Who saw this coming? Shirley Sherrod, who got caught up in the matrix last week, announced to the National Association of Black Journalists that she will be suing conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart for his release of an edited piece of video that made it appear as if Sherrod had willfully discriminated against a white farmer. After the video popped up online via Breitbart and was played on FOX News, Sherrod claims she was forced to resign from her position with the USDA.
Sherrod though has shown that she holds a grudge against Breitbart, accusing him last week of stoking racists to attack her.
“He knew exactly what effect that would have on not only — he knew what effect that would have on the conservative, racist people he's dealing with,” Sherrod said in an interview with CNN.
Breitbart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Breitbart has not apologized for posting the misleading video, arguing that the incident was “not about Shirley Sherrod” and was instead about the NAACP’s accusation that the tea party has employed “racist tactics.”
Since her resignation a lot of people have walked around looking highly embarrassed, save for Breitbart, who doesn't know what shame is. He seems amazingly proud of getting a woman fired in his bid to shame the NAACP for daring to call folks who do racist things racist almost a year after everyone had already pointed out how racist that stuff was. I wish Sherrod luck in her lawsuit. I'm not optimistic about her chances.
Despite popular belief, it's pretty hard to win a libel/slander lawsuit in this country, even with things that look FRICKIN' OBVIOUS. For instance, one could argue that if she'd just refused to resign at that moment maybe she'd still have her job. Which is the "beauty" of the forced resignation. It's a way for your employers to get rid of you and avoid accountability. But I think she's got a case for the whole "dragged my name through the mud and caused me emotional harm" part. That part is PRETTY damaging. Any lawyers in the house care to weigh in on Sherrod's chances?