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Reporter resigns after publishing story about the usage of Kamala Harris’ book at Southern border

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Earlier this week, the New York Post published a story falsely claiming that illegal immigrant children at a government shelter in Long Beach, CA, received Vice President Kamala Harris’s book, Superheroes Are Everywhere. Allegedly, the children’s book was included in a welcome kit. The story assumed Harris, who was appointed by the Biden Administration to manage the border crisis, was profiting from the scheme. After the story went viral, the Washington Post discovered the allegations to be false.

According to the Washington Post, the book was not gifted to children and only one photo of a single copy of the book was found. According to Kevin Lee, the Chief Public Affairs Officer for the city of Long Beach told CNN “That neither the federal government nor the city government had purchased copies of the Harris book. Lee told CNN in an email that books will be made available at the shelter in an informal library, not pre-selected for each child’s welcome package.”

Following the fake story, the reporter, Laura Italiano, resigned from her position at the NY Post. On Twitter, she claimed that the outlet pressured her to write the story, despite knowing it was false. “The Kamala Harris story — an incorrect story I was ordered to write and which I failed to push back hard enough against — was my breaking point.” The false story is believed to have emerged from a photo taken on a media tour of the shelter in the Long Beach Convention Center. A copy of Harris’s book is pictured on a cot, however, there is only one copy and a different book is pictured on another cot. The books were donated to the shelter by the community and were not pre-selected. 

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ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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