NYT edits sex abuse article after pressure from Biden campaign

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Joe Biden, Jill Biden” (CC BY 2.0) by marcn

 

In a bombshell admission, leading Trump-derangement-syndrome vehicle The New York Times has admitted that its editorial standards are more in tune with those of Soviet Pravda than a democratic paper of record.

Executive editor Dean Baquet admitted on Monday that a story on Joe Biden’s sexual improprieties was edited after pressure from the Democratic candidate’s campaign team.

The story, “Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden,” focused on the allegation from Tara Reade that Biden interfered with her sexually while he was serving as the senator for Delaware back in 1993. Biden has built a reputation as a chronic sniffer of women’s hair in the years since.

After being pressured by Biden’s campaign team, the paper edited out the latter half of one key, bizarre sentence from the article: “No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of our reporting, nor did any former Biden staff corroborate Reade’s allegation. We found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Biden, beyond hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.”

So, Biden committed no sexual misconduct besides the sexual misconduct that he did commit? The article also contradicts itself by claiming that Reade’s colleagues did not corroborate her story, only to later admit that they did.

Stealth editing: the hallmark of unethical journalism

In contravention of journalistic standards, the NYT made no public note of the correction. The paper also deleted a tweet containing the offending sentence. The paper claimed that the language in the tweet was imprecise, but clearly, the exact opposite is true.

In contrast, the New York Times rushed to publish sexual misconduct allegations against conservative then-nominee for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the day they were made. When asked to explain the double-standard, the paper claimed that Kavanaugh was “already in a public forum in a big way.”

Adding flames to the bonfire of Biden’s campaign

Ironically, the stealth-edit of the article will likely bring not only MSM bias but also Biden’s alleged sexual misconduct into sharper focus in the public eye. Tara Reade has filed a criminal complaint against Biden. Filing such a complaint without grounds would be a criminal offense, so the move highlights the earnestness of her claims.

Joe Biden is no stranger to controversy. Despite a lack of qualifications, his son Hunter, who has a history of cocaine addiction, has scored lucrative posts on the boards of companies in countries with which Biden Sr. has cozy ties. These include Burisma in Ukraine and a number of investment vehicles in China.