[Ed. – Self-fulfilling prophecy: The Times never covers the Reade story, which as a result never becomes ‘a running, hot story.’]
New York Times media columnist Ben Smith asked his boss — Executive Editor Dean Baquet — to explain why it took the paper 19 days to acknowledge Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden.
Smith should be commended for raising tough questions about why Reade was handled so differently than Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers. Baquet’s defense of this disparate treatment collapses under the most basic scrutiny.
The delay, according to Baquet, was because the Times proceeded cautiously, conducting its own reporting in order to gather all the information a reader would need “to think about what to make of this thing.” Simply noting that Reade, a former Biden staffer, has claimed that he sexually assaulted her in 1993, was less important than getting the story “as close to right as we could.”