The New York Post finally responded to a reporter ‘s accusations on Friday that the newspaper “ordered” her to write a fake story about Vice President Kamala Harris, which prompted the reporter to quit her job.
“The New York Post does not order reporters to deliberately publish factually inaccurate information,” the newspaper said in a statement to Mediaite three days after reporter Laura Italiano tweeted that she had quit the Post.
The fake story claimed that a book written in 2019 by Harris, “Superheroes Are Everywhere,” was distributed in “welcome kits” to the children of immigrants who arrived at the shelter in Long Beach, California. The implication was that Harris was somehow exploiting his government’s position to profit by stocking the welcome kits with his books – a prospect amplified by complaining Republicans.
In fact, a single copy of the Vice President’s book had been donated by a member of the local community during a book drive that brought together hundreds of books, all placed in a common library accessible to all children, a discovered the Washington Post. The vice presidents book was photographed on a child’s cradle; several other books by different authors have been photographed on the beds of other children.
After the errors were identified by the Washington Post, the story briefly disappeared from Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid – then reappeared in edited form with the lies suppressed, but still saying that “at least one migrant child” had the book of Harris.
“The article was changed as soon as it was brought to the attention of editors that it was inaccurate,” the Post statement said.
Republican critics of Harris refused to delete the fake Harris tweets based on the debunked story even after the Post corrected the article.
Italiano could not be reached immediately for comment on the Post’s statement about the story.
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