Some critics say President Joe Biden and, by extension, Vice President Kamala Harris have received much more favorable media coverage than officials in the Trump administration.
Nevertheless, a recent report suggests Harris believes many reporters are not quite biased enough. The Atlantic writer Edward-Isaac Dovere wrote this week that the vice president has grown distrustful of the media and that her team has a tendency to “dismiss” many members of the press.
Furthermore, Harris staffers appear to regard reporters who attempt to ask questions as exhibiting “impish aggression.”
Dovere further claims that the vice president personally “tracks political players and reporters whom she thinks don’t fully understand her or appreciate her life experience.”
Journalists who describe Harris as “cautious” or some synonym thereof allegedly make Harris suspicious.
While prior politicians, most notably President Richard Nixon, were said to have maintained some type of enemies list, reporter Andrew Stiles sees a closer parallel between Harris and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Washington Free Beacon writer called the vice president a “non-white version” of the former first lady.
“Both women are possessed by ruthless ambition, yet lack the necessary skills to succeed in politics at the national level,” Stiles claimed.
He went on to argue that both Harris and Clinton “are most comfortable when regurgitating talking points and platitudes” and “share a knack for unsettling laughter.”
Harris drew criticism earlier this year after responding with a laugh to a reporter’s question regarding her plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border amid an immigration spike.
Rep. Steve Scalise joined in on the backlash against Harris for avoiding a border visit, insisting: “It’s a national disgrace and President Biden puts Kamala Harris in charge of it, and she refuses to go down — maybe because she doesn’t want to be associated with this disgraceful policy. But, if she’s the vice president of the United States and the president put her in charge of this, Vice President Harris needs to go down to the border and see this for herself, because maybe she would then encourage President Biden to reverse his policies that have failed.”
She also struggled to contain her laughter in March while addressing the perceived importance of affordable childcare.
The vice president’s perceived “obsession with keeping track” of critical media figures “is nothing new,” Stiles wrote, describing it as another similarity between the two prominent women.