It must be getting pretty difficult to conjure talking points over at CNN these days, despite the ever-more complex intricacies of the 2020 presidential race.
The biggest news story of the week has undoubtedly been presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s announcement that Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate. Harris wasn’t exactly a “safe” choice, however, given that her lengthy career as a hard-nosed prosecutor is at odds with the current Democratic vilification of law enforcement.
At CNN, however, it seems as though the most controversial aspect of Harris entering the race was how one Fox News host pronounces her name.
Wednesday on CNN, anchor Don Lemon criticized Fox News Host Tucker Carlson for mispronouncing the name of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Lemon said, “The president, his campaign, allies at Fox News are all grasping at straws on the offensive against Kamala Harris.”
He added, “and then there’s state media. Where they have taken everything but the kitchen sink approach against the vice president nominee including but not limited to sexist smears and more than one person not even bothering to get Kamala Harris’s name right.”
Lemon’s complaint was that Carlson chose to emphasize the second syllable in Harris’ first name, as opposed to emphasizing the first syllable.
Tucker responded swiftly after a guest on his show corrected him.
Carlson shot back, “So I’m disrespecting her by mispronouncing her name unintentionally. So it begins. You can’t criticize her Kamala Harris or whatever.”
And so begins the long, fickle slog to November.