Elizabeth Warren: Trapped in Web of Lies

by Nathan Harden - Fix Editor on May 31, 2012

The Harvard Law professor and Massachusetts Senate candidate now admits that she told Harvard she was Native American. She previously said she didn’t know how she came to be listed as Native American on the university’s federal diversity filings. Furthermore, she continues to insist that race played no role in her recruitment, even though the former Harvard dean who recruited her says he was aware of her claims to minority status when he hired her.

Prior to being hired by Harvard, Warren had also listed herself as a minority at U Penn.

Amazingly, Warren and her campaign seem to be doubling down on her claims to minority status, claims which the Boston Globe and other publications have thoroughly debunked.

The Globe reports:

“At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,’’ she said in a statement issued by her campaign. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.’’

Warren’s statement is her first acknowledgment that she identified herself as Native American to the Ivy League schools. While she has said she identified herself as a minority in a legal directory, she has carefully avoided any suggestion during the last month that she took further actions to promote her purported heritage.

When the issue first surfaced last month, Warren said she only learned Harvard was claiming her as a minority when she read it in the Boston Herald.

In other words, she lied. When the Globe showed her evidence that she had lied, she changed her story. But there’s more:

Federal statistics like those in the Harvard records, which were compiled for the Department of Labor, rely on a definition of “Native American’’ that requires both ancestry and an official affiliation with a tribe or community. The 1992-93 and 1995-96 Harvard reports indicate the university relied on that definition during those years as well as the years since. Warren has not met any of those standards. Though she continues to consider herself Native American, she has not provided any genealogical evidence.

In fact, to date, Warren has provided no genealogical evidence whatsoever to substantiate her claims. Nevertheless, Harvard was aware of her claims to minority status when it hired her for a tenured position in 1995.

On Wednesday, Breitbart.com reported that Robert Clark, former dean of the law school, said that to the best of his recollection, he was unaware of her purported ancestry when she was offered the job in February 1993, but learned of it before she joined the faculty in 1995.

The Blog Legal Insurrection reported details about how even Warren’s claim to be 1/32nd Cherokee (claims which the Boston Globe initially reported as valid, before having to issue a retraction) have been debunked. Supposedly, an old marriage license showed that a great-great-great grandmother had listed herself as Cherokee. The existence of this document was widely touted in the media before the Globe ultimately made it’s correction, admitting that even Warren’s desperate, panicked claim to being 1/32nd Cherokee had no evidence to support it. She is, in other words, as white as they come.

As you know, that Boston Globe story created a legend which lives on in the media despite having been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked at every level, and one from which even NEHGS has walked away.

The Globe finally gets around to correcting the story, but buries it in the “For the Record” correction section today:

Correction: Because of a reporting error, a story in the May 1 Metro section and the accompanying headline incorrectly described the 1894 document that was purported to list Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great grandmother as a Cherokee. The document, alluded to in a family newsletter found by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, was an application for a marriage license,  not the license itself. Neither the society nor the Globe has seen the primary document, whose existence has not been proven.

(Note:  The correction references an article on May 1 which repeated the story; the correction now is appended at the end of the original online version.)

That’s it?  After all the trouble The Globe caused, necessitating countless hours by lowly bloggers to correct the falsehood.

The Globe and the false report of a 1/32 Cherokee connection may have saved Warren’s campaign, as it came at a time when her campaign was in panic and without any evidence to substantiate her claim to Native American ancestry, which she used when a junior faculty member in a law school association directory to obtain “minority law teacher” status.

The false report bought Warren time during which various supportive pundits could opine about what it means to be Cherokee and how dare white people impose their own standards.

Blond haired, blue-eyed Elizabeth Warren, who listed herself as “white” when she taught at the university of Texas in the eighties, suddenly launched herself into a lucrative and prestigious career in the Ivy League after she began claiming minority status. Her $300,000 a year Harvard salary, her former position in the Obama administration, her victory in the Massachusetts Democratic senate primary race–all of these things were obtained on the basis of a lie Warren told others about herself. For now, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, she refuses to admit the facts about her false claims to minority status.

Isn’t it time for Elizabeth Warren to tell the truth?

UPDATE: This article originally reported that Elizabeth Warren began listing herself as Native American in the early nineties. In fact, she began doing so in the late eighties. A short time later she landed her first job teaching in the Ivy League.

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  • R.P.

    NYTimes: Warren’s research “wrong”

    ” .. Elizabeth Warren is awesome ..”

    Yeah — at waste, incompetence and spending. From NYT:

    http://nyti.ms/ax4BW4

    ” .. Last summer, Harvard researchers (Warren) published a headline-grabbing paper that concluded that illness or medical bills contributed to 62 percent of bankruptcies in 2007, up from about half in 2001. More than three-fourths of those with medical debt had health insurance.

    “But the researchers’ methodology has been criticized as defining medical bankruptcy too broadly and for the ideological leanings of its authors, some of whom are outspoken advocates for nationalized health care ..”

    Cheating has no boundaries. You will pay for her “research” for decades. And perhaps with your life.

    Shame, Ms. Warren.

  • MrObstat

    Thecollegefix wrote:

    “suddenly launched herself into a lucrative and prestigious career in the Ivy League after she began claiming minority status in the early nineties”

    Thanks for the article. Please get the facts straight.

    Warren started the lies about her minority status evidently NOT in the 90s but in the 80s — 1986 to be more precise — listing herself as a minority in a law directory specifically used as a recruitment tool by law schools. In 1987 she was offered her first of three job offers from Ivy League schools by the University of Pennsylvania. This was a big step up from her previous teaching jobs. That was followed rather rapidly (considering the pace of job offers normally) by job offers from Harvard in 1992 for a visiting professor position and in 1995 for a tenured position.

    Warren called off the scam in 1996 immediately after earning tenure at Harvard.

    A junior self-identified white professor who graduated from a modest law school (Rutgers today enrolls students with weak inter-quartile range LSAT scores (25% to 75%) of 155-160 while Harvard accepts students with a hugely higher range of 171-176 — Rutgers students would certainly nearly ALL fall into the bottom 10% of students at Harvard) decides to scam the affirmative action system in 1986 and is suddenly met with
    immediate
    stunning
    multiple
    poorly-vetting

    Ivy League law school job offers from two top schools that were under intense pressure to hire minority professors. She shuts off the scam immediately after earning tenure.

    And, after perhaps 15-16 additional years of evidently NOT self-identifying officially as a 1/32 Cherokee after 1996, Warren is now being forced by her web of lies to totally but only very recently re-embrace her fake Indian heritage. If she is so darn proud of her heritage, please ask her when she reverted back so proudly and so loudly to publicize this fact after halting her official claim way, way back in 1996 —- turning off the affirmative action spigot that she no longer needed to you.

    She is shameless. Her lies condemn her.

    She needs to go back to Harvard to explain why she should not be dismissed for fraud.

    • Nathan Harden

      You are correct about her listing herself as Native American in the late 1980′s. Thanks for bringing the correct date and timeline to our attention.

  • Jack

    May all of you spouting such hate and vitriol find yourselves one day under media investigation. You “doth protest too much.”
    From what I’ve seen on college campuses these days, I’m sure all of you have done far worse to get ahead.
    May it someday be exposed — and then Ms Warren’s checking of a box that says Native American when she has Native American ancestry seems like a non-issue.

    • Nathan Harden

      Thank you for your comment. Did you read the full article? Her claims to Native American ancestry are without basis in fact. They have been thoroughly disproved. Furthermore, her false claims have made a laughing stock of affirmative action.

    • rocketride

      Jack (or should we call you Jack-off) –

      You sure are quick off the starting line with the bigoted assumptions about whole groups of people. Sounds like typical libtard projection from here. The apparent fact that you couldn’t get into or through college on your own merits doesn’t say anything about anyone else’s ability to do so.

    • Rob

      Everyone focuses on the Cherokee lie told by Liz Warren, (Indian name, Sitting Bullcrap). Let’s not forget her other accomplishments, she plagerized recipies and put them in a POW WOW CHOW cook book, stating they were family recipies. She copied them word for word from a newspaper. She preaches about sticking up for the little guy, but I guess buying the little guys home after he was foreclosed upon and flipping them for big profits is her idea of helping him out. She profited off others misfortune. Oh and let us not forget her lie about her parents eloping due to her fathers families disapproval of her father marrying an Indian. But the truth is they got married in a church right by their house. Oh but my favorite is when she said she was the founder of the movement, that is until it became a drug ridden rapefest.
      I’m sure she’s a nice woman, and I actually feel sorry for her, but if she lies about this stuff, what do you think she’ll do with things that are big and effect us. She lied, a lot…. and they’ve all been proven lies. The first thing a person should think of before they vote for a candidate is not the D or the R in front of the individuals name, but that persons integrity. Liberals can bash Scott Brown all they want, but Brown is a classey guy, good father, straight shooter, and genuinley cares about the country first.

  • Wingy

    Right; Elizabeth the Indian??? NOT…
    Wonder what other qualifications she has for teaching law???

    Lying on your application is NOT a qualification…

    Any student or graduate with Elizabeth Warren listed on their resume or college records is in for scrutiny by any future employer…especially any really solid law firm…

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  • doozy

    she has a law degree from rutgers which is a good qualification for teaching law…