Smear: L.A. Times Lies About Cornyn’s Comments on Sotomayor (Update: Quote Sent Down the Memory Hole)

posted at 6:20 pm on May 31, 2009 by Patterico

Today the Los Angeles Times lies to its readers about Sen. John Cornyn’s statements on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Here’s what the L.A. Times says:

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.

The hell he did. 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.”

The transcript of Cornyn’s appearance is here. On a separate page, I have included every single comment that Cornyn made in this morning’s appearance, so you can see with your own eyes how this newspaper is lying about Cornyn’s comments.

Indeed, Sotomayor herself is the one who has claimed that her ethnicity and heritage might be relevant to her judging:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor . . . . “Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences,” she said, for jurists who are women and nonwhite, “our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”

Today, Cornyn actually said the exact opposite, telling George Stephanopoulos that it “shouldn’t make any difference what your ethnicity is.”

For the L.A. Times to claim that Cornyn pledged to examine whether “her heritage” would make her a bad judge is an outright fabrication by the newspaper, and they should be deeply ashamed.

The L.A. Times owes Cornyn an apology. Do you think he’ll get one?

Yes, that was a rhetorical question.

UPDATE: Looks like the paper got embarrassed by this quote and decided to send it down the memory hole. Now, when you click on the link above, the passage I quoted is missing. Luckily, I saved a copy and a screenshot. Details here.


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Have you written the paper directly and ask them for a clarification?

Terrye on May 31, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Why would Cornyn not pursue this with the L.A.Times? This kind of tactic will continue until the subjects of these smears start fighting back.

Dee2008 on May 31, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Surprise. The LA Times and liberal media distorting the truth to make Republicans look like monsters. I am shocked!

taney71 on May 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM

An apology would be buried somewhere in the back and made in less than 10 words. The true targets of this current story would never see it.

ladyingray on May 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Liberals will drive us apart until there`s civil war again.

ThePrez on May 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Have you written the paper directly and ask them for a clarification?

I have not written them. I know from experience that this is not the sort of thing they will correct. But you’re welcome to give it a go. The e-mail is ReadersRep@latimes.com. Be polite, but don’t pull any punches.

Patterico on May 31, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Have you written the paper directly and ask them for a clarification?

Terrye on May 31, 2009 at 6:24 PM

It won’t matter. If they clarify they will bury it in the newspaper where no one will see it.

Disturb the Universe on May 31, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Have you written the paper directly and ask them for a clarification?

Terrye on May 31, 2009 at 6:24 PM

You don’t know Patterico or the LA Times, huh?

misterpeasea on May 31, 2009 at 6:34 PM

The L.A. Times seems to have a habit of lying.

therightwinger on May 31, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Why would Cornyn not pursue this with the L.A.Times? This kind of tactic will continue until the subjects of these smears start fighting back.

Dee2008 on May 31, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I hope he does. You would think a Senator has some clout, and that a newspaper lying about what he said would elicit some outrage.

But Pelosi’s ability to accuse the CIA of lying and get away with that leads me to believe that the system is too corrupt to be fixed, and that it must come down.

JiangxiDad on May 31, 2009 at 6:35 PM

What do you expect from the newspaper that slams our troops with false stories and pictures all the time?

Ryan Gandy on May 31, 2009 at 6:38 PM

The LA Times is no longer a newspaper. It no longer practices journalism. They spike, bury and rationalize all the bad news for Obama. So blatant lying is just one more step in their descent into being part of the propaganda machine of the Obama administration.

Take note, Republicans and conservatives. They are conducting all out war on us by any means necessary. And they aim to bury us.

Loxodonta on May 31, 2009 at 6:40 PM

FYI – The article was written by Times reporter Peter Wallsten, who sat on the Obama-Rashid Khalidi love tape, and who also defended Rather at length over Dan’s fabrications.

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/31693_Peter_Wallsten_Hand_Over_That_Tape

Terry_Dyne on May 31, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Loxodonta on May 31, 2009 at 6:40 PM

I wish you were wrong, but you’re not. And that’s seriously depressing.

ladyingray on May 31, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Terry_Dyne on May 31, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Good catch.

Disturb the Universe on May 31, 2009 at 6:46 PM

S.O.S. different day. I hate the media.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2009 at 6:46 PM

He may have not said it but you know he was thinking it!!!!!!The Illiberati!!!!!!

- The Cat

MirCat on May 31, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Not the least bit surprised in any way.

LAT is no better than NYT. Both fishwrap and little else.

SilverStar830 on May 31, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Hey Patterico……..

……… Rumor has it that Bill O’finger is going to quote you saying;

“Sotomayor ….. a poor judge because she is a Latina.”

He will even have a screen shot from Hot Air………

……. Anything to wipe that egg off his face.

(yes, I will add the /sarc tag)

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Yes, as pointed out by Terry_Dyne, you could do a Google of “Peter Wallsten” and see he has quite the past, including an article about the resignation of Alberto Gonzales at the time, in Mr. Wallsten’s story it was because of the GOP’s hatred of latinos.

Marcus on May 31, 2009 at 6:49 PM

John Cornyn DESERVES this treatment.

He’s been crapping on Conservatives left and right – let the liberal press eat him alive – I wish them well.

Guy is an anti-democratic elitist who only cares about himself and his own power.

And you see what happens huh? He tells Conservatives they need to tone it down and the liberal press just makes things up. He needs to swallow the medicine.

This is a PALATE CLEANSER.

Enjoy it John. Have fun with your new friends.

HondaV65 on May 31, 2009 at 6:50 PM

An apology would be buried somewhere in the back and made in less than 10 words. The true targets of this current story would never see it.

ladyingray on May 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I propose a “Truth in Apology”Act. When a paper publishes an apology, the apology must be placed in the same location with the same sized headline font as the original story.
In other words, a REAL fairness doctrine for the print media.

Amendment X on May 31, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Journalism is dead.

Star20 on May 31, 2009 at 6:52 PM

I’d expect nothing more or less from any of the so called “newspapers” in this era. Beck is right to accuse them all of fascism. The shoe fits rather snugly does it not?

larvcom on May 31, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Frankly, I don’t care.

This is expected from today’s media.

And it’s a reality check for Cornyn.

Now, maybe he can go back to attacking Rush and newt.

Good luck.

artist on May 31, 2009 at 6:53 PM

I propose a “Truth in Apology”Act. When a paper publishes an apology, the apology must be placed in the same location with the same sized headline font as the original story.
In other words, a REAL fairness doctrine for the print media.

Amendment X on May 31, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Woah, front page corrections. I like it.

- The Cat

P.S. What do Judges do to lawyers that break the rules and then before the scolding, “Retracted.” Like to the abusing amount?

MirCat on May 31, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Why is everyone suddenly surprised? It’s not like the LAT hasn’t proven itself time and again as a bunch of smear-mongers.

But in spite of that – most of Republicans still want to play “nice” with the people who buy ink by the barrelfull.

And that includes John Cornyn – he wants to handle them with kids gloves. He wants to be nice to them while he defecates on Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich. Cornyn has more tolerance for his enemies than his friends. Does that sound familiar?

Let him bask in a situation of his own making. I’m not throwing him lifeline and no one should.

HondaV65 on May 31, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Yeah, that’s what he said.

But the LA Times knows what he meant to say.

Daggett on May 31, 2009 at 6:57 PM

These are the Times–(LA and NY), that try men’s souls. Both papers have committed themselves to obscurity

Rovin on May 31, 2009 at 6:59 PM

The Liberal takeover of our educational system is rearing it’s ugly head.

Jed1899 on May 31, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Before this nomination process is over the media will turn the racist comment made by Sotomayor on it’s head and paint the republicans who challenge her as a lynch mob acting like the Ku Klux Klan.

They think that is their calling, not reporting the facts. And the ignorant sheeple will eat it up.

Aren’t we all used to this by now?

fogw on May 31, 2009 at 7:02 PM

An apology would be buried somewhere in the back and made in less than 10 words. The true targets of this current story would never see it.

ladyingray on May 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Yeah, it’s tearing someone up with a machine gun and then apologizing for not having the safety on. The MSM do it all the time to conservatives. Another reason why the MSM is held in such contempt.

ddrintn on May 31, 2009 at 7:03 PM

FYI – The article was written by Times reporter Peter Wallsten, who sat on the Obama-Rashid Khalidi love tape, and who also defended Rather at length over Dan’s fabrications.

Wallsten, the filthiest part of the LATrines, lying? Shockah!

jgapinoy on May 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Before this nomination process is over the media will turn the racist comment made by Sotomayor on it’s head and paint the republicans who challenge her as a lynch mob acting like the Ku Klux Klan.

fogw on May 31, 2009 at 7:02 PM

The public can be gullible (look at last November), but I think in this case the majority knows better.

ddrintn on May 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Amendment X on May 31, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Excellent suggestion…which means, of course, it will never happen.

ladyingray on May 31, 2009 at 7:08 PM

The public can be gullible (look at last November), but I think in this case the majority knows better.

ddrintn on May 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM

You’ve got to be joking. The “majority” gave us President Obama.

fogw on May 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM

They had to make amends for criticizing the “Education establishment” in the paper.

mankai on May 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM

OT but did comments get turned off regarding the TILLER
killing?

My view:

Who knows who did this. I am willing to bet this guy made all kinds of enemies. If he was willing to screw over babies he would screw over anyone . So yes let us withhold judgment. AND EVEN if it turns out to be someONE in the anti abortion movement it is just ONE person

CWforFreedom on May 31, 2009 at 7:12 PM

The public can be gullible (look at last November), but I think in this case the majority knows better.

ddrintn on May 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM
You’ve got to be joking. The “majority” gave us President Obama.

fogw on May 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM

uh, fogw? That’s what ‘look at last November’ was about. helloooo

bridgetown on May 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM

“to see if her heritage colors her ability to make fair decisions.”

The hell he did.

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.

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on it’s shoes.
- Mark Twain

MB4 on May 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM

There is a simple reason why the MSM smears conservatives, or Christians for that matter. You see, conservatives and Christians are by and large law-abiding. It’s as simple as that.

That’s also why journalists tiptoe carefully around muslim radicals and extreme leftists… because they aren’t law abiding.

The dirty little secret that J-schools don’t want anyone to know until they have their tuition money is that far from bravely “speaking truth to power”, journalists make a point of attacking those who are peaceful and ethical, and meekly avoid offending those who might actually hurt them.

Another way of saying it is that journalists are cowardly little lickspittles that can only see themselves as heroes by going to the movies or lapping up their own lies.

drunyan8315 on May 31, 2009 at 7:16 PM

OT but did comments get turned off regarding the TILLER
killing?

My view:

CWforFreedom on May 31, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Oh nose…………

………… not again.

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Is this “Latina Woman” thing really a strong rope to pull or is it analogous to a pubic hair on a Coke can?

ericdijon on May 31, 2009 at 7:17 PM

The L.A. Times MSM seems to have make a habit of lying.

FIFY

mchristian on May 31, 2009 at 7:17 PM

L.A. Times Lies

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
- Adolf Hitler

MB4 on May 31, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Good spot, Patterico.

For the L.A. Times to claim that Cornyn pledged to examine whether “her heritage” would make her a bad judge is an outright fabrication by the newspaper, and they should be deeply ashamed.

The MSM got the formula down to a science. Make it up, repeat it consistently, via all the cross references it becomes what is “known” to be.

the LA Times knows what he meant to say.

Daggett on May 31, 2009 at 6:57 PM

as they like

maverick muse on May 31, 2009 at 7:18 PM

OT but did comments get turned off regarding the TILLER
killing?

You know why, right? Bill O’R is watching.

jgapinoy on May 31, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Politacal correctness is fear of saying what is true.

Sotomayor’s words and affiliations are racist. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck… While the L.A. Times is obvioulsy lying, their behaviour is no less outrageous than our elected officials not identifying Sotomayor for what she is.

Rode Werk on May 31, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Is this “Latina Woman” thing really a strong rope to pull or is it analogous to a pubic hair on a Coke can?

ericdijon on May 31, 2009 at 7:17 PM

The Coke seemed to be fiction based on some movie or play that was out at the time–it appears Hill made it up.
We’re not taking the Latina quote out of context–Soto’s speech emphasized the point. See the RCP post in the Headlines section.

jgapinoy on May 31, 2009 at 7:21 PM

LA Times can’t go bankrupt, financially, fast enough. It has already gone bankrupt morally.

rbj on May 31, 2009 at 7:23 PM

John Cornyn DESERVES this treatment.

He’s been crapping on Conservatives left and right – let the liberal press eat him alive – I wish them well.

Having watched “Big Bad John” a little bit from a distance, I admired him. Can you expound on & verify your claims?

jgapinoy on May 31, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Sotomanure to the highest court, parley-voo?
Sotomanure to the highest court, parley-voo?
She never could hold the love of a righteous man
‘Cause she gargles with hate and takes her baths in a talcum can
She has a foul temper and spews such a crock
And her face would stop a cuckoo clock
Hinky, dinky, parley-voo

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on May 31, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Journalism is dead.

True. Sadly however, the spirit of Joseph Goebbels lives on in the media in this country.

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/goeb54.htm

oldleprechaun on May 31, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Journalism related and very interesting, although make take a while to digest and analyze…

http://sandiegoreader.com/news/2009/may/13/cover/

califdreamnred on May 31, 2009 at 7:26 PM

My complaint to the LA times readers rep link was immediately returned – overloaded or wrong address?

LASue on May 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

This should teach Cornyn to make nice with the liberals and the MSM.

promachus on May 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

uh, fogw? That’s what ‘look at last November’ was about. helloooo

bridgetown on May 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Then why say this? ……

“but I think in this case the majority knows better.”

When did the same stupid majority stop drinking their kool-aid? Maybe you’ve seen a swing in the polls that I haven’t. Last time I looked the sheeple still adore everything Der Leader says or does. They are mindless. They get their news from leftwing media outlets and John Stewart. They do not, and cannot think for themselves.

fogw on May 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

The Lyin’ Ass Times is at it again.
They may as well falsify information and distribute it to their like-minded fool readers. God knows, if they actually told the truth about stories like this, they’d go out of business that much sooner.

n0doz on May 31, 2009 at 7:35 PM

True. Sadly however, the spirit of Joseph Goebbels lives on in the media in this country.

oldleprechaun on May 31, 2009 at 7:26 PM

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
- Joseph Goebbels

MB4 on May 31, 2009 at 7:35 PM

See the RCP post in the Headlines section.

It’s actually identified in Headlines as Steve Chapman’s post; he writes for RCP.

jgapinoy on May 31, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Rush, Levin, Hannity and Malkin need to start a major national conservative newspaper. Not only would it be a major journalistic success, but it would also be the final blow to these worthless, flailing, unprofessional, untruthful liberal rags.

ErinF on May 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

If it’s red, the scumbag liberal liars will call it blue, but only if it is somehow beneficial to them.

I hate the left wing media. It completely boggles my mind that there are so many people that are so stupid they take what they shovel eagerly and beg for more.

Completely disgusting.

Spiritk9 on May 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

This is only another preemptive fusillade to get make timorous Republicans quake in their boots at the very thought of asking Ms Sotomayor germane and cogent questions.

It is one thing to make statements like “We don’t want your kind of %^&*&%^&&* on our Supreme Court”. It is quite another to ask what she meant by her controversial, seemingly anti-white statements or her manifestly biased firefighter decision.As long as the questions, no master how tough they are, are confined to Ms Sotomayor’s past actions, the ONLY people pissed off will be people who would NEVER vote Republican, pissed off or not.

MaiDee on May 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Obama has the votes required for her appointment.

The mixed signals from Washington GOPs make no sense. The Senate’s vote for Sotomayor or any SCOTUS nominee should be based upon their professional record. No need to squirm just because hers is what it is. State for the record her fault in disregarding Constitutional Law, and vote against her prejudicial biases. Simple enough. State the case and vote accordingly.

That she’ll be appointed anyway is no reason to jump on a deconstructionist Marxist bandwagon. Though the snarks will argue here’s reason enough to get together.

maverick muse on May 31, 2009 at 7:38 PM

He should sue for libel and defamation.

Techie on May 31, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Yeah, I’m sure the LA Times will say that they meant the word “heritage” in the broadest possible sense. Still, the innuendo is quite clear and thus despicable.

radiofreevillage on May 31, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Some dogs will starve to death by not releasing the trapped bone…

ladyingray on May 31, 2009 at 7:45 PM

We’re not taking the Latina quote out of context–Soto’s speech emphasized the point. See the RCP post in the Headlines section.

jgapinoy on May 31, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Yes, I realize this – but is this rope strong enough to block her? I can’t see it. We could most likely find a news clip of anyone saying something (race subjective or whatever) glibly sans common sense. I just don’t see the blocking power this slip has.

ericdijon on May 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

They’re so obsessed with race that they can’t imagine anybody else not being so, even when they explicitly say the exact opposite.

Jim Treacher on May 31, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Techie on May 31, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Agreed. A libel suit, would be good. Though he would have to prove actual malice since he is a public figure. Actual malice is when, “a statement must have been published knowing it to be false or with reckless disregard to its truth.”
Yes, a libel suit would be fun.

Troy Rasmussen on May 31, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Has anyone noticed that Cornyn has changed his tune about putting up a more robust fight against Sotomayor by his constant mention of the unfairenss surrounding ‘Borking’ the nomination of Miguel Estrada two days after Rush Limbaugh made a huge issue of Estrada on his program on Friday and chastized Cornyn for throwing Rush under the bus, forgetting that Rush had once done a fundraiser for him.

technopeasant on May 31, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Actually, the LA Times are just laying groundwork for their government stimulus check. You won’t see one critical word come from these pathetic writers when they know their bread needs to be buttered. Obama just hasn’t figured out yet how to repay the media back for putting him in office without being obvious. Look for backdoor infusions of cash though his “mentors” like Soros and Company.

Rovin on May 31, 2009 at 7:52 PM

John Cornyn DESERVES this treatment.

HondaV65 on May 31, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Nobody deserves being lied about in a major media outlet. And Americans deserve to be able to read or listen to the news without parsing every word like the CIA has had to do with communist “news” agencies.

To me, this is a very serious precedent. I’ve experienced the lying and shouting down of dissent in academia. I’ve read about it in Hollywood. If it spreads into the news media, our country will be moving even deeper into a very dangerous uncivil war.

It’s been many hours since the Times posted that report. Yet Patterico, bless you, is the only one who has caught it and is reporting it so far, at least as I can tell from a Google news search a few moments ago.

So, where is the rest of the media on this? Where are the journalists standing up for journalistic ethics, accountability, integrity, and just plain honesty?

Or, is the entire industry so deeply protective of Obama, his agenda and themselves, they are willing to stand by silently and let an innocent man be slandered? And make no mistake about it, unless they speak out aginst such lies, that’s what they are doing, condoning them.

Loxodonta on May 31, 2009 at 7:59 PM

jgapinoy on May 31, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Good question. Honda’s criticism is far too brash. I’ve voted for Cornyn all along, but do not need to be Cornyn’s apologist because lately he is becoming progressively more “insulated” from his constituents, too Washingtonian for us at times, though probably exactly what he must be to get through the Congressional culture (of corruption). Cornyn still acts like he’s standing ground but confounds conservatives with the politicking. True enough, there is protocol for his senior GOP senatorial leadership position. But giving without getting is bad news, especially when dealing with Democrats. His good manners will neither get their respect nor their amicable attention. Bur for the record, he was being civil with them. And they are cads without regard for truth.

maverick muse on May 31, 2009 at 8:02 PM

The Times sees everything through its Lefty prism of reality. In its fantasy world, conservatives hate Hispanics because they’re Hispanics. Ergo, the only reason that Republicans might object to Sotomayor is because she’s Hispanic. If Cornyn didn’t actually say it, well, he was thinking it.

Knowing the essential (false) premises that the Left uses as the foundations of its worldview, it becomes an easy trick to predict the way that the L.A. Times will distort any news topic that touches upon politics or social issues.

The consistent inability of the Times’ editorial staff to see truth through a haze of Leftist shibboleths caused me to cancel my subscription many years ago. By the looks of its circulation numbers, I’m not the only one.

Cicero43 on May 31, 2009 at 8:03 PM

MSM smearing a Republican? As Blanche Devereaux said

SouthernGent on May 31, 2009 at 8:03 PM

The LAT lies de rigeur.

John and Ken have been all over them. At first they hid this lier’s article (you had to click on his portrait to find it), then they kind of edited the percentages…and they’re still lying about the speding/CA population growth stats.

Liers, liers, pants on fire.

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I propose a “Truth in Apology”Act. When a paper publishes an apology, the apology must be placed in the same location with the same sized headline font as the original story.
In other words, a REAL fairness doctrine for the print media.

Amendment X on May 31, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Funny you should mention that. I made precisely that argument in an op-ed published (ironically enough) in the L.A. Times in February 2005:

This is business as usual — not just at the L.A. Times but at newspapers nationwide. Yet for people whose reputations are harmed by false assertions, business as usual isn’t good enough. How do you think L.A. Times editors would feel if their reputations were unfairly smeared on the front page of a national newspaper? Would they be satisfied with a small correction hidden inside the paper? Not likely.

The Times can prove that it takes the journalistic value of fairness seriously by placing noteworthy corrections in a more prominent space. A substantive correction should be at least as conspicuous as the original article in which the error appeared. A correction of a substantial error in a front-page article should run on Page 1. The policy would make it more likely readers would actually see corrections of significant errors. It would give reporters and editors greater incentive to get stories right. And it would encourage more vigorous scrutiny for political bias, latent or overt.

Patterico on May 31, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Do you want to phrase things in a way that makes it EASY or HARD for media cretins to distort what you’re saying?
Patterico on March 5th, 2009, regarding Limabaugh’s “I hope he fails” comment

Hey Pat, so does this mean it doesn’t matter how Conservatives mince their words? Looks to me like MSM will twist it to their advantage no matter what we say.

I guess Cornyn should of just called her a racist, like Limbaugh did.

CultureWar on May 31, 2009 at 8:05 PM

“So, where is the rest of the media on this? Where are the journalists standing up for journalistic ethics, accountability, integrity, and just plain honesty?

Loxodonta on May 31, 2009 at 7:59 PM”

There in New York…………..

………… covering ‘Date Night’.

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2009 at 8:07 PM

They’re as in “they are in”……..

…….. my bad.

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2009 at 8:09 PM

I promise you in two years time, thanks to Osamabamalism, there will be such domestic and international turmoil that the last thing on an Hispanic’s (or any one else’s) mind will be that some senator spoke harshly to a SC nominee this year.Soaring inflation, continued high unemployment coupled with rising crime and a nuclear-armed, threatening Iran are only starters.

MaiDee on May 31, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Hey Pat, so does this mean it doesn’t matter how Conservatives mince their words? Looks to me like MSM will twist it to their advantage no matter what we say.

I never said they don’t, and have often said they do.

The question is whether we make it easy or hard for them to do so — and whether we make it easy or hard to show how they have distorted our words. The clearer we are, the easier it is to demonstrate the distortions when they occur. Here, for example, if Cornyn had worded his complaint badly, it wouldn’t be so goshdarn easy to show that the LAT lied.

Patterico on May 31, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Loxodonta

Hats off to Patterico. Conservative news requires real journalism, and spreads via the internet. So God’s speed!

If it spreads into the news media, our country will be moving even deeper into a very dangerous uncivil war.

With Obama’s election, the MSM officially admitted they are in the Obama DNC tank. They ALL got on the bandwagon and are driving the bandwagon. Yellow journalism is their acknowledged bandwagon, and they love it with every smug and deceitful gesture.

Of course that they agree in majority rule to abuse their Constitutional protection doesn’t make it right.

And Cornyn really must make his stand, as THE stand we can all back, that those reporting news are absolutely responsible for what they say and write, to be absolutely truthful or be ruined. Yes, I know the “ruined” part is dramatic. But there has to be some room for political compromise while holding to the enforcement of truthful journalism.

That Obama is going to absorb the media into the federal government only ups the ante right now. Standard for truth.

maverick muse on May 31, 2009 at 8:16 PM

It’s the LA Times. It’s surprising they manage to get their own name spelled right on the masthead.

califcon on May 31, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Another good example of why “playing nice” with libs/media does not work. They will just make stuff up.

echosyst on May 31, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Cornyn is my senator, my favorite of the two. I don’t care for Kay Bailey too much. However he does occasionally disappoint me. Especially on Mexican issues. One of the realities of life here in Texas,hispanics do make up a large portion of the electorate.
I was wondering earlier this week how he would respond to this issue. Again, he disappointed me with his comments about Newt and Rush. But knowing him as I do and how sensitive he is to hispanics, makes this so much more outrageous.

Then again the LA Times is known for complete fabrications.

conservnut on May 31, 2009 at 8:18 PM

There in New York…………..

………… covering ‘Date Night’.

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2009 at 8:07 PM

While their “journalism” descends further into the pits.

Loxodonta on May 31, 2009 at 8:18 PM

So, where is the rest of the media on this? Where are the journalists standing up for journalistic ethics, accountability, integrity, and just plain honesty?

Loxodonta on May 31, 2009 at 7:59 PM

What???? You did not just ask that did you????? Let me put it to you like this, if Benjamin Franklin had known what the Fourth Estate would eventually become, he would have lead the charge to have himself tarred, feathered and then hung from the nearest Liberty Tree.

Dan Rather was not the exception, he was the rule. There are no genuine true honest journalists in America today. Every single damned one of them is a child of Joseph Goebbels, and their father would be so proud of them.

doriangrey on May 31, 2009 at 8:33 PM

John Cornyn DESERVES this treatment.

HondaV65 on May 31, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Nobody deserves being lied about in a major media outlet. And Americans deserve to be able to read or listen to the news without parsing every word like the CIA has had to do with communist “news” agencies.

I completely agree with you – however Cornyn has been at the forefront of “bowing” to a media which is oppressive to conservatives. So in my opinion – he deserves what he gets from these bastards.

Let’s not forget here that Cornyn is the vanguard of the old Republican elite – and it was Cornyn that personally put the NRSC behind endorsing Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio for Senate in Florida. Cornyn and the NRSC has NO RIGHT to act like a bunch of Iranian Mullahs and dictate to Florida Republicans who they should vote for. That’s number one.

Second – Cornyn recently came out and attacked Limbaugh and Gingrich for pronouncing Sotomeyer as a racist – based on her obviously racist statements. So while Cornyn handles the media (which reviles us) with kid’s gloves – he’s perfectly willing to attack Conservatives who are out there trying to cut through the mix to benefit our side.

I don’t like Cornyn … and aside from that – he’s a delusional elitist Republican who doesn’t realize that the landscape has changed and the old tactics of pandering to the media aren’t going to work.

And since he’s willing chastise Republican Voters and Conservative voices trying to speak out for us …

I say let him have fun with the LAT – I’ll not defend him.

HondaV65 on May 31, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Then why say this? ……

“but I think in this case the majority knows better.”

When did the same stupid majority stop drinking their kool-aid? Maybe you’ve seen a swing in the polls that I haven’t.

fogw on May 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Yeah, the ones who disapprove of her or who are unsure of her confirmation outnumber her fans at this point.

ddrintn on May 31, 2009 at 8:42 PM

If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.

/compliments of Clark G

txag92 on May 31, 2009 at 8:43 PM

doriangrey on May 31, 2009 at 8:33 PM

There are no genuine true honest journalists in America today. Every single damned one of them is a child of Joseph Goebbels, and their father would be so proud of them.

Well, I confess that I have sometimes been accused of being naively idealistic. Can’t imagine why.

But, I have been hoping that many journalists and American voters had simply gotten caught up in the stampede, or they went along to get along. And that at some point, they would have enough of it, and start speaking out.

And I keep hoping that somebody out there in the media actually wants to stand for truth, liberty, democracy, free market capitalism.

If I can figure it out and write about it, and you can figure it out and write about it, why can’t people in the news media also figure it out and write about it? They can’t all be ideologues or sheep or egomaniacs seeking popularity and money.

I hope.

Loxodonta on May 31, 2009 at 8:50 PM

They won…and they still can’t let go. The are like someone who has grabbed a high-power, transmission line…they are frying alive, but can’t let go.

AUINSC on May 31, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Why can’t GOP stop Soto in committee?

promachus on May 31, 2009 at 8:54 PM

promachus on May 31, 2009 at 8:54 PM

They are in the minority, they don’t control the committee…

ladyingray on May 31, 2009 at 8:57 PM

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