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Media ignores Harris’s open admission of a big falsehood

For a brief moment last summer, Sen. Kamala Harris looked like presidential timber.

During a Democratic debate in June 2019, Harris zapped Joe Biden with a rhetorical thunderbolt, asserting that the former vice president, early in his Senate career, had palled around with segregationist Southern lawmakers and opposed busing as a tool of racial equality.

“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” she said pointedly to Biden. “And that little girl was me.”

Biden was forced to retreat and apologize for his past, which no one cared about when Barack Obama chose him as a running mate. Meanwhile, Harris shot to the top of the polls, remaining there only briefly before flaming out.

Now, she’s back as Biden’s VP pick, and when appearing on Stephen Colbert’s show recently, the late-night host asked the obvious question.

“How do you go from being such a passionate opponent on such bedrock principles for you, and now you guys seem to be pals?” Colbert asked.

To which Harris replied, “It was a debate.” 

She then burst into her trademark cackling laugh, and repeated the line at least five times, even when Colbert asked, “So you didn’t mean it?”

It was really an amazing moment: Harris openly admitting that all her passionate rhetoric insinuating that Biden was a racist committed to setting Black Americans back through the power of the law was really just cynical posturing.

Or perhaps we’re now seeing the cynicism, such that Harris shared her true feelings about Biden then and is willing to scuttle them for the moment because she wants to be in the White House, with a shot at becoming America’s first woman president.  

Either way, the mainstream media could not have cared less.

A search for Stephen Colbert and Kamala Harris in reference to the “It was a debate” line on the websites of The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News returned zero hits.

Anyone really surprised? 

As of a month ago, the Post asserted that President Donald Trump has made more than 20,000 “false or misleading” claims while in office. Other outlets have routinely dubbed the president a liar. All of which, when coupled with various “fact-checking” operations,  suggests the mainstream media cares about politicians telling the truth.

Yet none of them has held Harris accountable for her “It was a debate” admission, nor her repeated falsehoods during her first speech after accepting Biden’s invitation to join the ticket. 

Which means the media’s concern for and commitment to the truth runs a mile wide and an inch deep.

PHOTO: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

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3 Comments

  1. David in MA August 19, 2020

    ““There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” she said pointedly to Biden. “And that little girl was me.””
    I understand she went to school from first grade to high school in CANADA!

  2. watchman August 19, 2020

    She is not an American citizen

  3. watchman August 19, 2020

    But that don’t count if you are a democrat, only if you are a republican

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