Here is a link to a June 17 transcript of Anderson Cooper 360 where Jeffrey Toobin makes a “retraction” with regard to LTC Lakin.  The guano crazy folks at Safeguard Our Constitution make much of the retraction in a press release today, here.  Toobin says on June 17:

A couple of weeks ago, we did a story about Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin. He is the officer who has tried to get out of military service because he believes that President Obama was not born in the United States. He’s one of the so-called birthers.

In the course of that report, I made the statement that a lot of the birthers are bigots and racists and there was a picture of Lakin behind me. That — I didn’t mean to suggest that he was a bigot and a racist. I was just talking more generally.

Here is a link to Toobin’s original comments, and our coverage which didn’t attribute Mr. Toobin’s comments to LTC Lakin.  Toobin said on May 10 (emphasis added):

You know, in your interview [Anderson], you kept saying what an honorable man he is.

You know, as they say at the Supreme Court, I think I dissent. These people are bigots. They’re racists. They’re freaks. They’re lunatics. These are not rational players in American politics. These people are not part of the American political system.

And I think any effort to mollify them will simply lead to more questions. For example, let’s just mention that the Honolulu newspaper announced his birth the day after he was born.

Since Mr. Jensen requested retraction of all the adjectives, I wonder where Mr. Toobin stands on attribution of freaks and lunatics to LTC Lakin?

11 Responses to “CNN’s Toobin Retracts Comments Made After LTC Lakin Interview”

  1. huh says:

    All are loonies and some are racist. Same as the teabaggers.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is not a shred of evidence to prove that Lakin is not a bigot.

  3. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    It’s hard to tell if the first two comments are tongue-in-cheek. I hope they are.

    As for Toobin’s commentary, at least one sentence is reasonable–“These are not rational players in American politics.” He also scores a direct hit with the birth announcement in the newspaper.

    Unfortunately, he lost his head first. Disagree with others all you want, but when your first argument is that those with whom you disagree are racists, bigots, freaks, and lunatics, you have already lost the argument. Name-calling is the height of reasoned argument in elementary school, but most people grow out of it. Unfortunately, some people who ought to know better do not.

    “These people are not part of the American political system,” Who says such silly things? Of course they are part of the American political system. Perhaps not entirely rational, rather out there on the fringe, etc., but certainly they are part of the American political system, like it or not.

  4. Christopher Mathews says:

    With “freaks and lunatics” apparently remaining on the table, this item may be relevant: the Supreme Court has refused to grant California’s Orly Taitz relief from a $20,000 fine imposed by a federal district court judge for her antics in a previous birther case.

    Taitz was fined by Judge Clay Land, who found that her actions in Rhodes v. MacDonald (which we reported on here, here, and here) violated Fed.R.Civ.P. 11. The court, in a noteworthy passage, described her response to its show cause order as “breathtaking in its arrogance and border[ing] on delusional.”

    Taitz appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, which affirmed the sanctions on 15 March, and then to the U.S. Supreme Court. In one of those moments which makes the birther saga so memorable, after Justice Thomas rejected her request for a stay, Ms. Taitz reportedly asked Chief Justice Roberts to authenticate Justice Thomas’ signature.

    There is no evidence to support the rumor that she argued the pen Justice Thomas used contained foreign-made ink.

    Ms. Taitz next went to Justice Alito, who referred her request to the full Court. Once would imagine the Court’s refusal to disturb the fine may put a damper on her quest, but I suspect that she is made of sterner stuff. Stay tuned.

  5. soonergrunt says:

    Sir,
    secondary to your post, I note that the NY Times is reporting that Taitz’ latest appeal to the SCOTUS has been rejected:
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/08/16/us/politics/AP-US-Georgia-Birthers.html?_r=1&hp

  6. soonergrunt says:

    On her website (don’t go there w/o suitable protection) she says she will appeal this to the International Court of Human Rights. Ha! Ha! Ha!

    That ought to go over well with the birfers.

  7. Christopher Mathews says:

    Wouldn’t it make sense for her to go to each nation’s highest court seriatim, perhaps starting with this one?

  8. soonergrunt says:

    Now that’s just mean.
    Funny, but mean.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Not sure I agree. Sure, name-calling shouldn’t be your go-to move, but every once in awhile, you can’t be afraid to call what something is by it’s name.

    Sometimes you do a disservice by not forcefully denouncing something enough and in this case, they are collectively many of the things Toobin said.

  10. Birth, Wind, and Fire says:

    Spot on!

  11. Preston says:

    Poor little Birthers (still in denial about their losses), but our Judges will continue to smack down the crazies .

    To all the birthers in La, La Land, it is on you to prove to all of us that your assertion is true (TOUGH WHEN YOU KEEP LOSING CASES), if there are people who were there and support your position then show us the video (everyone has a price), either put up or frankly shut-up. I heard Orly Taitz, is selling a tape (I think it’s called “Money, Lies and Video tape”). She is from Orange County, CA, now I know what the mean when they say “behind the Orange Curtain”, when they talk about Orange County, the captial of Conspiracy Theories.

    You know Obama has a passport, he travel abroad before he was a Senator, but I guess they were in on it.
    In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme of clans; the Baggers, Birthers and Blowhards (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win in November. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

    I wonder if Orly Taitz, is a mail order bride, just like her law degree? She is perfect reporter material for “Fake News”, where unfounded rumors and innuendo reign supreme, unlike a our US courts of law. The way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked lies, then, and only then, you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called facts that they present. Let’s face it no one will go along with you until you guys win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. A lawyer, dentist, realtor and black belt, WOW I must say a JACK of all trades master of none.

    I heard that Orly Taitz, now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, good luck with that.

    We won the election and now these sore losers will continue to spew their hate with lies.