A veteran editor with more than two decades of experience in print and online media calls the mainstream media's fawning over Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's recently-announced running mate, shameful, especially considering the way Sarah Palin was treated in 2008.
The New York Times, for example, featured a three-quarter page glamor shot and three front-page articles basically praising the choice – quite the contrast to the single column beneath the fold when candidate Trump announced that Mike Pence would be his running mate in 2016.
Broadcast outlets followed suit, with CNN bringing on one of Harris's childhood friends.
"She's fierce, she is phenomenal, she is a very thoughtful person. She cares very, very much about this country and all of the people in it," Stacey Johnson-Batiste declared to the network.
The shift in attitude is especially noticeable when compared to the way the mainstream media went after Sarah Palin when she was tapped to be a candidate for vice president in 2008. ABC's Charlie Gibson distinguished himself with a huge gotcha question about "Bush doctrine," an amorphous phrase that had several definitions. He could have clarified himself, but he chose to embarrass Palin instead.
Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center calls it shameful.
"When McCain went with Sarah Palin, she was a rising conservative star," Gainor recalls.
But instead of praising the conservative movement's open-mindedness, the left had someone rent the house next door to Palin’s home in Alaska and launched "a vicious campaign of destruction."