The Dems, their allies in the mainstream media, and various women’s groups, such as #MeToo and Planned Parenthood, among others, (collectively, the “Accusers”), are being hoisted on their own petard. Collectively, these groups have strenuously and repeatedly maintained that in all “he said-she said” cases women are to be believed, no questions asked. Regardless of the longstanding concept of due process, which is guaranteed to everyone by the Constitution, in their minds the man is always guilty. My favorite quote was from Mazie Hirono, the nitwit Senator from Hawaii, who self-righteously intoned “I believe her [Ford]…. Men need to shut up.'”
This was never more apparent than in the case of Ford v Kavanaugh. I’m sure most of you recall how they hounded Kavanaugh and his family relentlessly for weeks despite the fact that Professor Ford’s case was weak. They went so far as to track down his high school buddies and pore through his high school yearbook. They accused him of participating in gang rapes. Upon detailed investigation Ford’s accusations did not hold up. She could not recall crucial details of the alleged attack, including where and when it occurred or who else was present. Moreover, she had not reported the incident contemporaneously. Finally, her supposed corroborating witnesses’ stories did not hold up either.
On the other hand, Reade has a far more believable case. She does recall crucial details, quite graphically, such as when and where the incident occurred; she told various persons at the time; she filed a contemporaneous report, (although she has not yet produced a copy of it); and there is that haunting telephone call from her late mother to “Larry King Live.” And, yet, the Accusers tried to ignore the story in the hope it would somehow disappear. Incidentally, let’s not forget that Reade is a lifelong Dem and a Biden supporter, so there is no political bias involved.
Other than on Fox News the story got very little “play.” For five weeks, from March 25 to April 30 Biden gave dozens of interviews. He was not asked one question about Reade. Not one! The contrast is stunning. The hypocrisy is apparent. The same Accusers who tormented Kavanaugh have rushed to Biden’s defense. In lock-step they have either stated they don’t believe Reade or have declined to comment.
Tobe Berkowitz, a BU professor who specializes in political communications told “The Hill” that there has been “a disparity” in the media coverage. “The burden of proof [in the two cases] has not been the same.” (That’s a really polite way to say the media has been biased and hypocritical.) President Trump and others have characterized it as a “double standard.” Apparently, the new standard is to always believe women, unless the person accused is a Democrat.
Among the many prominent Dems who have rushed to Biden’s defense and praised his “integrity” regardless are Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Nancy Pelosi, and Amy Klobuchar. Could the reason for their support be that each of them, except for Pelosi and perhaps Clinton, harbors hopes of being selected as Biden’s running mate?
The #MeToo, Emily’s List, and Planned Parenthood groups and other women’s organizations have been put into a very difficult position. They have long claimed to support women, but they feel the pressure to stick by Biden. The hypocrisy is obvious. If they really were committed to supporting women they would be supporting Reade. In my opinion, the integrity of these groups is taking a huge “hit.” They are being exposed as phonies.
By the way, where is the aforementioned Mazie? Why hasn’t she come out in support of Reade? Why hasn’t she told Biden to just “shut up?” We know why. She’s the biggest phony, the biggest hypocrite of all.
Another significant factor is that this is not Biden’s first incident of sexual harassment. He has often been photographed as hugging, kissing, sniffing, and petting women (for example, then-Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores in 1994), earning the unflattering nickname of “handsy Joe.” If you doubt this, just watch him mingle among a crowd. He’s like that creepy old guy that women and young girls instinctively shy away from. His actions are beyond innocent and friendly, especially in the current PC climate. Moreover, his attitude toward and treatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearing in 1991 was rather callous.
After weeks of silence finally Biden addressed the matter in an interview. Of course, he picked MSNBC. I’m sure the hope was that he would be asked only “softball” questions. No such luck. To her credit, Mika Brzezinski did not give Biden a fluff interview. She questioned him rigorously on the incident. I think Biden did all right (at least he didn’t fumble, mumble and stumble like he often does) until Mika queried him about disclosing the content of his papers that are in the custody of the University of Delaware. He did not have a good answer as to why those records should not be made available to the public. The proper answer of an innocent man would have been something like, “go ahead and investigate. I have nothing to hide. I will be vindicated.” Maybe, some enterprising reporter should interview Biden’s high school buddies or take a look at his high school yearbook. Just kidding, or maybe not.
I suspect his reluctance is based on the fact that the papers contain personal conversations with foreign leaders that he would not want disclosed. Perhaps, they contain further evidence of corruption that has nothing to do with the Reade case. Joe is the likely Dem nominee for president. Everything should be on the table. The public has a right to know. If this were about President Trump you can be sure there would be widespread demands to release all the information.
If Biden wants to put this issue to bed once and for all he will have to consent to the release of those papers, personal or not.
I am willing to grant Biden the presumption of innocence until and unless he has been proven guilty. Hopefully, the matter will be investigated by an independent party, and the true facts will be disclosed to the public.
It will be interesting to observe how the media covers this matter prospectively. Many if not most Americans do not believe we have an unbiased media in this country. In my opinion, the media has been protecting Biden for years. Truly, as I have blogged before, he is “the emperor with no clothes.” This will be an opportunity for the media to “step up.” Will it? We’ll see.
It will be interesting to see the impact of this matter on the election. What will the Dems and independents do? In my opinion, even if it is determined that he is guilty there will still be many Dems who will still vote for him. They hate Mr. Trump that much. That is their right, but let’s not be hypocritical about it.