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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Simple yes or no.
    I have go with the others, had you said Andrew Breitbart, I would have given a definite 'YES." For defamation of character.

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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    She had no employment contract...I assume that because they wouldn't have fired her if she had...at least so fast. She was probably employed "at will." Thank God that, sans employment contract, employers can't be sued for firing people. Yikes!
    Actually, that is wrong. Many (if not most) states DO have rules about wrongful dismissal and employers CAN and ARE sued for violating them. A former employer of mine (when I was a student in Georgia -- a right to work state) was successfully sued for wrongful dismissal while I was working there.
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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I have go with the others, had you said Andrew Breitbart, I would have given a definite 'YES." For defamation of character.
    Yeah I have to agree.. it is a shame though considering it is fox news that was the primary source of the bull****. Poor woman victimised by the extreme right wing truly unbelievable they can get away with it.

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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Absolutely. If any supposed "news organization" FAILS to do the basic due diligence of their reporting, especially when it appears to be deliberate, as in this case, they should be held accountable for their slander and libel and be made to pay significant restitution for their clear and despicable attempts at character assassination.

    Righties have no honor.

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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Yeah I have to agree.. it is a shame though considering it is fox news that was the primary source of the bull****. Poor woman victimised by the extreme right wing truly unbelievable they can get away with it.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Uncola View Post
    Absolutely. If any supposed "news organization" FAILS to do the basic due diligence of their reporting, especially when it appears to be deliberate, as in this case, they should be held accountable for their slander and libel and be made to pay significant restitution for their clear and despicable attempts at character assassination.

    Righties have no honor.
    *sigh*
    Is anyone going to give any actual evidence that Fox had any role in this, and acted any differently than any other news station? Or do people just like to feel ideologically superior by trying to prove that people who disagree with them "have no honor", whatever the actual facts say?

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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    *sigh*
    Is anyone going to give any actual evidence that Fox had any role in this, and acted any differently than any other news station? Or do people just like to feel ideologically superior by trying to prove that people who disagree with them "have no honor", whatever the actual facts say?
    Are you trying to guilt me for disliking Fox news? I never claimed to be idiologically superior. Fox news digs it's own hole daily.

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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    I would imagine Fox can't be sued. I would think initially they would have said, "Breitbart reported this clip:" If anyone is to be sued, it would be breitbart. I doubt that she would have much of a case though. Of course, a lot of times it's cheaper to settle like O'Reilly did with Andrea Makris.
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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    There is no libel case against Fox News that I can tell, but there may be a case against Breitbart.

    Key to a libel case is the status of the person being defamed. If Sherrod is a "public figure" (like a celebrity or a politician), then the burden of proof is on her to show actual malice (that BigGovernment specifically intended to defame her).

    However, Sherrod is more likely a "private figure." She was speaking at a private event to a small crowd and works a behind-the-scenes government job. If she's deemed a private figure, then she only has to show damages and lack of due diligence on BigGovernment's part. If Breitbart's news crew went to press without taking the basic steps of fair journalism, and if that apathetic reporting caused her harm, then she might just a win a case against them.

    A few things have to be shown, though.

    Did BigGovernment attempt to contact her for comment? Did they contact the NAACP? Did they attempt to obtain the full context of the speech? Was there a pressing public need for the story?

    Just to clarify, libel is a civil suit. Bad journalism is not a crime, but it is a crying shame. Just from an outsider's perspective, Breitbart deserves very low marks.

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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Yeah I have to agree.. it is a shame though considering it is fox news that was the primary source of the bull****. Poor woman victimised by the extreme right wing truly unbelievable they can get away with it.
    Fox News Channel was not a source at all. They didn't report on it at all until after she had resigned. O'Reilly called for her resignation only because a) he wanted credit for the resignation or b) he didn't know the WH had already forced her to resign.

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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostlyJoe View Post
    There is no libel case against Fox News that I can tell, but there may be a case against Breitbart.

    Key to a libel case is the status of the person being defamed. If Sherrod is a "public figure" (like a celebrity or a politician), then the burden of proof is on her to show actual malice (that BigGovernment specifically intended to defame her).

    However, Sherrod is more likely a "private figure." She was speaking at a private event to a small crowd and works a behind-the-scenes government job. If she's deemed a private figure, then she only has to show damages and lack of due diligence on BigGovernment's part. If Breitbart's news crew went to press without taking the basic steps of fair journalism, and if that apathetic reporting caused her harm, then she might just a win a case against them.

    A few things have to be shown, though.

    Did BigGovernment attempt to contact her for comment? Did they contact the NAACP? Did they attempt to obtain the full context of the speech? Was there a pressing public need for the story?

    Just to clarify, libel is a civil suit. Bad journalism is not a crime, but it is a crying shame. Just from an outsider's perspective, Breitbart deserves very low marks.
    I completely agree, but you would think Fox would have learned their lesson when they aired the sham ACORN videos from Breitbart and James O’Keefe which have been discredited.

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