Sep 29, 2010

LinkedIn deletes disputed O'Donnell profile

LinkedIn has taken down a profile of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, as she requested, but has yet to determine whether the profile is a fake, as she has claimed.

Yesterday, the Washington Post and this blog reported that the profile falsely asserted that O'Donnell had studied at the University of Oxford and Claremont Graduate University. Today, the O'Donnell's camp said the LinkedIn profile wasn't hers and asked that it be removed.

O'Donnell has yet to explain why she didn't challenge the profile's authenticity when the Post first asked about the Oxford listing. In fact, the campaign had a two weeks to think about it: AOL News raised the same question in a story published Sept. 15.

O'Donnell's educational background has come under scrutiny before. As CBS News reports:
She claimed for years that she was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson Unversity, but she in fact only received her degree on Sept. 1 of this year, years after attending the school. ... Additionally, O'Donnell suggested in a lawsuit that she was pursuing a Master's degree at Princeton University, but she later acknowledged she has not taken any graduate courses at Princeton.

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