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Should I be flattered?

Should I be flattered?

By this imitation without so much as a h/t?

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren joins list of politicians with a ‘Google problem’:

Although it is not the most serious “Google problem” a political hopeful has seen this election season, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren does have an unwanted association popping up on the search engine.

Warren, a Harvard Law School professor challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown for his Senate seat in Massachusetts, saw her candidacy dogged by questions over her Native American ancestry for more than a month recently. And although the controversy has quieted down since she addressed the topic ahead of the state Democratic convention, the number one search engine in the world reflects what people were most frequently searching for.

On Google’s homepage, when you type “Elizabeth Warren” into the search bar, the suggestions that follow are “Native American,” “for senate” and “Cherokee,” echos of several news cycles where Brown’s campaign and Native American critics charged that Warren used family tales of Native American ancestry for personal gain in her profession.

It’s entirely possible the writer thunk it up on his own, and not in reaction to our post on Friday just after noon, Elizabeth Warren’s Google problem, which received tremendous attention including an Instalanche and HotAir Headline.

We live in the age of coincidences.


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radiofreeca | June 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Theft is the sincerest form of flattery. Because they know that you can’t even be imitated. 🙂

The controversy has quieted down?

Says who classically trained professional journalist with the highest ethical standards that probably wouldn’t eat Cheerios but would swallow anything Obama says? Who?

9thDistrictNeighbor | June 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

So I followed the link and kept following links to find out something about Robert Rizzuto. Needless to say, the usual lazy lefty shill. With the economy swirling in the porcelain bowl, he is making his case with such earth-shattering headlines as: “Joe Kennedy III turns in signatures…”; “Elizabeth Warren hits key campaign topics, draws rockstar reaction at Netroots Nation”; and, “Sen. John Kerry announces office hours…”.

Doug Wright | June 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Well now, so when will the “Unexpected Outcome” hit the fan, hummmm? 🙂

Cassandra Lite | June 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Being ripped off is the insincerest form of flattery.

Or you could mark it up to Robert Rizzuto having a Juan Williams moment.

I consider this website to be a provider of intellectual seed corn for the mainstream media.

Good work on helping a journalist with an article topic, Professor! Goodness knows they need all the help they can get….

    Joy in reply to Cassie. | June 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I agree Cassie.

    heh….I really find it amusing that there are so many ‘coincidences’ here on the web. When I’m really bored I check the list of my most recent links on Twitter and am amazed at how, rather than RT, within minutes my links are reposted as someone else’s or suddenly become a topic for discussion on a blog.

    Do I care?


    Cheat, steal, copy all you want…I’m just interested in spreading truth 🙂

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Cassie. | June 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Zackly, Cassie. I think the country would be best off if every single LI blog entry were ripped and repeated by a thousand plagiarists.

      9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Reagan had that sign on his desk: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

The Prof opined: “We live in the age of coincidences.”

We also live in the age of plagiarism, cheating and lying. And, we all know where that comes from… Those that take rather than provide.

At any rate, thanks for keeping the pressure on Warren. With any luck, she’ll be history in November…

TrooperJohnSmith | June 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Flattery, like blame, flutters about on fickle, gossamer wings… Accept it and enjoy being out front (but not ‘leaning forward’).

You should be feathered for accomplishment in battle.

Maybe Cherokee Nation will fix ya up a headdress with an Eagle feather.

stevewhitemd | June 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

When you copy text from an Associated Press article for use in a blog, that’s a copyright violation.

When the AP copies your article for use in a news article, that’s fair use.

That’s not my definition. That’s theirs…

ln the warrior practice of counting coup , l suspect your number of touch’s is right up there professor. May you & your war pony Persistance stay nimble & quick.


“And although the controversy has quieted down since she addressed the topic ahead of the state Democratic convention…”

She “addressed” it? Really? When was that? When she refused to talk about it and doubled down with the lie? That must be what the Left considers “addressing” it.

1. I wonder what a search of readers’ IP addresses would turn up. (No doubt the needed technology is available if cost is no object; I don’t know if it’s practical at LI.)

2. Contact info for Masslive can be found here.

BannedbytheGuardian | June 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Not sure – there is a thing called osmosis where people are thinking the same way -hard to pin down.

I put stuff here that turns up later here & elsewhere. However I don’t believe I could be the only one thinking alike.

For instance if I were Sarah Palin’s speechwriter I would have written exactly that speech. I am certain Allen West delivered his effective spoken imageryt of Obama’s royal demeanor & actions ( me = “A certain King George having a good laugh ‘) without reading my little bit of fun. I put the ref to Tim Stanley & Liz in the context that it IS getting out there in the wider anglosphere – but I think Prof reads widely also.

However I do think LI is one site that is monitored by interseted observers & itsideas mined.

BannedbytheGuardian | June 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

In short I think if the “remessager ‘ is above you then it is a compliment.

I think of ideas as – L’attaque L’attaque Toujours l”attaque.but also as a Trojan Horse. If lower forces /opposition are reacting /using them then it is a victory.