NY Post reporter claims she was ‘ordered’ to write ‘incorrect’ Kamala Harris book at the border story

Laura Italiano, a now-former reporter for the New York Post, announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that she has resigned after allegedly being “ordered” to write a false story about Vice President Kamala Harris’ book being given to children at a migrant shelter.

Drawing front page coverage in the paper, Italiano had reported that copies of a children’s book by Harris were part of “welcome kits” being distributed to migrant children at a shelter in Long Beach, California.

In a series of tweets, the reporter described that reporting as “an incorrect story,” and declared that she had reached her “breaking point.” Italiano does not state who gave the “order.”

“An announcement: Today I handed in my resignation to my editors at the New York Post,” she wrote. “The Kamala Harris story — an incorrect story I was ordered to write and which I failed to push back hard enough against — was my breaking point.”

“It’s been a privilege to cover the City of New York for its liveliest, wittiest tabloid — a paper filled with reporters and editors I admire deeply and hold as friends. I’m sad to leave,” Italiano added.

The Washington Post did a fact-check on the story and found a photograph of a single copy of Harris’s book “Superheroes are Everywhere” that was donated to the shelter as part of a book drive.

The NY Post temporarily pulled the story on Tuesday, and has since republished it with an editor’s note advising that only “one known copy of the book” was given to a child.

“The original version of this article said migrant kids were getting Harris’s book in a welcome kit, but has been updated to note that only one known copy of the book was given to a child,” the Post’s editor’s note said.

Full disclosure, BizPac Review covered the original story citing the NY Post article — BPR does not engage in investigative reporting, focusing primarily on reactions to the news.

As a result of the latest developments, the following stories have been pulled from social media and corrected with updates:

 

Given that the NY Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News, the left was quick to seize on the development to denounce the tabloid for its dishonest reporting. A standard this cabal does not apply to more “friendly” outfits.

Those same outlets were all over the story, beginning with The New York Times — not that the liberal media exhibits the same enthusiasm in reporting on Harris essentially missing in action when it comes to the crisis on the southern border, having yet to hold a press conference well over 40 days since President Biden tapped her to lead the effort there.

There was an interesting mix of reactions to the story on social media. In addition to plenty of cynics doubting Italiano’s take on events, some cheered her decision to quit. Others asked why not sooner?

Here’s a quick sampling of the responses from Twitter:

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