Biden surrogate says Kamala Harris being treated 'unfairly' by mainstream media

Marcia L. Dyson, a surrogate for former Vice President and 2020 Democratic candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE, said Thursday that one of his rivals in the race, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE (D-Calif.), is being treated “unfairly” by the mainstream media.

“I don’t think she has been treated fairly,” Dyson, who is also the founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Women’s Global Initiative, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton during an interview on "Rising."

"That’s something that I know that the pundits and the people around her are trying to do better themselves and how you can use certain platforms outside of the regular media," she continued. 

Dyson's remarks were in response to a question from Ball on whether Harris had received enough attention from the press.

Dyson, who was also a former chief of staff to two-time presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson, also offered her own advice for the Harris campaign.

“I think she has great gravitas in certain circles but I think they need to find ways to expose her a little bit more,” she added.

Dyson recommended that the California senator break away her immediate base and seek broader support among voters.

“Part of the problem is that she has sequestered herself by her idea of who her base would be when all of America is her base,” she said.

A spokesman for Harris didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Harris, who officially launched her presidential campaign in January, has been struggling in recent polls.

A Morning Consult survey released Monday found that just seven percent of Democratic primary voters would support Harris, while eight percent said they'd favor Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTreasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions 11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' MORE (D-Mass.). South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE (D) came in fifth with 6 percent. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, holds a substantial lead over the rest of the Democratic field, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE (I-Vt.), with 40 percent of support among voters.  

However, compared to her fellow Democratic contenders, Harris boasts strong support among communities of color.

According to campaign filing reports analyzed by NBC News, Harris raised more than $1 million in April alone in predominately minority neighborhoods.

—Tess Bonn