination or something similar.