“You’ve Been Served!” – Sherrod Serves Lawsuit Papers to Brietbart at CPAC

Lat year Andrew Brietbart posted a doctored video of Shirley Sherrod resulting in her losing her job, and a huge scandal when it was exposed the video was selectively edited…

Mrs. Sherrod’s Process Server was on hand to meet Mr. Brietbart at CPAC.

Sherrod Sues Breitbart For Damaged Reputation

Blogger Andrew Breitbart has been sued by former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod who contends her reputation was damaged by Breitbart’s posting last year of an edited video.

The New York Timesreports today Breitbart was served with the lawsuit at CPAC Saturday. Sherrod contends in the suit that a video clip he posted last year “has damaged her reputation and prevented her from continuing her work.”

Breitbart, who first posted the clip on July 19, 2010, at his BigGovernment.com site, had been under scrutiny after it was revealed the clip misrepresented Sherrod’s message during a speech in March 2010 before a group of NAACP members.

Fox then posted an online article reporting on the clip, linking to Breitbart’s video. Breitbart did not seek comment from Sherrod prior to his report; Fox News also gave no indication that they had done so. She was forced to resign later that day.

Breitbart has recently claimed that Sherrod was not fired because of his video but because of her part in the 11-year-old Pigford case, in which black farmers sued for discrimination against the Agriculture Department.

He stated such a claim again on Thursday in an interview with Media Matters, in which he admitted he had no proof of the assertion, revealing it was a theory.

Breitbart responded to Sherrod’s lawsuit Saturday with an online statement that said, in part:

I find it extremely telling that this lawsuit was brought almost seven months after the alleged incidents that caused a national media frenzy occurred. It is no coincidence that this lawsuit was filed one day after I held a press conference revealing audio proof of orchestrated and systemic Pigford fraud. I can promise you this: neither I, nor my journalistic websites, will or can be silenced by the institutional Left, which is obviously funding this lawsuit. I welcome the judicial discovery process, including finding out which groups are doing so.

Sherrod could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.

Here’s hoping she also goes after Faux News for aiding and abetting in the crime.

Sherrod to Sue Brietbart

Even if the DOJ won’t do it’s job and pursue criminal charges, at least, like the OJ case there may be some justice in the Civil Court…

Let’s hope she doesn’t get an all-Republican jury.

Sherrod plans to sue Breitbart

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.” Continue reading

The HNIC Invites Brietbart to RNC Event

Just when you thought Mikkie couldn’t Tom anymore…

He raises the bar.

The RNC has scheduled a fundraiser where Michael Steele and Andrew Breitbart are the featured guests, and will speak at the opening.

A regular Uncle-Tom-athon…

TPM Exclusive: Steele To Hold RNC Event — Co-Starring Andrew Breitbart

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has a party fundraising event coming up in August that is scheduled to feature a very special guest: Conservative media activist Andrew Breitbart, according to a copy of the invitation exclusively obtained by TPM.

The fundraising event, billed as an “Election Countdown,” will take place from August 12-14 in Beverly Hills, California, and will also feature other politicians such as California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, and Nevada Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval. Steele and Breitbart are scheduled to co-headline a welcome reception on the first evening, August 12.

It’s certainly some odd timing for the RNC to be working closely with Breitbart, who, of course, has made headlines recently for circulating a video clip of then-Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod, an African-American, seeming to tell a story about how she would not help a white farmer who was down on his luck 24 year ago. Sherrod was quickly forced to resign last week. And as it turned out, the full video showed that Sherrod was telling a story about how she ultimately did not discriminate against the farmer — that this was a great turning point in her own personal story of race relations in the South — and she did help him. Indeed, the farmer himself has come forward to defend her and discuss their lasting friendship.

Sherrod has since received apologies from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and President Obama. Breitbart also said he felt sorry for Sherrod — despite the fact that he was the one who posted the questionably edited video in the first place.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye confirmed to TPMDC that the event is going on, but declined to comment further on the nature of fundraising events. We asked follow-up questions about whether Breitbart is still confirmed to attend the event, and also asking when this was first scheduled.

Heye did not comment further, but instead only referred us to the earlier confirmation of the event.

The Four Seasons hotel company, which owns the Beverly Wilshire, has also confirmed to TPMDC that the event is booked for those days, but was unable to confirm a guest list.

Andrew Breitbart did not return our requests for comment.

Come on down and get your award, Mikkie!

RNC Chairmain Michael Steele AKA the HNIC - for Sponsoring Event Featuring Andrew Brietbart

Time to Man Up, President Obama

In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe it isn’t unusual for political opponents to find their livelihoods destroyed, to be beaten or killed, or to be summarily imprisoned to be tried before kangaroo courts on manufactured or imaginary charges…

Zimbabwe is no different from dozens of other countries wherein the government has failed, or become so corrupt as to become the enemy of freedom and sanctity of a legal system supporting justice.

It used to be America was different.

The extreme racist right's media attack on the NAACP, ACORN, and Shirley Sherrod led by Fox News and Brietbart has become America's Kristalnacht

We have become like Argentina during the dark years, where the government cowered as right-wing gangs of thugs “disappeared” thousands of people who had the temerity to stand up, or were just inconveniently in the way…

Instead of the gun and billy club, gangs of right-wing thugs masquerading as media virtually “disappear” people like Van Jones and Shirley Sherrod in this country, which your administration cowers behind the locked doors of political expediency.

Your administration, through your decision not to prosecute the very criminal activities of the previous administration, and complete refusal to stand up to the criminal activities of the extreme right has failed in its role to protect the innocent, to protect free speech, or to ensure any level of justice.

You have become a shadow government, no different from that of Argentina which hid under the covers and cowered behind locked doors as thousands of their citizens were murdered in back alleys and tortured in fields.

Mr. Obama – you are an enabler.

Dear Mr. President: Time To Man Up

With all due respect, it’s time to man up. It is time, way past time for you to grow into the job you were elected to do, and promised to do. It is time to stand up and be the man we hope we elected. It is time to justify that hope, and the trust that was placed in you. It is time to pick up the mantle of history that has been entrusted to you and prove yourself worthy of carrying it forward.

Too much is at stake now. Too many people are beginning to think their faith in you was misplaced. What’s worse is you are proving them right.

Strike one was Van Jones.

Strike two was ACORN.

And now Shirley Sherrod had become strike three…

I’d like to add to that – No Criminal Charges in Firing of US Attorneys

The Bush “Justice Department” appointees and political hacks destroyed the Civil Rights Division, and made a complete mockery of both Civil Rights and impartiality – and your administration again, refuses to take a stand.

Your Administration sir, has become the embodiment of  the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller -

“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

Nobody is asking you to become a Robert Mugabe, suppressing free speech…

What we are asking, no demanding – is that you prosecute criminal violations of our laws impartially. And in this case impartially includes the criminal acts of Andrew Breitbart and Faux News in defaming, criminally maligning, and destroying the reputation and livelihood of innocent citizens such as Shirley Sherrod. It quite simply is time for your DOJ to live up to its ideals – and start prosecuting criminals

Even if they happen to be criminals on the right.

Now it is true, the partisan corruption and criminal malfeasance during the Bush Administration has left both our Department of Justice and Judiciary in shambles…

But you were elected to put that to rights.

Time for you to stand up for the majority that elected you – and end this rule of thugs.

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