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We reported on Sunday how the New York Times finally got around to investigating the sexual assault claim against Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden.
They did come up with one interesting bit of reporting.
The NYT adds an important bit of reporting: Tara Reade said that in retaliation for her complaint, she was moved off of managing interns. The Times found the interns, and they confirmed she suddenly stopped overseeing them. https://t.co/9gkSYF2PkQ
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) April 12, 2020
Add to that that they confirmed that she did tell a friend at the time it happened about the assault. She also told another friend in 2008 and told her brother over the years. All confirmed she had told them.
They also spoke to the other women who accused Biden last year of inappropriately touching them and reported several said they believed Reade.
But what was the Times’ conclusion at the end of the report? What did they tweet out when promoting the story?
"We found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Biden, beyond hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable"
What a sentence to write! pic.twitter.com/NVG0qCnoxL
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) April 12, 2020
They later deleted that part of their story and deleted the tweet about it, calling the language of the tweet “imprecise.” Uh huh. It was the language in their own story, that they stealth-edited out.
By “imprecise language” they mean it identified Biden as a serial unwanted kisser and toucher of women and also defended him in the same tweet. https://t.co/oz8fFMMdZp
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) April 12, 2020
Now, the WaPo has “investigated” the story as well. And their “conclusion” is almost as bad as that of the Times.
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
As with the Times, they spent time talking about Trump in a “whataboutism” which has nothing to do with the claim against Biden.
The former vice president has been accused of unwanted hugging and other physical contact, but The Post found no other allegations against him as serious as Reade’s. More than a dozen women, by contrast, have accused Trump of forced kissing, groping or sexual assault, and he has been recorded on audio boasting about grabbing women between their legs.
The bias was evident in the language Biden’s actions were often seemed downplayed with words such as described as “unwanted hugging,” “unwanted touching,” “displays of affection,” whereas Trump was more often described as “forced kissing, groping.”
So how much “unwanted touching” is okay? What does attacking Trump have to do with Biden’s guilt or innocence?
Remember the Kavanaugh hearings? When any allegation, no matter how ridiculous or lacking in reality was paraded forth as truth automatically because we must believe all women? What’s changed here, New York Times and WaPo?
Oof, didn’t find a single tweet of yours saying this during the Kavanaugh hearing. This one is my particular favorite, but I’ll link to all of them so everyone can have a look. https://t.co/swMhWhKGJ9 pic.twitter.com/hQoVhyG3pi
— A Standard Deviation (@ARogueEngineer) April 13, 2020
We’d also note something else rather interesting. The timing of both of these stories.
Why are the stories running now? Perhaps because she filed a criminal complaint against Biden on Friday.
Or is it because finally last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said he would no longer be running so the way was clear to the nomination for Biden for the Democrats?