Joe Biden is currently facing allegations of sexual assault by a former Senate aide, Tara Reade, who filed a police report against him for allegedly assaulting her in 1993. Following weeks of inattention to the situation, The New York Times has finally reported on the claims, going to bat for the former Vice President and dismissing Reade’s claims.
The article, which is worded as a defense of Biden, states that the paper found that “no other allegation of sexual assault surfaced in the course of our reporting, nor did any former Biden staff corroborate Reade’s allegation.”
“We found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Biden, beyond hugs, kisses, and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.”
When it was initially published, the text simply read: “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden,” a claim that contradicts previous accusations against Biden.
That tweet has since been deleted.
In a separate paragraph, the article notes that “filing a false police report may be punishable by a fine and imprisonment,” a caveat that the paper never mentioned in its breathless coverage of the “trial” of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. During his confirmation in 2018, The New York Times ran numerous pieces accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault with an emphasis on believing all women who accuse powerful men of abuse.
Since running for President, eight women have alleged that Biden either touched them inappropriately or violated their personal space, forcing him to release what critics called a “non-apology apology.” The former VP then retracted the statement to say that he was “not sorry for anything I’ve ever done.”
Biden has also been criticized for commenting on the sexual appearance of young girls and women on the 2020 campaign trail. Biden’s defenders claim that he is a relic of a different age and hold him to a much lower standard than any other public figure.
The New York Times’ coverage of the Tara Reade allegation also contradicts a previous investigation by the newspaper. In a 2019 article, the paper wrote that “Biden’s Tactile Politics Threaten his Return in the #MeToo era.”
Tactile refers to Biden’s longstanding tendency to grope women and girls. Biden has been repeatedly photographed and captured on video sniffing women’s hair and groping their thighs and shoulders—actions his critics use to paint him as an unabashed pervert incapable of respecting women’s personal space.
You couldn’t make this up. It’s like saying we investigated Genghis Khan and found no pattern of behavioral misconduct beyond all the raping and killing he committed in his decades-long invasions of China and the Western world.