You remember Shirley Sherrod, the Department of Agriculture official forced to resign last year after über-conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a highly edited video that misrepresented an address she made to an NAACP group. Well, Breitbart’s been getting a lot of attention lately from left-leaning groups that are angry over a prime platform spot he was given on the Huffington Post’s front page.
On Wednesday, ColorofChange.org, an organization that seeks to strengthen the political voice of African-Americans, began circulating a petition asking its supporters to demand that publisher Arianna Huffington reconsider giving such plum real estate to the controversy-stirring blogger. In the petition letter, the group suggested that the Huffington Post’s planned effort to attract African-American audiences could fail as a result of promoting someone considered by many to be a race baiter.
After Breitbart slammed former Obama White House environmental advisor Van Jones as “human toxic” and a “commie punk”—and 43,000 petition signatures later—he’s being moved to a less desirable spot.
“ColorofChange.org applauds the Huffington Post’s decision to no longer give Andrew Breitbart a prominent platform for his so-called ‘journalism’. Breitbart, whose entire career is built upon ‘reporting’ lies and falsehoods disguised as news, should have never been given the opportunity to present himself as a legitimate journalist or opinion-maker,” said James Rucker, the organization’s executive director.