The Washington Post is framing new developments in the sexual assault allegations lodged against former Vice President Joe Biden as Republican attacks on the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee rather than serious new evidence prompting closer investigation.
“Developments in allegations against Biden amplify efforts to question his behavior,” the Post tweeted, linking to an article newly titled, “Trump allies highlight new claims regarding allegations against Biden.”
Developments in allegations against Biden amplify efforts to question his behavior https://t.co/OWXvnKzvvN
— Post Politics (@postpolitics) April 28, 2020
The Post drew more quotes from Democrat Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, both top contenders for Biden’s running mate, while omitting prior comments they made as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was moving through the Senate confirmation process facing far less-substantiated allegations.
“I think this case has been investigated,” Klobuchar is quoted in the Post as saying on MSNBC. “I know the vice president as a major leader on domestic abuse. I worked with him on that.”
That’s quite a turnaround from where Klobuchar stood on allegations left unsubstantiated just a year and a half ago.
Let us never forget what courage looks like. pic.twitter.com/2bRD8s8sda
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 15, 2019
Only this time, former Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade’s story accusing Biden of sexual assault has been far more consistent with credible sources supporting her claims. Christine Blasey Ford, on the other hand, who accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape 30 years ago, failed to prove the two had even ever met while not a single witness was able corroborate her story.
The Post’s piece comes as two new sources came forward Monday providing new credence to Reade’s allegations of sexual assault made public last month.
Reade is accusing Biden of forcibly kissing her and penetrating her with his fingers in a congressional hallway when she served as a staff assistant in 1993, allegations Biden has denied. Reade said she told her brother and her mother about the incident at the time, which both say is true. Reade’s brother has gone on record to support her claims and a 1993 episode of “Larry King Live” on CNN in which her mother called into the program matches Reade’s description of events.
Reade said she later complained about the alleged misconduct to her superiors in Biden’s Senate office and was consequently let go from her job on Capitol Hill. Several people who were Biden staffers at the time have denied knowledge of any kind of complaint filed by Reade.
On Monday, Reade’s former next-door neighbor and a former colleague on Capitol Hill came forward to support Reade’s account, each telling Business Insider Reade had approached them about the incident.
“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” Reade’s former neighbor Lynda LaCasse told Insider.
Lorraine Sanchez, who worked in a California senator’s office, said Reade approached her in 1995 or 1996.
“[Reade said] she had been sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in D.C.,” Sanchez said. “And as a result of her voicing her concerns to her supervisors, she was let go, fired.”
Still, Reade cannot cite the exact date and location that the alleged assault took place more than 25 years ago.
The Post’s coverage framing the new developments as “efforts to question his behavior” marks a sharp contrast to how the legacy paper glorified Blasey Ford as a fearless leader of the Me Too movement while demonizing Kavanaugh as a serial rapist.
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1. From September: Christine Blasey Ford details her allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh https://t.co/Aa4NoePzVe
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 31, 2018
The Post’s glowing coverage of Blasey Ford even earned the paper mocking from the satirical fake news site The Onion. “Kavanaugh Nomination Falters After Washington Post Publishes Shocking Editorial Claiming He Forgot Daughter’s Piano Recital,” The Onion wrote.