Supreme Court

White House Blasts CBS News

The White House is furious with CBS News for publishing a blog post suggesting that Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a leading contender for a Supreme Court nomination, is a lesbian. At first, CBS wouldn't pull the post, leading Anita Dunn, the former White House communications director who is working with the administration on the nomination process, to comment, "The fact that they've chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010," adding that the network had given a platform to someone "with a history of plagiarism" who was "applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers." The blogger in question, Ben Domenech, is a former Bush administration aide whose journalistic legacy at the National Review Online and his college paper has been tainted by plagiarism allegations. After some correspondence with Domenech, CBS editor Dan Farber pulled the post because "after looking at the facts" the rumor appeared to be "nothing but pure and irresponsible speculation." An unnamed White House source has also said that Kagan is not a lesbian.