The New York Times Editorial Board called for an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden over the charges made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade in order to get to the truth of the matter.
On Friday Biden denied the charges during an interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.
“They aren’t true, this never happened,” Biden said.
The editorial board noted that while there are parts of her story that prompt skepticism there are also bits of evidence that lend credence to her claim, and that with Biden running for the highest office in the land it’s too important to let the media investigate and adjudicate the matter.
“As is so often the case in such situations, it is all but impossible to be certain of the truth. But the stakes are too high to let the matter fester — or leave it to be investigated by and adjudicated in the media. Mr. Biden is seeking the nation’s highest office.”
One of the points Biden made during his interview with Brzezinski on Friday, Biden said that he requested that the National Archives release any personnel records pertaining to the matter. They responded late Friday that they didn’t have any records so Biden asked the secretary of the Senate to direct a more extensive search, also asking for “any and all other documents in the records that relate to the allegation,” according to the Times.
The Times said that this was a start, but didn’t go far enough and called for an examination of Biden’s Senate records which he donated to the University of Delaware and claimed on Friday don’t contain any personnel records, but do contain sensitive information about conversations with and about other politicians and world leaders that he feared could be exploited during the campaign.
“While understandable, this concern is not prohibitive — and Mr. Biden’s word is insufficient to dispel the cloud. Any inventory should be strictly limited to information about Ms. Reade and conducted by an unbiased, apolitical panel, put together by the D.N.C., and chosen to foster as much trust in its findings as possible. Admittedly, this would be a major undertaking. Mr. Biden served 36 years in the Senate. He turned over nearly 2,000 boxes and more than 400 gigabytes of data to the University of Delaware; most of it has not been cataloged. But the question at hand is no less than Mr. Biden’s fitness for the presidency. No relevant memo should be left unexamined.”
The very notion that the DNC would assemble “an unbiased, apolitical panel” was ridiculed on Twitter.
Absolutely astonishing — New York Times not only rejects role of media, but calls for an investigation done by 'an unbiased, apolitical panel, put together by the DNC.' https://t.co/pka3ii0us8
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 3, 2020
Even the DNC put the kibosh on the idea, calling it “absurd,” while defending Biden.
.@XochitlHinojosa: “This is an absurd suggestion on its face. Regardless of whether it’s the job of DNC to do this kind of thing, it’s already been done.”
Noting Biden went through vetting in ‘08 to be VP, has called on Senate to release any relevant records that exist https://t.co/m15MVCP4jD
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) May 2, 2020
At first glance, it appears that the Times really wants to get to the bottom of the allegations but by suggesting that the DNC conduct the investigation proves that they were only trying to cover their asses to deflect any criticism that the MeToo and BeleiveAllWomen only applies when it involves a conservative or Republican candidate for office and that Biden would receive treatment similar to that of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination hearings.