Christine O'Donnell Fudges Claim About Oxford

She didn't attend, but she did take a course in a building owned by the university
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2010 4:30 PM CDT
Christine O'Donnell Fudges Claim About Oxford
In this Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 file photo, Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell delivers remarks at Values Voter Summit in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Christine O'Donnell seems to have falsely embellished her education record on her LinkedIn bio, reports the Plum Line blog of the Washington Post. The bio says she attended Oxford and studied Post-Modernism in the New Millennium, "but it turns out that was just a course conducted by an institution known as the Phoenix Institute, which merely rented space at Oxford," writes Greg Sargent. A Phoenix Institute official called O'Donnell's claim "misleading" and said the Institute never represented the class as such.

It's also not the first time O'Donnell has fudged her education CV, writes Sargent. She had claimed to be a Fairleigh Dickinson graduate for years, but got her diploma only last summer. She also suggested she was pursuing a master's at Princeton, but later acknowledged she hadn't taken a single graduate class. As for the Oxford claim, it's "at best an exaggeration and at worst an outright falsehood," writes Sargent. Click here for more on O'Donnell. (More Christine O'Donnell stories.)

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