● "Column: Hey, MSNBC, Chris Christie Is More Believable Than Tawana Brawley Ever Was."
— Ann Coulter's syndicated column, January 15, 2014.
● "MSNBC's Sharpton Defends Wendy Davis's Misleading Bio, Just 'Minor Details.'"
And Al never lets minor details slow him down. He was once quoted as saying, "The [Brawley] story do sound like bull---t, but it don’t matter. We’re building a movement."
Speaking of the Christie/Wendy comparisons, Michael Barone notes:
Before Davis's filibuster, there seemed to be zero chance that Democrats would win the governorship in 2014, but her sudden fame and fundraising prowess gave Democrats their best chance since George W. Bush defeated one-term Democratic incumbent Ann Richards in 1994. Now the Dallas Morning News's revelations of Davis's less-than-accurate depiction of her life story make her election look much less likely. And that in turn reduces the chances of success for the “turn Texas blue” movement.
So if there's a legitimate reason to scrutinize Chris Christie's record -- because he might be a successful presidential candidate -- there's also a legitimate reason to scrutinize Wendy Davis'. So what does Politico offer us? Only one story since Slater's Jan. 18 Morning News story, headlined “Wendy Davis hits back at questions about bio,” a story which includes nothing about how she left her second husband the day after he paid off her law school loans and agreed that he have custody of her daughter. Instead it features Davis's pathetic response -- “My language should have been tighter” -- and quotes her prepared statement, “I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I've been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn't walked a day in my shoes.” Politico also links to a timeline of Davis's life that leaves out some of the inconvenient facts.
This is a pretty weak offering from a publication that aspires to present a definitive account of American politics. You might get the impression that Politico wants to promote — or rescue — Wendy Davis’s candidacy.
As John Nolte adds, "There are reports that the powers-that-be at Politico resent having their publication branded as left-wing, but it is their dismissing and downplaying of stories like this that have earned them the moniker."
Related: Coulter looks at Davis herself in her latest column.