From Black Voices — What goes around comes around and Republican spinmeister Andrew Breitbart is about to learn that the hard way.
Former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official Shirley Sherrod is suing Breitbart for releasing a heavily edited video that led to Sherrod’s dismissal from her post. The scandalously edited video appeared to show Sherrod describing how she discriminated against a white farmer. Once news of the video hit Fox News, Sherrod was quickly denounced by everyone from the White House to Ben Jealous, head of the NAACP, and then she was fired.
Once folks viewed the unedited version of the footage, though, it was clear that Sherrod was actually talking about racial reconciliation. Sherrod talked about how she overcame her initial feelings and helped to save the farm of a white farmer. The pair eventually became friends.
By the time the true purpose of the speech was aired out, the damage was already done. In the suit, Sherrod said the video irreparably damaged her reputation. The USDA offered Sherrod another job, but she declined the position. Sherrod alsoreconciled with the NAACP.
Shamefully, even after the heavily edited video was exposed, Breitbart continued to try and smear Sherrod, Media Matters reported, claiming that Sherrod’s suit was filed because he’s exposed some sort of fraud in the Pigford V. Glickman case filed by thousands of black farmers who were discriminated against by the federal government. Sherrod and her family were one of the claimants in the case.