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A journalist, who said she was with the Spanish-language network Univision, told Vice President Kamala Harris that she voted for her and President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election during a press conference in Mexico.
The journalist, who went by Maria Fernanda and claimed to be with Univision, was called on by Harris’s team during a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, on Tuesday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Before asking Harris a question, Fernanda said:
“Thank you, Madame Vice President. For me, it’s an honor because I actually got to vote for the first time as a naturalized citizen and I voted for you.”
UPDATE: The president of Univision says that the person who asked this question isn’t a reporter with their network.
So who exactly is this person and how did they end up asking the Vice President a question? https://t.co/fFVkYLEmta
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 9, 2021
Shortly after the video spread like wildfire across the internet for biased journalism, Univision released a statement insisting that the woman was not affiliated with their network.
#BREAKING: I have a HUGE update to this story about a Univision “reporter” telling Vice President Harris she “voted for” her in November. According to top @UnivisionNews personalities and execs tweeting at @MRCLatino‘s @BonillaJL, they’re claiming she’s NOT an actual employee. pic.twitter.com/QVhprd2XzR
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 9, 2021
Turns out the mass backlash was due to a case of mistaken identity. The woman was called on by Harris as “Maria Fernanda from Univision” because there is a Univision journalist named Maria Fernanda Lopez, though she was not in attendance for the press conference.
Maria Fernanda Reyes was the woman in question and failed to correct Harris when she was called on that she is not affiliated with Univision.
Reyes Linkedin page states that she is the founder of AdoptaHero with ties to Stanford University’s Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative.
“I am a fourth generation farmer and care about agriculture, food waste and supporting rural farmers, especially women rural farmers across the world,” Reyes profile reads. “I’m on a journey to empower farmers to reduce food loss and food waste through technologies and education.”
According to Fox News, who spoke with Reyes after the controversy, she stated that she was caught up in the moment and surprised she was called on, therefore did not correct Harris.
The report stated that Reyes was assisting Mayan farmers in Mexico City Tuesday and helping the country’s poor with the pandemic when she was asked to attend the Harris’ event.
“Everyone’s trying to twist it for their own agenda,” she said about the controversy, the report added. “I don’t care. I asked a question. If people don’t like it, fine.”
The person identified as a Univision reporter who told Kamala Harris she voted for her says she is actually an entrepreneur doing humanitarian work in Mexico and was asked to attend the event.
The White House says they are “looking into this.” https://t.co/mOpSZlUxbS
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 9, 2021
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