David Broder {op-ed, Nov. 10} called for Attorney General Edwin Meese's resignation. James Kilpatrick {op-ed, Nov. 11} frantically beseeched that Mr. Meese be fired. Both suffer from a chronic disease that infects far too many opinion writers: disinformationitis. The symptoms are invariably an embarrassing lack of knowledge about the facts and little interest in finding them out.

This time, it was the nomination of Douglas Ginsburg that caused the ink to flow. A "comic episode," Mr. Broder calls it; Mr. Kilpatrick describes it as "a galling humiliation." The fact is that Judge Ginsburg deserved not only nomination but also confirmation. By his 41st birthday, his curriculum vitae boasted: a brilliant law student, clerk to U.S. circuit court judge Carl McGowan and to Justice Thurgood Marshall, highly respected professor at Harvard Law School (dividing his time as a legal consultant to major corporations), ranking government official at both the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Justice and, currently, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Broder dismisses these accomplishments as as an "extremely sketchy record"; Mr. Kilpatrick argues they are irrelevant ("in this town perception counts for more than reality"). For them, it is more telling that the judge divorced and remarried, that both his former wife and his current wife are strongly independent with legitimate interests of their own and that the judge had some years ago taken an occasional puff on a marijuana joint -- an acknowledged mistake for which he expressed regret and remorse. There is also a sinister reference to the most attenuatedconflict-of-interest allegation yet to surface in this town, which seems to feed on a steady diet of such allegations.

But Judge Ginsburg withdrew his name from nomination, sensing that the "clamor" over his life style by the likes of a Mr. Broder and a Mr. Kilpatrick would once again drown out reasoned debate over his philosophy and judicial methodology. The search for a scapegoat was on, and Mr. Broder and Mr. Kilpatrick reflexively turned to the attorney general. It is Mr. Meese who "blundered," one claimed; "towering ineptitude" was the other's assertion.

Baloney! Judge Ginsburg underwent close scrutiny at all quarters -- and repeatedly. Four previous FBI background investigations and two prior confirmation proceedings (each ending in unanimous Senate approval) revealed no cause for reservation. Those of us who knew him both personally and professionally at the Justice Department, the White House and OMB know the judge to be an honest and honorable man. Nothing that has come out since suggests a need to reassess.

No one who knows the facts blames the attorney general or believes for a minute that the Ginsburg nomination failed because of Mr. Meese's "incompetence" or Justice Department "mismanagement." To the contrary, the attorney general's stock has justifiably risen within the administration with the way in which he, in close (and always congenial) collaboration with Chief of Staff Howard Baker, has ably assisted the president in the all-important task of filling Justice Lewis Powell's seat on the Supreme Court.

The president has now nominated another circuit court judge equal in stature and qualifications to Judges Bork and Ginsburg, a man with a similarly strong commitment to the principled philosophy of judicial restraint. Judge Anthony Kennedy was enthusiastically backed by his longtime friend Ed Meese and by Mr. Baker. He, too, will make a superb justice. And upon his confirmation, most Americans -- at least those who, unlike Mr. Broder and Mr. Kilpatrick, do not finance their livelihoods in part through character assassination -- will join the president in thanking his two closest advisers once again for a job well done. WM. BRADFORD REYNOLDS Assistant Attorney General and Counsellor to the Attorney General Washington