Is Breitbart the Villain Here?

Everyone involved seems to owe Shirley Sherrod an apology
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2010 12:24 PM CDT
In this image from video provided by the NAACP, Shirley Sherrod is shown speaking in March, 2010, at a local NAACP banquet in Georgia.   (AP Photo/NAACP, ho)
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(Newser) – The fallout from the Shirley Sherrod videotape continues:

  • David Frum, the Week: He think it's amazing that Andrew Breitbart, who accuses the liberal media of exactly this kind of distortion, has deflected the label of villain. "When people talk of the 'closing of the conservative mind' this is what they mean: not that conservatives are more narrow-minded than other people—everybody can be narrow minded—but that conservatives have a unique capacity to ignore unwelcome fact."
  • Jonah Goldberg, National Review: "I think she's owed apologies from pretty much everyone, including my good friend Andrew Breitbart." But Goldberg doesn't think Breitbart would have posted the video had he known the full context.

  • Andrew Sullivan, the Atlantic: "Good grief. He's bonkers." After hearing Breitbart suggest that the farmer's wife interviewed on TV could be a plant.
  • Ed Morrissey, Hot Air: Everyone involved (except Sherrod) "acted stupidly," from the NAACP to the White House to over-reacting conservatives. "I owe Shirley Sherrod an apology, and I do apologize for leaping to my conclusion from the edited clip. ... She lost her job because of a controversy in which she had no role to begin with and didn’t participate in, and regardless of any other considerations, that’s just not right."

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