Video of Joe Biden’s clearly inappropriate, hands-on interactions with women and girls have been all over the internet for years, with conservative journalists being just about the only ones willing to point it out. The response from the mainstream press was either to ignore it or, in CNN’s case, report that the women weren’t actually uncomfortable and that he’s just making them laugh. I was only able to find three articles written prior to 2018 in mainstream publications detailing Biden’s history of inappropriate contact with women and girls – one each from NY Magazine, Time, and NPR.
The media is only beginning to seriously report on Biden’s overt fondling of women and girls now that he’s considering running against Democrats who are slightly further left than he is. Biden’s usefulness in advancing the left’s agenda has passed. The media no longer has incentive to cover for him.
A similar scenario played out in 1998 as the media defended Bill Clinton’s affairs as being “just about sex” and ignored the numerous credible flashing, groping, and rape accusations. One of the more glaring examples was George Stephanopoulos, who is now the chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC News, claiming that Paula Jones, who accuses Clinton of exposing himself to her, was just another Tonya Harding – a woman trying to gain attention with salacious tales.
In a more recent case, The View‘s Joy Behar called Clinton’s mistresses and accusers “tramps.” This was in the context of then-candidate Trump inviting Clinton accusers Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Kathy Shelton to a debate against Hillary Clinton.
At the time of Behar’s slander, defending Clinton was still a priority as his sexual crimes, and Hilary’s smear campaigns against the victims, threatened Hillary’s campaign. After the Clinton’s were finally vanquished once and for all from high office in November 2016, the media’s wagon-circling around these terrors to women finally ceased.
Beginning on November 13, 2017 with Michelle Goldberg’s article “I Believe Juanita Broaddrick” published in the New York Times and Caitlin Flanagan’s “Bill Clinton: A Reckoning” in The Atlantic, an onslaught of articles conceding the seriousness of Clinton’s accusers were published. Giving Slick Willy’s victims a chance to speak for themselves was still far too much to ask, however.
How one is treated by the mainstream press is wholly dependent on one’s ability to help or hurt the Democrats’ agenda. Most people are aware of this by now, but it’s a wonder there are still people who think the mainstream media gives a damn about anything other than being the DNC’s public relations arm.