ABC Ignored Sexual Assault Allegations for 36 Days, Now Asks Joe Biden One Question With No Followup

National   |   Kyle Drennen   |   May 12, 2020   |   6:04PM   |   Washington, DC

During an exclusive live interview on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, Joe Biden struggled to answer surprisingly challenging questions from co-host George Stephanopoulos about the controversy swirling around the Michael Flynn case. Meanwhile, the presumptive Democratic nominee escaped the conversation with only 39 seconds spent on Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against him.

Amazingly, only at the end of the nearly seven-minute interview did Stephanopoulos get to a question about former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Biden: “On these allegations from Tara Reade, I know you’ve denied them, but you’ve also said that women should be believed. So what do you say to Americans who believe Tara Reade and won’t vote for you because of it?”

Biden simply repeated his denials:

Well, that’s their right. Look, here, I think women should be believed. They should have an opportunity to have their case and state it just forthrightly what their case is. Then it’s the responsibility of responsible journalists like you and everyone else to go out and investigate those. At the end of the day, the truth is the truth. That’s what should prevail and the truth is this never happened. This never happened. I assure you, that’s the truth.

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The entire exchange on Reade was a paltry 39 seconds, with no follow-up. The interview simply ended.

Considering ABC ignored the scandal for 36 days, perhaps Stephanopoulos could have spent a bit more time on the topic. Note: Kyle Drennen is an MRC News Analyst and a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. This was originally posted on the Media Research Center blog NewsBusters. Original article truncated to focus on Reade.