It seems the liberal media outlet New York Times is officially Biden’s campaign manager. On April 12th the paper released a lengthy “investigation” into Biden’s accuser, titled “Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden.” When the official twitter account released the article, eyebrows were raised at the tweeted statement of the article: “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.” Sounds like Biden committed the exact definition of sexual misconduct.
Suddenly, the tweet and corresponding article sentence were changed to read: “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden.” Apparently, it was the Biden campaign that prompted the change. “Times media columnist Ben Smith sat down with his boss to discuss the report and pressed him on several criticisms of the report, including the edit” reported Fox News. When Smith asked New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet “why did you do that?” Baquet outed the Biden campaign:
Even though a lot of us, including me, had looked at it before the story went into the paper, I think that the campaign thought that the phrasing was awkward and made it look like there were other instances in which he had been accused of sexual misconduct, and that’s not what the sentence was intended to say.
Frankly, it may not be fair to single out the Times. All of the mainstream media is essentially Biden campaign staff. BuzzFeed notes that “since news outlets began to investigate her claims, Biden has participated in more than a dozen television interviews and virtual fundraisers but has not addressed Reade’s allegation himself.” Over a dozen television interviews and not one has the gall to ask the former vice president to respond to the allegations.
With the new and improved narrative from The Times, the Biden campaign allegedly has been distributing sections of the article to Democrats and surrogates to use as talking points to defend Tara Reade allegations. Despite Biden’s denial that Ms. Reade’s allegations occurred and his campaign’s insistence that the event never happened, it looks like they are just keeping up appearances.
BuzzFeed received a copy of the talking points sent to two Democratic operatives, and write “the messaging shows that while Biden has stayed quiet on the allegations on the eve of his nomination, aides were taking the claims seriously enough behind the scenes to coordinate messaging among other Democrats to try to cast the matter as one that’s been thoroughly vetted and determined to be unfounded.”
Included in the talking points is the statement: “Biden believes that all women have the right to be heard and to have their claims thoroughly reviewed…In this case, a thorough review by the New York Times has led to the truth: this incident did not happen.”
It concludes: “Here’s the bottom line…Vice President Joe Biden has spent over 40 years in public life: 36 years in the Senate; 7 Senate campaigns, 2 previous presidential runs, two vice presidential campaigns, and 8 years in the White House. There has never been a complaint, allegation, hint or rumor of any impropriety or inappropriate conduct like this regarding him – ever.”
Except, there has.