Accuracy in Media

With the first Democratic presidential debates set for this week, the mainstream media has been setting up a win for Elizabeth Warren before the first question is asked.

She heroically overcame awkwardness, crooked teeth and a mother who wanted her to marry first and worry about school later to become a U.S. senator and now the most policy-wise campaign in the Democrat firmament, wrote the New York Times.

CNN went “Inside Elizabeth Warren’s policy factory,” where it found “’Every one of the decisions is her decision.”

Politico weighed in with “The Ivory Tower Team of wonks behind Warren’s policy agenda,” after having written six days ago that she has emerged “as a potential compromise nominee” that could speak to the socialist and traditional liberal wings of the party.

BuzzFeed wrote a feature on a program within Warren’s campaign to identify voters who switched to her from other campaigns, particularly that of Joe Biden – the kind of inside voter identification campaigns engage in every day.

The New York Times story, “How Elizabeth Warren Learned to Fight” – subhead: “She was Betsy to her mother, who expected her to marry. Liz to fellow high school debaters, whom she regularly beat. Now, the lessons of an Oklahoma childhood are center stage in the presidential race,” by Sabrina Tavernise, stands out for the lavish praise it heaps on the candidate.

“It was the debate club where she really found herself,” Tavernise wrote. “She loved learning about the big topics of the day. …. She was competitive and had extraordinary focus and self-discipline, spending hours after school each day practicing.” A debate teammate recalls that “even among good high school debaters, there was something different about his teammate Liz.”

It’s more than 50 years later, but now her “ferocious command of details on a debate stage once earned her a college scholarship.”

And she’s done it all against he backdrop of “tension between her ambitions in the world versus her understanding of a woman’s role in the home.”

The story moves right past the biggest controversy of Warren’s political career. “Her parents grew up in the tiny town of Wetumpka, where the western prairie meets the eastern hills, and eloped in 1932,” it states.

“The Herrings, her father’s family, opposed the match because her mother’s family, the Reeds, were part Native American, according to Ms. Warren’s account in her 2014 book, ‘A Fighting Chance.’”

Nowhere is it mentioned the mother’s family was not Native American or that the senator took an ancestry test that revealed she had misrepresented her heritage on various forms, applications and professional documents.

CNN’s MJ Lee paints a picture of a candidate working the crowds for hours on in each day and still participating down to the last detail in every policy pronouncement her campaign makes.

“In Washington, the political world was on edge as it waited for the long-anticipated release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation,” the story begins. “In Boston, Elizabeth Warren’s policy team was also waiting – but for a different kind of document.”

Finally, the document came. It was a policy paper on student loan forgiveness. “’I love data,’ she wrote in a memo that was viewed by CNN. ‘Yes, I’m on board for $50K in forgiveness for everyone under $100K in family income, with smooth transition from $100K to $250K. Yay!’”

She’s zooming past Bernie Sanders in the polls with her “muscular view of liberalism,” wrote the left-wing site Politico in “Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee” – subhead: “Centrists who once said the senator would lead the party to ruin are coming around to her as an alternative to Bernie Sanders.”

She’s “gaining traction” for her “wide-ranging ‘I have a plan for that’ policy playbook, which has just enough growth-and-opportunity center-left measures to earn her a serious look from former detractors.”

“One is a Democratic capitalist narrative,” said the co-founder of Third Way, the centrist think tank. “The other is a socialist narrative.”

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