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07
Oct
2020
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Kamala Harris Memes Flood Internet as Her Reactions to Mike Pence Go Viral

Memes of Democratic Senator Kamala Harris flooded the internet during the Wednesday night vice presidential debate as social media users posted humorous images and videos that highlighted her opposition to Republican Vice President Mike Pence.

One of the earliest memes posted during the debate was from the Republican-led political action committee, The Lincoln Project, focusing on Harris’ face as she listened to Pence speak.

One of the most viral memes came from American activist Jamira Burley, who seemed to strike a nerve about men condescending to women.

Another meme from American commentator and editor of PC Magazine, Lance Ulanoff, highlighted comedian Maya Rudolph’s depiction of Harris on the long-running comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live.

Washinton Post contributor Jonathan Capehart succinctly summarized Harris’ sentiments in the debate by showing an animated GIF of the vice-presidential nominee.

Before the debate, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the plexiglass divider between Harris and Pence, meant to serve as protection against possible COVID-19 transmission, by comparing it to the protective glass between FBI Agent Clarissa Starling and cannibal Hannibal Lector in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

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Memes of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California have started flooding the internet during her Vice Presidential debate with Republican Vice President Mike Pence.
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Josh Marshall, a contributor of Talking Points Memo, posted a video of a boxing match as an “infographic” of Harris’ treatment of Republican President Donald Trump during the debate.

Artist Aman Chaudhary depicted Pence as a literal gaslight as a way to accuse him of “gaslighting,”a term for manipulating someone into questioning their own sanity. The Trump administration has often been accused of gaslighting Americans by getting them to doubt news and scientific reports.

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06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Kamala Harris walks a fine line with tech industry as VP debate nears

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris (left) and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (right) talk during an event at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, in 2015.


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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Toward the end of an April 2018 hearing in the nation’s capital, Sen. Kamala Harris leaned into her microphone and offered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a frank and unflattering assessment of his company.

“I have to tell you, I’m concerned about how much Facebook values trust and transparency,” the California Democrat told Zuckerberg. The CEO was being grilled by lawmakers over a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a data consultancy that scraped user information from the social network to help Donald’s Trump’s 2016 candidacy.

Then Harris, who is now the Democratic nominee for vice president, zeroed in on a particularly troubling point: Facebook’s failure to tell users that Cambridge Analytica had misappropriated their data. “Were you part of a discussion that resulted in a decision not to inform your users?” the senator asked Zuckerberg. 

Looking uncomfortable, the CEO responded, “I don’t remember a conversation like that.” 

Congressional hearings are always political theater, but the encounter gave a glimpse of the adversarial stance Harris could take with Big Tech, despite her being a fan favorite in the industry for years. During her campaigns for California attorney general, US senator for California and president, Harris received donations from major tech leaders, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former Apple design guru Jony Ive and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. She’s made speeches at Google and Facebook, and her brother-in-law, Tony West, is Uber’s top lawyer. But, as Silicon Valley faces intense