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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Tuesday, July 02, 2002
1:11 PM

Dept. of Clarification...Fred Eckert thinks Mary McGrory misrepresented his history in a June 13 Op-Ed column I can't link. In a letter to the editor, he pleads "guilty as charged" to being a "hard-nosed Republican conservative." But that's about it:

As if to prove her point, she says that when I was a member of the New York Senate I "opposed a measure to allow blind people to use welfare funds to buy food for their seeing eye dogs." I did oppose a version of a bill that provided this benefit only to the blind and denied it to the hearing-impaired, who use support dogs too. So did Democratic liberal Gov. Hugh L. Carey, who vetoed the bill. I voted for a version of the bill that included the hearing-impaired and that passed the legislature and the governor's scrutiny...

Ms. McGrory also portrayed me as being against providing bulletproof vests for police. As the elected CEO of a municipal government, I had a large police force report to me -- and my administration provided bullet-proof vests.

Ms. McGrory further said that with the help of actor Richard Gere, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) waged "the country's only anti-contra campaign" when she ran against me in 1986. Wrong again. There were lots of anti-contra campaigns then.... Finally, Ms. McGrory said, "Republican women sneered in newspaper ads that [Ms.] Slaughter was running with the 'American Gigolo,' " using the title of one of Richard Gere's movies to put the actor down. Wrong again. No such ads ran. Then Ms. McGrory quoted Rep. Slaughter's response to the nonexistent ads. Good grief.

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