First 100 Days: The Media gushes over VP Kamala Harris, largely ignores border inaction

There appears to be a theme to the primary 100 days of media protection of Vice President Kamala Harris. The experiences are gentle on coverage, however heavy on vogue, footwear…and knitting.

Final month The Washington Submit’s Jura Koncius adopted Harris to a crochet store in Alexandria, VA, and concluded that the VP is making crochet cool once more. Koncius wrote that Harris’ admittal that she crochets has enhanced the passion’s “cool issue.” Crocheters, she writes, now really feel as if Harris has given them extra “road cred” and the fiber arts group is “a bit giddy” about it.

Then, final Wednesday, the day of President Biden’s first tackle to a joint session of Congress, the New York Occasions posted a report entitled, “100 Days of Vice-Presidential Model,” with the subtitle, “Kamala Harris doesn’t need to discuss garments. Neither does Jill Biden. You may perceive why. However plenty of folks nonetheless need to know what they’re sporting.”

The editors retroactively analyzed Harris’ inauguration outfit, decoding that her vogue selections marked “a brand new daybreak for the American vogue business.” 

“Ms. Harris wore garments by three totally different impartial Black designers, together with a purple gown and coat that merged blue and pink,” the Occasions writes. “It appeared to herald a brand new age of acutely aware gown, and a brand new daybreak for the American vogue business, reeling after 4 years of an administration that had trampled all political norms, together with the custom of utilizing their garments as an expression of patriotic responsibility. To not point out the results of the coronavirus pandemic, with its closures and bankruptcies.”


The Los Angeles Occasions was mocked after saying in January that it could launch the part “Protecting Kamala Harris” as “a beat devoted to her historic rise to the White Home.” Critics stated the Occasions was performing much less like a information outlet and extra like a “PR agency” for the Biden administration.

Harris has graced a number of journal covers, as nicely. Vogue, as an example, featured her on the quilt of their February 2021 challenge.

“We’ve gone from invisible because it pertained to Melania Trump to inescapable with Kamala Harris,” Fox Information contributor and The Hill’s Joe Concha informed Fox Information. “What was hostile in the direction of the Nikki Haleys and Kayleigh McEnanys is now hospitable with the First Girl.” 

Final week some media additionally gushed over Harris saying it was “regular” for 2 girls to be sitting behind the president at his congressional tackle. CNN took the chance to put in writing glowingly of Harris’ path to the vice presidency, and advised that she’s forward of the curve on seeing by the president’s agenda.

“Harris, who sat within the chamber final 12 months as a California senator, has solid a path towards changing into one of many President’s most essential advisers, telling CNN’s Dana Bash in an unique interview final week that she is the final one within the room when Biden is making key selections, together with withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan,” CNN writes.

NBC’s “TODAY” present selected a picture of Harris elbow bumping Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the joint session as their “picture of the week.”

And but, in relation to the border, critics word that her silence on the disaster has spoken volumes. Concha and others marvel the place all of the unfavorable media protection is because it pertains to the VP’s lack of transparency after refusing to carry a press convention since being appointed as President Biden’s border czar.


“Given the disaster that’s now a disaster on the border, one would assume protection of the Vice President — who was put in control of it and has failed craptastically so far by avoiding essentially the most fundamental of steps by truly not seeing it firsthand or speaking to officers on the bottom — wouldn’t be so glowing,” Concha stated. “However it’s actually no shock given how a lot of a PR and activist position a lot of our media has embraced in broad daylight.” 

Making Concha’s similar remark, critics of the Washington Submit’s glowing characteristic on Harris’s knitting passion requested the editors, “How’s the border going?”

The media has seemingly been simply as sycophantic to President Biden in these first 100 days.


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