Bias: Have you heard the one about the Texas gubernatorial candidate who created a fictional life story to sell herself to voters? Probably not, since the person in question is a darling of the liberal media.
Wendy Davis hit the national spotlight last year when she mounted an 11-hour filibuster against a bill to ban late-term abortions in Texas (that was ultimately signed into law).
The media swooned. The New York Times called her “a feminist folk hero,” a “titan in pink tennis shoes” and “a single mother who became a lawyer (and) stood up to the Republican boys’ club.” CNN gushed about Davis’ “history of persisting against tough odds.” Others called her “courageous,” “articulate,” “gutsy” and “inspiring.”
She was a rising star in the Democratic Party with a shot at claiming the governorship in a solid-red state.
Given Davis’ oft-repeated story, such praise may have seemed fitting. The bio on her state Senate website says she’s “been taking on tough fights her entire life.”
“By 19, Wendy was a single mother herself, working two jobs to make ends meet,” while living in a mobile home. Then “with the help of academic scholarships and student loans, Wendy not only became the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, but graduated first in her class and was accepted to Harvard Law School.”
All that hard work, her bio says, was so she could make a “better life for her young daughter.” But when the Dallas Morning News finally took a closer look, they found this “compelling life story” full of holes.
Davis wasn’t a single mom until 21, not 19, when she divorced her first husband. She lived in a mobile home for only a few months. And she got remarried just three years later to a man who would pay for her college degree and foot Davis’ Harvard Law bill by draining his 401(k) and taking out loans.
Then, literally one day after he made the final loan payment, Davis dumped her second husband, while handing him legal guardianship of her precious daughter so she could pursue her career.