Actress-turned-activist Rose McGowan slammed the Washington Post on Sunday evening over an article analyzing sexual assault claims in opposition to 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden as “not journalism” and “victim shaming.”
McGowan, a sufferer of disgraced movie mogul and convicted sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, found issues with a Post article headlined, “Sexual assault allegation by former Biden Senate aide emerges in campaign, draws denial.” McGowan apparently feels the article doesn’t give a good shake to Tara Reade, a former staffer for the then-senator who just lately got here ahead with a 1993 assault declare in opposition to Biden.
“This is not journalism, this is an agenda. This is a hit piece. You’ve sunk to a new low in slanted journalism and victim shaming @WashingtonPost,” McGowan tweeted.
“As a survivor, the way you launched into this woman’s assault is truly vile,” McGowan added. “Your motto is ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’ well I guess it’s dead because you are dark. Evil lives and it loves the DNC.”
The Submit reported that Reade “did not mention the alleged assault or suggest there was more to the story” when she beforehand advised the paper Biden inappropriately touched her neck and shoulders and has mentioned she “twice voted for the Obama-Biden ticket.”
“On Thursday, Reade filed a complaint with D.C. police,” the paper notes earlier than writing, “Filing a false report is a crime punishable by up to 30 days in jail.”
The Submit additionally made some extent to notice that Reade’s therapist has not supplied notes and Biden’s accuser as soon as praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. McGowan apparently feels the story doesn’t take Reade significantly sufficient.
Mainstream media and #MeToo advocates have been accused of downplaying allegations in opposition to Biden. The publish even invoked claims made in opposition to President Trump when exploring Biden’s state of affairs.
“The former vice president has been accused of unwanted hugging and other physical contact, but The Post found no other allegations against him as serious as Reade’s. More than a dozen women, by contrast, have accused Trump of forced kissing, groping or sexual assault, and he has been recorded on audio boasting about grabbing women between their legs,” the Submit wrote.
Final week, McGowan eviscerated her former “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano for her continued assist of Biden for inconsistent advocacy amid sexual assault accusations in opposition to the previous vice chairman.
“You’re a fraud,” McGowan reacted. “That is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Consider Victims, you’re a lie. You’ve at all times been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME.”
Reade got here ahead earlier than — final yr, when a number of ladies emerged claiming inappropriate touching by Biden. Reade, on the time, claimed Biden put his palms on her shoulders and rubbed his fingers up and down her neck, however was didn’t achieve a lot consideration apart from an article in a local newspaper.
However in late March, Reade advised a much more graphic account, with totally different and extra severe particulars, elevating the allegation to the extent of sexual assault.
Reade’s story first resurfaced in an article in The Intercept. She then was interviewed by podcast host Katie Halper. There, Reade claimed that in 1993, she was requested by a extra senior member of Biden’s employees to deliver the then-senator his fitness center bag close to the Capitol constructing, which led to the encounter in query.
The Biden marketing campaign has vehemently denied Reade’s allegation.
“Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,” Kate Bedingfield, deputy marketing campaign supervisor and communications director for the Biden marketing campaign, mentioned in a press release to Fox Information.
Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.