Recent reports indicate that Vice President Kamala Harris’ office is keeping a list of journalists who don’t “fully understand or appreciate her life experience,” according to The Atlantic.
According to The Daily Wire‘s coverage, the point of this list is to allow the vice president to stay away from the reporters who she doesn’t care to interact with.
“The vice president and her team tend to dismiss reporters. Trying to get her to take a few questions after events is treated as an act of impish aggression,” the Atlantic reported.
This could be a troubling trend with the Biden/Harris administration, considering that President Joe Biden himself has indicated that he’s been strongly encouraged not to take unscripted questions from reporters.
“Harris herself tracks political players and reporters whom she thinks don’t fully understand her or appreciate her life experience. (She often mentions an episode in which a Washington Post reporter mistook the cheer of the historic Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha for ‘screeches,’ I was told.),” the outlet said.
The vice president’s particularity goes so far as to keep her from interacting with certain words:
“She particularly doesn’t like the word cautious, and aides look out for synonyms too. Careful, guarded, and hesitant don’t go over well,” the Atlantic’s report went on.
The publication went on to say that they’ve noticed a pattern where the vice president “continues to retreat behind talking points and platitudes in public, and declines many interview requests and opportunities to speak for herself (including for this article).”
Whether it’s her uncomfortable laugh when she’s feeling out of her depth or the administration’s lack of ability to defend some of their most aggressive policies, it’s apparent that an open and transparent relationship with the media isn’t at the top of the current executive branch’s to-do list.