by Kyle Drennen, mrcNewsBusters
As former Senate staffer Tara Reade gave her first on-camera interview detailing her sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden on Thursday, neither ABC’s World News Tonight that evening nor Friday’s Good Morning America mentioned the important development. While NBC and CBS did cover the story, both networks framed Reade’s public comments as a “response to Joe Biden’s strong denial.”
NBC Nightly News was the only network evening newscast to report on Reade’s interview Thursday night, after clips of her conversation with Megyn Kelly were first made public earlier in the afternoon. “Tonight, Tara Reade, a former Biden Senate aide who is now accusing him of sexual assault 27 years ago, in her first response to Joe Biden’s denial,” senior Washington correspondent Andrea Mitchell proclaimed as she started off the 2 minute 19 second segment.
She echoed that framing on the Today show Friday morning: “Tara Reade’s comments are her first on-camera response to Joe Biden’s strong denial of her assault allegation just a week ago with Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC.” Mitchell added that the interview came “As the Biden campaign points out inconsistencies in Reade’s account over the years.”
“In her response to Biden’s denial, Tara Reade emotionally describing what she says happened in the spring of 1993,” Mitchell reiterated as the taped portion of the 3 minute 16 second segment began. The reporter explained: “She alleges Biden pushed her up against the wall of a Senate corridor and put his hand under her clothes.”
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