Breitbart Removes Article That Attacked Wrong Loretta Lynch For Whitewater Ties

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November 10, 2014 9:20 a.m.

Breitbart has removed an article that incorrectly identified Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, as a member of the team defending President Bill Clinton during the Whitewater investigation.

The article, which was published Sunday, carried the headline “Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Represented Clintons During Whitewater.” The problem was that the Loretta Lynch who’s been tapped to head the Justice Department is not the same Loretta Lynch (pictured below) who represented Clinton and also served as California Public Utilities Commissioner.


California Public Utilities Commissioner Loretta Lynch speaks with reporters following a hearing at the San Francisco Federal Courthouse on Friday, April 9, 2004.

After recognizing its mistake, Breitbart first appended “(Corrected)” to its headline on the piece and and added a correction at the very bottom of the article. The body of the piece, which referred to the attorney general nominee as a member of Clinton’s defense team, was left intact.

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“Correction: The Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney,” the correction read.

But as of Monday morning, the article had been removed from the website entirely.

A second Breitbart article published Sunday, titled “Loretta Lynch: A Qualified–But Political–Choice,” also referred to the attorney general nominee’s purported ties to the Whitewater investigation and was corrected.

As of Monday morning, that second piece is still live on the news site. The correction at the bottom of the piece has been updated to read “An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Loretta Lynch as having represented the Clintons during the Whitewater scandal. That portion of the article has been removed.”

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