How a photograph and false story led to assaults on Kamala Harris

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Final week, Lengthy Seashore introduced it will repurpose its conference heart to briefly home as much as 1,000 unaccompanied migrant youngsters arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Officers knew that wrangling that many youngsters could be a tall order, in order that they launched a drive to fill a library with books for the kids to learn. Somebody donated Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2019 youngsters’s e-book “Superheroes Are In all places.”

That e-book was laid on a cot final Thursday and a information service photographer, who declined to remark to The Occasions, took a photograph of it.

The New York Publish wrote a front-page story reporting that federal officers had been together with the e-book as a part of the “welcome kits” given to migrant youngsters.

Harris “hasn’t been to the border to deal with a disaster she was tasked to assist repair — however a youngsters’s e-book she wrote is ready there for younger migrants who’re being welcomed into the nation,” the story initially learn.

Different conservative-leaning shops and prime Republicans, together with the get together’s nationwide committee chair, Ronna McDaniel, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) echoed the falsehood and decried Harris.

“The Biden administration’s weak spot triggered a surge of unlawful immigration,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tweeted. “Now they’re forcing taxpayers to purchase Kamala Harris’s e-book to offer to these unlawful immigrants?”

However no books, together with the one within the picture, had been included in welcome kits, Zhan Caplan, a spokesman for the Division of Well being and Human Providers, instructed The Occasions Wednesday.

“Youngsters don’t obtain books as a part of a welcome equipment,” Caplan mentioned in an announcement. “No taxpayer {dollars} had been used to buy Vice President Harris’ e-book.”

After the Washington Publish this week fact-checked the tabloid’s story, the New York paper reportedly deleted then amended its story, in accordance with the Publish.

Laura Italiano, the reporter whose byline was on the story, tweeted Tuesday that she had resigned from the publication. Italiano didn’t reply to requests for remark from the Occasions however tweeted she was “ordered” to write down the story and “did not push again arduous sufficient.”

Whereas some on-line offered help, others questioned Italiano’s reporting on not less than one different story.

Two representatives from the New York Publish didn’t reply to requests for remark.

The continuing Lengthy Seashore e-book drive had greater than 3,000 books donated, in accordance with Kevin Lee, a metropolis spokesman.

The youngsters “having the ability to make particular person and private decisions on what they learn, what they play with, what they put on and the like, is so vital throughout these very difficult instances for the kids,” Lee instructed The Occasions in an e-mail.

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