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If you expected anything less than verbal gymnastics from the rabidly anti-Trump “Morning Joe” crew at MSNBC in response to a sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden, then you haven’t been paying attention.
With the liberal media’s hair-on-fire response to weak, 40-year old allegations leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a backdrop, co-host Mika Brzezinski did not even try to hide her hypocrisy over former staffer Tara Reade claiming then-Sen. Biden sexually assaulted her in the early 90s.
Brzezinski said it was a “good thing” that the media has not applied the same standard with Biden as it did with Kavanaugh.
“We think that’s a good thing,” she said. “The media should not apply what seemed to be a Kavanaugh standard to Joe Biden.”
“The media should not apply the same standard most applied to Judge Kavanaugh to Donald Trump,” Brzezinski continued. “The media should not apply a Kavanaugh standard to any public figure. The blanket and absolute standard of simply believing all women is a notion we dismissed here on the show early on.”
She would then stress that they said as much on the show during the Kavanaugh debacle, it doesn’t change the fact that there was a shameless media feeding frenzy.
“The standard for the media in covering sexual assault allegations needs to be to report the facts,” Brzezinski said. “Listen to the accuser. And give the accused full due process, both men and women. We were very clear about that on the show during the Kavanaugh story.”
Biden was scheduled to appear Friday morning on “Morning Joe,” and he released a statement beforehand denying the allegations leveled against him.
“They aren’t true. This never happened,” Biden declared in the release.
Scooping Morning Joe, Biden releases statement on Tara Reade allegations: 'They aren’t true. This never happened.' pic.twitter.com/tqxlAW73rd
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 1, 2020
Then again, if Brzezinski was trying to establish a sense of fair play on the show, that went out the window when she reported on President Trump saying that Biden should address the sexual assault allegation.
“You know, it could be false accusations. I know all about false accusations. I have been falsely charged numerous times. And there is such a thing,” the president said.
Columnist Byron York observed in a tweet: “So Morning Joe is preparing viewers for the Joe Biden interview by listing all the women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual impropriety. Not sure what the message is…”
So Morning Joe is preparing viewers for the Joe Biden interview by listing all the women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual impropriety. Not sure what the message is…
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 1, 2020
The tweet was in reference to Brzezinski’s response to Trump’s remark by playing an exhaustive montage of sexual misconduct accusations made against Trump.
A number she suggested could be as high as 25, citing liberal Business Insider.
When Biden appeared on the show, the 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee was asked directly about the claim.
“She says in 1993, Mr. Vice President, that you pinned her against a wall and reached under her clothing and penetrated her with your fingers,” Brzezinski said. “Would you please go on the record with the American people. Did you sexually assault Tara Reade?”
“No. It is not true. I’m saying unequivocally, it never, never happened, and it didn’t. It never happened,” he replied.
Brzezinski then asked Biden if he remembered Reade or any complaints she may have made.
“I don’t remember any type of complaint she may have made,” he carefully replied, not answering whether he remembered her as a person.
“It was 27 years ago. I don’t remember, nor does anyone else that I’m aware of,” Biden added. “And the fact is that I don’t remember — I don’t remember any complaint ever having been made.”
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