Breitbart’s defenders need a dictionary. Sherrod’s relative was lynched

While many conservatives rightly and promptly demanded that Andrew Breitbart apologize for his smear of Shirley Sherrod, some on the right have — inexplicably — kept up their crusade to prove that Mrs. Sherrod is, if not a racist, then a contemptible liar. It’s very odd and has had the effect of making conservative media outlets like The American Spectator appear unhinged.
In a piece on its Web site, the Specator comes to the conclusion that Sherrod told an outrageous lie in her NAACP speech when she said a relative had been lynched.

This is the Spectator’s proof, from Supreme Court documents:

The arrest was made late at night at Hall’s home on a warrant charging Hall with theft of a tire. Hall, a young negro about thirty years of age, was handcuffed and taken by car to the courthouse. As Hall alighted from the car at the courthouse square, the three petitioners began beating him with their fists and with a solid-bar blackjack about eight inches long and weighing two pounds. They claimed Hall had reached for a gun and had used insulting language as he alighted from the car. But after Hall, still handcuffed, had been knocked to the ground, they continued to beat him from fifteen to thirty minutes until he was unconscious. Hall was then dragged feet first through the courthouse yard into the jail and thrown upon the floor, dying. An ambulance was called, and Hall was removed to a hospital, where he died within the hour and without regaining consciousness. There was evidence that Screws held a grudge against Hall, and had threatened to “get” him.

So the Spectator apparently agrees that Hall was viciously beaten to death by law enforcement agents, including the sheriff. Still:

It’s also possible that she knew the truth and chose to embellish it, changing a brutal and fatal beating to a lynching. . ..The image stirred by the image of the noosed rope in the hands of a racist lynch mob was, to say the least, frighteningly chilling. Did Ms. Sherrod deliberately concoct this story in search of a piece of that ugly romance to add “glamour” to a family story that is gut-wrenchingly horrendous already?

I have no idea why the American Spectator would go to such lengths to prove that racist law enforcement officials actually beat a black man to death and were not forced to pay for his crime, in the service of attempting to make his distant relative, Sherrod, look bad.
It is certainly true that the widely perceived definition of “lynching” is to hang a person with a rope. Nevertheless, if this argument is really over semantics, here’s the definition of lynching, from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: “To execute without due process of law, especially to hang.”
That’s especially, but not exclusively.
Geez.

200 comments Add your comment

Sam (The Cool 1 )

July 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

The Cisco Kid and Pancho would have nothing to do with stuff like this. They are the the human race.

Billybob

July 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

You are missing the boat again Tucker. Watch the video and listen to the NAACP crowd and their reactions to what she is saying and that is what I think Breitbart was pointing out…..but at least it will help you to meet your weekly quota of articles based on race, so Congrats!

Chris Salzmann

July 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

CT SAID: Breitbart’s defenders need a dictionary.

CHRIS SAYS: CT, you give these slimeballs too much credit. You need to be reasonably intelligent and have the ability to read to use a dictionary. These idiots are neither.

Stonethrower

July 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

Give it a rest! These folks will never own up to it no matter what you publish in the editorial section. Facts are what people believe they are so no amount of proof you offer to the contrary will be acceptable.

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
4:57 pm

If the GOP had a dictionary they’d probably just burn it.

Dave

July 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

Ok, we get. Conservatives are racist. Next topic!

Mary Elizabeth

July 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

I listened to the full video of Mrs. Sherrod’s speech and I saw no evidence of racism toward whites in the reactions of the listeners, only their acknowledgement of her understandably human reaction to the severe racism toward black people that was present in the days after segregation in the South.
That Mrs. Sherrod choose to transcend her bitterness was remarkable. That is what should be the focus of attention.
A note to CONTRACTOR, a blogger from last week. Sir, although you said you would be continuing to write on this blog, I have not seen a posting by you since I addressed your remarks to Cynthia. I want to apologize to you for my anger, which may have come through my words.
I still think that you should be courteous to Ms. Tucker, and to bloggers, for that matter, but I also think you should express yourself. You said you thought America was on the wrong track. I disagreed and said I thought America was on the right track because, now, ALL people have a voice. That certainly includes your voice. In retrospect, I realize that I could have used better language than, “You, sir, should watch your manners.” That was rather harsh. Do come back and tell your story as to why you think America is on the wrong track. If I do not respond, it is because I do not often blog. I am sure others will respond to you. Your voice is as important to be heard as any other. I simply believe we all should show one another respect to others, without arrogance, myself included. And do not worry about grammar or syntax, it is your story that is important.

Class of '98

July 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

Another Tucker column about race. On an unrelated note, this morning the sun rose in the east.

Greg Brezina

July 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

Very few people know that a person can be lynched, but not hanged. Ignorance is not an excuse, though.

mackyjim

July 26th, 2010
5:13 pm

Breitbart saw an out and came up with “the reaction of the audience is my point,” angle. Kyle Wingfield fell for it.

ODDOWL

July 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

The word lynch is derived from the name Willie Lynch, a carribean plantation owner who met with southern U.S. slave owners on the James river in S.C. to instruct them on his methods of breaking enslaved African people and forcing them to act more docile. All manner of atrocities and inhuman brutality was used to acchive their goal. Andrew Breitbart attempted to lynch Mrs. Sharrod with his overt act of vile vicious racism. Breitbart’s picture should be placed in the dictionary along side the word RACISM. Andrew Breitbart behavior is the consonantal root meaning of the word RACISM. The only people who would defend Breitbart are people who are themselves RACIST.

Don't forget

July 26th, 2010
5:19 pm

Shhhhh, Cynthia don’t tell the conservatives about the dictionary! They’ve already re-written the Bible with their conservative bible, and history with with the Texas school books. Next thing you know we’ll be seeing words like refudiate, misunderestimate and nucular in the dictionary. The dictionary is about the last thing they haven’t redefined to suit their purposes.

Dave

July 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

Actually, my post should have said: “Ok we get it. Conservatives, and ONLY conservatives, are racist”. I mean, the only reason she was canned so quickly is because the administration is so scared of losing the white vote.

ctucker

July 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

Mary Elizabeth, Glad to have your reasoned voice on this site.

Billybob

July 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

Mary Elizabeth

Ms. Sherrod had no part in any of this rhetoric that has happened since she was fired. She was unfairly treated and most people can see this. We just see the same videotape in two different ways. Tucker, how about the fact that THE WHITE HOUSE, based on what the media might do or say, fired a woman based on nothing? They initially denied they were involved, and then Obama apologizes and finally blames the whole thing on the ‘24 hour media-cycle. These guys are supposed to be above this. This is Keystone cops at the highest levels of our government. I can’t believe that you don’t fundamentally see this……like so many do

ctucker

July 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

Billybob, Does Fox have a weekly quota of articles based on race?

Moderate Line

July 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

I am somewhat baffled by both the left and the right on this one.

I have seen the right defend firing her because they assert she violated the Hatch Act which I do not believe she did.

Based on the video she did nothing to be fired.

I was watching SBCNEWS This Week when someone stated Shirley Sherrod said “Andrew Breitbart wants to return to the days of slavery. ” Donna Brazille stated “Well, you know, I’m not going to — to second-guess Ms. Sherrod. I know her history.” so she can say such inf inflammatory things because of her history.

I was a little surprised that Donna would not condemn such a statement. I believe Andrew Breithart should apologize and now Ms Sherrod should also apologize for such a statement.

I still do not believe she should have lost her job. No one is perfect and she is understandably angry for what happen..

Mike K.

July 26th, 2010
5:46 pm

@Moderate Line
To me, you sure sound like a voice of reason compared to some other people here.

Billybob

July 26th, 2010
5:50 pm

You tell me, you have more access to that type of information than I do. Either way, I hope they don’t. While you are at it please check MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, BLOOMBERG, NYTIMES because I follow all of these as well. I then make my OWN mind up. With all due respect, I try to give you the benefit of the doubt….if you tried to see things a little less through the prism of race, you might find that even we have a lot of things in common.

Moderate Line

July 26th, 2010
5:52 pm

Mary Elizabeth

July 26th, 2010
5:08 pm
I listened to the full video of Mrs. Sherrod’s speech and I saw no evidence of racism toward whites in the reactions of the listeners, only their acknowledgement of her understandably human reaction to the severe racism toward black people that was present in the days after segregation in the South.
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I would somewhat disagree. I saw the entire video and also heard some people chuckling when she said she was deciding on how much she was going to help him. However, I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt since the rest of the video did seem to indicate any signs of laughter.

Moderate Line

July 26th, 2010
5:53 pm

I meant to say did “not” seem to indicate any signs of laughter.

Keep up the good fight!

July 26th, 2010
6:02 pm

Billybob…now how exactly do you “make up your OWN mind”. I’ll tell you very clearly, the NotsoBrightbart claims are not supported by the full tape. I watched the full tape and as someone trained to look at evidence, I sure would not present that tape in a court of law to support his claim. It would be malpractice. Do you have “other evidence”? In fact, “making up your mind” on many items is an overstated fallacy. Most people don’t have all the evidence. They have some news information. In some cases, like Sherrod, fortunately we have a full unedited tape.

Billybob

July 26th, 2010
6:03 pm

I make up my mind just as you do…thank you.

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
6:07 pm

Saw the tape….several times….searched it out on different sites in case the audio was messed with…..Nope nothing to support the claim.

Andy Breitbart is a liar. Time and time and time again.

You can fool some of the the people all the damn time if you appeal to the lowest common demoninator.

ctucker

July 26th, 2010
6:08 pm

Moderate Line, I think by that time Mrs. Sherrod was thoroughly exasperated with Breitbart’s lies.( She certainly didn’t say that in the NAACP speech.) I’m willing to let her slide, and I guess Brazile was, too.

Billybob

July 26th, 2010
6:11 pm

I knew at some point the name caller would appear. Thank you Granny Godzilla….

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
6:15 pm

BillyBob

Name caller?

Yep. When the name is apt.

Andy Breitbart is a liar.

However, I bet you are are pretty decent guy.

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
6:20 pm

Oh and BillyBob,

While I make supper may I suggest you google the you tube video titled
“Shocking video shows Brietbart’s true allegiance: Al-Qaeda”
It’s funny/snarky.

Let’s all play Liar Andy

Grumpy

July 26th, 2010
6:20 pm

Righties need to STFU about this whole issue. Every time they bring it back up they look more foolish. Everyone overreacted – the White House, the right wing, and the NAACP. But it seems like only the right wing wishes to constantly remind everyone how dumb they were. As someone who lines up right of center on many issues, I find this highly disappointing.

Keep up the good fight!

July 26th, 2010
6:29 pm

Billybob…calling someone a liar is not “name-calling”, it is a fact. Not even subject to dispute.

T-Town

July 26th, 2010
6:34 pm

While I would agree that the WH and the NAACP overreacted (and to be fair, me also), I think what Breitbart did (and for that matter the right) was take a snippet of Ms. Sherrod’s speech and run with it. IMO, this was what I would call a pay back for the NAACP’s moving to condemn certain fringe elements within the TP. It appears to me what Breitbart was doing was showing there is fringe elements within the NAACP that have racist tendencies to and Ms. Sherrod was being used as a patsy. Politics gets nasty as an election day looms.

Tech Man

July 26th, 2010
6:37 pm

CT and her liberal media counter parts are deploying electronic countermeasures to evade detection of the real issues. The preemptive action of countermeasures is directed to generally prevent lock-on of a threat sensor to a certain target. It is based on altering the signature of the target by either concealing the platform signature or enhancing the signature of the background, thus minimizing the contrast between the two.

The injection of race into the 2010 election cycle is a preemptive countermeasure to take the eye of the voter off of the real issues of jobs, the economy, the expansion of government oversight, the expansion of taxes, and on and on.

The issue with Shirley Sherrod is the rush to a knee jerk judgement by the Obama Administration not the American Spectator. However, that and the demands of the NAACP on the Tea Party are themselves defensive countermeasures to that the eye of the voter off the real issues.

Brantley24

July 26th, 2010
6:39 pm

It’s a matter of semantics, really. Words are often used to inflame, to stir emotions, to instill fear.

Lynching is extrajudicial punishment carried out by a mob, often by hanging, but also by burning at the stake and shooting

lynch: to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal sanction

It was President Obama who said words matter. Choose them carefully so as not to invoke or provoke.

hnf

July 26th, 2010
6:41 pm

Keep up the good fight!–(1) Evaluations concerning the evidentiary merit of a video are exclusively for the trier of fact (judge or jury). If that’s the only evidence a client has to prove some point in contention, not only would it NOT be malpractice to introduce it, it would be within the attorney’s ethical obligations to put it in. “[T]rained to look at evidence”? What does that mean, jury duty a couple times? You’re wrong. (2) Are you unable to comprehend the distinction b/w “making up your own mind” and a fully informed opinion? The former has nothing to do with the comprehensive nature of the evidence at hand; it merely involves the ability to form a conclusory opinion after hearing two or more differing views based on their substance, rather than the conveyors of the views. The “fallacy” of your logic belies you.

The American Spector clearly showed a lack of perspective with this one. Breitbart should apologize; he undertook responsibility for the video when he posted it, whether or not he had actual knowledge of its having been deceptively and maliciously edited. But, Mrs. Sherrod should also apologize for accusing Fox News of wishing for the return of days when blacks “were looking down, not looking white folks in the face”; that’s reckless and counterproductive. While it’s easily understandable that someone in her circumstance would lash out, it doesn’t excuse the comment.

F. Sinkwich

July 26th, 2010
6:43 pm

Yep, this was all Breitbart’s fault, yessirrie.

Who fired and maligned this lady?

Oh, yeah, lefties did — Obama and the NAACP.

Leftie response: Bang on Breitbart some more!

Pathetic.

Keep up the good fight!

July 26th, 2010
6:43 pm

Hmmm….Tech Man…I guess you are right. Just because FoxNews.com ran with it before resignation, that was the fault of the White House. And the claim that Fox News Channel somehow did not run the story before the resignation conveniently ignores that OReilly taped his show PRIOR to the resignation and demanded her resignation without investigation. That was the show that aired AFTER the resignation (purely chance). Oh yes, its the Dems who interject race with by making Rush play Barrack the Magic Negro, etc., etc.

Them Dems are so inept at running the government but they are so sneaky in forcing the right wing to dance to their tunes. Dance puppets dance.

F. Sinkwich

July 26th, 2010
6:50 pm

I think the libs are running scared. Our country recognizes their Marxist intentions and it horrifies them. Stealth is their friend.

Unfortunately much damage to our way of life has been done. Fortunately it’s repairable, but our renewal will take some time.

Keep up the good fight!

July 26th, 2010
6:54 pm

Sinkwich…. absolutely the Ag Dept rushed to judgment and was clearly wrong. They corrected their error and they apologized.

Notsobrietbart denied his original post then tried to lie about the story he was trying to bring out, which is not supported by the full tape. Moreover, he claims never to have had the full video but rushed in his conclusion. Not responsible journalism….oh but he is not. He is the same hack who ran the Acorn lies in an edited video.

Absolutely pathetic. I hope Ms. Sherrod sues and sues and sues. But who exactly is now challenging her story on the lynching….I guess its the Dems?

hnf — an attorney may decide to put it in evidence but that would likely be Ms Sherrod’s side. If the attorney’s only defense for Notsobright is the video, it’s a loser. While the jury and judge are ultimate deciders of fact, attorneys make judgments all the time about what evidence to present, what is credible and have an obligation not to present clearly false evidence. But hey, you put Notsobright on the stand and play the tape over and over again and ask him specifically to point out where the audience reaction was……watch the jury smirk.

T-Town

July 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

There is one thing that has me baffled, who actually took the original video? From all reports and from what Ms. Sherrod has said was that her speech was in March of this year at a local NAACP event. As I remember, correct me if I’m wrong, the TP didn’t get traction until after the healthcare bill was signed in May. So looking at Ms. Sherrod giving the speech in March I would have to believe a member of the NAACP video taped the event and the question would be what was done with it…..YouTube? Or did someone within the NAACP supply Breitbart, or someone he knows, with the tape. The true chain of custody would certainly be interesting.

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
6:57 pm

F. Sinkwich

Please continue to think the liberals are running scared.

Yep, stealth is our friend…….you look sharp today…..te he heee

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

Hey Cynthia, why did Obama support releasing the Lockerbie bomber?

jconservative

July 26th, 2010
6:59 pm

What Breitbart did was way beyond common human decency. All just to make a cheap political point. Now you have conservatives, who have plenty of real issues to attack/defend, wasting their time and eating their own words trying to defend a fellow conservative who is not worth defending.

I have been a political conservative for 50 years. But if Breitbart is the best conservatives can come up with today I may need to rethink based on the company now associated with the word “conservative”.

If conservatives do not have the intellectual ability to make a point without resorting to fictionalizing stories, then we deserve the liberal society we are now getting.

Mike McCollum (no alias)

July 26th, 2010
6:59 pm

Rather than discuss the issue of race, most of the comments seem to be attacking Cynthia. If a bird flew into a suburban Atlanta window, I’m sure most of the readers of the AJC would be quick to blame Cynthia for building a house in the flight path of a bird. In the same vein, Cynthia didn’t make up this Sherrod story. She hasn’t presented anything factually inaccurate. Fox was the first network to bring it up with headlines such as “Racism caught on TAPE!” The AJC is only too lucky to have Cynthia Tucker. I wish she was in the news section rather than the opinion section though.

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

Did I mention all liberals were given a key chain engraved with the diebold source code?

Stealth is our friend, nya ah ah… (think snidely whiplash)

Terrence

July 26th, 2010
7:01 pm

The NAACP’s inappropriate response can be found beginning @ the 7:13 mark and running through to 7:30. It begins with Mrs. Sherrod saying he (the white farmer) was trying to show me he was superior to me. The NAACP members responded with “that’s right — that’s right.” When Mrs. Sherrod said she was trying to decide if she was gonna help him or not, the NAACP members laughed. It was never about Mrs. Sherrod. It was about the responses coming from the NAACP members.

Keep up the good fight!

July 26th, 2010
7:02 pm

Granny….. oh yes…be very scared. Sharon Angle is leading the polls against Reid, right? Oh wait…….

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
7:02 pm

The original plan was to have the Lockerbie Bomber rent a room at your house…..damn you spilled the beans!

Tech Man

July 26th, 2010
7:03 pm

Keep up the good fight!,

Who was the employer that asked for the lady’s resignation. Fox News? Rush?

I thought David Ehrenstein, LA Times, coined the phrase, “Magic Negro”.

Regardless, the continuation of this blog post by CT and the continuation of this discussion is a countermeasure to take the eyes of the voter off the real issues in the 2010 election.

Keep up the good fight!

July 26th, 2010
7:04 pm

Terrence…the “that’s right” is there. The laughter is not. Try again

Granny Godzilla

July 26th, 2010
7:04 pm

Kamchack

Stealth update from O of O HQ:

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