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TV News Blackout: ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN Ignore Former Biden Staffer’s Sexual Assault Allegations

It’s been nearly a week since former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade leveled credible accusations of sexual assault against the presumptive Democrat nominee for president, yet ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN have yet to report on the troubling story, according to Newsbusters.

Reade first described the 1993 alleged assault in an interview with lefty podcaster Katie Halper, alleging that Biden pushed her against a wall, lifted up her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers. When she pulled away, Reade says, he said that he thought she “liked’ him.”

She said he later angrily told her that she was “nothing” to him.

Lest you blame the coronavirus pandemic for stealing the spotlight, Newsbusters points out that “CNN, MSNBC and NBC have hosted Biden for a total of three interviews” in the past week and none of the hosts deigned to ask a single question. CNN hosted a live, hour-long town hall on Friday, and Reade’s explosive allegations were not brought up once.

“It’s demoralizing to watch the patriarchy in America continue to silence the voices of so many, but the patriarchy’s day is coming. We will not go silently into the night,” a noted Democrat strategist tweeted.

That Democrat strategist was none other than Biden’s senior 2020 campaign advisor Symone Sanders—in September of 2018.

She was talking about the flimsy allegations of sexual assault against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sanders, of course, has had nothing to say about Reade’s allegations against Biden, and has apparently deleted her tweets about Kavanaugh.

As Reason’s Robby Soave pointed out,  as flimsy as the allegations against Kavanaugh were, they merited wall to wall coverage in national media outlets like the New York Times.

On September 14, 2018, The New York Times reported the existence of an unverified sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The story cited three people who had read a letter sent by the accuser—Christine Blasey Ford—to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D–Calif.). Ford was not interviewed for the story; indeed, she wasn’t named.

Unconfirmed reports of a teenaged Kavanaugh assaulting a teenaged Ford evidently merited coverage from The Times. This prompts an obvious question: Why is the paper of record now declining to publicize a very troubling allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden?

Soave noted that the Times and other major media outlets have been “bafflingly silent” about Reade’s accusations and argued that the media should be all over the important story, given the circumstances.

 The Democratic Party will soon nominate Joe Biden to be its presidential candidate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) is technically still in the race, and he is still making the case that he should be the one to face President Donald Trump in November. Whether or not Biden is credibly accused of sexual assault is extremely relevant to this rapidly approaching decision point. This seems only slightly less urgent than covering Kavanaugh’s alleged misbehavior during the period immediately before his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Looking at the apparent double standard in the most positive light, Soave suggests that the agenda-driven media may have adopted higher ethical standards after the Kavanaugh debacle.

If the media’s rule is this—We’re going to proceed extremely cautiously when revisiting unverified sexual misconduct allegations that are several decades old—then fine. But that’s a new rule, isn’t it?

No, the rule is the same as it’s always been. Ethical standards go out the window when they get in the way of the corporate media’s political agenda.