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New York Post reporter resigns over Kamala Harris book story, says she was 'ordered' to write report

The New York tabloid corrected the front page story.

Updated: April 28, 2021 - 2:26pm

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

A New York Post reporter has resigned after a front-page story she wrote about "thousands" of copies of a book by Vice President Kamala Harris having been given to migrant children at a U.S. holding facility was incorrect.

The reporter, Laura Italiano, tweeted Tuesday that she was leaving the New York City tabloid and said she should have been more resistant in saying no to writing the story. 

"Today, I handed in my resignation to my editors at the New York Post," she wrote. "The Kamala Harris story – an incorrect story I was ordered to write and which I failed to push back hard enough against – was my breaking point."

The story, titled "Kam on In," was published Saturday and included a picture of a copy of the book, "Superheroes Are Everywhere" on what appears to be a cot at a holding facility.

The book was from a recent toy drive and part of a welcome bag for the children, who have recently arrived by the thousands at the southwest U.S. border, said an official at the holding facility in Long Beach, Calif.

The newspaper on Tuesday corrected the story after The Washington Post pointed out the inaccuracies. 

The holding facility official also said that one such book had been donated and was among hundreds that have been donated.

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