The major media outlets are dishing out light, airy content about Vice President Kamala Harris, including coverage of her fashion sense and knitting, while giving short shrift to her actual job performance, critics said on Sunday.
What’s more, they say, there is an obvious difference in what was the major media’s often-critical coverage of former first lady Melania Trump, who was at one time a real-life fashion model, and Harris, despite the latter’s inability, thus far, to find solutions to pressing policy issues she has been assigned by President Joe Biden.
“We’ve gone from invisible as it pertained to Melania Trump to inescapable with Kamala Harris,” said Fox News contributor Joe Concha.
“What was hostile towards the Nikki Haleys and Kayleigh McEnanys is now hospitable with the first lady,” he told Fox News, referencing first lady Jill Biden as well.
For instance, Fox News noted that The Washington Post’s Jura Koncius tagged along last month with Harris during a visit to a crochet shop in Alexandria, Va., going on to write that the vice president is turning the knitting pastime into something trendy and cool. She claimed that Harris confessing that she likes to crochet ramped up its “cool factor,” while going on to say that the vice president has given crocheters “street cred.”
And last Thursday, a day after Biden’s first address to Congress, The New York Times published a piece headlined, “100 Days of Vice-Presidential Style” with this subhead: “Kamala Harris doesn’t want to talk about clothes. Neither does Jill Biden. You can understand why. But lots of people still want to know what they are wearing.”
The Times piece also did a flashback analysis of Harris’s inauguration outfit, declaring that she was setting some standard for “a new dawn for the American fashion industry.”
“Ms. Harris wore clothes by three different independent Black designers, including a purple dress and coat that merged blue and red,” the Times noted. “It seemed to herald a new age of conscious dress, and a new dawn for the American fashion industry, reeling after four years of an administration that had trampled all political norms, including the tradition of using their clothes as an expression of patriotic duty. Not to mention the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, with its closures and bankruptcies.”
Former President Donald Trump, it should be noted, never ordered a single state or business to close during the pandemic, as all of those mandates came from state and local leaders. Also, he managed through his “Operation Warp Speed” program to have three vaccines developed in record time.
Meanwhile, in January the Los Angeles Times was called out after the paper announced a new special section called, “Covering Kamala Harris,” which was described as “a beat dedicated to her historic rise to the White House.”
Kamala Harris is the first vice president who is Black, South Asian, female and the direct descendants of immigrants.
Introducing “Covering Kamala Harris,” a beat dedicated to her historic rise to the White House.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2021
Harris has also been featured on the covers of top fashion magazines including Vogue, though former fashion model Melania Trump never did in the four years her husband was president.
But criticisms of Harris’s job performance — specifically her lack of interest in even visiting the chaotic U.S.-Mexico border though Biden handed her the responsibility regarding the crisis in late March — are noticeably absent from the major media.
“Given the crisis that is now a catastrophe at the border, one would think coverage of the vice president — who was put in charge of it and has failed craptastically thus far by avoiding the most basic of steps by actually not seeing it firsthand or talking to officials on the ground — wouldn’t be so glowing,” Concha told Fox News.
“But it’s really no surprise given how much of a PR and activist role much of our media has embraced in broad daylight,” he noted further.
Last August, Fox News host and contributor Tammy Bruce revealed that left-wing organizations and Democrat operatives warned the media not to be critical of Harris.
Media organizations have just been warned by the Democratic Party machine that they better be very, very careful with how they cover Joe Biden’s vice presidential choice — just revealed to be Kamala Harris. Any criticism of the expected woman will be considered racist and sexist, we are told,” Bruce wrote.
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