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Saving Biden Means Media Conveniently Forgets Tara Reade

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Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop outside Johnstown Train Station Sept. 30, 2020 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The former vice president continues to campaign for the upcoming presidential election. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Monday, 05 October 2020 09:38 AM Current | Bio | Archive

There’s a "cancer" within the news industry, and there’s nothing that illustrates this more than the manner in which it’s become Joe Biden’s cheerleader in the 2020 presidential race.

The media did the same in 2016 also, but not to the extent they are today.

After all, in 2016 there was no way Donald Trump could win — all the experts said so.

Now they know better.

And there’s no issue that proves this more than their lack of interest in the Tara Reade story.

But a popular investigative TV news program finally started asking questions and reporting findings last weekend.

Reade was a junior staffer for then-Sen. Biden in 1993, when he was a Delaware Democrat and chaired the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.

Reade claimed that Biden attacked her when she delivered a duffel bag to him in a corridor at the Capitol Hill complex.

Reade said that the senator "had me up against the wall . . . " 

When Reade managed to pull away, Biden allegedly said, "Come on man. I heard — I thought you liked me."

Reade said that Biden then appeared angry and told her, "You are nothing to me. You are nothing." His demeanor changed again, and he held the shoulders and said something along the lines of, "You're OK. You're fine," and walked away.

Reade’s allegations were specific as to time, place and manner. They were also supported by the statements of those to whom she related the allegations shortly afterwards.

Reade also told her mother of the attack — Jeanette Altimus, now deceased — who lived in San Luis Obispo, Calif. at the time. On Aug. 11, 1993, a "Larry King Live" caller from San Luis Obispo asked “what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?”

She explained, "My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him."

King answered, "In other words, she had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?"

The caller replied, "That’s true."

Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist and co-author of "Justice On Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court," compared the Reade allegations against Biden to those of Christine Blasey Ford against then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"There was no evidence in support of the allegations [against Kavanaugh] yet it became a media firestorm." She explained that Ford "named four witnesses. None of them backed her up — some of them strongly disputed it."

Hemingway observed that Ford "had no evidence that she had even met Brett Kavanaugh," she cautioned that legally, "Joe Biden deserves every presumption of innocence that any other man should have, but when you look at it from a media angle, there is no excuse for the media doing what they did to Brett Kavanaugh, and then working so hard to bury this story."

That was in April, and Hemingway was right — the media had ignored the Tara Reade story — until Sunday, that is.

It was picked up by "60 Minutes" over the weekend. Didn’t see it? That’s because it was picked up by Australia’s version of "60 Minutes" — not by CBS News.

"Long before Joe Biden was a household name across America, Tara Reade worked in his Senate office in the early 90’s."  "60 Minutes Australia" reported. "Tara says it wasn’t long before her political hero turned into a predator."

The cheerleading on behalf of Biden even extends to Fox News, which touts itself as "fair and balanced."

When host Chris Wallace moderated the first presidential debate, at one point Trump remarked that he was debating both Biden and Wallace.

And don’t expect the second presidential debate, scheduled for Thursday, October 15, to be any better for the GOP.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully has been tapped to moderate the Miami, town hall format event. In addition to being a Democrat, Scully began his career by interning for then-Sen. Joe Biden.

A former MSNBC producer handed in a letter of resignation along with her key to the executive restroom in July, because the network "forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis."

Ariana Pekary, a producer for MSNBC’s "The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell," added that the cable and broadcast news industry as a whole is a "cancer" that “stokes national division" to pump up ratings.

And that "cancer" includes news outlets’ efforts at "Saving Candidate Biden,": which may explain why ratings at traditional news outlets have been shrinking, while viewership in newer outlets like Newsmax TV and OANN has been on the rise.

It’s up to the voters to determine winners and losers — not the media.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.

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There’s no issue that proves this more than their lack of interest in the Tara Reade story. But a popular investigative TV news program finally started asking questions and reporting findings last weekend.
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