Though she has been responsible for countless gaffes, failures, and missed opportunities since becoming vice president, Kamala Harris appears unwilling to accept responsibility, instead blaming the media for her bad reputation in a recent interview with the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart.
Harris joined the liberal journalist to record an episode of his podcast, and in the process did a whole lot of finger-pointing, according to Fox News.
Harris blasts media
During her chat with Capehart, Harris lamented what she believes the media’s erroneous allocation of attention over the past two years, wrongly glossing over the many things she says she has achieved at President Joe Biden’s second-in-command.
“There are things that I’ve done as vice president that fully demonstrate the strength of my leadership as vice president that have not received the kind of coverage that I think [the] Dobbs [decision] did receive,” referencing the U.S. Supreme Court case overturning Roe v. Wade.
Harris and Capehart also engaged in a mutual gripe session about the way in which a February speech she delivered in Munich was treated in the press, members of which described her remarks as “word salad” and evidence of her chronic lack of preparation.
In Harris’ view, it was not just the speech itself that was unfairly disregarded at the time, but the entire diplomatic trip in which it was delivered, but Capehart was not among those critical of the outing, gushing during their chat that Harris’ time in Munich ranked among her top three wins of 2022, a year he characterized as “excellent” for the VP.
Mutual admiration society
Continuing her gripes about the coverage she has received during her tenure in the White House, Harris observed, in somewhat obvious fashion, “What you’ve been able to see is based on what gets covered.”
Capehart followed up on that observation by saying, “Harris right about that. Despite having a television and print pool reporter at most of her public events, the vice president garners little attention,” adding, “[s]ometimes the office is frustrating – as one of her predecessors famously put it, ‘not worth a bucket of warm, ‘um, spit.’”
Echoing Harris’s sentiments even further, Capehart continued, “And much of the attention she has received, especially in her first year, has been rough. Stories about staff departures were routinely hyped as disarray in narratives that unfairly called into question Harris’ competence.”
In utterly predictable – and implausible – fashion, Capehart posited that coverage of Harris – by the notoriously left-leaning mainstream media – was tainted because of her gender, race, and ethnicity, stating, “the nation’s first Black female and first South Asian vice president has also had to contend with the negative reactions and low expectations that come with shattering ossified notions of who should be in the position.”
As Fox News noted, it was roughly a year ago that Harris herself told the New York Times that she would receive much friendlier press coverage if she shared certain traits with those who served as vice president before her, namely, White males.
Amid all of her other embarrassing moments, circular declarations, and non-answer answers over the course of the past two years, perhaps Harris’ most glaring failure relates to the way she has handled – or not handled – the task of addressing the crisis at the southern border, a job given to her by President Joe Biden himself.
Harris, as Fox News noted, has not paid a visit to the region since last summer and has not convinced the president to take a look for himself either, instead preferring to assert that she is focusing on “root causes” of mass northward migration. With the overwhelming influx of migrants only getting worse – particularly with the potentially imminent elimination of Title 42 regulations, the situation at the border has gotten worse, not better, with Harris at the helm.
Instead of blaming the media, however, Harris believes that such a harsh reality is actually the fault of Republicans, who she says have been “unwilling to engage in any meaningful reform,” in yet another example of the sort of passing of the buck, dodging of the question, and eluding duty for which the vice president has become notorious.