That the mainstream media and Democrats have dutifully fallen in line when it comes to dismissing/downplaying Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden was not unexpected, so what they’ve done isn’t really a shocking development.
What is rather stunning, however, were the contents of a letter to the editor that was published right on the pages of the New York Times itself Monday, in response to their bizarre editorial Friday where they laughably called on the Democratic National Committee to appoint an “an unbiased, apolitical panel” to investigate Reade’s claims against their presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
I saw the letter circulating on Twitter earlier today, and couldn’t believe my eyes at first. There’s no way it was real, I said to myself. It was too good to be true – and by “good”, I don’t mean literally “good.” I mean “good” as in it being an honest-to-goodness revealing, credible piece of information that went a long way towards confirming something a lot of have been saying about the political motivations of national media newsrooms across the country for decades now.
It was indeed true, as I discovered a short time later. I found the link to the “letters to the editor” page, scrolled down, and there it was. Here’s the screen grab that has been widely shared on social media today (just in case the paper deletes it later):
Martin Tolchin, who spent 40 years at the New York Times before founding both The Hill and Politico, had this to say about Tara Reade's allegation against Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/VEhqXol8qQ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 5, 2020
There you have it, folks. Confirmed in living color (or in this case, black and white).
There will inevitably be “confirmation bias” accusations leveled at people like me who assume this line of thinking flows across the national journalistic spectrum. But seriously, is it really a stretch to believe this confirms what so many journalists have already said and done (and not said and done) in so many words and actions over the last several weeks, which by any other name would be exactly the way Mr. Tolchin describes it?
Unfortunately, Tolchin wasn’t the only liberal to express this sentiment on the “letters to the editor” page. There were others.
A woman who said she was a retired Dallas attorney wrote that she was “a survivor of multiple #MeToo experiences over my 66 years, including a violent rape.” She claimed she “loathed hypocrisy” but that it was paramount to get Trump out of office this year, even if it meant voting for a deeply flawed candidate like Biden who might have violently forced himself on an unwilling woman.
“We cannot survive as a democratic society with Mr. Trump in office for four more years,” she stated. “The need to get him out of office overrules every scruple we may have. I will live with my hypocrisy and believe that tens of millions of Americans will feel the same.”
The retired attorney’s comments reminded me of what failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said last fall when asked about the allegations of inappropriate touching made by multiple Democratic women against Biden. Here’s what she said:
“You could take any person who sticks their little head above the parapet and says, ‘I’m going to run for president,’ and find something that … a little annoying habit or other kind of behavior that people are going to pick apart and disagree with,” she continued.
Why was Hillary so eager to sing Biden’s praises in spite of the numerous allegations of inappropriate touching and invasions of women’s private spaces? Because Orange Man Bad, of course:
“This man must be defeated,” Clinton told PEOPLE. “People who are putting themselves forward, which believe me, is a really difficult process to undergo, should be judged on the totality of their lives and their service.”
“Believe All Women” was a sham from start to finish. Unfortunately, so was the notion of “objective journalism” coming from national news media outlets.