*Media Matters is reporting that former Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod said she has been receiving threatening calls and e-mail since a misleading video clip of her posted by Andrew Breitbart went viral.
“I am getting hate calls and e-mails at this point,” Sherrod said in an interview today with the liberal blog. “I got one call last night at my house at 12:30 a.m. that said, ‘you lost your job, good for you’ and ‘b****’ There are people out there who will believe that I am a racist person, even though the story is getting out there.”
“I got crank calls right away. Someone sent me an e-mail and link and said, ‘shame on you’ and other stuff. I was sitting in a meeting, and I was really upset,” she said. “I texted back that they were so wrong and that they need to know the message, and they got it wrong.”
Sherrod was fired by the Department of Agriculture and denounced by the NAACP over the video clip which appears to show her suggesting that she does not provide her “full force” in aiding white farmers. But a full video posted Tuesday night by an embarrassed NAACP clearly shows that Sherrod’s comments were taken out of context and edited to make it seem she was saying something she wasn’t.
Sherrod blamed Breitbart and Fox News for pushing the story that ended in her firing.
“The news media should tell it like it is and not the way they want it to be,” she said. “I think it is race. You think we have come a long way in terms of race relations in this country, but we keep going backwards.”
Below, CNN’s Tony Harris interviews Shirley Sherrod and Eloise Spooner, the wife of the white farmer at the center of the controversy, on Tuesday, July 20.