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 BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE, said Thursday that one of his rivals in the race, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' USPS workers union endorses Biden, citing threat to postal service 'survival' 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 WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.). South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention 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 SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins 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