Perspectives: Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Allegations

Headline Roundup May 2nd, 2020

Following former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's denial this week of sexual assault allegations levied against him by former staffer Tara Reade, opinion and analysis pieces have weighed the credibility of the purported victim's accusations and the media's varying response to them. While many figures on the left have questioned Reade's background and the details of her account, others have expressed sympathy with her struggle to attract attention to her story. Many on the right, meanwhile, have criticized a perceived double standard between the way Biden and other prominent politicians have been treated in similar sexual assault scandals.

Perspectives: Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Allegations

From the Right
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OPINION

As former Vice President Joe Biden attempts to keep his failing presidential campaign afloat, he's getting a reality check about the consequences of his party's outrageous "believe all women" standards.

Credibly accused of sexual assault by former Senate staffer Tara Reade, whose story has been corroborated by multiple people, Biden is quickly learning that leftist ideas about justice have little room for nuance, due process or context. But we shouldn't feel sorry for him.

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From the Center
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OPINION

During 28 years as a state and federal prosecutor, I prosecuted a lot of sexual assault cases. The vast majority came early in my career, when I was a young attorney at a prosecutor’s office outside Detroit.

A year ago, Tara Reade accused former Vice President Joe Biden of touching her shoulder and neck in a way that made her uncomfortable, when she worked for him as a staff assistant in 1993. Then last month, Reade told an interviewer that Biden stuck his hand under her skirt and forcibly...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

Former Vice President Joe Biden is finally speaking out against allegations of sexual assault, in a carefully orchestrated set of releases. On Friday, Biden released a statement on Medium denying the allegations made by his former Senate aide, Tara Reade. Soon after, he appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to reiterate his innocence. In the post, after noting that April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, reminding readers of his leadership in the Violence Against Women Act, and acknowledging the “importance of women feeling they can step forward, say something, and be...

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