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CBS admits to doctoring VP Harris interview clip

 September 9, 2023

CBS News has admitted that an essential segment of an interview between Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan and Vice President Kamala Harris was mistakenly omitted, Fox News reported.

This disclosure followed the broadcast of a preview clip aired Thursday on CBS Mornings in which Brennan posed questions to Harris about the age factor in the upcoming election, given President Biden's age of Joe Biden's advancing years.

Age and Political Implications

Brennan said, "You're 58 now. If you win the second term, as you and the president are running to do, he would be 86 at the end of it."

The host went on to reference a poll from the Wall Street Journal indicating that two-thirds of Democrats believe Biden might be too old for another term, and she questioned Harris's readiness to assume the role of commander in chief.

Harris affirmed her readiness, if needed, and vouched for Biden's capability as president.

A Missing Portion: Harris on GOP's Critique

Contrary to the version broadcasted on CBS Mornings, Brennan did not just inquire about the age of President Biden.  Instead, she proceeded to question Harris about the attacks she has faced from GOP contenders.

Brennan highlighted comments from notable Republican figures like Nikki Haley, Chris Christie, and Ron DeSantis, each of which underscored their concerns over Harris potentially assuming the presidential role.

The host said, "Nikki Haley says 'a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for President Harris.' Chris Christie, 'I want to be clear that I pray every night for Joe Biden's good health, not only because he's our president, but because of who our vice president is.'"

Brennan continued, "Ron DeSantis, 'Harris is Biden's impeachment insurance. People know if she were president, batter the doors. As bad as Biden did, it would get worse.' How do you respond to all of that?"

Harris's Rebuttal: Familiar Territory in her Career

Responding to these critiques, Harris emphasized the administration's accomplishments and pointed out that very few challengers presented a concrete plan for the country.

However, Brennan pressed the vice president about the personal nature of these attacks and concerns raised about her potential actions as president; she asked, "How do you respond to those attacks? That's not about policy, that's about you."

"Listen, this is not new. There's nothing new about that," Harris responded.

After highlighting her career achievements -- from serving as a district attorney and attorney general to rising to the ranks of the U.S. Senate and now vice president -- Harris stated, "They feel the need to attack because they're scared that we will win based on the merit of the work that Joe Biden, our administration, and I have done.'"

The Network's Response

Media commentator Tommy Christopher of Mediaite highlighted that the altered version of their exchange reached millions of viewers over the airwaves.

In contrast, the corrected version was primarily showcased on CBS's lesser-known streaming platform and on the network's social media channels.

CBS News subsequently recognized the error, stating, "A previous version of this clip was edited incorrectly."

The network also announced that the complete interview would be aired this Sunday on the upcoming episode of Face The Nation.