CNN backtracks after peddling a false claim made by VP Harris

August 18, 2023
Robert Ayers

CNN has issued a "clarification" after initially publishing a piece in which it supported questionable claims made by Vice President Kamala Harris. 

Harris's questionable claims regard Florida's new African-American history curriculum.

Here's what Harris said:

Harris's remarks came during a trip that she made in mid-July to Indianapolis.

There, Harris gave a speech in which she railed against changes that Florida, at the time, had just made to its African-American history curriculum. The changes include such things as teaching about "conditions of slavery,” about “African Americans who demonstrated heroism and patriotism," and more.

The changes also include "instruction" about "how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit." This one line has led to a lot of criticism of the curriculum, including from Harris.

During Harris's speech, she said:

Just yesterday, in the state of Florida, they decided middle school students will be taught that enslaved people benefited from slavery. They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us, and we will not stand for it.

The aftermath

In addition to Harris, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has received criticism about this one line of the new curriculum from some Black Republicans, such as U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL).

The Daily Caller reports that, in response to the criticism:

DeSantis’ press secretary Jeremy Redfern pointed to the Florida College Board’s standards, which teaches students the additional skills slaves earned apart from those gained via agricultural work. The lesson will teach how African Americans used these skills to their personal benefit during and after slavery.

DeSantis and others have also insisted that Florida's African-American curriculum is entirely based on fact.

It is also worth mentioning that DeSantis challenged Harris to a debate on the matter, but she declined.

Enter CNN

CNN, in a recent piece, decided to take up Harris's talking point. The outlet did so in a piece, titled, "Florida’s new standards on Black history curriculum are creating outrage."

Here's the lie: CNN attempted to push the same claim that Harris did, namely, that Florida's new African-American curriculum is based on lies or non-factual information.

CNN, however, apparently had second thoughts about this. It subsequently added a "clarification" to the piece, which reads, "This story and headline have been updated to include more precise language on Flrodia's new standards for the Black history curriculum."

This clarification tells you all you need to know about the attempts of Harris and others to malign Florida's new curriculum.

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