Conservative and liberal female figures came to varying conclusions on the validity of Vice President Kamala Harris‘ reported belief that she’s treated worse by the press because of her race and gender.
A recent report by The New York Times suggested Harris, who is the first Black, South Asian or female vice president, has been privately complaining to her allies that the media’s coverage of her would be better if she were any of her 48 White, male predecessors.
“Ms. Harris has privately told her allies that the news coverage of her would be different if she were any of her 48 predecessors, all of whom were white and male,” the report read.
Liberal radio host and Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall found truth in those claims, arguing that race and gender likely leave the VP vulnerable to “extra scrutiny.”
“Yes. I do believe that…Women are definitely held to a different standard,” Marshall said in an interview with Fox News Digital. “I don’t think it’s whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, though I think it happens whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. So when you have the first woman, and the first woman of color also, who happens to be the vice president, I do think that those things…lead to extra scrutiny.”
Yet conservative female leaders all pointed to policy. The New York Times report read that Harris had been reaching out to her predecessors about “the difficulties she is facing with the intractable issues in her portfolio, such as voting rights and the root causes of migration.”
Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., argued it was that latter assignment, as Biden’s border czar, that can account for any untoward media representations about the vice president, and less about her background or appearance.