Actress Rose Mcgowan blasted the Washington Post after the notoriously liberal newspaper ran what she described as a “hit piece” on the woman who recently accused Joe Biden of sexual assault. As The Daily Wire reports:
On Sunday evening, The Washington Post published an article that examined Tara Reade, the woman who has accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her by pushing his fingers under her skirt and inside her. In the article, the Post attempted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Reade’s claim by noting, among other things, that last year Reade discussed the incident but only said Biden had touched her neck and shoulders; that she had become a vocal supporter of Biden’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders; that the Post “found no other allegations against him as serious as Reade’s”; that Reade had filed a police complaint last Thursday but had not named Biden; that Reade had claimed she had informed a therapist about the alleged assault but had not come forth with the therapist’s notes when the Post asked for them, and that although Reade said that in 1993 she filed a complaint with a congressional human resources or personnel office, she could not currently remember the exact name of the office and “the Post could find no record of the complaint, and Reade said she never received a copy.”
The Post’s seeming attempt to invalidate the legitimacy of Reade’s complaint infuriated actress Rose McGowan, a leading figure in the #MeToo movement who had been one of the chief accusers of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. McGowan tweeted a fiery post targeting the post, writing, “This is not journalism, this is an agenda. This is a hit piece. You’ve sunk to a new low in slanted journalism and victim shaming @Washington Post.”…
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 13, 2020
The Post does note various factors in Reade’s favor, but then mitigates the effect; examples include Reade claiming she had told her mother about the alleged assault but her mother had died in 2016 and that Reade said she had told a friend but the friend “declined to be named in this report.” The Post cited Reade’s brother, Collin Moulton, texting that he remembered his sister telling him that Biden had put his hand “under her clothes.” But the Post wrote that prior to that, Moulton had only said in an interview that she told him in 1993 that Biden had touched her neck and shoulders
The Post buttressed their seeming attack on Reade by writing, “In interviews with a half-dozen former Biden staffers who overlapped with Reade, many were hesitant to cast doubt on an individual woman’s account but said Reade’s story did not match their experience in a tightknit office with high-ranking female staffers. None of those reached by The Post recalled witnessing Biden putting his hands on Reade …”
The Post’s position on Reade is starkly different than the one they took regarding conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose accusations they decided to air uncritically. A far cry from their treatment of Reade.