Several days after former Joe Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade came out with an explicit, explosive sexual allegation against the Democratic presidential frontrunner, the mainstream media is still refusing to report on the story.
In two interviews over the weekend with Biden, mainstream anchors Anderson Cooper and Chuck Todd asked the former vice president about anything and everything except Reade’s accusation, proving (again) that #MeToo stories are only worth covering when they can help bring down a Republican.
In Biden’s Sunday interview with Todd on “Meet the Press,” the host went out of his way to avoid mentioning Reade’s allegation. He asked Biden about Iranian sanctions. He asked Biden about Bernie Sanders. He even asked Biden about President Trump’s approval ratings, which have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. But he didn’t whisper a word about Reade and her story that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Apparently “believe all woman” is a motto we can use or discard based on political convenience.
Here’s what Biden said a couple of years ago, when a woman named Christine Blasey Ford suddenly came forward with a sexual allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real.”
Hmm. Well. If we go with the “Biden Rule” in this instance, then we have no choice but to presume that Tara Reade is telling the truth about what happened. And what is it she’s saying, exactly?
“He greeted me, he remembered my name, and then we were alone. It was the strangest thing,” Reade said in a podcast last week. “There was no like, exchange really. He just had me up against the wall. His hands were on me and underneath my clothes, and he went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers and he was kissing me at the same time and he was saying some things to me.”
When Reade tried to pull away, Biden got surly. “He said, ‘Come on, man. I heard you liked me,” Reade told the podcaster.
Now, we might ask this: Why is it that Christine Blasey Ford got to tell her story to the Senate and a national television audience, but Reade has to resort to some podcast that no one’s ever heard of? Why did E. Jean Carroll get to tell her fanciful tale of how she was raped by Trump on CNN, but to get Reade’s story, we have to go to The Intercept website? Why is it that the Washington Post did all the legwork when it came to finding Roy Moore’s accusers, but in this case, Reade herself is apparently responsible for publicizing her own allegation?
We might ask those questions.
You know, if we didn’t already know the answers.