by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Coverage of the Joe Biden sexual assault allegation definitively shows that the media protect political allies who are accused of sexual assault and attempt to destroy those they perceive as political opponents. It’s nowhere near sufficient to simply note that fact. They must be forced to change their behavior and amends must begin to be made. They can start by apologizing to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and removing the “sexual assault” asterisk they constantly put next to his name.
Dozens of thoughtful articles have detailed the major media’s shockingly disparate coverage of a sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden versus the unsubstantiated allegations against Kavanaugh.
It’s a low bar, but the charge against Biden is the stronger of the two. …
… No additional time needs to be spent discussing whether the New York Times and other media outlets were proper or fair. We aren’t idiots. Everyone lived through the Kavanaugh coverage knows that the Biden coverage is indefensibly different.
But noting the hypocrisy and corruption is not enough. …
… The media have lost the right to apply the asterisk through their disparate treatment of sexual assault allegations based on the politics of the accused. The media don’t get to get away with treating people differently based on their politics and continuing that disparate treatment into eternity with the uneven application of the asterisk.
This must stop. No more asterisks. Alternatively, the media can begin to use asterisks in each and every one of the stories on all of their political allies, such as Biden, who have been accused of rape.
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