Reality Check: Globe and Mail’s fake news about Biden and Harris

The Globe and Mail declares in its quarter-page lead story today “Historic selection makes California senator the first woman of colour on a U.S. presidential ticket” (“Biden selects Kamala Harris as running mate,” August 12). This is fake news.

Charlene Mitchell, America’s first Black female presidential candidate | Wikimedia Commons

In the second paragraph, its U.S. correspondent goes on to speculate: “Her background could generate excitement among younger and non-white voters at a time when protests over racial justice have rocked the country, while her history as a career prosecutor may appeal to moderates concerned about national calls to defund police.”

She is all things to all people! The Toronto newspaper leads the pack in “generat[ing] excitement.” It devotes no less than two full pages and seven photographs to heralding the Biden selection to confuse Canadians about the dysfunctional political process and the nature and depth of the crisis in the United States. It expresses the concerns of the Canadian ruling elite who are integrated with that of the United States about the prospect of a Trump second term over “our friends” Down South, as Freeland proclaims. 

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz goes so far as to proclaim “Biden’s name will be forever inscribed as a civil rights trailblazer and equality pioneer.” Harris, the most anti-Palestinian of the vice presidential candidates. has previously indicated to The New York Times that Israel meets her human rights standards.

Biden is putting himself forward as the champion who can unite the military bureaucracy and overcome divisions between federal, state and local elected officials and policing agencies. This distinguishes him from Trump who has failed on this score and merely resorts to repeating that everything can be achieved on the basis of law and order suppression. How Biden-Harris will achieve the miracles they promise is of course where the rub lies. Biden stresses addressing criminal justice reform, voting and cyber security for elections. He says that by first setting the democracy straight at home, he can then deal with it abroad.

His image as someone who “can bring people together” brings with it the implication that he will work first at uniting the industrial and civil authorities, such as those at the state and local level. His choice of Kamala Harris as Vice-President in part serves this purpose. It is hoped that her extensive ties and knowledge of state’s attorneys general and policing agencies will serve to peacefully unify state and local forces under federal leadership. Both present themselves as the loyal and reliable force for the status quo. The hyperbole of this media reflects the hopelessness and helplessness in which the U.S. ruling class is mired and its utter humiliation.

For the record:

In 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected president, Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. representative from Georgia, was a nominee of the Green Party.  And in 2012, Peta Lindsay ran against President Obama on the Party for Socialism and Liberation ticket.

In 1968, 38-year-old Charlene Mitchell of Ohio became the first Black woman to run for president, as a communist. “Like many other African Americans born in the 1930s, Mitchell joined the Communist Party because of its emphasis on racial and gender equality. Black female communists fought Jim Crow, lynchings and unfair labor practices for men and women of all races.”

“Other independent Black female presidential candidates have been community organizer Margaret Wright, who ran on the People’s Party ticket in 1976; Isabell Masters, a teacher who created her own third party, called Looking Back and ran in 1984, 1992 and 2004; and teacher Monica Moorehead of the Workers World Party ticket, who ran in 1996, 2000 and 2016.”

In 1972, the first Black female member of Congress, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black American and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

Geraldine Ferraro was the first female vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, in 1984. In 2008, Alaska’s then-governor Sarah Palin was Republican John McCain’s running mate.

The media and its pundits respond these women did not count as they represented so-called “minor parties.” This is what they did in Canada when they touted Elizabeth May of the Green Party as “the only women leader of a political party” during an election in which there were several parties headed by women, including the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (Anna Di Carlo) – which itself is shameless. All these women and their parties in the U.S. and Canada were marginalized from the get go as both systems are designed on a cartelized basis so that a genuinely independent party is blocked.

In 1932, James W. Ford, vice-presidential candidate of the Communist Party, was the first African American to run on a presidential ticket in the 20th century.

The basic point: if they cannot get a basic fact correct, what else is this media misrepresenting?


With information from “Before Kamala Harris became Biden’s running mate, Shirley Chisholm and other Black women aimed for the White House,” Sharon Austin, The Conversation, August 11, 2020. Ms Austin is a professor of political science at the University of Florida.

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