A group of political reporters hit the campaign trail with California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) (shown above left) on Saturday but took a break from the political journalism, instead encouraging the Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful to try on clothes and giggle with her at a South Carolina boutique.
CNN national political reporter Maeve Reston, NBC News political reporter Ali Vitali, and CBS News political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns documented the laugh-filled shopping spree on Twitter.
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(Notably, all three reporters are billed as straight-news journalists, as opposed to opinion hosts.)
“We kind of forced @kamalaharris to try on this awesome oversized rainbow sequin jacket,” Reston wrote.
“She snapped it up.”
Huey-Burns tweeted video of Harris trying on a colorful jacket, which she noted was spotted by the CNN reporter.
“Oh yeah, that’s it,” a voice is heard saying as Harris checks out her threads amid chuckles.
— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@CHueyBurns) February 16, 2019
Reston tweeted a different video, quoting Harris that it is awkward to shop in front of the press.
“This is awkward to shop in front of 5,000 cameras,” she quoted Harris say saying in the tweet.
— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) February 16, 2019
Reporters have historically interacted with candidates on the campaign trail, but picking out clothing pushes boundaries in the eyes of many critics.
Reston’s tweet was met with a plethora of negative feedback.
“Here’s to reporting the news and staying neutral! Great [email protected],” one user wrote.
Another added, “Are you getting paid by @KamalaHarriscampaign?”
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And yet another follower wrote: “Probably not good for a journalist to be doing this. Definitely a bad idea to tweet it out.”
CNN, CBS and NBC News did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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