White House Blasts CBS for Outing Court Candidate

Rep says network 'applying old stereotypes' to single women
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2010 5:38 AM CDT
White House Blasts CBS for Outing Court Candidate
CBS is in trouble with the White House for 'outing' Elena Kagan.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The White House blasted CBS for publishing a column yesterday 'outing' Supreme Court candidate Elena Kagan—thing is, she's not a lesbian, maintains a White House rep. The post, written by conservative blogger Ben Domenech, said Obama would "please his base" by selecting "an openly gay justice." CBS refused to yank the post at first, saying it was properly placed in the site's opinion section, and Domenech updated it to read, "I have to correct my text here to say that Kagan is apparently still closeted—odd, because her female partner is rather well known in Harvard circles."

But CBS did eventually delete it after Domenech admitted it was based on a rumor, the Washington Post notes. "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," says Anita Dunn, who is working with Obama on the court vacancy. She called Domenech a writer "with a history of plagiarism" who was "applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers."
(More Elena Kagan stories.)

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