WASHINGTON, D.C. – ‘Believe all women’ was a common refrain during the #metoo movement. The idea was that each and every woman making a claim of sexual assault deserved to be believed, the principle of ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ be damned. Well, now that logic is coming back to bite them.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, is has been accused of sexual assault by a former staffer named Tara Reade. After weeks of actively trying to ignore the allegations and refusing to ask Biden questions about it, the Left-leaning media are being forced to confront the hypocrisy of Democrats as they scramble to protect their candidate.
Mind you, Ms. Reade has more corroboration and credibility than notorious Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Ford, which received thousands of headlines, hours of live hearings on Capitol Hill, and a fevered hysteria by the mainstream press.
That’s not to say Biden is guilty. Call it crazy, but we do actually believe in this idea of maintaining innocence until proven guilty. But it would be nice to see the same media and politicians that went apoplectic about the #metoo issues just a couple years ago, hold Joe Biden to even a portion of that kind of accountability while running for president.
They certainly put Donald Trump through everything they could drum up or fabricate in order to paint him as a woman-hating monster. Biden has already provided years of documented creepy behavior with obviously uncomfortable women; can the media at least ask him some tough questions? Will women in politics hold him to the same standard?
Probably not, if this POLITICO reporting on comments from female Democrat vice presidential contenders is any indication:
“[…] Advisers to four of the potential candidates who spoke to POLITICO — none of whom would go on record — expressed what they described as a sense of frustration that accusations against Biden are being examined more intensely than the more numerous allegations against President Donald Trump.
The advisers all said they hoped Biden would speak out soon, but conceded there’s no way he — or those in contention to be his running mate — can continue to avoid the subject as they run for office or jockey to be on the Democratic ticket.
“‘Believe the woman’ didn’t mean believe all women, all the time. But this is an era of slogans and we’re paying the price for that,” said an adviser to one of the women under consideration, noting Reade’s story changed over the time.
“The #MeToo movement was an over-correction to decades of ignoring women and not believing them. And what we’re seeing now is a result of that over-correction,” the adviser said. “It’s not ideal. It’s not what we want to be talking about.”
That means for many of the top veep prospects — all of whom are women — the job will entail squaring their earlier stances with the allegation against Biden. Since former Biden staffer Tara Reade accused Biden of assault last month, their reactions have been markedly different than during the Kavanaugh hearings: they’ve either stood with the former vice president or said nothing. […]”
This allegation is being scrutinized more than allegations against Donald Trump? Really? To date, CNN has run close to 1,000 stories on the allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. How many have the run on Tara Reade? ZERO.
The media only started covering this when they realized they weren’t in absolute control of the narrative, the news was getting out, and they are being forced to cover it. Even then, the reporting consists of conjecture among Democrats about how this is awkward, not focused on putting Joe Biden on a hot seat about the accusation.
“[…] Few are in a more potentially awkward position than California Sen. Kamala Harris, who used the hearings as a springboard to her own presidential campaign and made clear she believed Ford’s accusations in 2018.
Harris later told reporters that after the Kavanaugh hearings, her “biggest fear is that there will be a group of people who retreat, right? That’s my biggest fear, that there will be people who will decide that if they speak out it doesn’t matter, and will feel deflated by what happened in a way that causes them to recede.”
Earlier this month, however, Harris stuck with Biden.
“The Joe Biden I know is somebody who really has fought for women and empowerment of women and for women’s equality and rights,” Harris told the San Francisco Chronicle, though she made sure to say Reade “has a right to tell her story. And I believe that and I believe Joe Biden believes that, too.”
Harris’ defense of Biden has been joined in recent weeks by many of the top veep contenders — among them Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. […]”
That sound you hear is Kamala Harris, retreating as fast as she can in order to ensure her destiny as a vice presidential candidate. This is actually a pretty well-worn path for Harris, who blasted Biden’s record as racist, before dropping out of the race and becoming Biden’s best friend.
The story from Tara Reade may be a target for elimination by the DNC, but the story about the Democrats’ hypocrisy will be hard to snuff out. The Democrats’ media protectors will be forced to acknowledge it, but you’ll be amazed at the contortionist moves they pull to avoid confronting the implications head on.
See more of those twister moves to protect Joe Biden here.