A story made the rounds around social media Wednesday alleging that MSNBC had hired the sister of California Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris as a policy analyst. Several users shared a tweet from the TV network's official Twitter account of the announcement that MSNBC had brought aboard Maya Harris, a veteran of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the younger sister of the 2020 Democratic candidate.
The tweet is genuine. But it's also from 2017, and has nothing to do with Kamala Harris' presidential candidacy.
Maya Harris, a lawyer who formerly worked for the Ford Foundation and Center For American Progress, was hired as a political analyst by the cable news network back in the summer of 2017.
It's rather unremarkable for cable networks and other news outlets to hire people with experience in the political arena, to participate in panels and other news segments. Just this week, for example, former Senator Jeff Flake was hired by CBS News and former Congressman Trey Gowdy has joined Fox News. It's also not rare for networks to hire people who explicitly advocate for specific candidates, with CNN having cycled through several "pro-Trump" contributors, including Jeffrey Lord and Jason Miller, over the course of the Trump era.
It's also far from rare for people who host shows on news networks to have experience in politics, or be related to those who are. George Stephanopoulos was a Clinton White House aide before launching a media career. Joe Scarborough, before taking over MSNBC's morning show, was a Republican congressman from Florida. Another MSNBC host, Nicolle Wallace, was a George W. Bush White House aide, while CNN prime time host Andrew Cuomo is the brother of New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.