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NY Times Corrects Serious Error About McConnell ‘Bizarre Obsession’ Quote

The New York Times reported this week that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called gender pay equity a “bizarre obsession” of the left. The quote was picked up by a number of sites, including the Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, The Huffington Post, and ThinkProgress. But as it turns out, that was not what McConnell made the comment about a “bizarre obsession” in reference to.

McConnell’s comments on the Senate floor were meant to attack Democrats and President Obama for not being serious about jobs and the economy, referring to the liberal attacks on the Koch brothers. The Times ended up misquoting McConnell, but added a correction today.

Correction: April 9, 2014
An earlier version of this article misidentified the target of criticism by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, as the Senate prepared to vote on legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women. When he referred to “the left’s latest bizarre obsession,” he was criticizing Democrats’ attacks on David H. and Charles G. Koch, conservative billionaires whose political organizations have spent more than $30 million on ads so far to help Republicans win control of the Senate. He was not referring to the pay-equity issue.

The aforementioned sites that covered the comment added corrections after McConnell’s office clarified the remarks.

[h/t Erik Wemple]
[photo via Gage Skidmore]

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