In a sad display of hypocrisy, the New York Times abandoned their “believe all women” policy to declare former Vice President Joe Biden innocent of the sexual assault allegations that have recently brought the now Democratic nominee’s past into question.
The New York Times did a “deep dive” investigation into Tara Reade a woman who claims Biden sexually assaulted her in 1990.
According to the NYT they found no evidence that Biden sexually assaulted Reade and, what’s more, they “found no pattern of sexual misconduct” by Biden, despite years of claims of unwanted harassment and touching by multiple women.
To make matters worse, after originally publishing the story which admitted that Biden had a shady past littered with inappropriate touching, the left–wing media outlet then went back in to the piece and erased a damming bit of the story, hoping nobody would notice.
They were wrong.
The Times originally reported: “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, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.”
That paragraph now reads: “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.”
“The Times interviewed Ms. Reade on multiple days over hours, those she told about Mr. Biden’s behavior and friends,” the lead reporter on the story tweeted Sunday. “The Times also interviewed lawyers who spoke to Ms. Reade; nearly 24 people who worked with Mr. Biden in the 1990s and 7 women who criticized Mr. Biden last year.”
Referencing those 7 women who, according to the Times reporter, “criticized” Biden last year, Bernie Sanders national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray could no longer sit by quietly. “I’m not sure how that line from the NYT’s long-delayed coverage of Tara Reade’s accusation can sit alongside reporting that 7 other women have accused Biden of sexual misconduct,” she wrote on Twitter.
She also noted that Sanders had “graciously” not mentioned Biden’s “credible sexual assault allegations,” “pattern of unwanted touching,” involvement with Burisma Holdings, or “lying [about his] civil rights record.”
The Times’ handling of Reade’s accusations conveniently provides a stark contrast to their reactions towards the accusations that arose against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
in 2018, the Times was largely sympathetic to Kavanaugh’s accusers, even publishing an article titled, “For Christine Blasey Ford, a Drastic Turn From a Quiet Life in Academia.” Ford’s close lifelong friend, Leland Keyser, who Ford said had attended the party where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her, told reporters she did not believe Ford’s story and felt pressured to lie about it.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald said, “Do you think people won’t notice that liberal institutions and media outlets spent months maligning Brett Kavanaugh’s defenders as misogynistic rape apologists, only to now invoke all their arguments to defend Joe Biden & demean Tara Reade? Do you think people are that dumb?”
“New York Times absolutely knows what they are doing is biased & corrupt because of how they treated Kavanaugh, and they also know they can stand there with sh– eating smiles about it because no other journalists will say sh– about it,” added commentator Stephen Miller.
Reade filed a report with Washington, D.C., police on Thursday concerning her allegation that Biden penetrated her without consent in 1993. The Biden campaign has strongly denied Reade’s accusation, although the former vice president has previously acknowledged that he should change his behavior around women.
In its piece on Reade’s accusations, the Times even goes as far as insinuating that Reade is a flat-out liar, warning that “fling a false police report may be punishable by a fine and imprisonment.”