Breitbart Attacks Wrong Loretta Lynch

As you know by now, President Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as attorney general. And you’ll probably get a chuckle out of Warner Todd Houston, a right-wing halfwit who writes for Breitbart, wrongly identified her as a lawyer who represented the Clintons in the Whitewater scandal. He had the wrong Loretta Lynch.

New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, the new nominee for attorney general, has a career filled with high profile cases — and she was a member of Bill Clinton’s defense team during the 1992 Whitewater corruption probe…

Indeed, the prosecutor has a long career built of some high profile cases but there is one case Lynch was involved in that few are talking about. Lynch was a part of Bill Clinton’s Whitewater probe defense team in 1992.

In 1992, the Clintons came under fire for investing in a perennially failing Arkansas real estate company known as Whitewater Development, a venture heavily subsidized by Clinton friend Jim McDougal in an effort to soften the losses the Clintons were experiencing as investors. The probe was widened to look into the failure of the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan to which it was connected. Eventually the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won several convictions handing jail time to the McDougals as well as Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker.

The Clintons escaped any convictions in the probe.

A New York Times article from March of 1992 reported that Lynch was one of the Clintons’ Whitewater defense attorneys as well as a “campaign aide.”

Except that was an entirely different Loretta Lynch. This one was a white lawyer from California, not the black federal prosecutor from New York. In fact, the right Lynch was already a U.S. Attorney in 1992, which would have made it impossible for her to have defended the Clintons in the Whitewater case. Those damn pesky facts. So eager was Houston and Breitbart to get out this vital “news” that they didn’t bother fact-checking it. And I’m sure you’ll be shocked to find out that the Breitbart readers went immediately racist too:


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  • colnago80

    Of course, the fucktards at Breitbart will not print a correction nor will the sheeple who visit that site ever find out that the information was crap.

  • Ace of Sevens

    Loretta Lynn? She wrote a bunch of misandrist country sings, right? Obama hates men.

  • John Pieret

    Well, at least they have a deep enough understanding of Lynch’s career that they can opine on her qualifications to wield a mop. And we now know their qualifications to wield a brain.

  • Mike Morris

    Breitbart must be part of that lamestream media that Failin Palin is always on about, right? Right?

  • matty1

    Um not sure I would want a highly qualified attorney mopping floors either. It seems a waste of her talents

  • Mike Morris

    Houston might qualify for mopping floors if he attended classes and got trained.

  • blf

    Houston might qualify for mopping floors if he attended classes and got trained.

    That requires functioning neutrons. A mud-puddle is better qualified to mop floors than Houston.

  • dingojack

    Hey Breitbart — was the Whitewater thing before or after Lynch made Dune?


  • John Pieret

    Heh … it looks like Breitbart pulled the column.

    Breitbart News: 404 – Not found

    I also checked Huston’s (the correct spelling, btw) list of columns for the last couple of weeks and it ain’t there either. A memory hole seems to have opened up over there.

  • Mike Morris

    I can only hope the memory hole is big enough.

  • Marcus Ranum

    Loretta Lynch, wasn’t she the one Rebecca Watson rescued during that daring night-strike in the Iraq war?

  • caseloweraz

    @Ace of sevens: Yeah, first thing I thought of. (I confess I keep having to remind myself that this is not the Coal Miner’s Daughter. But at least I succeed in reminding myself.)

  • caseloweraz

    There is an update, posted by Joel B. Pollak on 9 November:

    There’s a correction of the misidentification at the end. The comments are interesting, in that there is some pushback to the usual party-liners.

    BTW: Pollak has a book out: “Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak edits Breitbart California and is the author of the new ebook, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, available for Amazon Kindle.”

  • blf

    According to the Huffington Post (not a particularly reliable site), Wacky Nutters Deluded also made the same mistake.

  • dingojack

    I’m wondering if this didn’t come from the Right-wing Echo Chamber’s perennial source for serious, important stories — The Onion.


  • Modusoperandi

    But this just raises more questions, like why is Obama nominating two people for one job? Is he admitting that it takes two women to do one man’s job? And what does this do to the budget? Even at 77% of a man’s wage, two women cost more than one man! Plus, they Mooch all those “free” Obamacare pills for their ladyparts! Troubling, troubling questions.

    Now, I don’t care about these troubling, troubling questions, you understand, but people out there are talking about them, so I have to bring them up. And also ask how this will effect Hillary’s run in 2016, for some reason.

  • stewartt1982

    I just read through the entire comment section of the original article. In need of a brain cleansing right now.

    I shouldn’t be surprised, but am saddened, by the fact that not one commenter on the original article had the courage to say “you know what? Breitbart really dropped the ball on this. I’m really worried about their integrity”. Instead the commenters proved that the facts of the story don’t matter as long as it fits their preconceived notions.

  • teawithbertrand

    Rachel Maddow led with this story last night, providing insight and historical context with her usual alacrity. She finished by making the point, as others have here, that this lie is now out there in the right wing bullshit-o-sphere where it will live forever no matter how many times it is debunked, like so much other nonsense from the likes of Breitbart and Fox.

    And I may be cynical, but it would not surprise me to learn that Mr. Houston knew of the error before publication and Breitbart went ahead anyway, with plans to briefly post a lame correction, delete the article and let the lie that they have told live on as true in the minds of those foolish enough to consider that website a news source.

  • illdoittomorrow

    Of course it’s the same Loretta Lynch, Ed. Being an Obama nominee, she has access to the same resources he used to fake US citizenship, including plant birth notices in newspapers, etc. She just borrowed his time machine is all.

    I mean, have you ever seen both Loretta Lynches in the same room at the same time? I rest my case!

  • tfkreference

    I wonder how she will do on the Death Panels.

  • robertbaden


    How do you know she doesn’t have her own police box? And if she’s reincarnating between visits that would explain the changes in appearance.

  • dingojack

    Loretta Lynch (both of them) are THE MASTER!!!!


  • dingojack

    A Big Ball of Timey-Wimey Stuff….

    :( Dingo