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New evidence supporting Tara Reade’s story about her sexual assault encounter with Joe Biden has come to light Friday night. This new evidence shines light on what Reade has claimed about those around Biden and how they reacted to her claim. While it’s not direct evidence of the alleged sexual assault, it does support her claim that her report was covered up.
Reade had previously said she told several of her friends and family members of the incident. Reade told the Intercept that her mother had placed a call in to Larry King Live about her claim. The evidence is a recording of that call placed in August 1993.
The caller is identified as living in San Luis Obispo County, CA where Reade’s mother lived at the time. The clip was posted to several different twitter feeds of news organizations with a warning that identification of the caller hadn’t been made. When shown a copy of the video Reade identified her mother’s voice to Holly Otterbein of Politico.
Reade’s claim was that in 1993, then Senator Biden pushed her up against a wall, kissed her, and penetrated her with his fingers under her skirt. Biden and his campaign have denied the accusations. This new evidence is one more confirmation that Reade had told her story after leaving her position in Biden’s office.
The story gets further complicated because it wasn’t a story CNN, who owns the Larry King Live footage, broke. The Biden-Reade story is a national story with Presidential election implications. Any news organization who holds this footage would best serve themselves and their views by breaking the story.
Additionally the show in question aired on Aug 11th 1993. It was reported on twitter that the episode has been removed from the Google Play store, is not able to be viewed, and episodes have been renumbered. In 1993, Larry King Live ran Monday through Friday. The 11th of August fell on a Wednesday, so there should have been an episode of Larry King Live broadcast on that date. NRN can confirm that at the time of the writing of this article no episode for August 11 1993 is available on Google Play.
If it were just CNN refusing to cover the story, that would be bad. However, they’re not alone. The New York Times printed “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden.” The paper went a step further by suggesting “Filing a false police report may be punishable by a fine and imprisonment,” in response to Ms. Reade filing a police report about the incident.
It’s safe to assume the Times hasn’t spent much time, resources, or effort investigating Reade’s story, allegedly since Reade couldn’t remember when the Larry King Live call happened. It has since been verified by the Intercept’s independent research into Reade’s story. The Times, admittedly, was slow to report on the story.
Further disturbing about the Times is they’ve admitted on their Opinion page they haven’t taken the story seriously. In a piece by Michelle Goldberg, it was claimed that the accusation was nothing but a troll on the #MeToo movement. The Times doubled down on that three days later on the podcast The Argument. It seems the Times is willing to expend more energy trying to discredit the story rather than research it.
Now compare this to the treatment both CNN and the NY Times gave to Christine Blasey-Ford’s sexual assault claim against Justice Kavanaugh. CNN’s Frida Ghitis took Blasey-Ford’s claims at face value and claimed Republicans “indicted themselves.” Back then the NY Times Bret Stephens felt Blasey-Ford should be given a chance to be heard. The standards of research at these institutions have either drastically changed in 18 months, or the Democrats are nominating a problematic candidate.
NRN’s Tom Roberts has previously pointed out that Biden’s odd behavior gives this story some credibility on its face. The story deserved a deeper look for no other reason than Biden could be President in over a year. Ms. Ghitis would have to realize now it’s feminists who have indicted themselves if she is honest.
The Larry King video now means we have more evidence of Reade making the accusations at the time they happened than we ever did of Blasey-Ford. There are quotes like the NY Times’ columnist, “…because they jibe with personal experience or align with a partisan motive — are empirically worthless and intellectually dishonest.” Which discredit true victims. Which is why so many refuse to come forward.