Vice President Kamala Harris keeps monitor of journalists and political gamers she feels don’t “appreciate her life experience” — and the sensation is mutual — as tv producers have turn out to be hesitant to e book her as a result of she is “so uninteresting,” in line with a report.
Harris and her workforce, in line with a profile of the VP revealed by The Atlantic, sometimes “dismiss” reporters and “tracks political players and reporters whom she thinks don’t fully understand her or appreciate her life experience.”
She additionally takes explicit difficulty with the phrase “cautious” getting used to explain her, and aides “look out for” synonyms like “careful, guarded and hesitant,” which “don’t go over well.”
Reps for Harris didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for touch upon the matter.
She additionally declined to remark for The Atlantic article, one thing the report famous she does repeatedly.
“She continues to retreat behind talking points in public, and declines many interview requests and opportunities to speak for herself,” the report reads.
“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 journal alleged that Harris “often mentions” a 2019 incident with Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes, who on the time was protecting nationwide politics.
Prior to Janes becoming a member of the nationwide politics beat, WaPo employed her as a baseball reporter. She has since returned to protecting the game full-time.
According to her creator web page on the paper’s web site, she has her bachelor’s from Yale in historical past and worldwide research and a grasp’s in communication from Stanford.
Janes was protecting Harris delivering a speech at her alma mater, Howard University, in January 2019 when she tweeted, “Members of her Howard sorority are in the room, and screeched when she mentioned her time there. Did not expect to hear screeches here.”
The reporter was taken to process throughout social media for the remark, because it was clear she didn’t know that the presidential candidate was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, a black Greek group.
The “screeching,” as Janes described it, was really the group’s trademark “skee-wee” chant — which sparked backlash on-line from these who considered the connotation negatively.
Coverage of the incident turned important sufficient that co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” devoted a segment to debate whether or not Janes was the unsuitable reporter to be assigned to that beat.
That was not the case, Janes tweeted later in an effort to appropriate any confusion.
“Guys, I’m so sorry. Had never heard about the Skee Wee call before, but I certainly have now. Meant only to convey enthusiasm in the room!” the WaPo reporter wrote on Twitter later that day.
The injury for Harris, it seems, was performed. In its Monday report, The Atlantic alleged that Harris “often mentions” the episode.
In her time within the Senate and prior, Harris has lengthy been recognized for not being particularly open with the media.
One month after being tapped as President Biden’s operating mate final yr, the California Democrat’s workforce labored to maintain a narrative out of the press as reporters and different politicos started noticing that she had but to take questions from reporters in a proper or casual setting since becoming a member of the ticket.
At the time, the then-senator had solely spoken to curated native and digital media retailers, together with The nineteenth and The Grio, targeted on ladies’s and black points, respectively.