December 13, 2016

Elizabeth Warren Blast Her Own Supporter, Incorrectly

It’s no secret that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hates hedge fund managers. Therefore, when Warren posted her latest screed on Facebook against Wall Street, specifically targeting Whitney Tilson of Kase Capital, it appeared as natural as a pack of hyenas tearing apart a gazelle in the wild.

Unfortunately for Warren’s credibility, and in the spirit of the media’s newfound vigilance against fake news on Facebook, the New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin was there to give Warren’s Facebook post a second look. What he found showcases the emptiness of Warren’s rhetoric. That’s because Tilson is a Democrat who supported Clinton and even donated to Warren’s own campaign:

“There’s one rather glaring problem with Ms. Warren’s attack: Mr. Tilson happens to be one of the few financial executives who publicly fought Mr. Trump’s election and supported Hillary Clinton. A lifelong Democrat who was involved in helping to start Teach for America, Mr. Tilson also happened to be one of the rare Wall Street executives who had donated to Ms. Warren and actively sought new regulations for the industry. Recently, he gave Mrs. Clinton $1,000 so he could see Ms. Warren speak at a campaign fund-raiser.”

Tilson even supported Dodd-Frank! According to the New York Times, the whole mess started because Warren couldn’t be bothered to even read to the end of a news story:

“In this case, Ms. Warren seems to have come across a Bloomberg News article that includes some quotations from Mr. Tilson. But she didn’t read to the bottom or dismissed it before firing off her zingers.”

Tilson reached out to Warren’s office to explain the mix-up, yet instead of an apology, Tilson got a stiff-arm from Warren’s office:

“Both of the Tilsons sent letters to Ms. Warren last week, which they shared with me, seeking to set the record straight and asking her to remove her Facebook post. The response? An aide emailed them: ‘She asked me to relay to you that she is removing the word ‘billionaire’ from the post, as you have indicated that is factually inaccurate. The senator has decided, however, not to remove the overall post.’”

If Democrats wants to put an end to fake news, they should start with the trash Warren peddles on Facebook.