Accuracy in Media

A former New York Times congressional correspondent and a co-founder of The Hill newspaper ripped his former employer’s call for an investigation of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over the sexual assault allegations made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade.

Martin Tolchin, 91, sent an angry letter to the Times saying that he did not want an investigation but a “coronation of Joe Biden,” whom he said would make a better president than Donald Trump.

To the Editor:

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?

Martin Tolchin
Alexandria, Va.
The writer is a former member of The Times’s Washington bureau and a founder of Politico.

Over the weekend, the Times editorial board called on the Democratic National Committee to put together an “unbiased, apolitical panel” to investigate Reade’s claims and for Biden to allow a search of his Senate paper archives at the University of Delaware which he refused to do.

Tolchin co-founded The Hill with prominent New York businessman and Democratic fundraiser Jerry Finkelstein in 1994.

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