"Avoid referring to the present situation as a crisis, although we may quote others using that language while providing context. While the sharp increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors is a problem for border officials, a political challenge for the Biden administration and a dire situation for many migrants who make the journey, it does not fit the dictionary definition of a crisis," the memo from deputy production director Maya Parthasarathy reads. "If using the word 'crisis,' we need to ask of what and to whom."
“This wasn’t a company-wide memo — it was an email to relevant employees sharing AP style guidance — the industry standard — which you can find here," a spokesperson for Politico told the Washington Examiner.
Vice President Kamala Harris discouraged would-be migrants from making the trek to the United States during her trip to Guatemala on Monday. It's her first trip abroad as vice president, and she's tasked with leading U.S. diplomatic efforts in the region to stem the flow of migrants to the southern border.
"I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border," Harris said during a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei Monday. "Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border."
That should fox everything. Well done, Veep, well done...
It is a shame that Harris' comments overshadowed the point of her trip, which was to examine the root causes of unauthorized Central American migration to the US.
She needs to be better prepared to discuss migration, and to sell President Joe Biden's policies to the American public. And this will be no easy task, given that the GOP -- and by extension, conservative media outlets -- often rely on simplistic views of a complex situation.
Yes, yes, GOP pols are simpletons, as opposed to pols like Harris--and by extension Biden--who can't create a message, let alone stay on one.
But wait, there's more:
Such a visit to the border probably would have been meaningless. These trips, often taken by Republican lawmakers, amount to little more than a silly photo op. For conservative lawmakers, they are a popular way to remind their base of the "border crisis" and to signal that migration is a threat to the country.
Given that the purpose of Harris' trip was to address the root causes of migration, the notion of a trip to the border this week made no sense.
That didn't stop NBC News' Lester Holt from pressing Harris on why she hadn't been to the border. "I-- and I haven't been to Europe," Harris replied. "And I mean, I don't--I don't understand the point that you're making."
On one hand, her answer swatted away Holt's query.
And again, Dem pols NEVER take trips to the border for photo-ops. It's totes a GOP thing.
Then there's the idea that Harris "swatted" something away, as opposed to trying to land a zinger and failing miserably...*forced chuckle*