WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris felt the effects of the lack of diversity in the press corps before she had even started officially running for president.
Harris opened up to a group of black journalists in the Capitol on Wednesday, joining a roundtable Sen. Cory Booker and 17 other Democratic senators, about how she thought her identity as a black woman had shaped the way journalists covered her candidacy.
Many of her supporters explicitly blamed sexism and racism on what they saw was her erasure from the presidential race.
But Harris herself had not previously spoken so explicitly about the media’s coverage of her as a black candidate.
At the end of the roundtable, Harris talked to a couple of black reporters about their innate advantage in covering diverse electorates.

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