Thursday, July 29, 2010


The mainstream media, and even not-completely-deranged right-wingers such as Peggy Noonan, think they know the consensus opinion of Shirley Sherrod now: she lived through brutality in the Jim Crow South, it hardened her feelings toward whites somewhat, but time and circumstance opened her heart. She's admirable, and America understands that now -- right? Noonan, even though she has some quibbles with Sherrod's NAACP speech, thinks it should be watched by every American high schooler.

But does Noonan know how much a lot of her fellow right-wingers hate Shirley Sherrod? Does the rest of the mainstream media? The people who, a few years back, wrote all those columns about "the angry left" -- do they know it? Do they understand that there's a Sherrod Derangement Syndrome out there?

We know it, of course. We know what goes on in the right's fever swamp. But the rest of America doesn't understand.

Today Sherrod told the National Association of Black Journalists convention that she's going to sue Andrew Breitbart. How much contempt, how much disgust, did this engender in the right blogosphere? Read on.

Dan Riehl at Riehl World View:

Good luck with that. But she does have a history of preferring a lawsuit to going to work....


The suit against Breitbart is going to bring up a ton of really fun stuff about her and her husband and about that lawsuit they settled. Congratulations Mrs. Sherrod every speech you gave, every statement you've made and your husband too is now fair game and will be out in the open for all the country to see....


Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee:

Oh Pretty Please... Shirley Sherrod Announces She Will Sue Andrew Breitbart

...[The] speech, viewed in its entirety, seems to suggest that Shirley Sherrod does in fact continue to struggle with racism....

She and her husband have profited immensely from race-baiting, and they both have racist and or race-baiting comments caught on video that they cannot deny. Discovery and a cross-examination by a good attorney are not something I think either Sherrod would want to address.

I think she's bluffing, but I kinda hope she isn't.

Dana Loesch at The Dana Show:

... Yes, Shirley Sherrod, go on with your suit. PLEASE. I LOVE hearing you talk on television. I know that the media didn't want to have you on any of the Sunday talk shows (racists!) because when they heard you talk a warning sounded in their a heads, a warning that went "no, no, no, No, No, NO, NO" but I love it. I can't wait to hear more about your Pigford settlement with this suit, I can't wait to see the phone records of when you were told to pull off the side of the road and give up your job, a move the White House thought would make folks walk away – but they didn't account for your mastery of the liberalized squeaky-wheel strategy, the very strategy they promote but hate used against them as you so artfully did. They didn't bank on you doubling-down on the race card and implicating the White House; now they’re stuck with you and they have to basically jog after you mumbling incoherently about how there is still racial tension and something about that 24-7 media cycle they love to use but hate pointed at them.

File away. It will be a smorgasbord of delight.

John Hawkins of Right Wing News:

Minute 16 Of Her 15 Minutes Of Fame: Shirley Sherrod To File Nuisance Lawsuit Against Andrew Breitbart

Shirley Sherrod, who seems to spend most of her time accusing everyone who doesn't agree with her of being racist, is going to try to sue Andrew Breitbart....

What is Shirley Sherrod going to sue Breitbart for? Showing a clip of her speech where she admitted to engaging in a racist act?

... this lawsuit, like Shirley Sherrod, is a waste of time.

These people don't just disagree with Sherrod's politics. They don't just think her tactics are inappropriate or her assignment of blame is off base. They hate her. Their awareness of her life experiences doesn't temper that hate. They think this lawsuit will end in her total humiliation, and that notion delights them.

This is the brave new right. The politicians these people champion may win the House and even the Senate this year, the White House two years from now. Does anyone in the mainstream press understand that that's the problem?

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