Diary

LA Times caught in yet another lie

Kind of shocking that they’d lie, I know

Patterico popped the LA Times writer Peter Wallsten attempting to blatantly change what John Cornyn of Texas said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” regarding probing further into past statements made by Sotomayor.

What Wallsten originally said;

Only days earlier, Cornyn said in a radio interview that it was “terrible” for conservatives to be attacking Sotomayor as a “racist.” But today, the senator did not reiterate those sentiments and pledged that he and other Republican lawmakers would probe deeply into Sotomayor’s past comments and rulings to see if her heritage colors her ability to make fair decisions.

What John Cornyn actually said is in the transcript. As Patterico points out;

Yes, he said Republicans would closely examine her record. But he never said that Republicans would seek to learn whether her “heritage” would affect her ability to be a fair judge. In essence, the paper is saying, Republicans are concerned that Sotomayor might be a poor judge because she is a Latina. That is an outrageous distortion of Cornyn’s comments.

Rather than focusing on Sotomayor’s ethnicity, Cornyn focused on Sotomayor’s statements and rulings. Cornyn said Republicans were concerned by Sotomayor’s ruling in the New Haven firefighters case, and her comments about how she would be a better judge because of her Latina heritage. The focus was on her actions and words, not on her “heritage.”

Now, however after apparently being called out on the obvious distortion, Peter Wallsten has without explanation or retraction changed his post to read;

Days earlier, Cornyn said in a radio interview that it was “terrible” for conservatives to be attacking Sotomayor as a racist. He did not reiterate those sentiments Sunday and pledged that he and other Republican lawmakers would investigate Sotomayor’s past comments and rulings to judge her fairness.

Wonder how that change looks in the print edition? So do I, since I won’t plop down money for that fish wrap called The LA Times. Guess they forget down there that fact-checking their rag is free online.