The White House made what to us looks like a tactical error yesterday when it insisted that CBS News pull down a blog post that indicated Elena Kagan, the Solicitor General and a frequently named candidate to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, is gay. Former Bush-administration aide Ben Domenech wrote on CBSNews.com that Obama would “please” a lot of his base if he selected America’s “first openly gay justice.” White House spokesman Ben LaBolt reached out to the network and said that Kagan was not gay, and asked for the post to be taken down. When CBS initially resisted, the White House upped the ante. Former White House communications guru Anita Dunn, who is consulting on the Supreme Court choice, said nastily, “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.” According to the Washington Post, LaBolt said he reached out to CBS because the blog post had “made false charges.” Charges? Like they claimed Kagan committed a crime? This looks bad. As we pointed out earlier, the “There’s Something Gay About Elena Kagan” story line is going to be part of… Read full this story
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