BOZELL: Tolerance for Elizabeth Warren’s Fake News
The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of “fake news.” But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat.
Exhibit A right now is Elizabeth Warren, who falsely claimed in a professional directory to be descended from Cherokee Indians, so as to be listed as a minority when she was hired as a professor. When Trump makes fun of her by calling her “Pocahontas,” the networks get oh so upset and call it a “racial slur.” But they don’t seem to care one iota about how American Indians feel regarding white people who take on a fake minority identity.
The story broke during Warren’s 2012 campaign against then-Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts. In May, liberal writer Garance Franke-Ruta summarized for The Atlantic: “the progressive consumer advocate has been unable to point to evidence of Native heritage except for an unsubstantiated thirdhand report that she might be 1/32 Cherokee. Even if it could be proven, it wouldn’t qualify her to be a member of a tribe.” So a Senate candidate committed a race-based fraud. CBS broadcast programs touched the story once.
In June, Nancy Cordes reported that Warren said her relatives told her of her Cherokee background. Then, Cordes aired this double-lie sound bite from Warren: “I know my family’s heritage. It’s also been clear from the very beginning that I never got any special breaks from it.” If she knew her family heritage, why couldn’t she document it? Why invent the heritage if not to derive advantages from it?
Cordes then neatly bundled and threw away the entire controversy: “Recent polls show most voters in Massachusetts don’t think Warren’s heritage is a big deal,” she said. Those “truth” tellers implied that we shouldn’t get too disturbed by a little lie to get hired at an Ivy League.
NBC also touched it just once that year, on the “Today” show on Oct. 2, after David Gregory moderated a Brown-Warren debate. He asked Warren, “Do you consider yourself a minority?” She replied: “I listed myself as Native American. … It’s part of who I am.” Gregory later asked her: “Are you hiding something?” Again, Warren lied: “No, I’m not. I never used it for college, for law school or to get a job.”
Over and out.
Just try to put those sentences together: “I listed myself as Native American in a professional directory … and I never used it to get a job.”
In response, the “facts first” media simply walked away. To address this honestly was to call her a liar. PolitiFact has only seven rulings on Warren, four “Mostly True” and three “Half True.” The site has never addressed this lie.
By the way, ABC never covered this controversy in 2012.
When Trump called her Pocahontas in 2016, the networks brought out the weasel words. ABC’s Mary Bruce reported, “Friday night, Trump hitting hard, attacking her for once claiming she was Native American.” Once claiming? She has claimed it for years . She claimed it throughout the 2012 campaign. She claimed it in five recipes she submitted to a “Pow Wow Chow” cookbook.
The same routine continued this week when Trump called her Pocahontas while honoring Navajo code talkers from World War II. Nancy Cordes at CBS breezily recounted, “It’s a reference to the Massachusetts senator’s past claims of Cherokee ancestry.” But she added: “Democrats called it a racial slur. Warren called it disturbing.”
It’s disturbing, all right. It’s disturbing that Warren routinely gets a pass on her lies. These are the benefits the liberal media hand out to their favorites.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Founder and president of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Established in 1987, the MRC has made “media bias” a household term, tracking it daily and printing the compiled evidence biweekly in its well-known Notable Quotables, as well as the daily CyberAlert intelligence report on the Internet. His most recent book, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will, was released in November 2007. His previous book, Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media, was released in July 2004.
In 1998, Mr. Bozell launched CNSNews.com, an online news service with an emphasis on investigative journalism. CNSNews.com has become a major Internet news source with a full staff of journalists in its Washington, D.C. metro bureau, with other correspondents around the world. In October 2006, Mr. Bozell founded the Culture and Media Institute (CMI), whose mission is to thwart the efforts of the liberal media to subvert America’s culture, character, traditional moral values and religious liberty. CMI complements the MRC’s Business and Media Institute (BMI), founded in 1992 to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media.
Mr. Bozell has also launched a number of other websites under the MRC umbrella including www.mediaresearch.org, www.timeswatch.org, www.mrcaction.org and www.Newsbusters.org, a “blog” site that became one of the top 15 blog sites in America within two months of its launch in 2005.
Founder and former president of the Parents Television Council, Mr. Bozell established the largest Hollywood-based organization dedicated to restoring responsibility to the entertainment industry. The PTC at http://www.parentstv.org features the “Family Guide to Prime Time Television,” which aids parents in making informed viewing decisions for their children. PTC conducted the largest national newspaper ad campaign in history with late Honorary Chairman Steve Allen, and has mobilized almost one million parents and other concerned members behind its efforts.
Mr. Bozell is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in publications such as Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Investors Business Daily and National Review. He is regularly invited to provide media expertise on news programs by all the major networks and cable affiliates. He is frequently invited to appear on Fox News Channel shows such as Fox & Friends, Hannity & Colmes and The O’Reilly Factor, and other appearances include NBC's Today show, CNN's Inside Politics and Larry King Live, ABC's Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CBN and Entertainment Tonight. He has appeared as a guest and guest host on hundreds of radio shows, from local talk shows to ABC Radio, NPR’s Morning Edition, the Michael Reagan Show and the Rush Limbaugh Show.
Named the 1998 Pew Memorial Lecturer by Grove City College, Mr. Bozell is a frequent speaking guest on school campuses and for civic and political organizations around the country.
Mr. Bozell received his B.A. in History from the University of Dallas, where he was named the 1998 Alumnus of the Year. He is married, with five children and two grandchildren.
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