Whenever former President Donald Trump had a critical word against journalists, the bulk of the media would indignantly declare any opposition or lack of cooperation with the media to be nothing less than an un-American assault on the First Amendment and freedom of the press.
Yet, very few in the media reacted similarly when it was recently reported that Vice President Kamala Harris keeps an “enemies” list of reporters who disagree with or don’t fully understand her.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson had no problem addressing the revelation, and he highlighted several instances of Harris snapping at reporters posing uncomfortable questions to her as supportive evidence of the claim.
“Enemies” list of challenging reporters
What Carlson referenced this week was a surprisingly critical profile piece of Vice President Harris published in May by The Atlantic, which noted that Harris and her team “tend to dismiss reporters” and treat the posing of questions to her as “an act of impish aggression.”
The Fox host highlighted one line from that piece in particular, which asserted, “Harris herself tracks political players and reporters whom she thinks don’t fully understand her or appreciate her life experience.”
In other words, as Carlson noted, an “enemies” list of journalists who question her “lived experience,” a phrase he pointed out was just a “euphemism for her unsupported opinions.”
He went on to show two clips of Harris testily fending off questions about traveling to the southern border and then spoke with New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, who pegged the root of Harris’ behavior as a result of her political ascendency occurring in California where an obsequious media never challenged her on anything.
Free speech police
At the time that The Atlantic piece was first published, the Washington Free Beacon noted that in addition to keeping a “list” of reporters that asked questions she didn’t like, Harris and her team also monitored and policed the various words and phrases used by journalists to describe her.
“She particularly doesn’t like the word cautious, and aides look out for synonyms too. Careful, guarded, and hesitant don’t go over well,” the Atlantic piece claimed. “But she continues to retreat behind talking points and platitudes in public, and declines many interview requests and opportunities to speak for herself (including for this article).”
“At times, she comes off as so uninteresting that television producers have started to wonder whether spending thousands of dollars to send people on trips with her is worthwhile, given how little usable material they get out of it,” the liberal Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere wrote.
Now, consider for a moment what the reaction would be if, instead of Harris, the Atlantic piece had made the exact same claims of media mistreatment against Trump or any other Republican, and realize that even if some journalists aren’t thrilled at being targeted by the vice president, the bulk of the media will dutifully fall in line and downplay or ignore the criticisms.