Andrew Breitbart is a douche. He’s a liar and a propagandist. He continues to work effortlessly to convince his readers that Shirley Sherrod is a racist. Breitbart just won’t let it go.
This week’s latest failed attempt to discredit Sherrod, involves Breitbart publishing the senseless ramblings of a man named Kevin Pezzi. Pezzi is supposedly a “doctor,” but I’ll believe that when I see the diploma and verify it with an accredited university. What we do know about Pezzi is that he’s a fool and himself a racist.
On August 3, Pezzi wrote a “column” in which he referred to people as “Japs” and “Chinks.” So naturally Breitbart asked him to write for his Web site BigGovernment.com, and to provide proof Sherrod is a racist, and Obama is too.
According Pezzi’s Facebook page, “Andrew Breitbart asked me to write for BigGovernment.com. I hadn’t contacted him or that site, so I assume one of my Facebook friends told him about my Shirley Sherrod article, which he liked. If you’re the friend who referred him, thank you!”
Breitbart was impressed with Pezzi’s two-part series on Sherrod which he warns readers to not jump too quickly onto the Sherrod bandwagon, because she violated the law when she spoke to the NAACP.
Sherrod complained, “Now, we endured eight years of the Bush’s and we didn’t do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black President.” That’s classic Sherrod in terms of its lack of eloquence, but it may also be a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity.
But as Media Matters pointed out, Sherrod did not violate the Hatch Act.
Pezzi doesn’t bother explaining why or how Sherrod’s sentence violates the Hatch Act, but if even Fox News’ Megyn Kelly — who loves a great fake scandal — doesn’t buy it, clearly, something is off.
If only Pezzi had done a little research; a quick search would have assuaged his concerns. A manual by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel — the agency tasked with enforcing the Hatch Act — titled “Political Activity and the Federal Employee” — specifically discusses the extent to which federal employees can express their personal opinions on “political subjects and candidates” under the Hatch Act:
Q. To what extent are [federal] employees permitted to express opinions on political subjects and candidates?
A. Employees may express their views publicly or privately about a candidate or about political issues. However, they may not engage in active campaigning for partisan candidates.
With regard to political questions and public issues, employees are entitled to express their views as citizens. In addition, employees are free to express their views and take action as individual citizens on such questions as referendum matters, changes in municipal ordinances and constitutional amendments. Issues involving highways, schools, housing and taxes are other examples of questions on which employees are usually free to take action. They can participate in meetings where these issues are discussed and they may join other citizens.
Google really is cool, huh?
In his Sherrod stories, Pezzi says unequivocally that Sherrod really is the racist that Breitbart wants her to be. Writing about her NAACP speech, Pezzi said, “Her smug smiles indicated that she clearly enjoyed having the upper hand over a white man. That’s racism.” Smiling is racism?
After pulling the stories, Breitbart said, “While we stand by the information contained in the articles we published, we do not wish to see the underlying issue confused or diminished by other work the author has done. We regret the error.”
The “underlying issue” is that Pezzi is a dumbass, but Breitbart stands by the “information” contained in the articles. You can learn more about the brilliant “doctor” here.