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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Friday, January 10, 2003
1:25 PM

Lott? Who's Lott? Also from the Washington Times:

The White House yesterday denied that its hesitation to join a Supreme Court battle over affirmative action was connected to lingering raw feelings from last month's racial flap over Sen. Trent Lott.

I guess these charades are necessary sometimes.

Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer, in response to an article in The Washington Times yesterday, said President Bush was taking a "wait and see" approach because he wants to weigh the case on its merits. White student applicants are trying to overturn the University of Michigan's preferential treatment of black and Hispanic applicants.

Discriminations has a brief transcript of the White House Q&A on this.

Q: Setting aside the affirmative action case for a moment, or whether he's going to weigh in on it, does the policy of adding 20 points to minority students, does that comport with his policy of affirmative access, or does it contrast with it?

MR. FLEISCHER: Well, that's what is exactly under review among a number of other factors in the current case pending before the Supreme Court. And I think that's the type of thing that the deadline is next week for weighing in on any type of amicus curai, and we'll wait and see.

Q: It would seem on its face that adding 20 points to the score of blacks and Hispanics and not giving those 20 points to whites would, on its face, not be consistent with the President's policy. You're saying it might be?

MR. FLEISCHER: Bill, it's under review and we'll know when the review is complete

"Bill" is no doubt Bill Sammon, who wrote the Times story.

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