A former New York Times reporter argued against investigating Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations of Joe Biden and said he wants “a coronation of Joe Biden,” not an investigation into the former Senate aide’s rape allegations, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
“I want a coronation of Joe Biden,” Martin Tolchin, a 40-year Times veteran who helped found Politico and The Hill, wrote to his former paper. “Would he make a great president? Unlikely … Would he make a better president than the present occupant? Absolutely. I don’t want justice, whatever that may be. I want a win, the removal of Donald Trump from office, and Mr. Biden is our best chance.”
It is not the first time the veteran journalist has publicly criticized the White House. While promoting his memoir last year, the 91-year-old Tolchin said the Trump presidency was a form of “adversity” that had inspired “very good reporting.”
Reade was one of eight women who said in 2019 that Biden touched them or made them feel uncomfortable, but she did not publicly make her assault allegation until March.
“Suppose an investigation reveals damaging information concerning his relationship with Tara Reade or something else, and Mr. Biden loses the nomination to Senator Bernie Sanders or someone else with a minimal chance of defeating Mr. Trump,” Tolchin wrote. “Should we really risk the possibility?”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Republicans have criticized members of the media for downplaying Reade’s allegation, in comparison with their