|The lawsuits against him continues. Even though this agitator is dead, his assets would be up for grabs by those who sued him.|
The racist right lost an ally to their efforts. On February 29, 2012, after finishing his documentary Hating Breitbart, conservative agitator Andrew Breitbart was at a local spot in his hometown of Los Angeles.
Everything was cool until the early morning of March 1. After leaving his spot, he was walking home. He would.collapse and die on route to the hospital. He passed away of a heart attack.
I remember that four days before his death, he was on That Guy Who Helped Obama Win's program. He was promoting that devastating tape that could rattle the institutional left. A tape that President Barack Obama was shielding from the junk food media.
Everyone was caught off guard by this. Not many in the junk food media had heard of him. They knew he was the one who brought down ACORN, the community organization group the racist right believed "stole" the election from John McCain.
ACORN was being taped by James O'Keefe (aka ACORN Pimp), a right wing activist and his girlfriend at the time Hannah Giles. They would sneak into the community organization office as normal people and then turn around and put on a pimp and prostitute outfit. Their antics managed to shut down the community organization. Their antics managed to get them in trouble with the fired employees.
O'Keefe, Giles and Breitbart were forced to shelve out money after the tapes produced were found to be misleading and slanderous.
They heard of Breitbart being the guy who managed to embarrass Anthony Weiner, a longtime Democratic lawamker from New York. He got major credit for catching the lawmaker sexting women his penis. That led to the mighty fall of Weiner.
|Shirley Sherrod is the most high profile litigant against the estate of Andrew Breitbart.|
Now there's a real big story involving Breitbart. It comes in regards of Shirley Sherrod, the former USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) worker who was fired by the federal government after she was accused of saying offensive statements about White people.
July 19, 2010, Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from her appointed position as Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture because of administration reaction to media reports on video excerpts from her address to an event of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in March 2010 and commentary posted by blogger Andrew Breitbart on his website.
Based on these excerpts, the NAACP condemned Sherrod's remarks as racist and U.S. government officials called on the official to resign. But, when the story was understood to be about the NAACP audience reaction to Sherrod's story, and not Sherrod at all, the NAACP and White House officials apologized. In addition, United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack apologized for the firing and offered Sherrod a new position.
Sherrod would file a lawsuit for defamation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Andrew Breitbart, Breitbart.com TV chief Larry O'Connor, and a "John Doe," who, according to the complaint, is "an individual whose identity has been concealed by the other defendants and who, according to defendant Breitbart, was involved in the deceptive editing of the video clip and encouraged its publication with the intent to defame Mrs. Sherrod."
On April 18, 2011, Breitbart and O'Connor filed joint motions for dismissal on First Amendment grounds, known in legal circles as an "anti-SLAPP motion." The motion argued that Breitbart's "1400-word, July 19, 2010 commentary... that is the subject of Sherrod’s lawsuit" was in the context of a "months-long and very loud public clash between Tea Party conservatives and the NAACP and its allies in Congress."
The motion was denied, and on February 15, 2012, the U.S. District Court issued a six-page "statement of reasons" which accused Breitbart and O'Connor of wasting "a considerable amount of judicial and litigant resources" on their "'novel' if not overreaching motion."
On March 2012, Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure. He remained a named party in Sherrod’s lawsuit until August 2013, when Sherrod’s lawyers moved to name Susie Bean Breitbart, his widow, as defendant in the lawsuit.
In 2014, Sherrod's lawyers indicated that U.S. executive branch privilege may play a role in the suit
To this day, most on the racist right believe that Sherrod is a "racist". Her image was severely tarnished.
Tom Vilsack, the current USDA chief is being subpoenaed to court Lawyers for Sherrod and O'Connor said Friday that they had subpoenaed Vilsack for deposition earlier this week. They did so after U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said in a hearing Monday that Vilsack's testimony could speed up the conclusion of the case. The USDA referred calls to the Justice Department, which did not respond to a request to confirm that Vilsack had been subpoenaed.
When Sherrod's full speech to an NAACP group earlier that year came to light, it became clear that her remarks about an initial reluctance to help a white farmer decades ago were not racist but an attempt at telling a story of racial reconciliation. Once that was obvious, Sherrod received public apologies from the administration — even from President Barack Obama himself — and an offer to return to the Agriculture Department, which she declined.
Sherrod's lawyers have been pushing the government to release more documents and emails in an effort to get more information on her ouster. At one point, the judge said that deposing Vilsack, who has said he alone made the decision to seek Sherrod's resignation, might be a quicker route to the information.
The case is one of the first high-profile federal lawsuits to test bloggers' freedom of speech rights, and large news organizations including The New York Times Co., The Washington Post Co. and Dow Jones & Company have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the suit.
Sherrod's lawsuit says the incident affected her sleep and caused her back pain. It contends that she was damaged by having her "integrity, impartiality and motivations questioned, making it difficult (if not impossible) for her to continue her life's work assisting poor farmers in rural areas" even though she was invited to return to the department.
Lawyers for the bloggers argue the blog post was opinion and did not defame Sherrod.
The Breitbart empire is collapsing. Nothing of the shit is sticking to the wall. With the passing of Andrew Breitbart death, the company is left with no motivation.
O'Keefe, Giles and Dana Loesh left Beirtbart on sour terms. Joel Pollack went to Crazy Jones and InfoWars. Ben Shapiro left the company to jump onto agitator radio.