The walls may be closing in around Joe Biden over sexual assault allegations from a former staffer but you wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media.
A simple Google search for “Joe Biden denies Tara Reade accusations” turns up 330,000 results, but you won’t see a news story quoting Biden vigorously denying the allegations to a reporter, or enduring a back-and-forth grilling from a cable news anchor. That is because Biden has yet to discuss Reade’s allegations with any journalist after his campaign released a statement calling the accusation “untrue” and pointing out the Democratic presidential nominee authored the Violence Against Women Act.
“Joe Biden just missed a golden opportunity to address the Tara Reade allegations,” a CNN headline, from an April 28 story, reads.
A second CNN story quotes Stacey Adams, who is lobbying Biden’s campaign for the vice president slot, telling the media outlet that she believes Biden -- even though she is technically referring to the campaign statement, not from Biden himself.
From the time Tara Reade went public in March with the accusation until now, Biden gave 10 interviews and answered 81 questions, and not one of them included Reade and her allegations according to media watchdog Media Research Center.
On Monday, the heat turned up a bit after two more people came forward saying Reade had confided in them years ago about the alleged assault.
Kyle Drennen of Media Research Center suspects the political pressure is mounting for Biden to come out of hiding and answer the allegations.
“It puts even more pressure on the idea that Joe Biden's going to have to do an interview,” Drennen observes. “He's going to have to start answering the stuff directly. You can't just have surrogates going out there and doing this.”
Last week, a phone call surfaced from a 1993 segment of “Larry King Live” in which Reade’s mother called the show to say her daughter had quit her job with a “prominent” U.S. senator.
“My daughter has just left there after working for a prominent senator and could not get through with her problems at all,” the mother told the CNN host. “And the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.”
One prominent publication that investigated Reade’s allegations is The New York Times. The newspaper published its conclusion on Easter Sunday that found “no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden beyond hugs, kisses, and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.”
Although that sentence was roundly mocked weeks ago for its oddly-worded conclusion, Buzzfeed, the left-wing news outlet, reported this week the Biden campaign is citing the “thorough” New York Times story as a helpful “talking point” for other Democrats to cite in media interviews.
Buzzfeed received copies of the “talking points” from two Democratic operatives who obtained them from the Biden campaign.
Abrams quoted portions of the "talking points" almost verbatim in her CNN interview.