- A book by Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States, included in welcome kits for migrant children? This is what the New York Post and Fox News, before modifying their articles.
- It all started with a photo showing the book, published in 2019, on a cot in a California center for migrant children.
- The book was donated by a private individual, said a city official. Other books are visible on the other beds.
A photo from a book sparked a heated political debate in the United States. The protagonists ? The tabloid New York Post, Fox News and, unbeknownst to him, the country’s vice president, Kamala Harris.
From a photo showing a children’s book written by Kamala Harris in 2019 when she was not yet elected to the White House, the tabloid explained on Friday that several copies of the book would be distributed to migrant children . The controversy was then picked up by Fox News and elected conservatives.
The photo in question shows a copy of the book lying on a bed at a reception center for migrant children in California. The photo was taken by Brittany Murray, a photographer working for local newspapers. The snapshot was then distributed worldwide by several news agencies.
Other photos show that more books are waiting for the children. That of the American vice-president is not the only one present in the center.
The book was actually donated to the center by a private individual, representatives from the California city of Long Beach explained to the Washington Post as well as the Snopes fact-checking site.
The city organized a toy drive for children temporarily accommodated in the center. “The book you are referring to is one of thousands of different books that have already been donated,” detailed a spokesperson for the US media. This book was not purchased by the US Department of Health and Human Services or the city. This is a unique book that is not part of a massive donation of this specific title. “
Information confirmed by the US Department of Health and Social Services, on which the center depends: “The book in question was part of an assortment of hundreds of titles given to the Long Beach emergency reception center as part of collection of books and toys in the city of Long Beach, explains the ministry to Newsweek. Taxpayers ‘money was not used to buy Vice President Harris’ book. “
The New York Post and Fox News have edited their articles and the author of the tabloid one
announced Wednesday his resignation, claiming to have been obliged to write it. His old newspaper did not respond to requests from the American media on this point.
Kamala Harris’ book, illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe, looks at the people who have inspired and encouraged her throughout her life, from her family to her teachers.