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    Boston Globe deep sixes article criticising Elizabeth Warren, substitutes Menino defense of Warren

    Boston Globe deep sixes article criticising Elizabeth Warren, substitutes Menino defense of Warren

    A number of readers forwarded me the link to an article about Scott Brown’s demand that Harvard correct its filings with the Labor Department to remove Elizabeth Warren’s listing as a Native American.  Reader Tom wrote:


    Senator Brown’s now taking on HARVARD in his campaign. It’s become middle America vs. the Elites – pass the popcorn!

    “She falsely described herself as a minority and some of the schools where she worked relied on that information to misrepresent the diversity of their faculty,” Brown said in a statement. “I call on Harvard President [Drew] Faust to immediately correct the record with the relevant federal agencies and uphold Harvard’s 400-year-old tradition of abiding by the truth.” . . . .

    “Today, Brown shot back: “I’m highly offended that Elizabeth Warren would accuse me of attacking her family when I have not done nothing of the kind. To make that kind of wild and baseless charge is disturbing.”

    Damn, he’s a good campaigner.

    It was a very good article, giving Brown a fair shot at Harvard and Warren.  I even received a call from a reporter for another newspaper requesting my comment about the Brown criticism of Harvard.

    I saved the link to post later in the day, since I already had put up a post this morning, Elizabeth Warren listed as “woman of color” in Harvard student journal in 1993.

    The original still is in Google Cache:

    The Globe’s own search index shows the original title of the article:

    But when I went to the link this afternoon just before 4 p.m., the url. directed to a post in which Boston Mayor Tom Menino was defending Warren!

    Here’s the new headline and introductory text:

    Mayor Menino criticizes focus on Elizabeth Warren’s heritage

    On a day when Senator Scott Brown sought to fan further questions about Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who has not been shy about praising Brown, made clear he is fed up with the issue.

    “I think she has come clean but nobody has let her off the hook,” Menino said. “It’s not relevant at all in the campaign. Let’s talk about the real issues: education, housing, crime. Those are the real issues we should be talking about. This is one of the issues that you [use to] try to divert as a candidate because you can’t deal with the real issues.” ….


    The Globe went from a widely circulated post hammering Warren, to a post in which Warren vigorously was defended and Brown derided for raising a non-issue — without any notice to readers of what had happened.

    As of this writing (4 p.m. Eastern) the post had been shared several hundred times, most of which almost certainly came before the switchover at 2:24 p.m.:

    The Globe now has an AP article, which the Globe posted under a separate url. which as of this writing has not been shared or commented on.

    This is the sort of thing which gives the media a bad name.  If The Globe wanted to deep six the original post, it should not have done a complete substitution, particularly since it went from hitting Warren to defending her.  And even if it were to do such a thing, there should have been a notice.

    All of the many hundreds of people who shared the original post because they thought it was critical of Warren were made unwitting dupes to a defense of Warren by Tom Menino.


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    The Boston Globe, if I recall correctly, is owned by the NYTimes corporation…since when does the NTY allow any articles critical of a Liberal/Progressive politician be published?

    I’m just saying…

    Rich Vail
    Pikesville, Maryland

    Bitterlyclinging | May 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

    [powerlineblog was waiting. You’ve created your own instalanche, professor.]

    “Has William Jacobson commented on this story? If so, I can’t find it, although he was at work on a related Globe story yesterday.”

    [The next task after Ms Warren is doing something about ‘Choomwagon’ aka ‘The Pakalolo Kid’]

    SoCalSurfer | May 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Below are links to a new service,, which screen-grabs the “front page” of various news sites once an hour, including, the Boston Globe.

    The headline “Brown accuses Harvard of falsely reporting Warren’s ethnicity” appears in the top section, just below the headline “Filing on Warren’s ethnicity add to questions”, sometime between 8:00 and 9:00am EDT:

    Boston Globe / Friday May 25, 2012, 9:02 a.m. PDT

    Two hours later the headlines are flipped:

    Boston Globe / Friday May 25, 2012, 11:02 a.m. PDT

    Sometime in the next hour, the “Brown: Harvard” headline is replaced with the “Menino weighs in on flap over Warren’s heritage” headline:

    Boston Globe / Friday May 25, 2012, 12:02 p.m. PDT

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