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April 28, 2020

Washington Post Writing Gaseous Gibberish to Avoid Saying "Biden" and "Sexual Assault"

They're also avoiding the words, "multiple contemporaneous corroborating witnesses."

The story isn't about the multiple corroborating witnesses.

It's about Republicans pouncing.

Trump allies highlight new claims regarding allegations against Biden

And here's the lead:

Some allies of President Trump pointed Monday to new claims by a woman who said she was told about sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden decades ago, renewing attention to questions about the past behavior of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Apparent corroboration surfaced this week for elements of two accusations made by Biden’s former Senate aide Tara Reade, one involving harassment and the second a sexual assault. Biden has not commented on the allegations, but his campaign has denied them and pointed to his record on women’s rights and promotion of women in his offices.

Readers don't get to the actual news until the third and fourth paragraphs:

Lynda LaCasse, who was one of Reade’s neighbors in California, where Reade moved after working for Biden, said in an interview with Business Insider published Monday that Reade told her in the mid-1990s that Biden had "put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her."

Lorraine Sanchez, a former colleague of Reade’s in the office of a California state senator, also told the news outlet that Reade told her in the mid-1990s that she""“had been sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in DC and as a result of her voicing her concerns to her supervisors, she was let go, fired." Sanchez did not recall whether Reade mentioned Biden specifically, or whether she provided further details about the allegation.

It takes readers until the second-to-last line to learn that LaCasse isn't one of the "Trump allies" pouncing over Reade’s allegations. In fact, LaCasse "can't stand Donald Trump," as she told Business Insider, and still plans to vote for Biden in the general election. Given how well this parallels the Post's feelings about Trump, it's a wonder they didn’t make that a more prominent part of the story.


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