NYT’s John Schwartz repeats urban myth that DOJ has to defend DADT, even after NYT forced to admit error


This from NYT reporter John Schwartz:

President Obama has said that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy “will end on my watch.” But the Department of Justice, following its tradition of defending laws passed by Congress, has fought efforts by the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay organization, to overturn the policy.

Not true.  Did Schwartz miss the Dellinger story this past week?  Did they not interview anyone outside of Obama administration officials, apologists and job-seekers?

Now read the correction the NYT was forced to publish the last time we caught one of their reporters publishing this untruth:

NY TIMES CORRECTIONS http://www.nytimes.com/ref/pageoneplus/corrections.html
An article on Saturday about the Obama administration’s response to a court ruling that said the military’s ban on gays serving openly is unconstitutional referred imprecisely to the Justice Department’s mandate to defend federal statutes against constitutional challenges. The Justice Department has a general duty to defend statutes in court, but it is not “compelled” to do so in every case. (As the article noted, it may appeal the decision on gays in the military.)

Would it kill them to admit that Obama has options, but is refusing to exercise them?

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