On Tuesday, a woman who was believed to be a reporter for Spanish-language network Univision told Vice President Kamala Harris that in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, she voted for her and President Joe Biden.
The woman made the remark during a press briefing in Mexico.
Before asking Harris a question, the woman identified as Maria Fernanda said, “It’s an honor…. I voted for you.”
But the woman who was called on doesn’t work for Univision, it was a case of mistaken identity.
No one seems to know who this "journalist" was that falsely claimed she was with Univision but was allowed into a presser with Kamala Harris in Mexico today. https://t.co/uxRmlSZuIb
— John 👽 (@JxhnBxnder) June 9, 2021
Woman Praises Harris
During that press conference, Fernanda was called on by a member of Harris’s staff.
Before Fernanda got to her question, she said to 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.”
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Yet, afterward suspicions were raised about the woman identified as Maria Fernanda.
Reporter Noah Bierman tweeted, “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 President of News for Univision in the United States Daniel Coronell wrote in a statement after the press conference that Fernanda is not associated with Univision.
Coronell further stated that Fernanda does not work for the news outlet.
Coronell wrote, “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).”
“Let it be clear to everyone that Ms. Maria Fernanda Reyes is not part of this media organization,” Coronell emphasized.
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
Fox News Cracks The Case?
Fox News claims to have solved the mystery – the Fernanda who asked the question apparently has a similar name to an actual reporter.
Fox reports: “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 Univision reporter is named Maria Fernanda Lopez, not Maria Fernanda Reyes.
Kamala Harris spokesman Symone Sanders admitted the goof, and 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
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