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WTF MSM!? Math is hard: Boston Globe-Elizabeth Warren edition

Foiled again …

Globe fail … The Boston Globe ran a story today about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry that was obviously spoon-fed to it by Warren’s team. The Globe claimed a DNA test proved that Warren had Native American ancestry 6-10 generations ago. It originally reported that meant Warren had as low as a 1/512 claim of native ancestry. After publication, the Globe had to correct its math to say that a tenth-generation relationship meant that Warren had as low as 1/1024 native blood.

Warren’s initial claim back in 2012 was that her great-great-great-grandmother was Cherokee.  The Globe made that point, saying that fact may “provide fodder for Warren’s critics.” For reference, great-great-great-grandmother is a fifth-generation relationship or 1/32, outside the range shown by the DNA test, which is from 1/64 to 1/1024.

What’s even worse is that Warren may have less Native American blood than the average American of European descent. In a 2014 article based upon data from 23 and Me, the New York Times reported that the average European American has 0.18 percent Native American ancestry. For comparison, 1/64 is 1.5 percent, and 1/1024 is 0.097 percent.

The Globe ran a front-page story that shows Warren statistically is about as Native American as any American of European ancestry you’d pull off the street at random.

Hallmarks of a gift-wrapped story … Breitbart News’ John Hayward outlines how this story has all the hallmarks of a gift-wrapped story from the Warren PR team to the Globe. Here’s the meat of his excellent tweet thread:

Hayward goes further into detail about how this follows the normal template for the media regurgitating without critical analysis things presented on a platter by liberals. This was an in-kind campaign donation to the Warren for President campaign, not a reported news story.

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