Following Saturday’s announcement by President Obama that he had selected Brooklyn prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general, multiple websites began delving into her legal background looking for insight into how she might administer the law.
According to Media Matters, while most reporters correctly reported on the career of the African-American Loretta E. Lynch, several conservative websites misidentified the nominee as Loretta M. Lynch, a white California-based attorney who provided legal advice to the Clintons during the Whitewater investigation.
At the Breitbart.com website, under a headline reading “Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Represented Clintons During Whitewater,” writer Warner Todd Huston wrote, “New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, the new nominee for attorney general, has a career filled with high profile cases — and she was a member of Bill Clinton’s defense team during the 1992 Whitewater corruption probe.”
In the article, posted on Saturday, Huston went on to state the nominee not only served as one of the Clintons’ Whitewater defense attorneys but also as a “campaign aide.” Houston correctly attributed the defense of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997 to the president’s nominee.
In a article posted Sunday morning, Breitbart Editor-at-large Joel Pollak penned an article calling a Lynch a “Qualified, but political choice,” before updating the headline and copy to reflect the misattributed Whitewater defense. The article has since been updated again with the headline now reading “Update: Whitewater? Update: No.”
Several other websites jumped on the wrong Lynch bandwagon, including a piece on The American Thinker, written by M. Catharine Evans.
Screen shots of the Breitbart articles below: