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article imageFormer USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger Breitbart

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By Kay Mathews     Jul 29, 2010 in Politics
In the wake of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posting an edited video clip of Shirley Sherrod's speech at an NAACP chapter meeting, and her eventual ousting from the US Department of Agriculture, Sherrod announced that she plans to sue Breitbart.
According to CNN, Sherrod made her announcement in San Diego, California during an appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention.
As can be heard in the video above, Sherrod said, Breitbart "had to know that he was targeting me. At this point, he hasn't apologized. I don't want it at this point, and he'll definitely hear from me."
When asked about taking legal action against Breitbart, Sherrod replied, "I will definitely do it."
CNN reported that "Brent Bozell, head of the conservative Media Research Center, said Thursday Sherrod was the one who needed to apologize." Bozell said, "Andrew Breitbart is going to be fine. He's done nothing wrong."
The Detroit Free Press indicated that Sherrod shared "some down-home Southern wisdom" during the NABJ convention, noting that she invited President Obama and journalists "to visit Georgia and get a better sense of African-American history."
When asked to comment on Pres. Obama's claim made on "The View" that "the episode was the media's fault," Sherrod was quoted by the Detroit Free Press as saying:
It wasn't all media. It was Fox. If all media had acted like Fox, I don't know where I would be at this point and how I would be feeling.
Bozell responded, according to CNN, saying, "I also hope this champion of honesty will stop lying about Fox News which has been accused of pushing the story before full details emerged."
The "episode" referred to by Pres. Obama was Breitbart posting about two-minutes of Sherrod's 43-minute speech on his web site and Fox running with the clip. The clip suggests that Sherrod was exhibiting racist behavior, and she was forced to resign from her position with the USDA.
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