Conservative critics of the mainstream media have often lamented a perceived bias among reporters toward Democratic politicians and causes.
In its recent move to establish a new beat devoted exclusively to covering Vice President Kamala Harris, the Los Angeles Times has given some right-wing readers another reason to fret. As Fox News reported on Tuesday, the newspaper announced the creation of this team in order to document Harris’ “historic rise” to power in the fledgling administration of President Joe Biden.
“All kinds of firsts”
An Instagram post from the Times goes further, explaining: “Kamala Harris is all kinds of firsts: the first woman, woman of color, Black woman, mixed-race woman and South Asian elected to national office.”
Called “Covering Kamala Harris,” the new section is being described by the paper as dedicated to “all aspects of Harris’ career — her political significance, her sometimes shifting political stances and her efforts to build a foreign policy resume.”
The Times reiterated that message in a tweet calling Harris “the first vice president who is Black, South Asian, female and the direct descendants of immigrants.”
More than a few conservative pundits lambasted the move, including commentator Mike Cernovich, who said the new Instagram account is “worse than you could imagine,” describing it as “outright propaganda, like something from a PR firm.”
Criticism was not limited to conservatives, however, as Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept made it clear that he was not impressed.
“Literally a fan pic page”
“It’d be nice if the media gave Biden and Harris a few weeks to settle into power before beating them up this way,” he tweeted with apparent sarcasm. “Sheesh. I mean, I’m as in favor of an adversarial press as the next person, but there are limits or decency and respect.”
Greenwald went on to complain that the Harris-themed Instagram page amounted to “literally a fan pic page” alongside the Times logo.
The Washington Post has also faced some backlash for its coverage of Harris, including the republication of a 2019 article with a passage that cast her in a negative light missing. The paper later restored the original piece after eagle-eyed readers spotted the omission.
Of course, the historic nature of her political rise has long been a topic of interest, as Harris herself noted during a recent CBS News interview.
“I was raised to not hear ‘no,'” she said. “Let me be clear about it. So it wasn’t like, “Oh, the possibilities are immense. Whatever you want to do, you can do.’ No, I was raised to understand many people will tell you, ‘It is impossible,’ but don’t listen.'”