When Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was accused of sexual assault by a former staffer earlier this year, the bulk of the U.S. media either flat-out ignored the story or downplayed and quickly forgot it — aside from a few smears against the accuser — and went on about the business of promoting the former VP’s candidacy against President Donald Trump.
The story has not gone away completely, however, and now, a major foreign media outlet, 60 Minutes Australia, is giving the evidence against Biden the attention it originally deserved. Will it end up sinking his candidacy?
Reade shares her story
Miranda Devine, an Australian conservative who writes for the New York Post, took to Twitter on Thursday to note that “it took Australian media” to look into sexual assault allegations against Biden by one of his former Senate aides, Tara Reade.
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) October 1, 2020
In a preview of her 60 Minutes interview, the former Biden staffer was seen once again recounting the details of the alleged incident. Reade claims she was pushed against a wall and groped by the then-senator in a secluded hallway when she worked for him in 1993.
Asked why she had declined to go to the police at the time of the alleged assault, Reade replied of the Capitol police force: “They’re there to protect the senators and congressmen. They’re not there to protect us.”
“He doesn’t deserve the presidency”
Biden — the former Delaware senator and vice president who now stands one election away from the presidency — has, of course, denied the allegation against him. But Reade has stood by her story and only wants to be heard, given her alleged assaulter’s proximity to the most powerful position in the world.
“I decided that people needed to know. He’s going to the highest office of the land,” Reade told her Australian interviewer of Biden. “Well, I know what he’s like, I know what his character is like. And he doesn’t deserve the presidency, based on what happened to me.”
She went on: “He’s been misogynistic, he’s had sexual assault allegations, sexual harassment. He’s a blue Trump.”
A look ahead
President Donald Trump has indeed faced his own allegations of sexual misconduct, but he hasn’t gotten the same pass that the mainstream media has given Joe Biden.
Likely thanks in large part to the frequent media criticism, Trump continues to lag behind Biden in the polls as Election Day draws closer.
But let’s not forget: the pollsters were wrong in 2016. It’s hard to imagine things will be any different this time around.