You would have had a better chance finding a needle in the world’s largest haystack than you would have had finding a defense of Brett Kavanaugh in the pages of The New York Times in late 2018. Maybe an op-ed or two escaped our notice, but we sincerely doubt it. The paper (along with every other mainstream liberal news outlet) made it extremely clear where it stood during the controversy: Christine Blasey Ford was an unimpeachable witness, eminently believable, and downright heroic. Anyone defending Kavanaugh was defending rape culture, white supremacy, and, dammit, probably Satan himself.
Well, the times have changed…or at least, the man to be judged has. Now that it’s Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden on the receiving end of decades-old sexual assault allegations, we detect a decidedly different tone from the Paper of Record. We certainly can’t remember the Times publishing a full page of letters defending Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. But that’s exactly what they did for Biden on Monday.
Those letters included this doozy from Politico founder Martin Tolchin:
I totally disagree with this editorial. I don’t want an investigation. I want a coronation of Joe Biden. Would he make a great president? Unlikely. Would he make a good president? Good enough. Would he make a better president than the present occupant? Absolutely. I don’t want justice, whatever that may be. I want a win, the removal of Donald Trump from office, and Mr. Biden is our best chance.
Suppose an investigation reveals damaging information concerning his relationship with Tara Reade or something else, and Mr. Biden loses the nomination to Senator Bernie Sanders or someone else with a minimal chance of defeating Mr. Trump. Should we really risk the possibility?
I don’t want an investigation?
I don’t want justice?
If a conservative writer had written something like this about Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford, it would have been at the top of the news cycle for at least 24 hours. OMG, look at those mercenary Republicans! Do you need any more proof that there’s a war on women? They are outright admitting that running an investigation risks the possibility of the public finding out that the allegations are true!
But since it’s the other way around, it’s just one letter among many defending Biden and treating Tara Reade like the lying Whore of Babylon.
Another reader is mad because no one in the press worries about “the numerous allegations against Donald Trump.”
Could have fooled us.
Someone else says “something seems odd” about Reade’s timing.
Unlike Blasey Ford’s timing, which had nothing to do with anything particular, right?
“What woman who has been sexually assaulted as claimed by Tara Reade praises her assailant for his work combating sexual assault?” asks another reader.
We’ll agree: That’s pretty weird. On the other hand, we don’t remember the liberal media taking E. Jean Carroll to task for tweeting about her favorite show, “The Apprentice,” long after she was supposedly raped by the show’s host.
We’ll be the first to admit that there are considerable questions about Tara Reade’s believability and the overall credibility of her claim. But guess what: Those questions also surrounded Blasey Ford, Carroll, and quite a few other women who have accused prominent men in recent years.
Strange how this is the first time that anyone in the left-wing press has actually asked them.