Educational Details Misrepresented on LinkedIn Page of . . . Hillary Clinton? (Update: Another Resume for O’Donnell Making Similar Claim About Oxford Has “User Verified” Tag)
That is, unless she didn’t construct the page herself:
I thought Hillary Clinton went to Yale Law School. Clinton claims to have gone to Harvard. But in an investigation conducted by patterico.com, I have obtained the following statement from Harvard Law School spokesman T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII:
Harvard Law School has no student or education record for an individual named Hillary Clinton. Nor would we ever accept a Yalie.
Thanks to reader Y.K., who passes along several other LinkedIn pages he suspects are inauthentic, such as:
- Joe Biden — Odd capitalization; sparse detail; content not plagiarized from Neil Kinnock
- Bill Gates — lists Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as having started in 2000 when it was founded (under a different name) in 1994
Y.K. makes a good point: social networking sites can indeed be faked.
Now: Christine O’Donnell’s LinkedIn page was different from the above pages in several important respects. It was far more detailed than any of the above profiles, with an extensive resume and educational history. She had 84 connections to others — far more than any of the above profiles. And when her campaign was initially asked about the inaccuracies, spokespeople did not initially assert that the page was fake.
If you are a candidate who has been accused of misrepresenting her educational history, your spokespeople need to approach you when the media raises further questions along the same lines. If your spokespeople approach you with questions about a page you didn’t create, you need to say so, immediately.
This did not happen. And that makes it a story — one reported in the Associated Press and at the Web sites of the New York Times and Washington Post. Whether it is discussed here at patterico.com or not, this story is being discussed. You can ignore it or not, but it’s news.
As I said last night, if this is not Christine O’Donnell’s profile, someone faked it. That person needs to be exposed. O’Donnell needs to cooperate in exposing the person. The actions may be criminal. She should file a report with the appropriate law enforcement agency and let them take it from there.
I’ll let you know if she does. I don’t know, though. She didn’t file a report in 2008 when political opponents allegedly vandalized her home, so I’m not sure she would file a report over something like this.
I hope she does. We need to find out who the imposter is. Maybe it’s the same person who smeared Hillary with that calumny about Harvard Law School.
UPDATE: Uh-oh. This resume (noted by a commenter last night) makes a similar claim about Oxford . . . and has a “user verified” tag. (Already noted by Ben Smith at Politico.)
UPDATE x2: A ZoomInfo spokesman claims that the “user verified” tag means O’Donnell verified the information on the ZoomInfo profile herself. Color me skeptical: how in the world would he know? ZoomInfo and LinkedIn should be more transparent — for example, they could release the e-mail address used by the person who set up the account.
I am amazed (and yet I’m not) by the people who want me to ignore this. Joe Biden misrepresented his own academic record and I mocked him unmercifully for it. Why would O’Donnell deserve different treatment?