What has mainly been a New Media story up till now, especially in the realm of being curious enough to vet someone who could become a United States Senator (what a concept!), has finally burst to life in old media. Thanks mainly to yesterday's media moment created by a tenacious reporter who could no longer ignore the issue and an ever-mounting pile of facts accumulated by Breitbart News' Michael Patrick Leahy -- two high-profile left-wing news outlets have just turned on "Fauxahontas" U.S. Senate Candidate, Elizabeth Warren:
An exasperated Elizabeth Warren told reporters Thursday that she’s certain about her Native American roots “because my mother told me so.”
Surrounded by a group of reporters, the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate was repeatedly questioned about why she hasn’t produced documentation to prove that she is part Native American. After several minutes of grilling, Warren said, “I am proud of my family and I am proud of my heritage.” …
Warren, who is facing a tough battle against incumbent Sen.Brown, has been pummeled by her opponent as well as the press after it was first reported that she had previously identified herself as an ethnic minority. According to the Harvard law professor, she is 1/32nd Native American, and her campaign has maintained that Warren never leveraged her ethnic status to gain professional advantages.
The Boston Globe not only picked the story up today, but actually connected the dots all the way back to Harvard Professor Derrick Bell:
In the years before Warren first came to Harvard Law, the school was under intense pressure to diversify its faculty. In 1990, Derrick Bell, a prominent black law professor, went on a one-man strike, taking an unpaid leave of absence to protest the fact that the law school had not yet brought a black female academic permanently on board. He was dismissed from the faculty.
The same year, the Department of Labor audited Harvard’s diversity practices based on its affirmative action plan, the thick census and policy document all major employers are required to compile each year and make available to the department on request. Also in 1990, 12 students sued the law school, alleging it discriminated against academic job applicants on the basis of race and gender.
The suit was ultimately dismissed when a judge ruled the students had not demonstrated that they were “persons aggrieved.’’ Harvard agreed to remedy 10 violations the Labor Department identified, bringing the audit to an end. But the controversy over diversity at Harvard Law did not cease.
Warren arrived as a visiting professor in 1992, but left a year later. By then, she had been listing herself for seven years as a minority in a legal directory often used by law recruiters to make diversity-friendly hires. She continued to list herself in the book until 1995, the year she took a permanent position at Harvard.
Naturally, the Globe refused to connect that extra dot that leads to Barack Obama, but that's why God invented New Media.
Both of these stories establish a turning point for Warren, and maybe a fatal one -- especially with her powerhouse local paper, the Boston Globe. Once the media digs their teeth into something like this, out of sheer pride and the universal disgust we all share in the face of being deceived, the media can be reluctant to let go, even if it goes against their own partisan interests.
The media also knows that Warren could be fatally hurt by this scandal and that the sooner she comes clean, the better her chances are against Scott Brown. So their motives here aren't entirely pure.
The thin corrupt line between Democrats and electoral defeat is almost always the mainstream media. Republicans can with the media against them and usually have to, but without the corrupt media on their side, Democrats lose elections at something close to a 100% rate. The media knows this, Democrats know this, and this is why New Media has to work so damn hard to push legitimate stories into the MSM's narrative.
But push we must -- on the pages of sites like this one, the pages of Facebook, and our Twitter accounts.
Go to work.
ADDED: When you've lost your local NPR station...
Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren continues to dodge questions about why Harvard University once called her a minority professor. Warren was asked repeatedly about the matter at a campaign event in Brookline on Thursday, her first in nearly two weeks at which the press was allowed, as she has struggled to regain control of her campaign message.
For 12 days, Warren held campaign events, but no press was there to cover them because her campaign did not want reporters there to ask questions. Finally, Thursday, reporters were invited to cover an event at a pub in Brookline where Warren was meeting supporters. The place was packed with people eager to volunteer for Warren and to raise money for her. When talking to reporters, Warren tried to focus on a subject that matters to her.
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