Former Texas State Senator and failed gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will be the subject of a new NBC series. The show is set to be a dramedy–defined as a comedy with dramatic moments. It is unclear if the show will touch on the utter humiliation Davis faced when her entire life story was exposed as a series of fabrications or the near constant humor that was her failed campaign.
Considering NBC’s political bent, it is likely the comedy aspect of the series will be rendered from the misrepresentation of the people surrounding Davis. Maybe we will see a “dedicated lawmaker who stands up for women in a sea of self-righteous Republicans who are idiots.”
Of course, we all know the real comedic relief to be found in the life of Davis. In a shocking report, a left-of-center news outlet in Texas exposed that Davis had “blurred” her life story. Almost each and every detail she used to get votes and support had been a lie. That Dallas Morning News report from their heavy-hitter, Wayne Slater, went against the norm for left-of-center outlets and actually investigated a Democratic candidate. He wrote:
FORT WORTH — Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century.
While her state Senate filibuster last year captured national attention, it is her biography — a divorced teenage mother living in a trailer who earned her way to Harvard and political achievement — that her team is using to attract voters and boost fundraising.
Slater revealed that Davis divorced at 21, not a teenager as she so often claimed to make “her struggle” more admirable to the masses. He revealed that she had lived in a family-owned trailer for a a few months at most until they got her into an apartment. Slater and his outlet ventured into pro-Democrat spin just a bit, but they still exposed Davis for what she was: a deceptive liar. Regardless of their effort to help her as they exposed her when they wrote, “The basic elements of the narrative are true, but the full story of Davis’ life is more complicated, as often happens when public figures aim to define themselves. In the shorthand version that has developed, some facts have been blurred,” Texans now knew she was a liar.
The actions of the Associated Press (AP) could also provide comedic value to the new NBC series, as they pulled one of the oldest tricks in the activist journalism handbook to help Davis. Another lie surfaced that Davis had told to the press over and over and the AP gently mentioned it at the end of a report headlined, “Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ dramatic story may have misstated details.”
Davis had claimed that her mother was a 6th grade dropout from a West Texas school. However, photos of her mother as a student in later years of education surfaced in the actual yearbook at Muleshoe High School and her mother’s Facebook page also contradicted the her claims. The AP, if acting in their own business interests, would have written a piece as “Another Wendy Davis Fabrication Surfaces.” However, they did not. They simply inserted a brief graph into a story about the Dallas Morning News piece. Such editorial choices served to diminish the significance of the additional lie and prevented another news outlet from “breaking” such a big story. The graph was inserted near the end. It read:
Meanwhile, another potential question about Davis’ past comes from the Facebook page of her mother, Ginger Cornstubble, which references attending Muleshoe High School in West Texas. That contradicts a 2012 suggestion by Davis that her mother had just a sixth grade education.
But in her statement, Davis said her mother “had attended school only into the ninth grade.”
This reporter visited Muleshoe High School and went through their archives. We found a picture of her mother as a sophomore.
NBC will have no problem getting laughs if they follow through on their dramedy inspired by the life of Wendy Davis.
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