Posted on December 27, 2021

Kamala Harris Told Allies That the Media Coverage of Her Would Be Different if She Were a White Man

Cheryl Teh, Insider, December 23, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris is of the view that if she were a white man, the media coverage of her would be different.

This is according to a report from The New York Times, which spoke with several White House sources about Harris’ position in the administration.

Harris has been confiding in allies that she thought the news would cover her differently if she were white and male, attributing some of her negative press coverage — particularly in conservative media outlets — to race and gender, the report said.

Harris and President Joe Biden have struggled with historically low job-approval ratings, with Harris more unpopular than any vice president in modern history.


Harris made history as vice president when she was sworn in as the nation’s first female, Black, and South Asian American vice president.

But in December, Harris was criticized after her office reported unusually high staff turnover. This exodus of staffers included Symone Sanders, Harris’ chief spokesperson, and Ashley Etienne, her communications director. {snip}

A former Harris staffer, for one, told The Washington Post that her former boss was highly critical, and that she had to put up with “a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism.”