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AP Reports on Marcy Tiffany’s E-Mail

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General,Kozinski — Patterico @ 5:44 pm

The Associated Press reports:

A federal appeals court judge under scrutiny for sexually explicit videos and photos posted on a personal Web site is the victim of distortions and “outright lies” published by the Los Angeles Times, his wife charged Monday.

Marcy Jane Tiffany, wife of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, described some of the material stored on the home computer as raunchy and juvenile. Only a handful of files among hundreds had a “sexual aspect,” but they were not pornography, she said.

“Alex is not into porn he is into funny and sometimes funny has a sexual character,” Tiffany wrote in a nearly 2,000-word defense of her husband, posted on a Web site called

Of the several hundred files in the computer folder at issue, “the vast majority was cute, amusing and not in the least bit sexual in nature,” Tiffany, a Torrance, Calif., lawyer, wrote. “The tiny percentage of the material that was sexual in nature was all of a humorous character.”

The Times account is “riddled with half-truths, gross mischaracterizations and outright lies,” she said. She also faulted the media for repeating and embellishing what she described as misleading statements in the Times about the material.

Read the whole article, which is interesting.

Meanwhile, the article reports, “U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts named five judges from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, to handle the ethics investigation into [] Kozinski’s conduct.”

UPDATE: There is also a post noting the e-mail on a blog at . . . wait for it . . . the L.A. Times.

I can’t help but recall how dismissive Judge Kozinski was of blogs in April 2007, calling them “self-indulgent” and “grandiloquent.”

I wonder: has his opinion of blogs changed?

23 Responses to “AP Reports on Marcy Tiffany’s E-Mail”

  1. You broke this story, Patterico. Well done.

    DRJ (721b95)

  2. “In other news, the AP rips off a blogger’s scoop without attribution, while continuing a lawsuit against bloggers quoting AP…”

    Al (b624ac)

  3. I saw attribution.
    But I fart in the general direction of the AP on the basis that it’s unreliable, biased, and mostly stupid.

    cboldt (3d73dd)

  4. face it marcy you’r husband is a pervert

    david (d671ab)

  5. I accept your account of this episode. When the mass media (LA Times) publishes its “sentiments” on all subjects, you and Alex enjoy the benefits of its praises – “brilliant legal mind” and all. However, when they distort, mislead and use other writing techniques that negatively affect you, well then we get outrage. CA. Constitution, Article 1, sec. 2 indicates those who abuse the right to publish their sentiments, must be held responsible. Propaganda is the publishing of “messages” directly aimed a influencing the opinions of people, rather than impartially providing information. If the mass media was restricted to only providing information impartially, it would lose over 70% of what it publishes. When corporate media abuses Article 1 by publishing distortions “about all subjects” and misleads the public and we ask Alex to act to stop this abuse, then your quiet. Well now you and Alex got a taste of it and you obviously object to it. So what are you going to do about it other than complain?…nothing. Welcome to the other end of the stick you have been poking us with for so long. A war on terror is, impartially, an oxymoron. We never see that published by the LA Times. Relax, the Judicial Revue Committee will censure him and he will now be remembered as the sex judge. He has been puttng people in prison for years based on press reports. Now he gets a little slander going his way. Do something about restricting the language useage and tone in which corporate media may publish it sentiments on all subjects or shut up.

    Patrick Wilson (0940bc)

  6. Patrick Wilson,

    Using the RETURN key helps to make rambling comments a wee bit more manageable…

    h2u (4a7c7f)

  7. Further advice to Patrick Wilson:

    Using the DELETE key makes rambling comments disappear.

    PC14 (ec0516)

  8. AP is quoting you?

    They’re violating their own fair use policy! Sue the bastards!

    Patricia (f56a97)

  9. And congrats for being cited.

    Patricia (f56a97)

  10. AP is quoting Ms. Tiffany, not me.

    But they are now linking me.

    Patterico (cb443b)

  11. Which must sting them greatly…

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  12. lol@”judicial revue committee” in comment #5. when i was in law school, i was a member of the order of the quaff.

    assistant devil's advocate (bcca66)

  13. When the AP was quoting Patterico & Ms. Tiffany, it could have bothered to actually quote her.

    “Alex is not into porn he is into funny and sometimes funny has a sexual character,” Tiffany wrote in a nearly 2,000-word defense of her husband, posted on a Web site called

    Ms. Tiffany wrote beautifully and knows how to use punctuation. Sadly, the AP version of her words makes her sound like a LA flake. Sheesh.

    Congrats, Patterico. 🙂

    bridget (add3eb)

  14. Bridget beat me to it. Apparently the AP not only cannot punctuate itself, it cannot even copy punctuation already written.

    Anwyn (a130c1)

  15. #4

    Face it, David, you are a small creature with a filthy mind and a taste for the vile and the petty. Your wit is rotten, your thinking corrupt, and in you mercy and kindness is befouled by despite and hostility.

    You are judgemental, you are small minded. Understanding and forbearance are as shit to you, and you hate all who disagree with your blighted imaginings as the Nazi hates the Jew.

    Worst of all, you are pathetic.

    Alan Kellogg (b2e4d7)

  16. If getting funny emails with a wee bit of sexual shading is pornography then most of us are guilty. Get a life people.

    This is how smoking got banned..people with nothing better to do than to criticize other peoples habits and insinuate themselves into other peoples business.

    I wish they would do the same for drinking but alas the makers of alcohol probably would defend themselves better. Don’t talk to me about alcohol not causing problems…ask the parents of dead children that were hit by drunk drivers.

    Pam Donnelly (aae1d8)

  17. The Three Faces of Eve?

    fat tony (e53eae)

  18. How much you gonna charge AP for quoting Kosinski’s wife’s e-mail?

    Christopher Calandro (22ec16)

  19. “… posted on a Web site called”

    Don’t quote from AP stories. Dont’ excerpt AP stories. “Report” on AP stories.

    “The AP reported, on a website called …”

    See, this way, you reporting on what the AP did. What the AP does is news.

    This doesn’t involve fair use. The AP is a huge conglomerate. What it reports is newsworthy, so, instead of excerpting AP news articles, all you have to do is report on what the AP is doing.

    apreporter (d084ad)

  20. I assume that’s irony.

    Patterico (cb443b)

  21. This blog is way past the point where noting its URL int he AP is a big deal, but still, that’s great to see and well deserved.

    Jem (4cdfb7)

  22. @20

    No, sir, it’s not irony. It’s fair play.

    With all due respect … fuck the AP. The AP is nothing more than a clip service that is past its prime.

    Newspapers don’t need the AP any longer. The computer has seen to that. Gathering up a consortium of suppliers of news to fill pages of ads with non-local content is a trivial pursuit.

    Methinks newspapers have come to realize that filling up pages of ads with non-local content supplied by a third-party isn’t particularly efficient, nor is it healthy for the circulation numbers to fill your local news pages with content from the AP.

    Subscribers really don’t give a fuck what happened elsewhere. They can get that news from Google for free. Why should they pay the local paper for it?

    Editors are wising up to the AP’s lack of any compelling interest … and when you add in their pro-terrorist bias, well, let’s just say that it’s not a compelling sell.

    So, fuck ’em. Steal their content. Just like they just did to you. Report on all their stories. What’s good for the goose is good for sticking it up the goose’s ass.


    apreporter (d084ad)

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