WH riled by CBS web post on Kagan

Josh Gerstein, Politico

After a White House complaint, CBS News removed a story from its website Thursday that asserted Solicitor General and potential Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is a lesbian.

The rundown of possible Supreme Court picks, written by conservative blogger Ben Domenech, referred to Kagan this way:

The likeliest candidate, and it was somewhat of a surprise she didn’t get picked last time. Pluses: would please much of Obama’s base, follows diversity politics of Sotomayor with first openly gay justice (so would Karlan and Sullivan). Minuses: Seen as too moderate by some on the left; people like Arianna Huffington and Glenn Greenwald strongly dislike her because of her positions on executive power and anti-terror activities. Could be seen as a thumb in the eye of the civil liberties folks.

Domenech, who is editor of a website called the New Ledger, later modified the post to add:

[Update: While Karlan and Sullivan are open about it, 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.]

CBS added a note to the post saying the White House claimed it was inaccurate and eventually deleted the article altogether.

However, late Thursday it remained online at Domenech’s site along with a note where he apologized and appeared to concede that he had nothing of substance to back up the report. 

“I offer my sincere apologies to Ms. Kagan if she is offended at all by my repetition of a Harvard rumor in a speculative blog post. But if I were her, I’d feel pretty good about the fact that the White House specifically responded to this — it seems like a clue as to who the pick will be, doesn’t it?” Domenech wrote.

To read more, visit: http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0410/WH_riled_by_CBS_web_post_on_Kagan.html

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