Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has been accused of sexual misconduct by a former Senate aide, but if you listen to the mainstream media or elected Democratic politicians, you would never know it. Their silence on the issue makes it appear as though there is a concerted and coordinated cover-up of these allegations by those in his party and in the press.
As evidence, consider that none of the three potential Biden running mates interviewed on Sunday morning were even asked about Tara Reade’s claims, and not a single Democrat senator responded to requests for comment on the matter, according to The Daily Caller.
The infamous allegation
First, a quick refresher: Reade has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, at which time she was an aide in the senator’s office, according to Politico. She recently filed a formal police report regarding the incident, and subsequent follow-ups on her story from independent media outlets have found corroboration by way of her brother and friends who recall her speaking of the alleged incident a short time after she now says it occurred.
Then, on Friday, video from 1993 was uncovered that appears to reveal Reade’s now-deceased mother calling into CNN’s Larry King Live to ask how her daughter could handle a problem she had with a “prominent senator.”
That is huge news that strongly bolsters Reade’s story, but the major media networks chose not to cover it at all on the Sunday morning shows, the Daily Caller reported, and not a single Democratic senator has been willing to go on the record to discuss their opinions on the matter.
Ignoring the allegations
The Daily Caller noted that three Democrats believed to be under consideration to join Biden’s presidential ticket appeared on such programs, but the allegations never came up during the course of the interviews.
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams appeared on both NBC’s Meet the Press and CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, but neither Chuck Todd nor Jake Tapper, respectively, asked her about Reade’s claims.
Similarly, ABC’s This Week featured both Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as guests, but host George Stephanopoulos also declined to raise the issue with either of them.
In fact, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s review of the transcripts for all of the major Sunday morning shows — This Week, Meet the Press, State of the Union, CBS’ Face the Nation, and Fox News’ Fox News Sunday — never even mentioned Reade, the allegations, the recently discovered video, or anything pertaining to the scandal even once. Furthermore, none of the networks responded to a request for comment about the omission from their coverage.
Separately, The Daily Caller also sent a request for comment about the Biden allegations to all 45 Democratic senators as well as the two “independent” senators who routinely caucus with the Democrats. Not a single one of those 47 senators responded within the 24-hour timeframe granted for a comment or statement.
If Joe Biden had an (R) after his name, or if Reade’s allegation were aimed at a Republican, it would have consumed at least half of the airtime of each of those Sunday shows and every single Republican senator — and probably every House member as well — would be hounded incessantly until they were forced to address the issue on the record.
The blatant double standard at play here is as disgusting as it is obvious. And it must not be tolerated.