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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 04:37 PM
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Christine O'Donnell is Truthiness-challenged
from HuffPost:

Delaware Republican Senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell has responded to accusations that she overstated her education in her resume by insisting that a LinkedIn profile erroneously stating she went to Oxford University wasn't authored with her knowledge.

But now a new website has surfaced listing the same erroneous biographical information. And a website spokesman claims that O'Donnell entered the data herself.

On Thursday, the Democratic National Committee pointed out a second O'Donnell Internet profile also lists the candidate as having studied at the University of Oxford (O'Donnell took a course with the Phoenix Institute on Oxford's campus). On a Zoom Info entry, the Delaware Republican is described as having received a "Certificate" in "Post Modernism in the New Millennium" at the University of Oxford. The entry, as noted in the top right corner, was "User Verified."

Resume websites are notorious for scraping information from other sites, which would raise the possibility that the ZoomInfo entry was merely a duplication of what appeared on LinkedIn. But O'Donnell's biography is described differently in each. And a spokesman for Zoominfo told the Huffington Post that the company has a policy of not grabbing information from its main competitor. .............(more)

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greyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 04:53 PM
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1. Definition of truthiness:
"Truthiness is what you want the facts to be, as opposed to what the facts are. What feels like the right answer, as opposed to what reality will support." S. Colbert

O'Donnel isn't truthiness-challenged, exactly. She's burdened by a surplus of truthiness.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 05:03 PM
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2. in other words, she lies.
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Marie Marie Donating Member (709 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-10 05:06 PM
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3. I am not understanding why she would lie about this
Her likely voters usually prefer folksy ignorance over educated elitism. All those fancy degrees she claims to have could actually cost her votes with the Tea Baggers. :shrug:
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