Accuracy in Media

Over a year ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted a video about her DNA test results showing she was Native American, as she had claimed for years.

But the video disappeared almost overnight after a reporter reminded viewers that it was still on Warren’s Twitter feed.

Jim Treacher of PJ Media wrote a brief blog that reminded viewers of the one-year anniversary of Warren’s DNA test tweet and video. That blog, entitled, “Happy Anniversary to Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test!” discussed how Warren’s DNA test was supposed to prove that she was Native American and back up her prior claims of Native American heritage.

Warren released the news of her DNA test results with the Boston Globe, but after the article and video were published, analysts pointed out that she was not as Native American as she had claimed. Her opponents pointed to the test and claimed it showed that she was less Native American than the average American. In a recent article, CBS News said, “Before serving in the Senate, Warren had described herself as a minority in professional directories. That brought intense scrutiny, and prior to announcing her presidential run, Warren took a DNA test, proving she was a fraction Native American. The move backfired.”

Warren has since apologized, admitting that DNA tests alone do not prove Native American ancestry or heritage. But her campaign felt compelled to delete the tweet and video soon after Treacher’s blog was published, in addition to scrubbing their website of any references to Warren’s Native American heritage.

Yet, the media has remained silent on this stealth deletion campaign, while conservatives like Treacher continue to highlight the embarrassing reminder for Warren and her campaign about a past mistake.

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