Ciao: RNC cancels Breitbart fundraiser after edited video scandal
Update: Event was “rescheduled, not canceled,” Breitbart to get invitation
“The Republican National Committee will invite Andrew Breitbart to its rescheduled “big donor” fundraiser in Southern California, which had been set to feature the conservative columnist and online-media mogul, along with numerous California Republican politicians,” Ralph Z. Hallow reports for The Washington Times.
The fundraiser, planned for Aug. 12-14 in Beverly Hills, was postponed last week, a fact that was reported over the weekend by CNN, Politico and others and which led commentators to speculate that Mr. Breitbart had been dropped over the Shirley Sherrod fuss.
However, an RNC spokesman told The Washington Times on Sunday evening that Mr. Breitbart would be welcome at the event, set for after Labor Day.
“I don’t know Andrew Breitbart’s schedule for after Labor Day, but he certainly will be invited,” RNC Communications Director Doug Heye said, reiterating that the event “has been postponed,” rather than canceled as CNN reported.
Original story follows:
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The Republican National Committee has nixed a Beverly Hills fundraiser that was supposed to feature conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, after a slew of bad press following Breitbart’s attempt to portray a USDA official as racist using a bogus edited video.
Breitbart was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele. The party hasn’t signaled whether the fundraiser was canceled due to Breitbart or not.
Using edited video, Breitbart attempted to portray former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod as boasting about discriminating against a white farmer. Sherrod said on Friday she will sue the conservative blogger.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are working on scheduling and we fully plan to have another event scheduled soon based on our existing trips to California,Ã¢â‚¬Â an RNC spokesperson told CNN.
The spokesman added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“To better capitalize on the fall fundraising season that happens post-Labor Day, while also lowering costs by utilizing existing trips to California.Ã¢â‚¬Â
“Breitbart has been under fire for posting the video clip of Sherrod that led to a rush to judgment and Sherrod’s forced resignation,” CNN adds. “She was later vindicated when her speech to a chapter of the NAACP was shown in full.”
Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week.
Sherrod made the announcement in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention.
The edited video posted by Andrew Breitbart led Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask her to resign, a decision he reconsidered after seeing the entire video of her March speech to a local NAACP group. In the full speech, Sherrod spoke of racial reconciliation and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save his home.
Vilsack and President Barack Obama later called Sherrod to apologize for her hasty ouster. Vilsack has offered her a new job at the department, which she is still considering.