- Jun 14, 2010
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- Political Leaning
Simple yes or no.
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?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.
Timeline of Breitbart's Sherrod smear
July 22, 2010 7:38 am ET — 94 Comments
Media Matters has documented a timeline of Andrew Breitbart's smear of Shirley Sherrod, from Breitbart's initial posting of his deceptively edited clip of Sherrod -- which was amplified by Fox News and other right-wing media -- through the release of the full video of Sherrod's comments, which made clear the context of her remarks.
And if the people do not learn to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, then we will end up losing our precious "freedom of speech".No, because nobody lied. Providing part of a video isn't a lie. Even if it's not the whole video, it's still just a video, and it can only show what other people have said/done.
And Fox News didn't hype this story any differently than any other news station; THAT is more of a lie than the video was. But nobody should sue for it, because we have this thing called "freedom of speech"....
I agree though I doubt she can make a case to be honest. Not because there is no evidence but proving damages etc are difficult. I couldn't tell you the legalities around the subject. I honestly think if she can she should.If there is evidence for libel/slander then yes.
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.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!
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.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.
*sigh*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.