ABC & CBS Wail: Fawning Vogue Harris Cover ‘Disrespectful,’ ‘Racist’

Apparently afraid that Vogue’s latest propagandistic issue hailing Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris wasn’t sycophantic enough, on Monday, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning both channeled leftists on social media accusing the fashion magazine of being “disrespectful” and even “racist” because the cover photo of the Democrat was deemed to be less than flattering.

“Vogue under fire. Their new cover of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris leaked over the weekend. Why so many are saying it disrespects the Vice President-Elect,” co-host Amy Robach ridiculously teased at the top of GMA’s 8:00 a.m. ET hour. Minutes later, correspondent Janai Norman claimed “many were shocked to see the cover with the VP-Elect” and touted complaints “that the magazine just missed the mark.”

 

 

Citing angry left-wingers on Twitter, the reporter hyped:

The cover’s unplanned early release immediately drawing criticism for not measuring up to what’s expected from the leading fashion magazine. One person writing, “They really put Kamala Harris VP in converse for Vogue?,” slamming the photo for looking like an amateur snap shot, even though it was shot by accomplished photographer Tyler Mitchell.

Norman made it clear that Harris and her team were also upset: “A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations telling ABC News that Harris’s team believed a different image shot by the same photographer would cover the print edition, one featuring Harris in a blue power suit with a subtle gold backdrop.”

After wasting nearly three minutes on the faux controversy, Norman finally got to the substance of the article, which completely lacked substance:

Along with the two portraits, readers got a closer glimpse into the former California Senator’s private life, with a never-before-seen picture of Harris on her wedding day with husband Doug Emhoff. And anecdotes on how the pair spend their time, from listening to old-school hip-hop, real old-school jazz, the classics like Prince and Stevie Wonder during their morning power walks to Harris giving her husband a lesson or two in the kitchen. The soon-to-be Second Gentleman admitting he’s typically not a cook, saying he “once tried to grill burgers and steak inside their apartment, Harris had to fan away the smoke with her briefing binder.”

On CBS This Morning, correspondent Vlad Duthiers promoted how “Vogue is getting some backlash for its cover photo of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris in next month’s issue” and indulged the left’s unhinged ranting: “Critics called this picture of Harris wearing her familiar converse sneakers unflattering, disrespectful, and some even called it a little racist.”

However, Duthiers did point out: “The article, the profile was written by an African-American writer, Alexis Okeowo. The cover shoot was Tyler Mitchell, first black photographer. The editor of the shoot is also black.” Even co-host and Democratic Party donor Gayle King was skeptical of the criticism: “We should also say that Kamala Harris, they said, styled herself, she picked out her own outfit. I think they were trying to focus on the tennis shoes because that is kind of her look. I don’t know…”

Despite all the fretting over Harris’s photo, the cover excitedly cheered: “Madam Vice President! And the New America.” In the article, author and adoring fan Alexis Okeowo marveled:

HARRIS’S NATURAL CHARISMA and relatability lend her a version of what you might call the Obama effect. She, too, has often been the only Black person in the room, the only woman, the only Black and Indian American woman, forced to prove she’s as good as, if not better than, everyone around her. My friend Nientara, a psychiatry resident at the Yale School of Medicine, doesn’t agree with some of Harris’s neoliberal views but tells me, “As a brown-skinned South Asian woman who has and is making her professional life in primarily white institutions, it was impossible not to see myself in her. Hearing the names Kamala Devi Harris and Shyamala Gopalan Harris read out loud during a presidential press conference was flat-out thrilling.”

This is the kind of swooning we can expect from the liberal media throughout the Biden-Harris administration. Anything perceived as even slightly less than glowing will be excoriated by leftists and their allies in the press soon thereafter.

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Here is a full transcript of the January 11 segment on GMA:

8:12 AM ET

AMY ROBACH: Right now we do want to get to our GMA Cover Story, Vogue facing criticism for the cover of their latest issues featuring Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Janai Norman joins us with more on why the fashion magazine is getting some backlash over the styling and more. Good morning, Janai.

JANAI NORMAN: Hey, Amy, good morning. When you think of Vogue magazine, you think high fashion, top-notch styling and luxury designers. So many were shocked to see the cover with the VP-Elect, with the general consensus being that the magazine just missed the mark.

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: “Vogue” Backlash; Magazine Faces Criticism for Kamala Harris Cover]

Over the weekend, the cover of the February issue of Vogue, featuring the Vice President-Elect leaked. Kamala Harris casually wearing her signature Chucks with a pink and green backdrop, a nod to her Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority colors. The cover’s unplanned early release immediately drawing criticism for not measuring up to what’s expected from the leading fashion magazine. One person writing, “They really put Kamala Harris VP in converse for Vogue?,” slamming the photo for looking like an amateur snap shot, even though it was shot by accomplished photographer Tyler Mitchell.

A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations telling ABC News that Harris’s team believed a different image shot by the same photographer would cover the print edition, one featuring Harris in a blue power suit with a subtle gold backdrop. ABC learning that Harris’s team chose both outfits. The fashion magazine telling ABC News the team at Vogue “felt the more informal image captured Vice President-Elect Harris’s authentic, approachable nature – which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden/Harris administration. To respond to the seriousness of this moment in history, and the role she has to play leading our country forward, we’re celebrating both images of her as covers digitally.”

Along with the two portraits, readers got a closer glimpse into the former California Senator’s private life, with a never-before-seen picture of Harris on her wedding day with husband Doug Emhoff. And anecdotes on how the pair spend their time, from listening to old-school hip-hop, real old-school jazz, the classics like Prince and Stevie Wonder during their morning power walks to Harris giving her husband a lesson or two in the kitchen. The soon-to-be Second Gentleman admitting he’s typically not a cook, saying he “once tried to grill burgers and steak inside their apartment, Harris had to fan away the smoke with her briefing binder.”

And that photo with the powder blue suit was overwhelmingly preferred to the casual converse shot. But still, despite the criticism, so many comments were happy to see the magazine celebrating the first elected to become vice president. Robin?  

ROBIN ROBERTS: I love how you said “wearing her Chucks,” her Chuck Taylors like that. But you know, I agree with what you said. I understand what they were going for, but just didn’t hit the mark.

NORMAN: Right. And that’s what many people felt, that they just missed the mark.     

ROBERTS: That’s it. Alright, Janai, thanks so much.

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