A questionable “fact check” report on Sen. Elizabeth Warren and DNA earned NBC News some raised eyebrows and plenty of ridicule.
“Trump wants Warren to prove her Native American heritage. Could she?” the Friday report asked, following President Trump’s latest challenge to the Massachusetts Democrat.
“I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” the president joked at a campaign rally in Montana, daring Warren to take a DNA test to prove her claims of Native American heritage.
NBC News proceeded to “fact check” Warren’s heritage claims, reporting that DNA tests “could not show a specific tribe” and are conveniently “more unreliable for Native Americans.”
DNA tests are not widely accepted as proof of tribal citizenship — in part because the DNA could not show a specific tribe, only some genetic markers from Native people — and are more unreliable for Native Americans than for other ancestral regions. https://t.co/D9KFhDaeN8
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 6, 2018
The report raised the eyebrows of many skeptical readers.
Lol the president didn’t ask her to declare a tribe. Mitochondrial DNA does show maternal origins including tribal American origins.
Why won’t she prove what she claims?
— ن (@Parineca) July 6, 2018
don’t think trump is accusing her of lying about which tribe she’s supposedly from https://t.co/IzX4FiTn8z
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) July 6, 2018
She could still do it tho. She has the “high cheekbones,” remember? https://t.co/8CxLQ6raN8
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) July 6, 2018
NBC trying to cast doubt on DNA tests as part of a cover operation for Warren’s heritage is something else. https://t.co/VINTLy6DCw
— Dan (@danieltobin) July 7, 2018
But…um…we don’t care about her specific tribe.
Could you BE any more obvious, NBC? https://t.co/0J9OqFVPMr
— Hannah Bleau (@hannahbleau_) July 7, 2018
The question of journalistic integrity was also an issue.
Why is the lede about the ineffectiveness of DNA tests and not about the fact that she fabricated Native Anerican heritage? https://t.co/ldgaMblILi
— Mrz.T (@MaeTellu) July 7, 2018
— Toothpick Vic (@Toothpick_Vic76) July 7, 2018
I think this, is
ok an editor greenlighted this? https://t.co/izD3DrhuaA
— DaveinTexas (@DaveinTexas) July 6, 2018
Man, the contortions the press will go through to defend a Democrat. Amazing.
— susan price (@sbprice) July 6, 2018
There were some credible moments in the NBC News “fact check,” however:
There is no documented proof that Warren is descended from Native Americans.
Warren has not provided any. Genealogists who have investigated her history have found her relatives to be listed as white in historical documents like the Census and do not appear in the Indian documents typically used to verify claims of Native American ancestry, like the Dawes Rolls.
Warren’s family on her mother’s side was traced back four generations to the turn of the 19th century by Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes who found the records listed all members as white. And out of the 45 Indian records and documents she reviewed, Barnes could not find any one of Warren’s family, NBC News reported.
But the report confusingly concluded:
This doesn’t mean that Warren is not Native American — some Native Americans were not listed in the Dawes Rolls, for instance, or her ancestors could be from well before those records — but it does mean that there is no evidence that she is, either.
“The fact that it hasn’t been substantiated doesn’t 100 percent mean it won’t be substantiated,” genealogist Megan Smolenyak told NBC News so conclusively.
Warren continues to stand by the stories she was told by her mother when she was a child.
The latest liberal media check on the Democrat’s claims seemed only to create more mockery.
Told you the left would find a way to make a negative test okay. https://t.co/jFLJP29ixd
— TJ is Jack the Wonderdog’s person. (@TJisRacerX) July 6, 2018
I guess it works for everyone else in the world except Elisabeth Warren.
— Seewetoldu (@rhhhhh380) July 7, 2018
Fake News NBC runs cover for the fake Indian Elizabeth Warren https://t.co/pjDbBbEvwY
— Cristina Laila (@cristinalaila1) July 7, 2018
They are now pre-emptively covering for Democratic politicians. “Don’t bother making her take a DNA test, cause it won’t prove anything anyway” https://t.co/h8eWn2Dqh0
— Small Gov Lizard (@smallgovlizard) July 6, 2018
Who needs DNA markers when you have high cheekbones … https://t.co/Arp0TUkuEF
— Space Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock (@conkc2) July 7, 2018
I know alnost nothing about genetics but I know that a woman who claims Native American heritage in order to secure a spot at a prestigious institution should be able to back up that claim. If not she lied and stole someone else’s opportunity.
— Odin Gaye (@OdinGaye) July 7, 2018
The only thing funnier than @POTUS taunting #Fauxcahontas is watching the liberal scumbag media try to explain why she won’t take a simple test to prove her Harvard job was legit based on Native American heritage. How embarrassing for NBC”News”, you are despicable.
— ChugiakTea (@ChugiakTea) July 6, 2018
HAHAHA – NBC at it again!
— Nikki Haley 2024 ?? (@NikkiHaley2024) July 7, 2018
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