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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Saturday, January 24, 2004
10:54 AM

Try, try again...The Post never intended to damage the reputation of Charles Pickering by implying he is a racist. At the slightest pretext, it takes every opportunity to set the record straight. Today for example, there is a story about the Justice Dept. role in a cross-burning case, and it includes the following:

The case bears similarities to one involving Charles W. Pickering Sr., who as a federal judge in Mississippi in 1994 reduced the sentence of a man who burned a cross near the home of an interracial couple. Pickering's nomination as an appeals court judge was blocked by Senate Democrats, but the Bush administration defended his actions in that case. President Bush bypassed senators last week and installed Pickering in a recess appointment.

Sadly, in this 500-word story, there was no room to add the following:

When it came time to sentence, Pickering questioned whether it made sense that the most guilty defendant got off with a misdemeanor and no jail time, while a less guilty defendant would be sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

The above is adapted from Byron York's Feb. 11 column at NRO. That's Feb. 11, 2002. The Post prefers to vet these things very carefully before drawing hasty conclusions. Thus it is no surprise that almost two years later, it has not quite gotten around to ensuring that Pickering and President Bush are not associated with white hoods and domestic terror.

All in due time my friends. All in due time.

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