Spreading rapidly through the right wing blogosphere today, we see yet another completely false BOMBSHELL BREAKING STORY that hits two of the hottest wingnut hot buttons: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
The wacky gang of crack right wing journalists at Breitbart “News” have not one but two articles pushing the claim (which I’m about to demonstrate is totally wrong) that Loretta Lynch, the African American woman nominated for Attorney General by President Obama, worked as part of the Clinton defense team during the Whitewater hearings.
The first: Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Represented Clintons During Whitewater.
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.
And the second: Loretta Lynch: A Qualified, but Political, Choice—Update: Whitewater?
You can find the same claims now at several of the major right wing websites; Weird Nut Daily, American Thinker, etc.
Just one small problem, of course; they have the wrong Loretta Lynch. Who could have imagined there might be more than one lawyer in America named Loretta Lynch?
The one who began working with the Clinton campaign in 1992 and was on the legal team during the Whitewater hearings is this woman, written up by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2004:
Personal: Born Feb. 22, 1962, in Independence, Mo. Lives in San Francisco. Single.
Education: Bachelor of arts, 1983, University of Southern California; juris doctor, 1987, Yale University Law School.
Career highlights: Member of the California Public Utilities Commission (term ends Dec. 31); president of the PUC, 2000-2002; director, Office of Policy and Research for Gov. Gray Davis, 1999; deputy policy director with Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign; partner, law firm Keker & Van Nest, San Francisco, 1991-99; special counsel, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1990-91.
What’s Next: A book about the California energy crisis and a wedding in 2005.
Joining Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign early in 1992, Lynch helped coordinate the campaign’s responses to the many personal allegations raised about the candidate.
In 1992, the Loretta Lynch picked for new Attorney General by President Obama (pictured at right) was working as an assistant US attorney in New York. One of her most famous cases was the prosecution of the violent Queens-based Green Dragons Asian street gang.
Another triumph of right wing journalism.
UPDATE at 11/9/14 1:53:09 pm by Charles Johnson
After leaving this drivel up for more than a day, the crack journalists of Breitbart “News” have now added this in italics to the end of the first article linked above, right above the author info which is also in italics.
Correction: The Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney.
In other words, “this entire article is wrong, starting with the headline and then every other sentence in it. It could not possibly be more wrong. The fail in this piece is utterly massive and without compare.”
That’s how weird these right wing bloggers are getting — they’re inventing smears that aren’t even smears except to other right wingers, and failing at it.