LA Times invents Cornyn statement from whole cloth

Yesterday, the LA Times alleges the following statement from Sen. John Cornyn:

Only days earlier, Cornyn said in a radio interview that it was “terrible” for conservatives to be attacking Sotomayor as a “racist.” But today, the senator did not reiterate those sentiments and pledged that he and other Republican lawmakers would probe deeply into Sotomayor’s past comments and rulings to see if her heritage colors her ability to make fair decisions.

You’ll note that they were unable to produce a direct quote. That’s because, Cornyn said no such thing. In fact, throughout the interview, he said the exact opposite.

Tacitly acknowledging the error, the LA Times later removed the statement. They did so silently (of course) but Patterico has the screenshot.

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