Politics Burner Strikes Back
posted by October 27 at 12:17 PMon
The Darcy Burner campaign—responding to allegations by incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert that she lied about getting a degree in economics from Harvard—has released a video featuring Harvard professor Harry Lewis defending Burner’s background. Lewis, the head of the computer science program when Burner attended Harvard and a former Harvard dean, says Burner “has a good solid background in economics” because her computer science degree included a special field in economics, Harvard’s equivalent of a double major. (Burner took seven courses to get the special field in economics, and ten courses for her major in computer science.)
Meanwhile, Reichert’s anti-Burner web site, HarvardHoax.com, features the original version of Times reporter Emily Heffter’s article on Burner’s college credentials, which has since been greatly altered. Initially, the story—headlined, “Darcy Burner’s claims of a Harvard degree in economics aren’t true”—portrayed Burner as an outright liar. Eventually, after several rapid-fire edits, the story was softened to “Burner, Reichert rumble over résumés.” Nonetheless, Reichert’s campaign is acting as if the Times allowed the original, inaccurate, story to stand.
It’s a sign of how heated this campaign has become that this is even a story in the first place. The P-I has chosen to ignore the story, which was originally shopped to both papers by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Meanwhile, Reichert’s own educational credentials are hardly stellar: He attended a Christian junior college in Portland on a football scholarship, and graduated with a two-year degree in 1970.