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

    Simple yes or no.

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

    Had you just said Breitbart, you'd have gotten a yes. The way your poll is written, I can't vote.
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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Had you just said Breitbart, you'd have gotten a yes. The way your poll is written, I can't vote.
    Yeah. Though Fox News "broke" the "story", everyone was talking about it. She should certainly sue the editor of the clip.

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

    Same here.

    But can she sue? Does she have a case? Fox news in their *news-reporting portions* never demanded she be fired or accused her of racism (that I'm aware of, anyway, I'm not sure - I don't sit and watch it) but I did see that individuals like O'Reilly did.

    I think she'd have a hard case, actually. . . she'd have to be able to prove that they intentionally destroyed her career and were quite intent on getting her fired.
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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Same here.

    But can she sue? Does she have a case? Fox news in their *news-reporting portions* never demanded she be fired or accused her of racism (that I'm aware of, anyway, I'm not sure - I don't sit and watch it) but I did see that individuals like O'Reilly did.

    I think she'd have a hard case, actually. . . she'd have to be able to prove that they intentionally destroyed her career and were quite intent on getting her fired.
    The easy answer is, "Yes, anyone can sue" Your second question is the real one! Ha! I'd say she may....it'd be a close call if I were on the jury. But who? Brietbart because he didn't adequately his source? (It'd be hard to prove he edited the video -- and I personally don't think he did.) Is he obligated to verify a story before he runs it? Hmmm..... Interesting, isn't it?

    Then there's the question of damages. What were her damages? Well, she was fired. That's pretty emotionally damaging, so I'd think she'd be entitled to 'emotional distress.' She was subject to ridicule. That's for sure.

    If not for the person who altered the video and Brietbart not verifying it before he ran with it, none of this would have happened. Her being fired and subject to ridicule were 'foreseeable consequences' in my book. I'd say somebody's going to take up the gauntlet. Brietbart's prolly got some hefty personal liability policies.
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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    That's true.

    Now - I'm not sure *when* I heard this (before or after things evolved into her being fired) - but I thought that Breitbart's intent with showing the film wasn't so much to accuse *her* of racism - but to point out how the *audience* reacted to that part of her story. . . she might have had a story that evolved in her speech but the audience appreciated her racist remarks.
    (Now - 'when' is essential, here - if he made this point before things erupted (if he made the point at all - it's 2nd hand, I didn't hear it) then that's against her possible case and in support of his motives. . . . but if he said this 'after' things erupted then it would just be back peddling and meaningless.)

    Sadly - all of the focus has been on her words, though (being a truncated video) were forced out of context.

    And none of the focus has been on the audience who approved of her initial race-based actions.

    As always - I prefer any questionable circumstance and dicey situation be taken to court where both sides will have to provide evidence and actually argue their case - I think it's impossible to make sound judgment if you don't have timelines and all the bits and pieces.

    I certain don't have all the bits and pieces.
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    Re: Should Shirley Sherrod sue Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for their lies?

    No, she should sue whoever wrongfully forced her to resign.


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

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

    And I keep hearing that the White House forced her resignation before Fox News even commented about it.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    And I keep hearing that the White House forced her resignation before Fox News even commented about it.
    Link please.

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