• Matt Esnayra

NY Post reporter quits, claims she was 'ordered' to write a false story on VP Harris & LB migrants

A New York Post reporter resigned after writing an article falsely claiming that migrant children at the Long Beach Convention Center received copies of Vice President Harris's children's book as part of their "welcome kits."

If you don't know, now you know:

The controversial article had a headline "Kam On In," NY Post reporter Laura Italiano claims she was pressured to write the 'incorrect story,' that was largely based on a single photograph taken at the shelter during a press conference. The false claim caused outrage in conservative media and blistering Tweets from Republican politicians.

  • The only copy of Harris' book "Superheroes Are Everywhere" was displayed on a cot at the Convention Center and was donated as part of the City of Long Beach and the LB Convention Center's book drive for migrant children.

  • According to WaPo, the New York Post removed, revised, and then republished the article without publishing a correction or retraction.

  • In the original report, it stated that VP Harris "hasn't been to the border to address a crisis she was tasked to help fix — but a children's book she wrote is waiting there for young migrants who are being welcomed into the country,"

What they're saying:

  • Laura Italiano wrote on Twitter that she was "ordered to write" the false story and that she "failed to push back hard enough against -- was my breaking point."

  • Kevin Lee, chief public affairs officer for the City of Long Beach told the AP, that Vice President Harris' book was “one of thousands” donated to the migrant children by community members.

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