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What a difference a year makes when it comes to the treatment of public officials accused of sexually inappropriate behavior.

It hasn’t been quite a year since Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was first nominated by President Trump, the media explosion that took place after Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., dropped the Christine Blasey Ford sexual misconduct bomb pales in comparison to the relative silence over a more credible charge leveled against 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The Washington Post went to work to elevate the accusations against Kavanaugh, and the newspaper is now under fire for a very different approach to the allegations made by former Biden staffer Tara Reade.

Last month, Reade accused then-Sen. Biden of sexual assault in 1993, when she was on his staff.

The allegation took on more credibility Friday, when a 1993 “Larry King Live” clip featured what is said to be Reade’s mother calling into the show anonymously to talk about her daughter’s “problems” with a “prominent senator.”

A former neighbor and a former colleague have also come forward to corroborate the allegations Reade has made against Biden.

The former neighbor, Lynda LaCasse, spoke with Business Insider.

“I remember [Reade] saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”

Even more damning for Biden, LaCasse is an avid Democrat who supports him for president.

“I personally am a Democrat, a very strong Democrat,” LaCasse said. “I’m for Biden, regardless. But still, I have to come out and say this.”

The initial headline of a Washington Post story on these developments was changed from the “word salad” seen in the tweet below to, “Trump allies highlight new claims regarding allegations against Biden.”

“Some allies of President Trump pointed Monday to new claims by a woman who said she was told about sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden decades ago, renewing attention to questions about the past behavior of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee,” Post reporter Matt Viser wrote.

“Apparent corroboration surfaced this week for elements of two accusations made by Biden’s former Senate aide Tara Reade, one involving harassment and the second a sexual assault,” he continued.

As for the “allies,” the newspaper cited the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said the Biden allegations should be scrutinized on the same level as those made against Kavanaugh.

Washington Examiner executive editor Seth Mandel took to Twitter to react to the Post story: “As an editor, I regard this headline as a hate crime and I will be pressing charges first thing in the morning.”

And that’s just the beginning of the outcry over the journalist malpractice on display here.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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