October 6, 2020 - TIME’S UP Now Report Finds Pervasive Sexist and Racist Bias in Media Coverage of Harris Selection as Biden Running Mate


For a report from TIME’S UP Now, Edelman Data & Intelligence (Dxl) analyzes media coverage of the announcements of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris in 2020 and vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine in 2016; they include top-tier U.S. media coverage for the week prior and two weeks after each running mate’s selection. They find that one quarter of coverage of Harris included racist and sexist stereotyping and tropes, while coverage of Pence and Kaine was rarely gendered or raced by the analysts’ standards.