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NY Times deletes sentence about Joe Biden’s “hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable”

NY Times deletes sentence about Joe Biden’s “hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable”

In trying to exonerate Biden of sexual assault allegations by Tara Reade, the Times did more damage than help for Biden.

The NY Times is in full election mode.

On the one hand, the Times is devoting enormous resources toward blaming Trump for the Wuhan coronavirus damage, as if Trump declaring a national lockdown in February, as the impeachment trial was coming to a close, would have been feasible politically or justified based on what was known at the time.

When Trump did restrict travel from China on January 31, he was called racist and xenophobic by a media and Democratic Party downplaying the virus threat. Can you imagine the howls from the NY Times and other media about ‘Trump the dictator’ if he took any of those steps just after his impeachment trial acquittal?

On the other hand, the Times is running cover for Joe Biden. In a move reminiscent of how The Boston Globe tried repeatedly to exonerate Elizabeth Warren of her Native American deception, the Times tries to exonerate Biden of the allegations of sexual assault made by Tara Reade. We covered those allegation previously.

The Times approach to the Reade allegations stands in stark contrast to the presumption of guilt heaped on Brett Kavanaugh based on allegations without substantiation.

Robbie Soave at Reason recalls some of that Times coverage of Kavanaugh and contrasts it with the Times report on Reade’s allegations against Biden:

The mainstream media’s silence regarding a former staffer’s sexual assault accusation against Joe Biden is finally broken: The New York Times covered the allegations on Sunday in an extensively reported piece, “Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden.”

It’s an excruciatingly matter-of-fact article, bereft of the emotion and rhetorical flourishes that have often characterized the Times‘ past reporting on #MeToo stories. The Times‘ investigative piece on Deborah Ramirez, Brett Kavanaugh’s Yale accuser, was headlined, “Brett Kavanaugh Fit in With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not.” The paper also ran ostensibly objective pieces with headlines like “For Christine Blasey Ford, a Drastic Turn From a Quiet Life in Academia” and “With Caffeine and Determination, Christine Blasey Ford Relives Her Trauma.” These were news articles, but it was not hard to detect an agenda: portray the accuser as so likable and sympathetic that readers would want to believe her.

There is no such agenda in the Reade article; the reporters come across as extremely skeptical of her (not without some justification). The paragraph containing the news hook for this story—that Reade finally, on Thursday, filed a police report about the incident—contains this oddly placed reminder: “Filing a false police report may be punishable by a fine and imprisonment.

There was some damaging material in the Times’ report, particlarly that Reade told a friend about the alleged assault at the time. That doesn’t make it true, it’s called a prior consistent statement which is generally not admissible, except to rebut an allegation of recent fabrication. Since recent fabrication seems to be an allegation against Reade — that she’s a Bernie supporter and made the claim to help Bernie — the fact that she told someone at the time does rebut the claim of recent fabrication.

A friend said that Ms. Reade told her about the alleged assault at the time, in 1993. A second friend recalled Ms. Reade telling her in 2008 that Mr. Biden had touched her inappropriately and that she’d had a traumatic experience while working in his office. Both friends agreed to speak to The Times on the condition of anonymity to protect the privacy of their families and their self-owned businesses.

Ms. Reade said she also told her brother, who has confirmed parts of her account publicly but who did not speak to The Times, and her mother, who has since died.

Yet there was a giveaway that calls into question the Times’ motive. The original Times article (archive here) contained this sentence:

No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade’s allegation. The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.

The Times also tweeted that language (screenshot):

That highly quotable language defeated the purpose of the Times’ investigation, to exonerate Biden not only of the Reade allegation, but of the public perception of him as a creeper who has a problem with women and girls that is well-documented on video and in allegations by seven women who have come forward.

It also stood in contrast to the weakness of the claims against Kavanaugh trumpeted by the Times.

So, guess what the Times did? It stealth edited the article to take out that wording and deleted the tweet:

The New York Times stealth-edited its article on the sexual-assault allegation against Joe Biden by his former Senate staffer Tara Reade just minutes after it was published on Sunday morning, removing all references in a key paragraph to the multiple past accusations by seven women that the former vice president had touched them inappropriately….

That paragraph now reads: “No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade’s allegation. The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden.” …

The New York Times subsequently deleted the tweet from the thread about the story.

Numerous Twitter users called out the Times.

The Times issued this explanation, which isn’t much of an explanation.

To say that this is a bad look for the Times is an understatement. Just like all the Russia-collusion conspiracy reporting, and the current virus reporting, the Times goal of getting Trump (or helping Biden) ends up failing.


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OH Deplorable | April 12, 2020 at 9:14 pm

It looks like Chris Coons is pleased that Creepy Joe is molesting the young woman between them.

    The young woman being his own daughter.

    Several years later, during the same occasion as was going on in that screenshot, Jeff Sessions physically intervened to prevent Biden from touching one of his female relatives; I believe it was his young granddaughter.

The Times is going to have trouble hiding anything with such extensive documentation. So I suppose somebody’s just going to have to try to memory-hole all that video evidence of Gropey Joe doing what he does best.

The difference between Bloomberg Media and all the rest, is that Bloomberg Media openly admitted it wouldn’t report anything bsd about Democrats.

The New Yorker article May 2018:
How the Soviet Regime Made the Truth Disappear.

When the New York Times makes the truth disappear The New Yorker takes a nap.

The editors and authors are all Red Guards and Chekists. Every last one of them. And this time they can’t claim ignorance or play at being naive or caught unawares like Eugene Lyons in his book Assignment in Utopia (1937).

With his known track record, I don’t get the fathers/husbands who just stand there and smile while their kid / wife squirms. Less so, just one wife/kid who yells in his face “get away from me you pervert”. Make the creep own it on the spot.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to MrE. | April 12, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    I think ex VPs get SS protection. Let one father or husband lift a finger he’d either be shot to pieces or jailed without access to counsel under the a Patriot Act.

      One punch to shatter that creepy bastard’s jaw. So what if you get roughed up a bit afterwards? It would be better than living the rest of your life knowing you were a cuck bitch.

      I doubt the secret service would do anything in such a case. Especially if he wasn’t seriously injured.

      Ex-VPs and their spouses only get SS protection for 6 months after they leave office, but it can be extended if the president deems there to be a sufficient threat against the person. Dick Cheney’s detail lasted longer than 6 months.

      He may have one now since he’s for all intents and purposes the presumptive Dem nominee, although it’s not like he’s leaving the house these days. But when there was that famous incident a while ago when Jill had to physically confront a person who had gotten on the stage and people were wondering where the Secret Service was, they weren’t there because he didn’t have a detail. He didn’t qualify for one.

      No one has to expose their daughter to Joe. Those that do are looking for some benefit. Political Jonbenet.

Of course it did.
Who with a brain pays attention to that sows ear wrapped in a silk purse anymore?

. . . beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.

The Rs just have to keep circulating that footage. I’m not a woman, and I doubt I’ve ever been within 500 miles of Slow Joe. But that stuff makes me “uncomfortable”, even though I’m about as sensitive as a cinderblock. Primo creep-out material, there.

I’m shocked, shocked that the NYT makes Pravda look “fair and balanced”.

The ny times is the house organ for the fascist movement in the US since the 30s. It’s a polished turd, with the polish off.

It is enemy of freedom, a destroyer of truth, and a saboteur inside our country. And by far not the only one.

And that’s that.

Biden is disgusting. How he is allowed to get away with his behavior is so wrong. Does he behave that way with his own daughter? I would hope not. How he managed to get to where
he is after 40 years in government blows my mind. I can still see him standing there at a
an Obama rally yelling the the Republicans want to put you in chains. He had a chance to run
four years ago and he turned it down because he wasn’t ready, as he was still morning the lost of hiw son Beau. He missed his moment. Now has passed his moment. Obama never supported his run for president…that tells you everything you need to know about him as a person and a politician.

Makes me wonder if the NYT is one of those claiming the news media and journalists need a virus bail out package from the government If they are going to behave like this, then they should rot in their own insolvency.

It’s just a matter of time before the “…but Trump” responses start up again. That was the mantra for the media whenever something negative came out about the Hilldabeast.

If you look at the picture it appears the Coons girl is sheepishly trying to lean away from creepy Joe.

If you look at the picture it appears the Coons girl is sheepishly trying to lean away from creepy Joe.

It would clear up a lot of women’s confustion is all laws based on feminine modesty were done away with.

Replace rape, and sexual harassment, where it applies, with assault and battery.

No whining about it, just go to the police or not.

texansamurai | April 13, 2020 at 9:15 am

the other thing about this clip is you can’t see what he’s doing with his hands–am not a lawyer but this damn sure looks like borderline sexual assault to me–if this were my lady or one of my loved ones, ss be damned, would put gropey joe on his ass

Christine Ford did not file a police report, so no reminder of false police reports was issued by the NYT in her case.

“Why not?” WAS an issue at the time, with the response being long article about how difficult it was to file one back then. “Why not now?” then came up…..but she never did. Meanwhile, Ms. Tara Reade goes out and does exactly what the NYT warns against. This story is not going well for that rag.

Many men have had their careers and lives destroyed because they were affectionate and/or complimentary with coworkers and made then “uncomfortable” and reported them to HR.It was often very profitable for these women to be paid off with cash and or promotions.

    DSHornet in reply to dunce1239. | April 13, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve been there. I wanted to compliment a female coworker and she used that as an excuse to try to control a man (the other women in the office didn’t like her attitude). She got cornered in the womens’ room and told she should be more accepting of a compliment. One told the complainer that, if she wanted to reject a positive comment from me, she would thankfully accept it in her place. There was no more said about that.

They probably have a small army of people rewriting old stories to match the current narrative, ones like this are only the ones that have been exposed.

texansamurai | April 13, 2020 at 1:39 pm

I’ve been there.

myself–though never sued personally had to testify in two lawsuits my entire career–unfortunately in the first one, my colleague was guilty–no question what he did/said was inappropriate(and intervened/told him so in the moment)–unfortunately for me, he was the owner’s son–after all the dust settled, the owner summoned me to his ivory tower high in one american center–figured it was the end for me but he said just a few words when we met face to face: ” thank you for doing what was right. he deserved every bit of it. ”

in the second suit, was immediately apparent to everyone involved that was an outright shakedown attempt.

The democrat sheep won’t care. They’ll be marching off the cliff under the imperial command of the dnc.

biden, on one hand an is old man with noteworthy dementia issues; on the other hand an old man with a factual history of kissing and touching women and young girls….NY Times is that so hard to write? “C’mon man”.

There’s a video of Biden trying to put his hands on Jeff Sessions’ granddaughter and Sessions slaps Biden’s hands away. Biden looks very disappointed.

There’s a video of Biden trying to put his hands on Jeff Sessions’ granddaughter and Sessions slaps Biden’s hands away. Biden looks very disappointed.