Sherrod: Fox News, Breitbart, and their supporters are “racists”

Posted by: ST on July 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

Wonder how the folks who have tried to turn Shirley Sherrod into a saint will feel after reading this today (via Memeorandum):

The woman at the center of the Andrew Breitbart/NAACP/Obama Administration/USDA/probably-Journolist-but-who’s-keeping-track-at-this-point scandal, Shirley Sherrod, spoke to Media Matters’ Joe Strupp today about the experience of going from cable news villain to heroine in less than 24 hours, and unlike many in the media, Sherrod is not angered by the White House or the NAACP: She’s reserving her outrage for Breitbart and Fox News.

Of Breitbart, Sherrod claims she did not know who he was before the scandal broke, and that she was not contacted for comment before the highly-abridged version of her speech. “He never contacted me,” she explains. “I think they intended it to be what it ended up being, a racist thing that could unite even more the racist people out there who follow them.”


She also accused Fox News of racism, telling Strupp that “they are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to… where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.”

I see she’s got her anti-“Faux News”/”raaacists are out to get me” talking points down pat. Why am I not surprised? As I noted in an earlier post, she took a nasty swipe at Republicans in the unedited version of her speech, calling them “racists” for opposing Obama, while the audience made clear their agreement with her smear.

More from Mediaite:

And– surprise, surprise– she wants to sue, but isn’t sure who to attack legally yet: “I don’t know enough to know. I wish I did. I would love to sue. I am going to talk about it.” Sherrod has a lot to be angry about, and given the number of frivolous lawsuits filed in this country, she probably has legitimate ground to stand on against, at the very least, the USDA for using this video to fire her.

The most striking thing about this interview is how aggressively Sherrod takes on Fox News, so much so that it eclipses her rebukes of Breitbart, who originally ran the video. As Bret Baier argued yesterday, Fox News didn’t cover the story before her resignation (aside from a few comments in their primetime opinion hour). What’s more, the day after her resignation, Fox News’ opinion hosts covered the story in a light favorable to Sherrod and unfavorable to the NAACP and the White House.

Shirley Sherrod, YOU owe Fox News an apology.

Now, excuse me while I got beat my head against a wall for five minutes.


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22 Responses to “Sherrod: Fox News, Breitbart, and their supporters are “racists””


  1. Kate says:

    I agree Sister….she has gotten the anti-Fox talking points down, just isn’t down with the facts. I had the opportunity to watch Glen Beck’s show the day after the story broke and is was more into defending her and attributing blame to the WH for not checking THEIR FACTS as he had to see that the Brietbart piece was taken out of context and incomplete.

    This morning she speaks with the Wise Ones on NBC’s morning show…big deal! I guess a book deal is an option as well as her need for legal redress. But, who will she sue? The Obama minions? Her superiors at the Agriculture Dept? Who has the deepest pockets? Oh, right, the US Taxpayer!!!

  2. Breitbart was right all along and this was a set up. Who are the real racists here?

  3. Neo says:

    Sherrod was free of the plantation, but decided to drink the Kool-Aid

  4. Lauren says:

    Acutally, if you watched ANY of the CNN coverage in which Sherrod was present yesterday, then you’d know that she reiterated several times she indeed felt hurt, disappointed in, and betrayed by the NAACP. She was definitely angry and offended by how they handled the situation, and clearly expressed that.

    As for the White House that had some elusive role in firing her — yeah right. Do you really think Obama, his aides or advisors had absolutely any clue what was going on at the USDA in reguards to Shirley? Absolutely not. You’re kidding yourself if you think Obama knows or has any hand in the hirings and firings of every single state employee. She’s not angry at Obama because she shouldn’t be. He had nothing to do with it. And you can bet that Sec. Agriculture wouldn’t have even thought to fire her if not for the smear tactics of biggovernment and Fox News.

    The blame is very much placed correctly.

  5. Bumr50 says:

    Ms. Sherrod’s previous background, the circumstances surrounding her hiring, and the USDA’s agenda may all play a part in explaining her sudden departure from the agency. These matters have not received much scrutiny to this point.

    An announcement of Ms. Sherrod’s July 2009 appointment to her USDA position at gives off quite a few clues:

    RDLN Graduate and Board Vice Chair Shirley Sherrod was appointed Georgia Director for Rural Development by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on July 25. Only days earlier, she learned that New Communities, a group she founded with her husband and other families (see below) has won a thirteen million dollar settlement in the minority farmers law suit Pigford vs Vilsack.


    Celebrating this woman as some sort of heartwarming story would be more racist than anything.She GOT the job during a shake-down, and now they’re practically BEGGING her back.

    Enough already.


  6. doanli says:

    How was the video a “set up”?

  7. Zippy says:

    So the very thing that she stated she learned from, which is racism, she is now claiming once again. So, that makes her racist all along, correct?

    Now the MSM is calling this whole incident race baiting, but never seem to call it such when they do it, which is ALL THE TIME..

  8. Carlos says:

    Please correct me if I’m wrong (with provable facts, please), but didn’t the local chapter of the NAACP have the only known copy of that speech?

    If so, then the “highly edited” version Breitbart got had to come from them.

    And if so, was it the NAACP (via at least one one its members) who set up Breitbart?

    And it still seems as though, in the speech in question, she is telling the story in a conspiratorial tone and getting nods, gestures and voices of approval. Until she reveals she went back later and really befriended the farmer. As if she were saying to the audience, “Looky here, I’m really one of you, you see, but to cover my backside I went back and helped him, all in a day’s work.”

    And by her reactions since her firing, I’d say she still hasn’t quite gotten over those racist feelings she explained “disappeared.”

  9. Zippy says:

    No matter what is said and done to rectify this whole thing Sherrod is still going to come up as the poor victim. She was forced (?) to resign and did so willingly. If she were on the up and up, she should have stood her ground.

    Bottom line is this: In this day and age, no matter who you are and what you do, once you do it in public, it becomes public knowledge and it’s up for scrutiny.

  10. Zippy says:

    @ Carlos, paragraph 4: It was relayed in a conspiratorial tone as you stated. She also stated that ‘he was trying to act as if he was superior to her’ which is HER perception. So in order to maintain her power, she didn’t do all she could. That to me sounds like a power play on her part, even though everything turned out fine for the farmer, she still abused her power. AND phrased it in terms of ‘black and white’.

  11. Sefton says:

    Acutally, if you watched ANY of the CNN coverage in which Sherrod was present yesterday, then you’d know that she reiterated several times she indeed felt hurt, disappointed in, and betrayed by the NAACP. She was definitely angry and offended by how they handled the situation, and clearly expressed that.

    People still watch CNN?
    And regarding what she said, I suppose that means we can expect a steep ‘pain and suffering’ lawsuit from her legal team against the NAACP.

    As for the White House that had some elusive role in firing her — yeah right.

    “I had at least three calls telling me the White House wanted me to resign.” – Shirley Sherrod

    Of course you obviously don’t know the facts on FoxNews’ role either.

  12. pagar says:

    Andrew Breitbart should be an American hero for exposing the few facts that exposed this disaster. Every American ought to be asking where the $300,000 pain and suffering award that the Sherrods won came from? Why winning a big law suit entitles one to a government job? There are thousands of questions about what is going on in this case that need to be answered.
    None of them have any thing to do with the actions of Andrew Brietbart or Fox News.

  13. ruralcounsel says:

    Sounds like nobody is coming out looking all that squeeky clean after this little political ping-pong passion play.

    Sherrod has outed the NAACP for its members racist behavior during her talk, followed by her own more modern version of leftist racist disorder. (The NAACP approach of smearing the Tea Party as racist and Sherrod smearing the Republicans and Fox News as racist are just the slightly more polished version of NBPP/Shabazz calling for killing “cracker babies”.) The NAACP, who always had the whole video, didn’t know whether they were coming or going. The USDA, either at the implicit or explicit urgings of the Executive Branch, has also jumped the gun and comes across as a puppeteer’s buffoon. But that is hardly surprising, given how intemperate and mercurial Obama is, and how those on his perimeter and periphery jerk to action at just the fear of his displeasure.

    A curse on all their houses!

  14. DaveO says:

    While we’re supposed to be looking at Sherrod, what’s going on behind the curtain?

    Claims of institutional racism by the NAACP, and of racist practices by its members will not be examined. That is important because many African-Americans view the NAACP as an authoritative source on what organizations are ‘safe’ for African-Americans to particpate in. If the NAACP is exposed for its hypocracies, it loses this vital power necessary to Dem elections.

    Breitbart, who’s videos have exposed so much institutional corruption and collusion within America, is now to be seen as dishonest, a smear agent. This provides rehabilitative top cover for ACORN, unions, and others examined by Breitbart and his people.

    Fox News remains on the defensive. That Fox is smeared is the norm. Is there every ANY occasion that the left don’t smear Fox? This props up CNN and the rest of the alphabet of DNC outlets because there are just enough gullible folks out there that believe CNN ABC CBS NBC MSNBC report ‘nothing but the truth.’

    To get back to what’s behind the curtain, I’d like to see Roger Ailes and/or Breitbart sue her first. Right now they are on the defense. I’m willing to bet there’s more to Ms. Sherrod than an innocent woman being slimed theme.

  15. Kunta Evans says:

    People can say what they want about what Andrew Breitbart did in posting the infamous video clip to his sight. What it did is expose the hypocrisy of modern liberal tactics which is the use of race for its own purposes. They would like to set themselves up as champions of racial equity. Instead what they have done is expose the fact that their main interest is to “snooker” blacks into giving them their votes to continue the parasitic arrangement they currently have with them (government dependence for votes) – a relationship that is inherently racist.

  16. puffpiece says:

    She was thrown under the bus by this administration and the NAACP. She deserved an apology from both of them.

    But that does not excuse her inaccurate statements in the ‘Media Matters’ interview.

    And she does have lucrative experience with lawsuits:


  17. Joseph says:

    I and many other conservatives had all this good will for her and she had to go and squander it. Obviously The One got to her. She deserves all the criticism she got, and then some.

  18. Tootnteh says:

    How’s that saying go…? ‘No good deed will go unpunished.’ Good luck suing Fox, Shirley girl……Get your timeline straight and figure it out…..Better just accept that ‘other job’ offered and fade away, a hero to no one, really…..

  19. Jo says:

    Unlike the Kool Aid drinker in our midst, I said the other day that she is racist. Her attack agasint Fox News is part and parcel of the Saul Alynsky playbook. As I said, “Sometimes you have to call a spade a damned shovel.”

  20. Zippy says:

    And if that ain’t enough, apparently Obama isn’t even black enough in his genes to understand the plight of the (southern) people.

    Now THAT’S the most ridiculous thing I ever hoid! *flicks cigar*