The former Senate staffer for Joe Biden has filed a report with the Washington, D.C. police alleging sexual assault.
Tara Reade came forward saying that she had been sexually assaulted by Joe Biden in 1993. It is almost never a clear-cut case in instances of He Said/She Said sexual assault allegations with no witnesses or corroborating evidence. In a normal world, we could look at the allegation and weigh it against evidence, and attempt to come to a determination. But our Media(D) have all decided to cover the allegations in a different light depending on which political leaning of the accused.
Back in 2016, NBC hung onto a story about Trump’s “hot mic” braggadocio about his female conquests to Billy Bush and released it when it could do the most political damage. In the notorious clip, Trump famously said, “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”
The media went absolutely batcrap crazy.
It’s interesting now that Tara Reade has said that Joe Biden reached up her skirt and did just that in 1993 that the partisan press has decided to “examine” the allegations against Biden.
I don’t recall them giving Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, or nut-job Julie Swetnik a second look when they all had substantially less credible accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.
An “examination of the sexual assault allegation” is precisely what many conservatives wanted when a Supreme Court Justice nominee was hounded by ever-more ridiculous accusations that spanned pinning down Blasey Ford on a bed, to yanking his pants down at a college party and shoving “Little Brett” at Ramirez’s face, to running a gang-rape ring while he was a sophomore in high school (while wearing his school uniform) at parties that Julie Swetnick, a college student at the time, frequented.
Reade’s allegation is very different.
So, let’s let the New York Times examine it. Starting with the subheading, the Times starts running interference for Biden.
Ms. Reade, a former Senate aide, has accused Mr. Biden of assaulting her in 1993 and says she told others about it. A Biden spokeswoman said the allegation is false, and former Senate office staff members do not recall such an incident.
Clearly, this is a pro-Biden piece meant to discredit Tara Reade.
Reade may be making up her allegation, and there were some clues that this might be the case–she kept quiet for a long time, she initially about the same discomfort with hair-sniffing and shoulder touching that other women came forward without the sexual assault accusation, and she was a Bernie supporter.
Now let’s examine how the “Gray Lady” examined the allegation.
First, the slant was clear.
The Tara Reade story is in the print NYT today but look how unfair to her the subhed is. She doesn’t just SAY she told friends and family—three of them have personally confirmed that she did! pic.twitter.com/LmupPFOGSq
— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) April 13, 2020
Then, they deleted portions of the article that were damning to Biden.
Last year, Ms. Reade and seven other women came forward to accuse Mr. Biden of kissing, hugging or touching them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable. Ms. Reade told The Times then that Mr. Biden had publicly stroked her neck, wrapped his fingers in her hair and touched her in ways that made her uncomfortable.
Soon after Ms. Reade made the new allegation, in a podcast interview released on March 25, The Times began reporting on her account and seeking corroboration through interviews, documents and other sources. The Times interviewed Ms. Reade on multiple days over hours, as well as those she told about Mr. Biden’s behavior and other friends. The Times has also interviewed lawyers who spoke to Ms. Reade about her allegation; nearly two dozen people who worked with Mr. Biden during the early 1990s, including many who worked with Ms. Reade; and the other seven women who criticized Mr. Biden last year, to discuss their experiences with him.
No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade’s allegation. The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden.
Source: New York Times
In the original article, the last sentence in the above quote read, “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden beyond the hugs, kisses, and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.”
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) April 12, 2020
The Times thought that this line was so compelling that they used it in a tweet to promote the article, which they later deleted.
Wait what IS this sentence? pic.twitter.com/K4p91esw6n
— Slade (@Slade) April 12, 2020
This is art. pic.twitter.com/Ptk0KZsrZn
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 12, 2020
We've deleted a tweet in this thread that had some imprecise language that has been changed in the story.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 12, 2020
The New York Times might not find Reade credible, but a lot of women have come forward saying they had physical interactions with Biden that made them uncomfortable.
And the New York Times just erased them. https://t.co/6qJWe3ZOXf
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 12, 2020
But the New York Times is not alone.
Beth Reinhard from The Washington Post wrote a similar article.
The Washington Post has been examining Tara Reade’s allegation over the past three weeks, since she said on a podcast that Biden had pinned her against a wall, reached under her skirt and pushed his fingers inside her. At the time, she was a 29-year-old staff assistant…
…On Thursday, Reade filed a complaint with D.C. police. She told The Post she did so because she is being harassed online and wanted law enforcement to be aware of her claim. A public record of the complaint does not name Biden but says Reade “disclosed that she believes she was the victim of a sexual assault” in 1993.
Reade told The Post she gave police a long interview describing the alleged assault by Biden. The portion of the police report detailing her allegation is not public. Filing a false report is a crime punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
The former vice president has been accused by several women of unwanted touching, but The Post found no other allegations against him as serious as Reade’s.
— Beth Reinhard (@bethreinhard) April 13, 2020
Reinhard said that The Post has interviewed Reade, more than a half-dozen of Biden’s former Senate staffers, and the individuals that Reade claimed that spoke to about the alleged assault.
Reade said she described the alleged assault soon after it happened to her mother, who died in 2016, and to a friend, a former intern for another lawmaker. In an interview, the friend corroborated Reade’s account of their conversation but declined to be named in this report.
In another recent interview, Reade’s brother, Collin Moulton, said she told him in 1993 that Biden had behaved inappropriately by touching her neck and shoulders. Their mother urged Reade to contact the police, Moulton said, adding that he felt “ashamed now for not being a better advocate” for his sister. Several days after that interview, he said in a text message that he recalled her telling him that Biden had put his hand “under her clothes.”
The article states that Reade was afraid of speaking about the assault last year, but has filed the report because she is being harassed online and wanted law enforcement to have a record of her complaint. Filing a false police report is punishable by 30 days in jail.
The article then quotes several sources close to Biden denying the allegations.
The campaign also released a statement attributed to Marianne Baker, who was an executive assistant in the office and one of the supervisors to whom Reade says she made a harassment complaint.
“In all my years working for Sen. Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct, period — not from Ms. Reade, not from anyone,” Baker said. “I have absolutely no knowledge or memory of Ms. Reade’s accounting of events, which would have left a searing impression on me as a woman professional, and as a manager. These clearly false allegations are in complete contradiction to both the inner workings of our Senate office and to the man I know and worked so closely with for almost two decades.”
Source: Washington Post
The article was criticized by actress Rose McGowan, the first woman to come forward accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape which kicked off the #MeToo movement. She called it “slanted journalism” and a “hit piece” against Tara Reade.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 13, 2020
She also went right after Beth Reinhard directly.
As a survivor, the way you launched into this woman’s assault is truly vile. I feel violated by your shitty writing @bethreinhard. @washingtonpost your motto is ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’ well I guess it’s dead because you are dark. Evil lives and it loves the DNC pic.twitter.com/LnZ9NdLQEj
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 13, 2020
It’s pretty clear where the Partisan Presstitutes are on this issue.
Are you really surprised? Look at how the Media(D) handled the Bill Clinton accusations. Juanita Broaddrick could tell you all about that.
They’re all-in for Joe because, to them, it’s better to have a man who may have actually grabbed a woman by the p***y as President than one who just talked about it when he didn’t realize he was being recorded.