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11/09/2014 10:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Breitbart Criticizes Wrong Loretta Lynch

In a now-removed article criticizing Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general, conservative news site Breitbart achieved two remarkable feats: it attacked the wrong Lynch, and issued one of the best correction notices of all time.

Breitbart alleged that Loretta Lynch, the New York federal prosecutor Obama has nominated, was a part of the defense team for former President Bill Clinton during the 1992 Whitewater scandal. She wasn't.

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Breitbart cited a 1992 New York Times article that "reported that Lynch was one of the Clintons' Whitewater defense attorneys as well as a 'campaign aide.'" But the Loretta Lynch in the 1992 Times article is a California-based attorney and former California Public Utilities Commissioner, and not Obama's attorney general nominee, as Media Matters points out.

The Lynch nominated for attorney general never worked for the Clinton campaign. During the Clinton administration, Lynch served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn's top federal prosecutor -- the same job she holds today.

Obama announced Lynch as his pick to head the Department of Justice on Saturday, saying of her, "It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta." If confirmed by the Senate, Lynch would be the first black woman in the job and would follow the first black attorney general.

Breitbart updated the Whitewater story along with another that also referred to the wrong Lynch, Talking Points Memo notes, before taking the Whitewater down late Sunday night.

But before the article was removed, it was given a correction notice, placed at the bottom. Here it is, in all its splendor:

Correction: The Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney.

h/t Media Matters

CLARIFICATION: Language has been changed to reflect that the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York is, in fact, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, and they are not as initially suggested two separate positions.

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