Twenty-four days after new allegations of improper sexual conduct by Joe Biden surfaced, CNN finally published a story touching on the scandal.
CNN’s report, published Friday seems more concerned with how top Democrats that have endorsed Biden “grapple with” the allegations than with the actual allegations.
“Top Democratic leaders and allies of Joe Biden are being asked to respond to an allegation of sexual assault leveled against the former vice president by Tara Reade, at a moment when many in the Democratic Party are eager to consolidate support for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee,” the outlet began, before citing some of Biden’s backers’ reactions.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whom Biden is considering for his running mate, told CNN: “Well, I think women should be able to tell their stories. I think that it is important that these allegations are vetted, from the media to beyond.”
“And I think that, you know, it is something that no one takes lightly. But it is also something that is, you know, personal. And so it’s hard to give you greater insight than that, not knowing more about the situation,” Whitmer said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is also being considered for vice president, told NPR that “all women in these cases have the right to be heard and have their claims thoroughly reviewed.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic primary runner up who endorsed Biden last week, was asked about Tara Reade’s allegations during an interview on CBS’s “This Morning” last week.
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“I think it’s relevant to talk about anything. And I think any woman who feels that she was assaulted has every right in the world to stand up and make her claims,” the Vermont independent replied.
At long last, treated as secondary to Democrats’ thoughts on the matter, CNN covered the allegations.
“Multiple media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post and the Associated Press, have interviewed Reade and published details surrounding her allegation in recent days. CNN reached out to Reade this week, but she has not agreed to be interviewed,” CNN reported, before detailing Reade’s story.
Reade is a former aide to Biden when he represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate. She broke her silence last month when she revealed, in graphic detail, her experience with Biden at his office one day in 1993.
In an early interview with The Union, Reade recalled Biden summoning her to his office where he pushed her “up against the wall” and began groping her.
“His hands were on me, and underneath my clothes,” Reade said, adding that he “went down my skirt, but then up inside,” and “he penetrated me with his fingers.”
“He was like my father’s age,” Reade said. “He was like this champion of women’s rights in my eyes and I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal.”
She had confided with her friends and brother about the incident but was afraid to speak out because she was in fear of her life, claiming she started receiving death threats after first accusing Biden of improper conduct earlier in 2019.
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