First rule of tangling with Andrew Breitbart

Posted: July 19, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, opinion/news, tea parties
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When he says he has video. Believe him.

This is why the Democratic Party is scared. This is why the NAACP is scared. This is why black conservatives, previously marginalized as “Uncle Toms” by these progressive bullies, and shamefully, the NAACP, are coming out of the woodwork to join and, in many cases, lead the Tea Party movement.

Here is the video:

And at Hotair a little more:

Actually, if Sherrod had a different ending for this story, it could have been a good tale of redemption. She almost grasps this by initially noting that poverty is the real issue, which should be the moral of the anecdote. Instead of having acted on this realization — and perhaps mindful of the audience — Sherrod then backtracks and says that it’s really an issue of race after all. It certainly was for Sherrod, who admits that “I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do.” Notice that the audience doesn’t exactly rise as one to scold Sherrod for her racism, but instead murmurs approvingly of using race to determine outcomes for government programs, which is of course the point that Andrew wanted to make.

Will the NAACP try a copyright claim to stop this. If they are smart they won’t.

I suspect Breitbart has plenty of stuff like this in the bank like obits written for very old people ready to play the cards when the time is right. He must be murder to play poker with. Who wants to be the first to call a bluff of his? Not me.

Memeorandum thread here.

Update: CBS News has picked this up. Would there be any chance at all of any CBS network reporting on racism AT the NAACP? Sometime after the second of never.

The NAACP has to be really regretting this now but not as much as Shirley Sherrod is.

The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.

“There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. “We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.

Be afraid oh NAACP, be very afraid.

Update 2: Stacy comments:

Let’s make sure we all understand the principle involved here: Obama spends 20 years in Rev. Jeremiah “G–D— America” Wright’s church, and that’s no big deal. A low-level USDA appointee says bad stuff about white people and under the bus!

Score

Update 3: What a difference a full tape makes, egg on lots of faces, but if the NAACP had the tape all along isn’t it odd that they rushed to judgment on a woman who apparently deserves an apology?

Comments
  1. mantis says:

    Actually, the first rule of dealing with Andrew Brietbart is that he is a liar who has no problem editing video to dishonestly tar his ideological opponents.

    Where’s the beginning of this video? Oh, the beginning is conveniently edited out, because that would be where Sherrod sets up her story, talking about how she was working for New Communities, Inc. a community land trust started by Sherrod and her husband back in the 1960s. New Communities was “created to help African American farmers and their families gain economic independence in a turbulent time.” She was of course explaining how a condescending white farmer called her organization for help. Since the organization was focused on helping African American farmers, she referred the individual to another lawyer.

    This was not a government organization, nor was Sherrod in any way employed by the government at the time.

    You and your wingnut friends currently enjoying this latest rage-gasm would know this if you ever bothered to look anything up. Brietbard surely knows it, but he can safely assume none of you chirping morons will check up on it, but will instead parrot the dishonest smear.

    You guys are such despicable ******, and you’re all proud of it too. DIAF.

  2. mantis says:

    Additionally what specific facts are false in Breitbart’s statement at the link?

    It’s right there in the introduction…

    “Ms. Sherrod admits that in her federally appointed position, overseeing over $1 billion dollars, she discriminates against people due to her race.”

    That is a complete and total lie. Notice where she says that the story took place just after Chapter 12 bankruptcy was established for family farms? Andrew really should have edited that out. You know why? Chapter 12 was so established in 1986. What was Shirley Sherrod doing in 1986? She was running the New Communities black coop. She was not employed by the government. Andrew Brietbart is a liar, and you gleefully repeat his lies.

    I would also note that just last year the group successfully settled with the government in a class action lawsuit, Pigford v. Glickman, which awarded over $1 billion dollars to black farmers whom the USDA systematically discriminated against. That’s why New Communities, and other black farming coops in the south, existed. Because those people were getting screwed by racist government policies (provided by Ronald Reagan, natch).

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  5. dissident says:

    It seems like it’s in the scope of fair use to me. And she’s gone.

  6. Rational says:

    The whole story is BS.
    Brietbart has conveniently edited out the context , BUT here it is.
    Sherrod says this happened just after Chapter 12 bankruptcy was passed.
    That means the incident happened in 1986 when Sherrod was not part of the NAACP but head of a cooperative of small black farmers in Georgia. So we have a case of this white farmer looking for help from a black coop.
    She helped him
    Just not as much as she “could” if, HE HAD BEEN A MEMBER, and then she referred him to a LAWYER who COULD HELP HIM…. despite his condescending attitude.

    Her coop was in the middle of a billion dollar lawsuit at the time, because members had been systematically denied loans by – white – owned banks. A lawsuit they won, BTW.

    Some bigot. Breitbart needs to get better material.

  7. kahall says:

    (she resigned natch) /idiot

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  9. Well, the NAACP feels “her actions were shameful,” and they “concur with US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in accepting the resignation of Shirley Sherrod for her remarks at a local NAACP Freedom Fund banquet.”

    Context much?

  10. Red says:

    Maybe some of you didn’t notice Sherrod blathering on and on about her issues of ‘superiority’ in dealing with ‘the white farmer’? She repeatedly brings this up because she has an issue with helping someone other than a black person as she spends a lot of her speech bringing up the color of his skin more than his circumstance plus she is pandering to her audience at the NAACP by highlighting the fact that she isn’t going to put up with his efforts to make her feel inferior. She infers that he might as well have called her an ‘uppity negroe’ so I’m calling b.s. on your accusations of Brietbart’s censorship. You could cut this video any different way but the fact remains that those words come out of her mouth. She is a bigot who got caught because she opened up her big mouth and now she has no more job with the USDA. Good riddance.

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  12. Just to be clear, datechguy. My snark was directed at mantis and, ahem, “Rational.” It looked to me like “context!” was serving as proxy for “racist!” Not unlike “neocon!” has come to be proxy for “Jew!”

  13. mantis says:

    As I said:

    But Tuesday morning, Sherrod said what online viewers weren’t told in reports posted throughout the day Monday was that the tale she told at the banquet happened 24 years ago — before she got the USDA job — when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund.

    Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth of the story about how she eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm, and how she eventually became friends with him and his wife.

    “And I went on to work with many more white farmers,” she said. “The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it’s about the people who have and the people who don’t. When I speak to groups, I try to speak about getting beyond the issue of race.”

    Never believe a Brietbart video. It’s always a lie.

  14. And I provide as much evidence for the following assertion, when I say:

    Never believe what mantis says. It’s always a lie.

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  16. Robby Gonzalez says:

    Are the Libs seriously defending this vile, racist woman? Seriously??? Edited tape, taken out of context? Seriously??? Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.

  17. “Also, the white farmer at the center of story — allegedly the victim of Sherrod’s “racism” long ago — on CNN said Sherrod actually helped him tremendously and “saved our farm” and can’t imagine why people are claiming she is racist. These people are just “looking for trouble,” he testified. ”
    http://www.thenation.com/blog/37762/shirley-sherrod-case-media-and-white-house-fall-another-false-rightwing-scandal
    Breitbart is a proven LIAR. Breitbart’s timing of the release of his EDITED video was calculated deflect of the racism charge leveled at Tea Party members, while at the same time fanning the flames of racism that in fact exists among many Tea Party members.

  18. “Breitbart is a proven LIAR. Breitbart’s timing of the release of his EDITED video…”

    Hardly. He published all the video he had.

    “…was calculated deflect of the racism charge leveled at Tea Party members…”

    A mischaracterization. He was illustrating how the NAACP should tend to the log in their own eye. He goes into detail on this point in several hours-old TV interviews.

    “…while at the same time fanning the flames of racism that in fact exists among many Tea Party members.”

    Complete BS. Andrew Breitbart has nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by “fanning racism.” Nor does he have any personal motive, since he’s not a racist.

    But we see how you tried to link racism and the Tea Party again. That really the only play in your playbook, isn’t it? I guess it’s not surprising, then, when everyone you disagree with is a “racist.”

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  20. Bunni says:

    Breitbart set the bait perfectly and the RATS took it!