On Tuesday, one female reported for Spanish-language Network Univision met Vice President Kamala Harris. She told the VP that in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, she voted for Harris and Biden.
The reporter issued this statement at a press briefing in Mexico. So, before she imposed a question to Harris, the woman introduced herself as Maria Fernanda and stated: “It’s an honor…. I voted for you.”
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However, no such woman works for Univision, and we are talking about mistaken identity.
Some of Harris’s workers called on Fernanda. So, before asking a question, Fernanda told Harris: “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.”
After some suspicion appeared about the woman’s identity, Reporter Noah Bierman shared on Twitter: “Not sure I’ve ever seen a reporter tell a politician that she voted for her, as a Univision reporter just did during the Kamala Harris news conference before asking a question.”
Not sure I’ve ever seen a reporter tell a politician that she voted for her, as a Univision reporter just did during the Kamala Harris news conference before asking a question.
— Noah Bierman (@Noahbierman) June 8, 2021
The News For Univision’s President in the U.S., Daniel Coronell, stated the press, saying that Fernanda has nothing to do with Univision. He explained that she doesn’t work for the news outlet.
“In Mexico, an individual (who) has no association with Univision claimed to be a reporter for UniNoticias in order to ask (Vice President Kamala Harris) a question and to compliment (Kamala Harris),” Cornel stated. “Let it be clear to everyone that Ms. Maria Fernanda Reyes is not part of this media organization,”
In Mexico an individual which has no association with @Univision claimed to be a reporter for @UniNoticias in order to ask the @VP a question and to compliment @KamalaHarris. Let it be clear to everyone that Ms. Maria Fernanda Reyes is not part of this media organization https://t.co/edxyzRVlt8
— Daniel Coronell (@DCoronell) June 9, 2021
According to Fox News, they have solved the mystery. Fernanda has a similar name to a real reporter.
“Fernanda, whose full name is Maria Fernanda Reyes, is not a reporter for Univision and spoke with Fox News in a phone call late Tuesday. So why didn’t she immediately correct the moderator? Reyes says she got caught up in the moment and was surprised to be even called upon.”
The reporter at Univision is Maria Fernanda Lopez, not Maria Fernanda Reyes, as the woman said.
Harris’s spokesman Symone Sanders confessed the goof and shared that he is looking into it.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into this. https://t.co/5gVsyOoudr
— SDS (@SymoneSanders46) June 9, 2021