10:55 p.m., Aug. 31
In San Diego, Sherrod Says She'll Sue Breitbart
At a National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego today (July 29), ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod said she would sue Andrew Breitbart, the right-wing blogger who publicized a completely misleading video about her last week. Breitbart had posted selective parts of a speech she had given at a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) event. His editing made it look like she is a racist. (She is black.) The Agriculture Department fired her. Then after the full speech was posted, it was clear that Breitbart's twisted interpretation was the reverse of her message. The government apologized and offered her a job. The White House apologized. Even Breitbart expressed his regret. The nature of her expected lawsuit is not clear.