New York Post deletes story alleging Kamala Harris book given to migrant children
The New York Post has removed a story from its website that suggested copies of a book by Vice President Harris were given to migrant children who have crossed the border in “welcome kits.”
A link to the story, which was published last week and promoted on the tabloid’s cover, now re-directs to the newspaper’s website.
Several Republican politicians and political figures promoted the story, which went viral.
“After learning officials are handing out Kamala Harris’ book to migrants in facilities at the border, it’s worth asking… Was Harris paid for these books? Is she profiting from Biden’s border crisis?” asked Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel in a tweet on Monday.
A Washington Post fact check of the claim rated it to be false, awarding the story four “Pinocchios” out of a possible five.
“This is a good example of how misinformation spreads on right-wing media and gets amplified by Republican leaders,” The Post wrote while debunking the claim. “The New York Post reported that Harris’s book was being included in ‘welcome kits’ for migrant children arriving in Long Beach’s shelter. Fox News repeated the claim, attributing it to ‘photographs.’”
The link to the nonsense New York Post story about the Harris book is no longer working; it now just redirects to their home page. (Again, this was their cover story — that flatly asserted Harris’s book was being given out “illegally.”) https://t.co/6BfvJGlYiT
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 27, 2021
The New York Post briefly took down two of its stories about the debunked claims (the links currently redirect to the Post’s homepage). A spokesperson for the paper tells us the stories will go back up with an editor’s note soon.https://t.co/qV5Rj55m6A https://t.co/cloYIUcpUc
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) April 27, 2021