Thursday, April 9, 2020
One of the more vexing developments in the recent news cycle has been the impact, or lack thereof, of the sexual assault charge levied against Joe Biden by his former staffer Tara Reade. In a podcast interview released on March 25, Reade catalogued a series of transgressions by her former boss, and claimed that he touched her in ways that made her feel “like an inanimate object.” She related numerous instances in which Biden sexually harassed or inappropriately touched her, including an encounter in which he allegedly held her against a wall and put his hands up her skirt.
Two weeks later, those allegations, which are extremely serious, haven’t made the waves one might expect. So far, the story has been largely confined to left-wing media. The Biden campaign issued a blanket denial on March 30, with Communications Director Kate Bedingfield saying simply: “Women have the 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.” No statement has been made by Biden himself. But more mainstream outlets have yet to take Bedingfield up on the offer.