CORRECTED: ThinkProgress has the real deal, and I had it wrong (though I should stipulate that I actually wouldn’t care if any of those people visited the White House…) But the facts are these: Jay Z and Michael Jordan? yes, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright: not so much…
… as the original post by White House ethics counselor Norm Eisen makes clear, the “William Ayers” and “Jeremiah Wright” on the list are actually different individuals who merely share the same name:
Given this large amount of data, the records we are publishing today include a few “false positives” – names that make you think of a well-known person, but are actually someone else. In September, requests were submitted for the names of some famous or controversial figures (for example Michael Jordan, William Ayers, Michael Moore, Jeremiah Wright, Robert Kelly (”R. Kelly”), and Malik Shabazz). The well-known individuals with those names never actually came to the White House. Nevertheless, we were asked for those names and so we have included records for those individuals who were here and share the same names.
And from the Washington Post:
The records reflect only those names that members of the public specifically requested information about from the White House Counsel’s office and so is skewed in the direction of famous individuals who are a matter of public interest or controversy. The White House’s comprehensive voluntary disclosure policy covers the period from Sept. 15, 2009 onwards, but not the earlier months of the administration.
Meanwhile, at least the folks at Fox can still be upset about GE/NBC’s Jeffrey Immelt. And Sean Carter (AKA Jay Z)? We can only hope that one’s actually true…
Check out the list for yourself here.