To call the first interview with Kamala Harris as a vice presidential candidate a softball would be an insult to softball interviews. MSNBC on Friday aired, uninterrupted, new contributor Errin Haines talking to Harris for 31 minutes solid. This is the same networks that aired just three percent of Donald Trump’s campaign kickoff speech. Haines ignored dealing with COVID as an issue. She censored any mention of the Democrat previously saying she thought Tara Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, should be heard.
Instead, Haines gushed, “I’m just wondering about your thoughts about how this moment intersects with your own historic candidacy.” In another question, the journalist lauded, “If you become the first female vice president in the history of this country, what specifically can we expect you to fight for the women of this country?”
Instead of issues, Haines wondered, “Now that you’ve been tapped for this role, I wonder if it changes your own ambitions for your political future?” She didn’t ask about how Biden was going to end the coronavirus crisis. The journalist didn’t ask about Tara Reade. I interviewed the former Biden Senate staffer on Thursday and we talked about her sexual abuse claims and what Harris has said in the past:
In a May 8 interview with Megyn Kelly, Reade stated that she brought her 1993 allegations to Senator Harris. In an April 17 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle podcast, Harris said of Reade: “Listen, this woman has a right to tell her story, and I believe that, and I believe Joe Biden believes that, too.” In the podcast interview, Harris stated of her future running mate: “She has a right to tell her story, and she shouldn’t face any repercussions for that.”
None of that came up on Friday though. Rather, there was a heavy focus on process: “I want to start by asking you how your name came up for this role? Is this something you told Joe Biden you were interested in, or did he approach you?”
Haines is the same woman who in July cheered on cancel culture as important to “tell the full truth about America.” She’s a writer for The 19th, which describes itself as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy.”
[Note for clarity: Haines DID mention COVID as a way of talking about racism and oppression. Like this quote for instance: “We’ve talked about the dual pandemics of coronavirus and systemic racism that people have been roiling us for several months.” But she did not ask Harris how the Biden administration would fight the virus.]
LifeNews.com Note: Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing writer to NewsBusters, its blog where this item first appeared. Scott’s blogs have been featured in the “Inside Politics” section of the Washington Times and linked to on the Drudge Report. He is a graduate of George Mason University. This originally appeared at Newsbusters.