The Week: Most Recent The Tea Party:Shirley Sherrod recent posts.en-usWed, 25 Aug 2010 18:45:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent The Tea Party:Shirley Sherrod from THE WEEKWed, 25 Aug 2010 18:45:00 -0400Why Shirley Sherrod refused the job: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Shirley Sherrod has turned down a new, higher-level post at the Agriculture Department, dashing the Obama administration's hope of patching up the embarrassing, racially tinged misunderstanding that cost Sherrod her job in March. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told Sherrod to resign after a conservative website posted video suggesting that Sherrod, who is black, had once withheld help from a white farmer. The clip turned out to have been misleadingly edited, and both Vilsack and President Obama personally apologized to Sherrod. Why did she decline the offer to come back? (Watch Sherrod's comments...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 25 Aug 2010 18:45:00 -0400Can Shirley Sherrod beat Breitbart in court?<img src="" /></P><p>Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she plans to sue Andrew Breitbart, the conservative media activist who posted a misleadingly edited video that made her appear racist. Breitbart has said Sherrod wasn't his target &mdash; rather, he was seeking to expose members of the NAACP who attack the Tea Party for racism yet and applauded Sherrod when she talked about withholding aid from a white farmer. Sherrod said Breitbart "had to know he was targeting me." Will she be able to prove that in court? (Watch Shirley Sherrod's announcement)<br /><br /><strong>Sherrod's lawsuit won't go anywhere...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 30 Jul 2010 10:41:00 -0400Should the GOP distance itself from Andrew Breitbart?<img src="" /></P><p>Conservative media activist Andrew Breitbart has been widely accused of race-baiting after posting a misleadingly edited video on his website suggesting that Shirley Sherrod, a former employee at the USDA, behaved in a racist fashion. With that controversy still raging, GOP party chairman Michael Steele is reportedly planning a fundraiser featuring Breitbart. It is it wise &mdash; or even responsible &mdash; for the party to associate itself with such a divisive figure? (Watch <em>The Week</em>'s Sunday Talk Show Briefing about the Sherrod affair)<br /><br /><strong>The GOP is nuts to embrace Breitbart now:</strong> The Republican...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 28 Jul 2010 09:30:00 -04005 things we learned from the Shirley Sherrod affair<img src="" /></P><p>The case of USDA official Shirley Sherrod &mdash; who was fired after she was (falsely) accused of reverse racism &mdash; is still playing prominently in the news, a week after conservative media force Andrew Breitbart made her a household name and the Obama administration made her a cause c&eacute;l&egrave;bre. Here's a look at five lessons pundits have extracted from the Sherrod debacle: (Watch <em>The Week</em>'s Sunday Talk Show Briefing about the Sherrod affair)</p><p><strong>1. Racial tensions can't just be ignored<br /></strong>Everybody seems eager to wrap up the Sherrod fiasco as quickly as possible, so "we can all go on...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 26 Jul 2010 10:48:00 -0400Shirley Sherrod mess: Best of the Sunday talk shows</P><p>&nbsp;</p><div ><div ><iframe rel="" src="" width="420" height="451" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 26 Jul 2010 09:40:00 -0400Should Shirley Sherrod sue Andrew Breitbart?<img src="" /></P><p>Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart has received a lot of flak (rightly or wrongly) for posting and promoting a misleading video clip of ousted U.S.D.A. official Shirley Sherrod, but he may have opened himself up to more than just criticism. Sherrod says Breitbart was carelessly "willing to destroy" her, and she is considering suing him for defamation. Would she have a case? (Watch Sherrod say she's considering legal action)</p><p><strong>Sherrod doesn't have a slam-dunk case:</strong> Sherrod can file suit against Breitbart, and "the most obvious claims would be false light and defamation," says law professor...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 23 Jul 2010 14:30:00 -0400What's your opinion on the Shirley Sherrod debacle?</P><p><noscript>Who's to blame for the firing of U.S.D.A. staffer Shirley Sherrod after she was falsely accused of reverse racism?<span >Market Research</span></noscript></p><div class="pollLink clearfix"><p>Click to see all of <em>The Week</em>'s most recent polls</p>Vote now</div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 22 Jul 2010 10:26:00 -0400Will Shirley Sherrod be Andrew Breitbart's downfall?<img src="" /></P><p>Ousted USDA official Shirley Sherrod received a round of high-profile apologies Wednesday &mdash; the White House, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the NAACP &mdash; but not from conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart, who posted the heavily edited video that thrust her into the national spotlight. <em>The Week</em>'s David Frum says Breibart should apologize, but won't, and will "survive" the incident "undamaged." But when even mainline conservatives think he went too far, can he recover? (Watch Breitbart admit he "feels bad" for Sherrod)</p><p><strong>This "galling" hit job cost Breitbart his media whip:</strong> Breitbart...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 22 Jul 2010 10:15:00 -0400Was Shirley Sherrod framed by the Right?<img src="" /></P><p>The controversy over ousted U.S.D.A. official Shirley Sherrod's comments on race just got more complicated. Sherrod resigned under pressure Tuesday after conservative Web publisher Andrew Breitbart posted a video clip of Sherrod, who is black, saying at a March NAACP conference that, as an employee at a nonprofit 24 years ago, she had balked at helping a white farmer. Sherrod was quickly forced to resign, but the NAACP has since posted an unedited version of her remarks that prove she was using her mistake to preach against racism. Was Sherrod framed by the Right? (Watch Sherrod's controversial...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 21 Jul 2010 14:30:00 -0400Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media<img src="" /></P><p>You want to see media bias in action? Okay &mdash; look at the conservative media reaction to the firing of Shirley Sherrod.<br /><br />Sherrod is the former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee fired for supposed anti-white racism. On July 19, Andrew Breitbart&rsquo;s <em></em> website posted a short video clip from a speech Sherrod had delivered to an NAACP gathering in March.<br /><br />In the clip, Sherrod confessed to having deliberately declined on racial grounds to help a white farmer faced with a foreclosure on his farm. She was immediately terminated by the USDA and condemned by the national NAACP...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-frum" ><span class="byline">David Frum</span></a>Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:10:00 -0400The latest Tweets about 'Shirley Sherrod'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 20 Jul 2010 11:29:00 -0400