Shirley Sherrod

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Ag Secretary Personally Apologizes to Sherrod

She's considering a job offer from him

(Newser) - At this point, who can blame Shirley Sherrod if she wants to make the government stew a little? Agriculture chief Tom Vilsack said he personally called the ousted USDA employee today to apologize and offer her a new job, reports CNN . She was "extraordinarily gracious," said Vilsack, but... More »

White House Apologizes to Shirley Sherrod

It's still unclear whether she'll be back at work for USDA

(Newser) - The White House has apologized to Shirley Sherrod for its hasty firing of her over an out-of-context video. "Without a doubt, Miss Sherrod is owed an apology," said Robert Gibbs at his afternoon press conference. "I would do so on behalf of this administration." But will... More »

Is Breitbart the Villain Here?

Everyone involved seems to owe Shirley Sherrod an apology

(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
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USDA Reconsiders Axing 'Racist' Worker

Vilsack 'considering additional facts'

(Newser) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is reconsidering the USDA's decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. Vilsack will "conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts" about his decision to ask Shirley Sherrod to resign. Sherrod criticized the administration for... More »

NAACP: Fox 'Snookered' Us on Video

It retracts criticism of USDA worker, calls for her to be rehired

(Newser) - Now that the NAACP has reviewed the full video of Shirley Sherrod's speech, it has retracted its criticism of the former USDA employee and called on the government to restore her job, reports AP . The group, which initially professed to be "appalled," says it was "snookered by... More »

Andrew Breitbart Perfects 'White Victimology'

Website twisted USDA video out of context to play on conservatives' fears

(Newser) - Andrew Breitbart has played on the fears of conservative whites to claim another black victim, writes Tom Scocca for Slate . The latest is Shirley Sherrod of the USDA, who had to resign over a video twisted completely out of context. Sherrod—who wasn't a USDA employee at the time—was... More »

Farmer's Wife: Fired USDA Official Saved Us

Supposed racism victim defends her

(Newser) - The wife of the white farmer at the heart of the Shirley Sherrod controversy has come forward, saying she considers Sherrod her “friend for life.” Backstory: Sherrod lost her job over a video clip in which she said she hadn’t done all she could to help the... More »

USDA Employee Resigns Over 'Racist' Video

Sherrod says she didn't do all she could to help white farmer

(Newser) - An Agriculture Department employee has been forced to resign over an old video in which she says she didn’t do all she could to help a white farmer, because he was white. In the video, which first appeared on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government , Shirley Sherrod, the director of... More »

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