Since Tara Reade, a former congressional staffer for then-Senator Joe Biden, came forward with a sexual assault allegation against Biden on March 25, major mainstream news outlets have been slow — or entirely absent — in their coverage of Reade's story.
CNN has yet to touch the subject at all, according to Fox News, and there was no coverage by other left-leaning major media platforms until Easter Sunday. Seven televised interviews with Biden failed to address the allegation.
The lack of timely coverage contrasts sharply with mainstream media platforms' swift coverage of accusations against then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearing for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
During an interview with podcaster Katie Halper, Reade shared that Biden attacked her in the U.S. Capital complex in 1993. The allegations followed Reade's 2019 description of Biden touching her inappropriately on several occasions, including touching her shoulders and rubbing her neck.
Stories by The New York Times and The Washington Post have drawn criticism for what appear to be pro-Biden slants.
The Times story and the newspaper's own tweet about it originally included the wording some deemed dubious.
"No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade's allegation. The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable," the tweet read.
The Times later removed the tweet and tweaked the story without issuing an editorial correction. An editor at the paper later said " ... the campaign thought that the phrasing was awkward and made it look like there were other instances in which he had been accused of sexual misconduct, and that's not what the sentence was intended to say."
Following publication of The Washington Post piece on Reade's allegation, actress Rose McGowan, a survivor of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, tweeted that the article was "a hit job" and "victim shaming."
A subsequent tweet about the article declared, "the way you launched into this woman's assault is truly vile."