MSNBC’s Joy Reid asserts that Kamala Harris is not being treated fairly by the ‘white, male’ media
MSNBC host and commentator Joy Reid spoke out this weekend about what she believes is unfair media coverage of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Reid blamed the “white, male media” for treating Harris with a bias that would not be found during the tenure of her predecessors, in an interview with The carrot†
‘Think of her portfolio, voting rights, immigration and the border, and police reform. The things on its plate are the hardest things the Biden administration has to deal with outside of inflation and the war in Ukraine,” Reid said.
Reid blames a white, male media class for forging a story about Harris that is hard for the vice president to conquer: “Most media is still white and male. And their take on Kamala Harris becomes the take. It becomes conventional wisdom.’
Harris has recently come under fire for leading a recently launched ‘task force to tackle online harassment and abuse’. The task force appears to be a replacement for the Biden administration’s “disinformation board,” which was lifted over concerns about potential bias against conservative ideas and speech.
MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid spoke out about what she believes is unfair treatment of Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris unveils ‘task force to tackle online harassment and abuse’, after a previous attempt to launch a ‘disinformation board’ was shut down
Recent FiveThirtyEight Polls Show Harris’ Approval Rating Floating about 35.5%while President Joe Biden’s is slightly higher at 39.8%.
Since being named VP, Harris has committed several blunders that have stayed with her, including an apparent reluctance to visit the US-Mexico border despite being tasked with overseeing it.
As border patrol officers continue to see an increase in illegal immigration, Harris herself admitted in December that she hasn’t done enough to “leave DC,” and the effect is noticeable even within her own party.
Texas Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar then said: the New York Times “She was assigned that task. It doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this, so we’re moving on with other people working on this issue.”
Harris also came across as unprepared when making official speeches and comments, often confusing words or laughing at inappropriate times.
In a confusing speech at a bilateral meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness in March, Harris said: “We have also recognized, as in the United States, for Jamaica, one of the problems presented as one that is economic in the sense that the impact has been the pandemic.’
Texan Democrat Henry Cuellar has said Vice President Harris does not appear “interested” in the growing problems at the US-Mexico border, despite President Biden having instructed her to oversee them.
Staffers working in the Biden administration and under Harris have complained about an unsupportive and unsustainable work environment, which has led nearly two dozen black staffers to quit their jobs since late 2021.
Washington DC has one of the highest cost of living of any city in the country, and many executives have left their jobs due to low pay and lack of upward mobility.
“We are here and we do a lot of work, but we are not decision makers and there is no real path to becoming decision makers,” an employee told Politico in March.
On top of the staff exodus, Harris has seen some of her most senior advisers leave the administration, including her head of public engagement Cedric Richmond in December. In April, it was announced that her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, would also be leaving the administration.
But Reid attributes her low rating to Harris not being able to show who she really is often enough, giving people the wrong impression.
“She’s just a regular sister, like people would always say Michelle Obama is like having your cousin become First Lady. Kamala Harris is like having your cousin become Vice President of the United States,” Reid said. “I don’t think she shows that personality often enough, so people haven’t had a chance to get to know her.”
During a meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Harris repeatedly tripped over her words and made confusing comments about COVID and the economy
Harris is the first black and Asian-American woman to ever serve as vice president and has reportedly confided in allies about the associated hardships of not being a white man in the same position.
Reid says the only reason Harris is in the positions she’s in is because black women in America demanded it.
“Black women told Joe Biden, ‘If you want our support, you can’t get it for free. We need a vice president who looks like us so we know we’re on the team.” Kamala Harris is a very important figure in our history, and her presence is important.”