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HuffPo Publishes 2,300-Word Defense of Warren’s Botched DNA Test Rollout

The liberal publication really, really wants readers to believe nobody is upset about how Warren handled her ancestry results rollout.

By NTK Staff | 01.04.2019 @12:40pm
HuffPo Publishes 2,300-Word Defense of Warren’s Botched DNA Test Rollout

The Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery published a 2,300-plus-word defense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren Friday in the latest sign that Democrats are worried about Warren’s appeal both within the Democratic Party and more broadly among the American electorate.

“Tribal leaders have far more pressing matters to deal with than a senator’s DNA test,” Bendery insists at the top of her essay.

That’s according to a “survey” of “a dozen tribal chiefs” that the publication spoke to. Miraculously, none of those tribal chiefs had a negative word to say about Warren.

As for the tribal leaders who spoke out against Warren’s DNA test stunt, Bendery explains that their opinions don’t matter because one is a “known Warren critic” and the other also said positive things about Warren:

Of the three Native voices mixed in with political pundits in the Times story, one is a known Warren critic and one is a congresswoman-elect whose positive comments were buried ― a stunning distortion of how many tribal leaders and Native people in general feel about Warren’s move.

“The consensus was clear,” Bendery wrote about the reaction from tribal leaders she spoke to. “This narrative is incredibly overblown.”

Completely missing from Bendery’s piece is any acknowledgement that Warren, who wants to be president, did not handle this situation as effectively as she could have.

Presidential campaigns are a try-out, and Warren failed an early test. But don’t take NTK Network’s word for it: look at how well Warren is polling among progressive groups, nationally among Democrats, and even in her home state of Massachusetts.

UPDATE, 1:39PM: HuffPost updated its story Friday afternoon after hearing back from a spokesperson for the Cherokee Nation. After Bendery published comments intended to undercut Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, she updated her story to note that Hoskin’s criticisms of Warren’s DNA stunt are indeed the views of the Cherokee Nation and that Hoskin “does speak for the tribe.”

“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” Hoskin said in a statement on behalf of the Cherokee Nation in October.

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