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.
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?