Ugh. Even the trustworthy right-ish media misled inexcusably on this one, and, of course, “Republicans pounced.”
Two days ago, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas asked Harris at a Democratic National Committee event about the Biden administration’s goals as a “global influencer” on climate policy when it comes to poorer countries.
“It is our lowest-income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making,” Harris replied. “And so we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity.”
How did this become a statement by Harris about how aid would be distributed to communities in Florida and South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Ian? Let’s see:
- Confirmation bias
- Selective video editing (none of the videos include the question)
- Social media rabble-rousing,
- Bad journalism, and
- Partisan exploitation.
Christina Pushaw, Director of Rapid Response for Governor Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign, jumped on a carefully cut video clip from “End Wokeness”—yeah, that group wouldn’t be biased—to tweet,
This is false. @VP‘s rhetoric is causing undue panic and must be clarified. FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background.
From this, the usually reliable Legal Insurrection concluded, “Vice President Kamala Harris wants the Biden admin to base Hurricane Ian funds and resources based on color.” I wouldn’t doubt that Harris wants that, being a racist and an idiot, but that’s not what she said.
Today CBS “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan asked Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell to clarify government policy after Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) mis-characterized Harris’s remark earlier in theshow.
“We’re going to support all communities,” Criswell said. “I committed that to the governor, I commit to you right here that all Floridians are going to be able to get the help that is available to them through our programs.”
Well of course. But Fox News and others mads it sound like Harris was announcing an administration policy that would be illegal and unconstitutional. Stipulated: Harris is an idiot, and her inability to express herself clearly invites misinterpretation. However, the conservative media now has her firmly in the same box Dan Quayle ended up in and that Donald Trump was in for his entire term in office. Anything she says is reported with the rebuttable presumption that it is dumb, dangerous, or wrong.
That’s giving a gift to Harris and Democrats that they don’t deserve. It makes it easy to brush of criticism when Harris says stuff that is dumb, dangerous, or wrong…which she does on a regular basis.