Over a month after a former Senate staffer named Tara Reade first leveled allegations of sexual assault against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, some in the mainstream media have finally begun to cover the story, but not in a terribly straightforward manner.
In fact, the Associated Press revealed over the weekend that its reporters had actually interviewed Reade in 2019 about other allegations she made against the former senator but admitted to having sat on the account instead of publishing it, Breitbart reported.
Reade slams AP headline
AP reporters interviewed Reade on Friday about her damning allegation of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of then-Sen. Biden back in 1993 and discussed her claim that she had filed a complaint about Biden’s conduct that led to her having been fired in retaliation.
In publishing the information contained in that recent interview, however, the AP chose to headline the article in a way that contradicted Reade’s claims by saying she had admitted to not referring to “sexual harassment or assault” in her Senate complaint. That headline prompted Reade to reply via Twitter, “This is false.”
The AP has since changed the headline and added additional content to the article, though it did so in a manner that highlighted Reade’s admission that she hadn’t specifically used the term “harassment” in the complaint and instead had used the word “uncomfortable.”
The piece did, nonetheless, include a notation explaining that Reade “says the behavior she was describing amounts to sexual harassment,” the Washington Examiner reported.
AP “deleted” interviews
The dispute over the headline and subsequent changes to the article aren’t the biggest problem with the AP story. The real trouble lies with the fact that the AP admitted its reporters had “interviewed Reade in 2019 after she accused Biden of uncomfortable and inappropriate touching.”
In more than one instance, the AP referenced “notes” and “transcripts” of prior interviews with Reade in 2019 — interviews that were never published — when Reade was one of more than a half a dozen women who came forward to assert that Biden’s known tendency for inappropriate touching had made them uncomfortable.
The AP acknowledged that some of its prior interviews with Reade had been “deleted” after the fact, ostensibly “in keeping with the reporter’s standard practice for disposing of old interviews.”
Lack of corroboration claimed
The media outlet further noted in a breathtaking mea culpa, “The AP declined to publish details of the 2019 interviews at the time because reporters were unable to corroborate her allegations, and aspects of her story contradicted other reporting.”
Yet, in that very same article, the AP also admitted that no fewer than four separate individuals have corroborated Reade’s allegations, with all four recalling that Reade shared with them what had happened years ago, long before she ever came forward with her claims publicly, as the New York Post reported.
It has been obvious from the start that the predominately liberal media wanted nothing to do with covering the allegations of Reade, or anyone else for that matter, against Biden, and while some in the media have finally decided to do their actual jobs, they are doing so in a manner designed to protect Biden as much as possible while simultaneously diminishing Reade’s credibility.