Corporate Media Silent On New Accusation Of Sexual Assault By Joe Biden

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Note: Popular Resistance tends to stay away from electoral campaign reporting and instead focuses on political issues. An important issue in this era is sexual assault and abuse of women by men with political and economic power. At this time, former Vice President Joe Biden is the front runner for the Democratic nomination. The Democratic leadership and their allies in the corporate media have coalesced around Biden in fear of the re-election of President Donald Trump and of Senator Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Socialism. The media and Democratic politicians seem to be protecting Biden from this credible allegation of a former staff member of Biden’s, Tara Reade.

We are covering this issue because it is not being covered by the corporate media and we believe the issue of sexual assault deserves attention. The right-wing media is covering it, but the corporate-Democratic-leaning media, which aggessively covered allegations of assault against conservatives like Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump, are ignoring these allegations.

Arwa Mahdawi of the Guardian asks “Why are sexual assault and misbehavior allegations against Biden being ignored?” She writes “The mainstream media has largely ignored the allegations. Instead, there have been headlines like The top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as VP (CNN) and Joe Biden’s inner circle: No longer a boy’s club (AP).” She points out the challenge of proving allegations of an event with no witnesses but argues we should not assume that women are lying and men are telling the truth. An investigation would include talking to the people that Tara Reade told about the assault at the time it happened, but even that simple step is not being taken. 

Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti of Hill TV’s Rising, did the first on-camera interview of Tara Reed.

On April 1, Krystal Ball took apart the media’s bias for not examining the Tara Reade-Joe Biden’s story. Ball is an economic populist who often examines the failures of the corporate media and who has been a fact-based critic of the former vice president and the corporate leadership of the Democratic Party. In the commentary below she shows the false arguments made by those who claim that the media is not biased. She said she understands the difficulty of “he said-she said” allegations but notes that the media should not assume the woman is lying and the man is telling the truth. Reade’s claim should be investigated along with Biden’s history.

Ball argues the media should be looking at Biden’s treatment of Anita Hill who accused Clarence Thomas of inappropriate sexual behavior, which resulted in one of the worst Supreme Court justices of my lifetime, Clarence Thomas, being put on the court, as well as the numerous ‘Creepy Uncle Joe’ incidents of touching women and girls inappropriately. Biden has a history of factually inaccurate statements that have occurred throughout his political career including during this campaign. Of course, if all of this history of Biden were examined, it could undermine his nomination. Democrats in the media do not want to seem to hold Biden accountable for his past because he has the support of the Democratic Party leadership.

Of course, in the general election, if Biden is the nominee, all of these issues will come up. Krystal Ball points out that the failure of the ‘Me Too” movement to take up Tara Reade’s case undermines the movement and turns it into a partisan tool rather than an ongoing campaign to seek justice for women. (More broadly, I am impressed that The Hill allows ‘Rising’ on the air as it is one of the few political news shows that talks honestly about the failures of both corporate parties. Krystal Ball ran for office as a Democrat but seems to be breaking from the Democratic Party. She refuses to say she will vote for Biden in 2020 if he is the nominee. One criticism of the show is that like the rest of the media they are not covering the progressive alternative to the Democrats, Howie Hawkins, the leading Green candidate.)

Neither I nor Margaret Flowers, the co-director at Popular Resistance, are involved in Democratic or Republican elections. I gave up on the Democrats during the early years of Bill Clinton and have not supported a Democrat or Republican for any office in 40 years (and have never regretted it). In fact, I was Ralph Nader’s press secretary and spokesperson in his 2004 campaign. We are reporting on this not to impact the outcome of the Democratic nomination but to put attention on allegations that should be investigated. – KZ

Joe Biden Faces Sexual Assault Allegations From A Former Staffer

Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing a new sexual assault allegation, from a woman named Tara Reade, who says she has been trying to share her story since 1993 when it allegedly happened. Reade’s allegation comes in the midst of Biden’s surging presidential campaign and is consistent with other stories women have shared about their discomfort with the way Biden has touched them.

Reade was a staff assistant for Joe Biden in 1993, when she claims he digitally raped her. She told part of her story in 2019, when Lucy Flores wrote in The Cut about the inappropriate way Biden smelled her hair and kissed the top of her head. At the time, several other women came forward to say that Biden had touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable, including Reade, who said that Biden used to put his hands on her shoulders and run his fingers up and down her neck. Now, she has detailed what she says is the entirety of her experience with Biden on The Katie Halper Show.

According to Reade, Biden pressed her up against a wall and digitally penetrated her without her consent. “It happened all at once, and then… his hands were on me and underneath my clothes,” she says. She also remembers him asking “do you want to go somewhere else?” and then, when she had pulled away, “Come on, man, I heard you liked me.” Reade says that “everything shattered” in that moment and his claim that he thought she liked him made her feel like she had “done this” somehow. “I looked up to him, he was my father’s age. He was this champion of women’s rights in my eyes,” she says. “I wanted to be a senator; I didn’t want to sleep with one.”

Following her accusations against Biden, reports from Ryan Grim at The Intercept detailed all the ways Reade was stonewalled in telling her story — including from Time’s Up, the high-profile organization founded to help survivors tell their stories in the midst of the #MeToo movement, which is housed within the National Women’s Law Center. According to Grim’s reporting, Reade asked for help from the organization in January of this year, but she was told they could not help her because it would jeopardize their non-profit status due to the fact that he was a presidential candidate.

“As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the National Women’s Law Center is restricted in how it can spend its funds, including restrictions that pertain to candidates running for election,” NWLC spokesperson, Maria Patrick, told The Intercept. It was also revealed in the same story that “the public relations firm that works on behalf of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is the top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.”

Reade’s accusation has opened up discourse on social media about why the mainstream media is ignoring the story. “I don’t understand why the extremely serious sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden are not getting significant attention outside of left media,” tweeted Vox Senior Correspondent Zack Beauchamp.

There were no witnesses to Reade’s assault, but she told The Intercept that she’d spoken to a close friend, as well as her brother, at the time of the alleged assault, and both have confirmed this with The Intercept. Reade said Thursday morning on Rising on Hill TV Live that she’s waited so long to speak publicly about what happened because she was afraid of retaliation, and also because back then she “didn’t have the framework” to understand what had happened to her.

If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Update, March 28, 2020: Joe Biden’s campaign has denied Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation.

In a statement on Friday his campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said, “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”

  • voza0db

    Ok… This article is even worse than ALL my comments put together! Just kidding…

    The FAKE Choice:

    The REAL Choice:

    (the only one capable of achieving a moderate movement towards CHANGE!)

  • voza0db
  • jwreitter

    I believe survivors. I believe her not only because she seems to be telling the truth for years, but also because Touchy Joe has a track record and other accusers whom he has tried to silence. His denials sound hollow. She has nothing to gain but her dignity. These are the reasons we should all believe her!

  • il corvo

    If there was ever any doubt that the News?Entertainment Industry is the propaganda wing of the DNC, then this issue and lack of coverage is the clears that up. What isn’t being said is almost as important as what is being said. Without objective news we have nothing to fall back on for facts and in place of facts all we get are opinions and coverups. The real battle continues to be for the human mind.

  • Nylene13

    We Need Bernie Sanders to be our next President.

    “The Environment must become our Priority”
    Bernie Sanders

    There really is nothing else to say.

  • voza0db

    Forget Bernie… he just another Biden Bro!

    Also FORGET the DNC&GOP LLC Party.

    Go Fresh… Go

  • jho blho

    Thank you for posting this. I did see the Rising piece (I wonder too, why does The Hill allow this program? I admit that I watch it everyday.) The hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness of the Dems angers me to no end. I don’t want to vote blue again.

  • John Cook

    Bernie isn’t the best choice he’s the only one! We have Trump heading us and the planet towards a 1000′ drop off a cliff, going as fast as he can, we have Biden totally asleep at the wheel oblivious of any disaster, with Bernie pushing hard down on the brakes, while also pulling on the e-brake and ready to do a 180 degree U-turn..

  • voza0db

    Sorry… Bernie is NO CHOICE at all! He is a part of the DNC&GOP LLC party.

    Only one choice,

  • lynn

    More accurately, we struggle for the human SOUL! Men treat women as disposable objects, toys for their sexual and fantasy satisfaction, demeaning for both women and men. Let’s hold perverts accountable, even go Joe Biden, and raise the would of America back into standing of humanness, kindness, and principles of grace and dignity. And elect BERNIE2020, demonstrated leadership in this covid19 emergency. Bernie is hope for our future.

  • lynn

    Excellent summary, my friend! Sounds like a cartoon, but so dire in the truth of it. Bernie is the only hope of a future for us (barring divine intervention 🙂

  • lynn

    I, too, am disgusted with DNC! New party needed: both current parties suck rags.
    Workers Liberty Union (honors all workers everywhere and the late Peter Diamondstone, of liberty union in Vermont)

  • voza0db

    I’ve realized now that some are talking about Bernie in an article talking about alleged finger rape!

  • mwildfire

    The DNC is desperate to keep Sanders away from the nomination, yes, but they are not “in fear of Trump reelection.” I find it quite suspicious the way Buttigieg surged, and then Bloomberg, and then both popped like soap bubbles, while Warren also inexplicably tanked. And then suddenly voters decided (or so we’re told) that they really wanted Biden all along, despite his inability to speak clearly, his horrible record, and that unbelievably racist statement during a televised debate (black parents mean well, but we need to put record players in black kids’ bedrooms so they can hear enough words). I’m starting to wonder if Trump isn’t actually the DNC’s FIRST choice, or why would they push the most unelectable candidate to the front? Oh sure, they profess horror at many of his moves, but they don’t actually disagree about POLICY much.

  • voza0db

    It seems PR supports female supporters of Joe ‘Finger‘ Binden!

  • Azi Smythe

    Tara Reed is so much hotter than Tara Reade.