Accuracy in Media

Joe Biden, Obama’s former vice president, is the current front-runner among 23 presidential candidates in the Democratic primary and the mainstream media runs more articles about Biden than any of his challengers, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Candidates are visiting Iowa for the state’s annual fair, which is an important place for candidates to make stump speeches and meet Iowa voters. After the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Biden’s campaign is resetting its strategy to call for gun control measures, and Harris’s campaign is following their lead.

CNN noted how Harris’s campaign is resetting its strategy after Biden penned a New York Times column on banning “assault weapons.”

Harris’s campaign began to make gun control one of the central issues in the primaries, while going on a five-day bus tour across Iowa to connect with Iowa voters.

But CNN neglected to mention how Harris’s reset could also stem from the post-debate fallout from the last presidential primary debate. In that debate, fellow candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) claimed Harris’s criminal justice record is flawed and that Harris is misrepresenting her record as the California state attorney general. In post-debate interviews, Harris denied Gabbard’s claim and her campaign criticized Gabbard for being too favorable of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

In the polls, Harris is in fourth place behind Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.). But her campaign reset and her debate performance call into question whether the media will accurately report on her record and her campaign’s progress, or whether media coverage will contribute to a Biden nomination next year.

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