‘Did Biden’s lawyer write this?’ WaPo receives ‘Noble’ for ‘embarrassing’ attempt to obfuscate sexual assault claim in headline
The Washington Post was lambasted on social media after running a bizarrely tortured headline that took great pains to avoid direct mention of sexual assault allegations dogging Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee.
“Developments in allegations against Biden amplify efforts to question his behavior,” read the Post’s cryptic headline, appended to a story that ran on Monday about accusations from a former Senate staffer for Biden, Tara Reade, who recently said her ex-boss sexually assaulted her in 1993. Biden has yet to address the allegation on the campaign trail.
Developments in allegations against Biden amplify efforts to question his behavior https://t.co/OWXvnKzvvN— Post Politics (@postpolitics) April 28, 2020
The Post’s barely-intelligible headline was soon seized upon by netizens, who tore into the Beltway ‘newspaper of record’ for its blatant and “embarrassing” attempt to defuse a potentially harmful story for the former VP.
“Must have taken six re-writes to get this headline before [the] Biden campaign finally gave it the [thumbs-up],” one user said. “‘Developments’ – without saying what those were; ‘Allegations’ – without saying what those were; ‘Behavior’ – without saying what the behavior was. Amazing – embarrassing, but amazing."
Apparently realizing its original headline was so euphemistic as to be nearly incomprehensible, the Post opted for a slightly different version, in which “Trump allies” are highlighting “new claims regarding allegations against Biden.”
Oh cook your totally news hungry audience found *that* headline too offensive still so y'all had to change it to this: pic.twitter.com/5jh9T3uIvF— Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 28, 2020
Several users offered alternative headlines for the Post’s editors to consider, explaining the story in plain English, though as one critic joked, the ideas will still have to get the green light from “Biden’s lawyers” before the paper will publish.
or:"allegations by Tara Reade gain credibility, though not one single news network has asked Biden about them."— JamesWoodsStanAccount (@woods_account) April 28, 2020
Did Joe Biden's lawyers write this headline? https://t.co/d6t0LmfS2C— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 28, 2020
With Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders declaring the suspension of his campaign, Biden has emerged as the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 2020. However, a near-endless series of gaffes and ongoing allegations of sexual harassment and assault continue to hang over the former VP’s head. Reade first accused Biden of inappropriate touching last year, but in March intensified her allegation to outright sexual assault. Though Biden’s campaign has yet to weigh in on the claim, a number of friends and relatives of Reade’s have since vouched for her story.Also on rt.com Orwellian ‘memory hole’ in action? Stealth removal of CNN clip supporting Biden sex assault claim proves MSM’s double standards
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