White House Rips CBS For Spreading Supreme Court Rumor

CBSNews_4.16.jpgCBSNews.com deleted an online column last night penned by a former Bush administration aide who wrote that Pres. Obama would “please” much of his base by picking the “first openly gay justice.”

The Washington Post reports the White House ripped CBS News for publishing the column written by Ben Domenech.

When the best settled, and the posting was removed, Domenech apologized saying he was repeating “a Harvard rumor in a speculative blog post” regarding Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a leading candidate for the Supreme Court vacancy.

Former White House communications director Anita Dunn, who’s had her own run-ins with other networks, tells Howard Kurtz, “The fact that they’ve chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010.” Dunn says CBS News was giving a platform to a blogger “with a history of plagiarism” who was “applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers.”

Dan Farber, editor in chief of CBSNews.com, tells Kurtz, Domenech’s column “just got through our filters” and that if his staff had seen “a controversial statement like that, we’d want to get more evidence of its accuracy” before publishing it.

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