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Shirley Sherrod Back at USDA

But rather than return to old position, she will work on civil rights

(Newser) - Ten months after being forced out of the USDA, Shirley Sherrod is back. But Sherrod, who rejected an offer to return shortly after the Andrew Breitbart brouhaha, will have a new position as a contract employee, Politico reports. She will lead one of three field programs meant to improve the... More »

‘Distorted’ Breitbart Videos Cost Professor His Job

Out-of-context clips suggest teachers support union violence

(Newser) - Last year, his clip prompted Shirley Sherrod’s firing ; now, Andrew Breitbart’s video editing has driven a University of Missouri professor from his job. Adjunct professor Don Giljum taught a class on the history of labor that a Breitbart blogger called a “how-to college course on violent union... More »

Breitbart: Glenn Beck Betrayed Me

Conservative blogger decries 'nihilist Marxist' education system

(Newser) - Andrew Breitbart thinks Glenn Beck backstabbed him during the Shirley Sherrod fiasco. In an interview with the Observer , the conservative blogger says that Beck joined him in editing the infamous video and castigating Sherrod on the radio—only to suddenly do an about-face, publish the unedited version online, and demand... More »

Shirley Sherrod Sues Breitbart Over NAACP Clip

Suit holds blogger 'damaged her reputation'

(Newser) - Shirley Sherrod has followed through on plans to sue Andrew Breitbart following an out-of-context video clip he released last year that ended up getting her fired from her USDA job. The suit holds that Breitbart’s video "damaged her reputation and prevented her from continuing her work," Salon... More »

Juan Williams Flap a Shirley Sherrod Rerun

This time it's the left pushing an edited, misleading video clip

(Newser) - The Juan Williams controversy ought to seem awfully familiar—because it’s a complete rerun of the Shirley Sherrod debacle . Only this time, it’s left-wingers promoting an edited, misleading clip, writes William Saletan for Slate . The video, which was quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post and NPR,... More »

Emails Prove Sherrod Axing Too Hasty

Panicked officials didn't wait to get full story

(Newser) - Obama administration officials didn't bother to get all the facts before forcing Shirley Sherrod out of her Agriculture Department job, internal emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times show. After learning that a video that painted her as a racist had surfaced, officials moved swiftly to can Sherrod in time... More »

Obama Is Losing Black Voters

Bob Herbert: Expect Lower Turnout in November

(Newser) - Bob Herbert sees a growing "disenchantment" among black voters for President Obama and the Democrats. It's a real problem, he writes, even if it hasn't generated many headlines. "Most blacks are reluctant to publicly express their concerns about the president because they are so outraged by the blatantly... More »

Shirley Sherrod to USDA: No, Thanks

Ousted official declines return to Ag Dept

(Newser) - Just a month after she was unceremoniously hustled out the revolving doors at the Agriculture Department, Shirley Sherrod has declined an invitation back in. Sherrod met this morning with Tom Vilsack, who offered her a position aimed at improving the USDA's civil rights record. Sherrod said that while she was... More »

GOP Cancels Fundraiser Featuring Breitbart, Steele

Sherrod incident makes conservative blogger radioactive

(Newser) - The GOP has suddenly gotten cold feet about Andrew Breitbart, canceling a fundraiser later this month in Beverley Hills where he was to appear with Michael Steele. The RNC tells CNN the event was just being rescheduled for the fall, during one of its already planned trips to California, to... More »

Sherrod: I Won't Speak to Fox— 'Period'

Fired USDA worker has no love for the network

(Newser) - Shirley Sherrod won't be talking to the folks at Fox News about the out-of-context video that got her fired . "I will not give Fox an interview, period," she told the National Association of Black Journalists yesterday. "They had their chance to get the truth, and they... More »

Shirley Sherrod Suing Andrew Breitbart

Fired USDA worker going after conservative blogger

(Newser) - She's still considering a new job offer from the federal government, but in the meantime Shirley Sherrod will be suing Andrew Breitbart. The former USDA worker, fired after Breitbart aired an out-of-context video that depicted her as racist, told the National Association of Black Journalists of the pending lawsuit against... More »

Sherrod Frenzy Was Like OJ All Over Again

Simpson trial established mold for overblown stories

(Newser) - The media’s collective freakout over Shirley Sherrod was just the latest rerun of its freakout over the OJ Simpson trial, “a grotesque Groundhog Day set of conditions that occur all too often,” writes Mark Halperin of Time . Both were brimming with the kind of disputed facts, compelling... More »

Jackson: Breitbart 'Morally Wrong'

Pundits pile on White House handling of Sherrod affair

(Newser) - Lips were flapping about Shirley Sherrod all over the Sunday dial this morning, with Jesse Jackson calling out Andrew Breitbart as "morally wrong," reports Politico. He then slapped the White House's "tendency to buckle," in pressuring Sherrod to step down without "due process." Howard... More »

Limbaugh Goes After Fox News' Shep Smith

Says anchor 'caved' by not airing Shirley Sherrod video

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh is as unapologetic as Andrew Breitbart that Shirley Sherrod's message got twisted, and yesterday he bashed Fox News anchor Shepard Smith for his decision not to run the video when it first surfaced. "Even Fox caved on this. Even poor old Shep Smith went down there and... More »

Let's Teach Sherrod's Speech in Schools

Teenagers could learn a lot from this woman's message

(Newser) - People are throwing around the phrase 'teachable moment" in regard to the Shirley Sherrod controversy , but Peggy Noonan means it literally. When schools open in the fall, Sherrod's full speech—"which is about the power of grace and the possibility of redemption"—should be "required viewing in... More »

Andrew Breitbart: I'm 'Public Enemy No. 1'

Says the 'sainted' Sherrod hasn't been held accountable

(Newser) - Don't hold your breath waiting for Andrew Breitbart to issue an apology to Shirley Sherrod for the infamous video. Highlights from an interview with Politico :
  • "If anybody reads the sainted, martyred Sherrod’s entire speech, this person has not gotten past black vs. white." (NAACP has the full
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Sherrod Gets Call From Obama

Says she's considering suing Breitbart

(Newser) - Barack Obama put in a personal call to Shirley Sherrod today, trying to smooth over any hurt feelings from her abrupt dismissal. Just after noon, Sherrod got a text message saying that the president had been trying to reach her since last night, according to a CNN reporter who was... More »

Sherrod's Father Killed by White Farmer

Shooter was never prosecuted; Shirley became civil rights activist at 17

(Newser) - Shirley Sherrod's commitment to fighting injustice was sparked by the fatal shooting of her father, a black farmer, by a white farmer in 1965, in what was described as a spat over some cows. Sherrod was 17 when her father died—and an all-white grand jury declined to charge... More »

Sherrod 'Needs to Think' About New Job Offer

She's not sure how serious they are about civil rights at USDA

(Newser) - Shirley Sherrod has been offered a new job by the USDA, but says she needs to think about it. “I’m not so sure that going back to the department is the thing to do,” she told CNN . She said the job was “something in civil rights... More »

O'Reilly Apologizes to Sherrod...Sorta

More criticism is quick to follow

(Newser) - Bill O’Reilly actually apologized to Shirley Sherrod last night…and then promptly concluded she still shouldn’t get her job back. Though O’Reilly acknowledged that when he called for Sherrod’s resignation he hadn’t done his “homework,” he went on to make a case for... More »

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