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State-Sponsored News on Democratic VP Pick Senator Kamala Harris
August 12, 2020
Post by Rachel Chernaskey
Foreign state-sponsored media outlets published a number of stories mentioning Senator Kamala Harris in light of former Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement on August 11 that the senator would be his running mate in the 2020 election. Harris, after dropping out of the race early on, has received substantially less coverage in state-sponsored outlets over the past year compared to other candidates like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
However, in FIE 2020’s initial assessment of RT and Sputnik News coverage of 2020 presidential candidates, Harris received the fourth-most mentions and saw more negative mentions than positive. Coverage of the Biden-Harris ticket includes a mix of neutral and negative reporting about Harris and further negative coverage of Biden, who has received morenegative coverage than positive across the board and has been consistently denigrated in Russian state outlets.
Iran’s PressTV published two articles on the selection of Senator Harris. The first was a short neutral story covering the announcement, while another titled “Trump campaign labels Harris as Biden’s ‘liberal handler’” covers President Trump and his campaign’s criticisms of Harris.
In a divergence from its generally neutral coverage of specific 2020 presidential candidates, China’s Global Times published a particularly negative story about Harris’s selection as running mate. The article, titled “Harris as Biden’s running mate heightens ‘China-bash competition’ as election nears,” claims Harris’s “harsh stance on China will likely escalate the ‘who-is-the-toughest-on-China competition’ between the ‘donkey and elephant’ in the 2020 US presidential race.” It also notes that Harris’s “latest attack” concerned an AP investigation on China’s treatment of Uighur minorities, which the Global Times claims was “based on flawed statistics, wrong calculation method, misleading figures and untrustworthy interviewees.”
Given her new position in the Biden campaign, Harris’s mentions in state-sponsored outlets will only increase. Her previous foreign policy stances—unfavorable for both Russia and China—and state-sponsored outlets’ negative takes on Biden may mean that Harris’s negative coverage will continue to grow as well.