This morning media reporter Joe Concha was on Fox News to discuss yesterday’s incredibly fawning media coverage of Kamala Harris as Biden’s VP choice:
The media rolled out the red carpet for Kamala yesterday as if she were royalty, talking about the ‘historic’ nature of her pick and how much of a ‘pragmatic moderate’ she is:
Breaking News: Sen. Kamala Harris of California is Joe Biden’s pick for vice president. A pragmatic moderate, she is the first Black woman on a major party ticket. https://t.co/Ttvh5RyxUB pic.twitter.com/NMcIz60ckH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 11, 2020
"A pragmatic moderate who spent most of her career as a prosecutor, Ms. Harris was seen throughout the vice-presidential search as among the safest choices available to Mr. Biden."
— Katie Glueck (@katieglueck) August 11, 2020
Joe Concha responded to all of this fawning media coverage saying that this shows just “how much the scales are tipped in this election.” When asked if she’s really a ‘pragmatic moderate’, here’s how Concha responded:
While The New York Times labeled Harris a “pragmatic moderate” in its tweet alerting Biden’s choice, Concha pointed out that the government watchdog GovTrack.us labels her as the “most liberal Senator” — further to the left than Sen. Bernie Sanders, Concha said, because she has “no bipartisan legislative achievements to her name in all of her time in the Senate.”
“She also backs the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, health care for undocumented immigrants, so this is not somebody that you can call a ‘pragmatic moderate,’ you can’t even call her a moderate in these situations,” Concha told host Todd Piro, adding, “She represents California, not exactly a place swimming with pragmatic moderates.”
Last week a liberal group named “We Have Her Back” sent out a warning to media outlets everywhere saying that they would “monitor [election] coverage and we will call out those we believe take our country backward with sexist and/or racist coverage. As we enter another historic moment, we will be watching you.”
Concha noted that this warning feels more like a threat:
It seems that any criticisms, including past actions of Kamala Harris, past statements, or even her qualifications will automatically, and in more than a few cases, be characterized as sexist or racist or both, even if sex or race isn’t broached,” Concha stated.
“That’s how you shut down criticism, right?” he added. “By labeling a person, or in this case, a journalist, who may just be asking tough questions or analyzing Kamala Harris’s record as I just did, as sexist or racist.
“And you know what?” Concha said, “in an era of cancel culture and the woke mob basically dictating content at places like The New York Times, Todd, it just might work believe it or not.”
After seeing yesterday’s coverage of Kamala it’s clear to me that the media is all in and won’t dare criticize her, not so much because of this warning, but because she’s on their side. That’s really the bottom line.
The warning from this liberal group is really for those few who actually try to do real journalism on Harris or try and tell the truth about her, which you’ll mostly find on the right.