Sun. Feb 24th, 2019

‘Gotcha!’ media protection of Elizabeth Warren is already absurd

Let’s be sincere: The Warren ancestry story has devolved into one a couple of soggy course of. The press not actually cares what the details of her household background are, as a result of they don’t seem to be particularly  urgent. As a substitute, reporters now declare to care about how the story has unfolded and what the “optics” are, as journalists press the declare that Warren has bungled the problem—i.e., what does this all inform us about Warren as an individual, a politician, and a attainable president? And to do this, the press has frequently tried to hold the information hook on the concept Warren’s ancestry claims have enraged Native American leaders, and that Warren has been hit with “criticism from each side of the aisle,” because the Washington Publish not too long ago claimed.

However that is merely not true.

By way of Democratic members of Congress and key progressive leaders, it is nearly unimaginable to search out any who’ve faulted Warren on this story. (Rep. Deb Haaland, certainly one of two Native American members of Congress, has completely backed Warren on this difficulty.) As for Native American leaders, a wonderful HuffPost article final month detailed how the press has utterly misplayed the story.

After interviewing a dozen tribal chiefs, Native politicians, researchers, and influencers concerning the Warren story and the infinite media protection hyping a supposed controversy, HuffPost concluded, “The consensus was clear: This narrative is extremely overblown. Tribal leaders have way more urgent issues to cope with than a senator’s DNA check.” “It’s media fodder. It’s sensationalism. That’s what it’s,” Richard Sneed, the principal chief of the Japanese Band of Cherokee Indians, mentioned. “All it takes is for one individual to say they’re offended, after which everyone does a canine pile.”

“The factor that basically, actually obtained me about these articles is that the emphasis is on all the outrage on behalf of Native Individuals, however they’re not speaking to any Native Individuals about it. In any respect,” Crystal Echo Hawk instructed HuffPost. Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and the CEO and president of Echo Hawk Consulting.

In the meantime, by way of the marketing campaign politics concerned, the concept Democratic candidates who run in opposition to Warren are going to leap on this Trump-driven assault line and lift the problem of her ancestry in opposition to her appears absurd. In truth, California Sen. Kamala Harris, an introduced presidential candidate, was not too long ago requested concerning the controversy and shortly handed:


.@KamalaHarris was invited to assault @ewarren at present by a reporter who requested whether or not Warren’s “habits” is any “much less egregious” than the VA officers who wore blackface. “She’s made a press release,” Harris mentioned of Warren. “I hear what she mentioned. And I take her at her phrase.”

— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) February 7, 2019

Did you discover how absurd the reporter’s premise was? The state of Virginia is at the moment being rocked by one its largest political scandals in generations, as two of the state’s prime public officers are going through attainable career-ending controversies. One revolves across the abhorrent observe of dressing up in blackface; the opposite includes allegations of sexual assault. In opposition to that backdrop, a reporter on Capitol Hill requested if Warren inaccurately filling out varieties a number of many years in the past primarily based on dangerous family-history data she had been given is just like blackface or sexual assault.

It is secure to say that the media has already misplaced perspective on the Warren story—and her candidacy is only a few days previous.

Eric Boehlert is a veteran progressive author and media analyst, previously with Media Issues and Salon. He’s the creator of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush and Bloggers on the Bus. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @EricBoehlert.

This publish was written and reported by means of our Each day Kos freelance program.

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