For one rare moment, one mainstream media figure took a break from promoting open borders to criticize Vice President Kamala Harris.
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Rhule mildly rebuked Harris on Monday for failing to stop the immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, but Harris responded to the criticism of her job performance by placing the blame on Border Patrol agents.
“She was supposed to be in charge”
After the vice president offered up the convenient scapegoat, many others in the media joined in to echo her rhetoric.
Over the course of the Biden administration, the persistent border crisis has received only muted press coverage.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants have unlawfully crossed the border into America, but recent images of Haitian migrants gathered underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, provided perhaps the starkest visuals yet of the uncontrolled situation.
Harris, who was named Biden’s border czar earlier this year, could see even lower approval numbers as a result of the latest situation. For her part, Rhule seemed interested in some semblance of accountability.
“How about the message from our vice president?” she asked. “Where is she? She was supposed to be in charge of all of these migration issues, going to those Northern Triangle countries — that’s obviously not Haiti.”
By Tuesday, however, much of the media had become preoccupied with parroting talking points and attacking Border Patrol agents.
Asserting that she was “deeply troubled” by images of mounted agents who were apparently blocking the Haitian migrants, Harris said: “What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were was horrible.”
Whether prompted by her rhetoric or shared outrage over the images that have surfaced in recent days, media figures latched on to the narrative that agents were using “whips” to strike migrants. Subsequent reports indicated that they were merely holding the reins while on horseback and did not physically attack anyone.
Other Biden administration insiders have similarly pointed the finger at Border Patrol agents, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who said he was “horrified” by the reports and White House press secretary Jen Psaki who confirmed that the “brutal” agents had been placed on administrative leave.
Meanwhile, Harris remains the nominal head of the Biden administration’s illegal immigration response. Instead of enforcing the law, however, she seems more interested in blaming those tasked with protecting the border.