Patterico's Pontifications

4/3/2004

Scalia Corrections Keep Coming at the Dog Trainer

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 9:43 pm

I am a couple of days late to this correction in the local Dog Trainer regarding its March 8 story about Justice Scalia:

A March 8 Section A article about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that William Devlin, founder of the Urban Family Council of Philadelphia, said he had invited Scalia to speak at a dinner the council was holding. Devlin went on to say the dinner was in part to raise money for council activities — including his legal challenge against a local gay rights ordinance. But, Devlin said, after Scalia accepted the invitation, Supreme Court staff contacted Devlin and made the justice’s appearance conditional on the understanding that the dinner would not make money. Betty Jean Wolfe, the group’s president, was not interviewed for the article. But she has since told The Times that the dinner was never intended to be a fundraiser, either for Devlin’s lawsuit or any other purpose. As the story reported, the dinner honored retiring Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of Philadelphia and it did not make any money.

As described in this post, this is not the first correction issued by the Dog Trainer with respect to this story. As Justice Scalia pointed out in his memorandum on the recusal issue, the paper initially reported (falsely) that Scalia had spoken to “an advocacy group waging a legal battle against gay rights.” The paper subsequently ate crow. As Justice Scalia explains:

Five days later, in a weekend edition, the paper printed (at the insistence of the Council) a few-line retraction acknowledging that this asserted fact was wrong — as though it was merely one incidental fact in a long piece, rather than the central fact upon which the long piece was based, and without which there was no story.

It’s weird that the corrections that keep dribbling out from this story all make Scalia’s position look better. The question is obvious: why did the original story have so many errors that made Scalia look bad?

Inquiring minds want to know.

By the way, Justice Scalia’s memorandum alluded to Ms. Wolfe’s accusation that there were more errors in the piece. A Dog Trainer reporter denied this to me. I am still looking into this.

(Cross-posted at Oh, That Liberal Media.)

Kerry De-Links Kos

Filed under: Morons — Patterico @ 8:57 pm

Via the brilliant Commissar, who made the observation about how common it is for the Daily Kos to use the phrase “screw them,” comes the astounding news that John Kerry has de-linked Kos. Kerry’s blog has a statement that says:

In light of the unacceptable statement about the death of Americans made by Daily Kos, we have removed the link to this blog from our website.

As Little Green Footballs notes: “Markos Zuniga has now officially become radioactive.”

Screw him.

Who Will Be Released Under the New Three Strikes Initiative?

Filed under: Crime,No on 66 — Patterico @ 6:36 pm

Will the upcoming initiative to gut the Three Strikes law release dangerous criminals?

You betcha! The law calls for anybody sentenced under current law to be resentenced according to the terms of the new law.

Who will be resentenced? Here are two examples of which I have personal knowledge. In both cases, the defendants will be immediately released on their third-strike cases upon resentencing. In the first case, prosecutors hope to keep the defendant incarcerated under the Sexually Violent Predator Law. In the second case, a violent individual will be out on the streets as soon as he can get to court.

See if you can read these examples and not feel a chill run down your spine.
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Debunking Michael Moore and Al Franken

Filed under: Morons — Patterico @ 3:04 pm

If you’re looking for more debunking of Michael Moore and Al Franken, look no further than Bowling For Truth, a site about Michael Moore, and LyingLiar.com, which bills itelf as “The Official Al Franken Website” (warning: may not actually be the official Al Franken web site).

The Power of the Jump™

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 2:40 pm

(Note: “The Power of the Jump”™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, documenting examples of the Los Angeles Dog Trainer’s use of its back pages to hide information that its editors don’t want you to see.)

The Los Angeles Dog Trainer often provides distorted coverage of criminal justice issues, as I have noted on these pages before. Today is no exception.

Today, the paper’s front page portrays the L.A. County District Attorney’s office as “finally” acknowledging that it had wrongfully prosecuted an innocent man. The real reason the prosecution finally dismissed the case is saved for page A18 — where most readers will never see it.
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