By covering for Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., mainstream media outlets hurt her chances in the general election, assuming she becomes the party’s nominee, and will actually help re-elect President Donald Trump.
They’re also ignoring the purpose of a free and independent press — to serve as the people’s watchdog and keep government figures in check.
The public is generally aware of Warren’s long-held, false claim that she has Native American ancestry. But she’s been pushing other narratives that also appear to be fabrications.
One describes a family discussion of her desire to continue her education — highlighting the high cost of college and promoting her call for “free” higher education. Another relates to the end of her former occupation as a special needs educator — emphasizing her fight for women’s rights.
The first discrepancy centers on her early desire to attend college. In a 2017 book, “This Fight is Our Fight,” she said of her mother, “Quick as lightning, she hit me hard in the face,” because of the high cost of the college education she desired.
However, the family discussion was more civil when she described what is apparently that same scene in a 2014 book, “A Fighting Chance.” In it she says, “My mother kept saying no, but then Daddy surprised both of us, saying: ‘Let her try, Polly.’”
When advancing women’s issues on the campaign trail, Warren often tells the story of how she lost her first teaching position.
“I loved that job,” she said at one event. “But by the end of the first year I was quite visibly pregnant and the principal didn’t invite me back for the next school year.”
She repeated the same story often in other campaign appearances.
But then a March 8, 2007, interview with Harry Kreisler on “Conversations with History” surfaced, in which Warren said she left that job on her own.
“I worked in a public school system with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an ‘emergency certificate,’ it was called. I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, ‘I don’t think this is going to work out for me.’”
The Washington Free Beacon unearthed the minutes from a 1971 board of education meeting in which its members offered her a second year teaching contract. However, two months later the board members indicated that they’d accepted Warren’s resignation “with regret.”
FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver made two observations — one directed at Warren and the second at media.
“I don't know this is a particularly serious scandal for Warren — maybe it's something that just requires a clear explanation from her campaign,” he tweeted. “But it's interesting that it's circulating on both conservative Twitter and Bernie Twitter, but getting almost no mainstream pickup.”
Instead of “a clear explanation from her campaign,” however, the candidate herself doubled down on her original claim — that she’d been fired as a teacher because of her pregnancy.
She tripled down in a Tuesday evening email to her supporters in which she described the event as “pregnancy discrimination,” and added that “our stories matter.”
Back in the opening days of the 2016 GOP presidential debates, many conservatives and especially early Trump supporters criticized then-Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly for her pointed questions directed at Trump. They each involved statements, acts, and decisions Trump made in the past — all uncomfortable, some cringeworthy.
However, that turned out to be the best thing imaginable for his campaign. First of all, it prepared the candidate for those questions if raised by opponents afterwards, and secondly, by the time the general election rolled around, voters considered it old news.
Ironically, Warren sent an email to her supporters Tuesday afternoon that displayed a keen lack of self-awareness. She announced her “plan to strengthen the ethical integrity” of the federal bench.
She may want to consider shoring up her own “ethical integrity” and that of her campaign. And meanwhile, mainstream media may want to do the same, and consider giving her the very scrutiny that they routinely give Republican candidates.
By giving Warren a pass, they’re actually setting her and the Democratic Party up for failure in 2020 — which is fine with me.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Hee Now.
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