Monday, February 14, 2011

Breitbart Sued: Should Dana Loesch Be A Codefendant?

This weekend, conservative faux journalism huckster Andrew Breitbart was served with a lawsuit filed by Shirley Sherrod, who lost her job last year after Breitbart released selectively edited tapes that tried to suggest that Sherrod was racist and had discriminated against a white farmer. Sherrod claimed in her suit that Breitbart's smear campaign "has damaged her reputation and prevented her from continuing her work." Recall that Sherrod's actual story was that she initially didn't want to help the farmer, but then she realized that poor people were in the same boat regardless of race, and she ended up saving the man's farm.

I think it's fairly clear from Breitbart's original post and subsequent interviews that he was suggesting that Sherrod was racist. His contention that he was focused on the NAACP rather than Sherrod is irrelevant to that fact. And there were very few prominent people who served as enablers for Breitbart quite as much as Dana Loesch. Loesch has taken Breitbart's side on this incident from the beginning, and has continued to smear Shirley Sherrod to this day, to the point where even libertarian Penn Jilette felt compelled to say this to her:
Dana, don't defend bad edits, OK? Please, don't be a nut. I like the tea party. Please, give me a reason to stand behind you. C'mon Dana. Don't be f**king wacky!
Here's audio from Loesch's original interview with Andrew Breitbart after the video was released, where they are pretty clearly suggesting that Sherrod is racist:

Now my guess is that since Loesch, unlike Breitbart, didn't outright say that Sherrod was "being racist," she might not be legally liable. However, her actions are clearly morally reprehensible.

Meanwhile, our Lt. Governor-expected-to-run-for-Governor was busy gushing over Breitbart on Twitter....

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