Last night, Elizabeth Warren finally admitted to the Boston Globe that she lied when she made previous statements that she had “no idea” why Harvard Law School referred to her as a “woman of color.” Ms. Warren confessed that she told Harvard Law School when she was hired as a Visiting Professor in 1992 that she was a “woman of color.”
Ms. Warren’s shocking revelation, after weeks of stonewalling and denying her complicity in Harvard’s numerous false public statements about her heritage, reverberated through a formerly friendly mainstream media this morning.
The Globe’s story acknowledged that Breitbart News' reporting led the way:
The Harvard records show the law school began to report a Native American woman for the academic year 1992-93. The Native American woman did not appear anywhere in the statistics for 1993-1994 or 1994-1995. During those years, Warren was back at the University of Pennsylvania, having rejected Harvard’s first attempt in February 1993 to court her for a tenured position.
After Warren returned to Penn, Harvard continued to pursue her.
On Wednesday, Breitbart.com reported that Robert Clark, former dean of the law school, said that to the best of his recollection, he was unaware of her purported ancestry when she was offered the job in February 1993, but learned of it before she joined the faculty in 1995.
Professor Charles Fried, who sat on the committee that recruited Warren, reiterated to the Globe on Wednesday that he was unaware of Warren’s minority status when she was hired. He said that the committee never discussed it and that he does not consult the legal directory in which Warren had listed herself as a minority.
Politico’s own story, posted this morning, followed up:
Elizabeth Warren admitted on Wednesday night for the first time that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania of her Native American heritage — in contrast to her previous claim that she was unaware Harvard had listed her as a minority professor until recently.
The Boston Globe then doubled down on its editorial pages this morning. In an unusual rebuke to Ms. Warren, the headline of the editorial read:
Elizabeth Warren should use convention to address Native American flap
On Saturday, Elizabeth Warren will formally introduce herself to thousands of delegates and onlookers at the state Democratic convention in Springfield. No doubt she’ll use her convention speech to tout her hardscrabble upbringing, her labors on behalf of the middle class, and her conviction that consumers need an advocate against predatory lenders. But the speech should also address how she came to be identified as Native American in a national legal directory and in Harvard diversity reports.
The Hill added to the story:
Massachusetts Senate candidate and Harvard University Professor Elizabeth Warren (D) said for the first time Wednesday night that she told Harvard she was Native American in the 1990s.
At 9:17 am et, the Washington Post joined the reporting on Ms. Warren’s most recent heritage claims:
Late Wednesday night, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren answered a question that has been dogging her for weeks, admitting that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American.
With the Boston Globe, Politico, The Hill, and the Washington Post now leading the charge against Ms. Warren, can the New York Times, CBS, and CNN be far behind? And what will Ed Schultz at MSNBC report on tonight?
Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.