“The way the media has treated Kamala Harris has been something else.”
Now that Kamala Harris has dropped out of the 2020 race, Julian Castro, whose campaign is also fading fast, is blaming the media in part for holding Harris to a double standard.
As everyone knows, if there’s one thing every Democrat has to worry about at election time, it’s bias from the mainstream media. At least, when journalists aren’t helping you pick out clothes at a boutique.
Zack Budryk reports at The Hill:
Castro slams media for holding Harris to ‘different standard’
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro blamed a media “double standard” for his fellow candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), announcing her exit from the race Tuesday.
“The way the media has treated Kamala Harris has been something else,” Castro said in a clip tweeted by his national press secretary, Sawyer Hackett, citing recent articles in national publications that described disarray and infighting within her campaign.
The coverage “basically trashed her campaign and focused on one small part of it,” Castro said, adding, “They’ve held her to a different standard, a double standard [that] has been grossly unfair and unfortunate,”…
“I really want to commend Sen. Harris for the race that she’s run. She’s one of the most qualified people running, and throughout this campaign she’s run her campaign with class and with dignity,”
See the video below:
“The way the media has treated @KamalaHarris has been something else. The way they’ve held her to a different standard, a double standard has been grossly unfair and unfortunate.” #KHive pic.twitter.com/TIpowCAQLI
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) December 3, 2019
Castro is not alone in his analysis here. Over at MSNBC, a recent panel discussion focused on this same double standard for women, especially women of color.
Brett T. of Twitchy points out a factor that seems to be lost on these folks. They are accusing Democrat primary voters, including themselves presumably, of being racist and sexist:
We’ve seen plenty of hot takes today about how Kamala Harris dropping out of the presidential race for 2020 means the next Democratic debate will be all white people…
But if white supremacy was the reason Harris dropped out, it must be Democrats who are the white supremacists, directing their donations to white male candidates like Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.
Watch the segment:
MSNBC panel: @KamalaHarris faced a “double edged sword” of being a black woman.
Wallace: “There is a gender piece here that we still suck at talking about.”
Sharpton: “Women are held to a different standard and black women especially.” pic.twitter.com/SfAb2oaDzS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 3, 2019
Here’s a notable response:
Good to see them all admit the DNC is full of racism and misogyny since it was their primaries.
— Sheepdog Covfefe (@navymig) December 3, 2019
Two parting thoughts. First, when it comes to media bias, is there a single Democrat willing to walk in Trump’s shoes for a week? Second, does anyone believe Michelle Obama would face any negative treatment by the media if she jumped into the race?
Featured image via Twitter video.