The Los Angeles Times has a long article about Ward Connerly today that is its version of fair and balanced, which is to say that it notes Connerly’s past accomplishments and quotes him saying the era of affirmative action is coming to a close, and it quotes various opponents calling him a “sellout” and an “opportunist” who is “primarily interested in protecting the privileged, not the underprivileged.”
The article,by Times staff writer Richard Paddock, notes that virtually all the mainstream media supports racial preferences and hence opposed Michigan’s Proposition 2, but it provides, unintentionally, a good example of how out of touch much of the press is not only with public sentiment on this issue but even with underlying facts:
In Michigan, Connerly sponsored Proposal 2 with Jennifer Gratz, a former student who sued the University of Michigan in 1997 over its use of racial preferences in admission but lost when a narrowly divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with the school.
Forget the fact that Proposition 2 was not “sponsored” by Connerly and Gratz, but you’d think (wouldn’t you?) that a reporter for a major paper writing about an important controversy (or his editor) would at least check facts enough to learn that Jennifer Gratz won her lawsuit (Gratz v. Bollinger) against the University of Michigan.