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Mainstream media dragged 'kicking and screaming' into Joe Biden sexual assault accusation story, critics say – Fox News

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The mainstream media had to be dragged “kicking and screaming” into the bombshell story about Tara Reade’s sexual assault claims against presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, critics say. And now that they have, calls urging the former Vice President to answer he accusations himself are getting louder and louder.

“The dam has finally and belatedly burst,” Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz said on Thursday.

Biden has been holed up in Wilmington, Del., home, out of the public eye amid the coronavirus pandemic with the exception of virtual town halls and teleconference-style interviews with friendly news outlets. His campaign has denied Reade’s claims, but Biden has yet to speak about it himself. He hasn’t even been asked about it, either, but it appears critics on both sides of the aisle think that could change in the near future.

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“Over the past week, the press has accelerated its pace from a cruise to a sprint, which is a good thing,” Politico’s Jack Shafer wrote. “Given the rising interest in the story, it seems inevitable that he’ll have to face questions from reporters about the allegations soon.”

The Washington Post’s editorial board on Wednesday called on Biden to address the allegations and to “release relevant records” from his time as a senator that are currently sealed at the University of Delaware.

“Tara Reade deserves to be heard, and voters deserve to hear her. They deserve to hear from Joe Biden, too,” the editorial board began its piece on Wednesday.

“Mainstream media has been dragged kicking and screaming to this story by conservative media. Now the story is unavoidable,” Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News. “With WaPo calling for a release of records and the Times saying the Biden campaign is misrepresenting its reporting, Biden no longer can hide. If Biden loses the Times and WaPo, he may not make it to the convention.”

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Times executive editor Dean Baquet initially defended his slow approach to reporting on Biden’s accuser and even suggested that the Biden campaign urged the Times to change some of the language. But on Wednesday, the Times itself called out Biden’s campaign for “inaccurately” describing the paper’s reporting when providing talking points to surrogates.

“Mainstream media has been dragged kicking and screaming to this story by conservative media. Now the story is unavoidable.”

— William A. Jacobson

The surge in coverage of Reade’s accusation came after the conservative Media Research Center unearthed a 1993 clip of CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Friday, thrusting the story into the national conversation and forcing Biden-friendly outlets to finally acknowledge the story it had ignored for roughly a month.

The tape featured a woman calling into the CNN show to ask for advice about her daughter’s issue with a “prominent senator,” who Reade later told Fox News was her late mother. A few days later, Business Insider published a story in which Reade’s former neighbor heard about the allegations years ago.

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Despite Reade’s claims being a month old, it was those corroborating witnesses that finally started the avalanche.

“It’s difficult for survivors to see that a woman who has more corroborating sources than most survivors have in similar situations is being tossed aside and actively being weaponized by cynical political actors… it would be an incredible moment of leadership for Joe Biden to show up,” women’s rights advocacy group UltraViolet’s founder Shaunna Thomas told the Times.

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CNN’s S.E. Cupp even penned an opinion piece for the New York Daily News asking: “Are we going to talk about Tara Reade?”

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“The media coverage of Reade’s allegations has been noticeably muted compared to its handling of claims against other high-profile political figures, from Brett Kavanaugh to Donald Trump,” Cupp wrote, despite her own network initially being among the biggest culprits.

After weeks of silence, ABC News’ “The View” caught viewers up on the allegations with a lengthy segment on Thursday.

Media Research Center director of media analysis Tim Graham told Fox News that CNN and other mainstream outlets had been “suppressing accusations against Biden,” and MRC’s NewsBusters found that liberal networks spent significantly more time covering Vice President Mike Pence not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic in just 24 hours than Reade’s claims were given for an entire month.

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But times are changing and CNN’s Don Lemon grilled Stacey Abrams, who has openly campaigned to be selected as Biden’s running mate, about the allegations.

MSNBC’s far-left Chris Hayes finally decided to cover Reade’s allegations on Wednesday night, upsetting the network’s liberal audience in the process as #FireChrisHayes began trending on social media after he reported the story.

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The liberal HuffPost even asked Biden’s potential running mates about Reade’s claim, something that would have been unimaginable only a few weeks ago.

Peter Beinart, a professor of journalism at the City University of New York, penned an op-ed in The Atlantic calling for Biden to release his senatorial records that could contain evidence relevant to Reade’s accusation.

As the media embraces the story, House Speaker Pelosi and other prominent Democrats have now been asked about Reade’s claims by liberal outlets.

 Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report. 

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China media, Hong Kong government bristle at Trump's pledge of curbs, sanctions – Cape Breton Post

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By James Pomfret and Stella Qiu

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s state media and the government of Hong Kong lashed out on Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to end Hong Kong’s special status if Beijing imposes new national security laws on the city, which is bracing for fresh protests.

Trump on Friday pledged to “take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory”, and to impose sanctions on unspecified individuals over Beijing’s new laws on the Asian financial centre.

But China’s state media pushed back, saying this would hurt the United States more than China.

“The baton of sanctions that the United States is brandishing will not scare Hong Kong and will not bring China down,” China’s Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, wrote in a commentary. It used the pen name “Zhong Sheng”, meaning “Voice of China”, often used to give the paper’s view on foreign policy issues.

The Global Times wrote, “China has already prepared for the worst. No matter how far the U.S. goes, China will keep its company.”

A Hong Kong government spokesman expressed regret the United States continued to “smear and demonise the legitimate rights and duty of our sovereign” to safeguard national security.

In a sign of diplomatic manoeuvring, the U.S. government said it would put one of its prime Hong Kong properties up for sale – a luxury residential complex worth up to HK$5 billion ($650 million).

A spokesman for the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong said this was part of a global programme that “reinforces the U.S. government’s presence in Hong Kong” through reinvestment in other areas.

China and Hong Kong officials have justified the laws that will be directly imposed by China to restore order to a city that has been wracked by sometimes violent anti-China, anti-government protests over the past year. They said the laws will only apply to a small number of “troublemakers.”

Protesters, however, have said they are railing against China’s deep encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms despite Beijing’s promise to grant the city a high degree of autonomy under a so-called “one-country, two systems” formula since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

More protests are planned in the coming weeks.

Countries including the United States, Canada and Britain have expressed deep concerns about the law, with Britain saying it may grant expanded visa rights to large numbers of Hong Kongers.

Demosisto, an advocacy group led by prominent young Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, said the security law will be “the death of freedom in Hong Kong”.

A senior Hong Kong official, Erick Tsang, said he couldn’t care less if he were sanctioned by the Washington. “I wouldn’t even go to Canada, just in case they try to catch me” there, Tsang told local radio.

Details of the laws remain unclear, even to Hong Kong officials, but are expected to be enacted by China’s parliament this summer. The laws will outlaw secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong, and will be imposed without any local legislative scrutiny.

(Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom and Stella Qiu in Beijing; Writing by James Pomfret; Editing by Christopher Cushing and William Mallard)

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China media bristles at U.S. moves on Hong Kong over national security push

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s state media lashed out on Sunday at possible retaliatory moves by the United States to impose sanctions and end Hong Kong’s special status if Beijing imposes new national security laws, as the city braces for fresh protests.

The state-backed China Daily said U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge to “take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory”, and to impose sanctions on unspecified individuals, would hurt the United States, and unite Hong Kong with mainland China.

“China has already prepared for the worst. No matter how far the U.S. goes, China will keep its company. If Trump’s plan continues, Washington will soon run counter to the interests of most Hong Kong people,” the state-run Global Times tabloid wrote.

“The extreme tactics of a superpower like the U.S. are nothing less than chronic suicide.”

A Hong Kong government spokesman expressed regret the United States continued to “smear and demonise the legitimate rights and duty of our sovereign” to safeguard national security.

In a sign of diplomatic manoeuvring, the U.S. government said it would put one of its prime Hong Kong properties up for sale – a luxury residential complex worth up to HK$5 billion ($645.09 million).

A spokesman for the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong told Reuters this was part of the U.S. government’s global reinvestment programme that “reinforces the U.S. government’s presence in Hong Kong” through reinvestment in other areas.

China and Hong Kong officials have justified the laws that will be directly imposed by China to restore order to a city that has been wracked by sometimes violent anti-China, anti-government protests over the past year.

Protesters, however, have said they are railing against China’s deep encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms despite Beijing’s promise to grant the city a high degree of autonomy under a so-called “one-country, two systems” formula since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

They have said more protests are planned in the coming weeks.

Countries including the United States, Canada and Britain have expressed deep concerns about the law, with Britain saying it may grant expanded visa rights to large numbers of Hong Kongers.

Demosisto, the advocacy group led by prominent young Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, said the security law will be “the death of freedom in Hong Kong”.

Details of the laws remain unclear, even to Hong Kong officials, but are expected to be enacted by China’s parliament this summer. The laws will outlaw secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong, and will be imposed without any local legislative scrutiny.

Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong insist the legislation will target only a small number of “troublemakers” who threaten China’s national security.

(Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom and Stella Qiu in Beijing; Writing by James Pomfret; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Edited By Harry Miller)

 

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Tainted water series from Global News, media consortium wins Canadian Association of Journalists award – Globalnews.ca

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A nationwide investigation that exposed the prevalence of lead contamination in drinking water has been honoured by the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Tainted Water received the group’s award for data journalism during a ceremony hosted via Zoom on Saturday.


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The series was produced by the Institute for Investigative Journalism (IIJ) at Concordia University, along with Global News and outlets such as Le Devoir, the Toronto Star, the Regina Leader-Post and the National Observer.

“We are incredibly honoured to be recognized alongside our partners and the IIJ with such a prestigious award,” said Chris Bassett, Global News’ national director for content and editorial standards.

“This series had an immediate impact across the country and was a collaborative effort supported by many outstanding journalists across the country to expose an issue impacting the health and safety of thousands of Canadians.”

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In total, more than 120 reporters were involved in the project, which was published and broadcast during the fall. More than 220 hours of interviews were recorded by members of the consortium and the journalists filed over 700 access-to-information requests.

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The investigation found that, out of 12,000 tests conducted by 11 cities, 33 per cent exceeded safe lead levels as defined by Health Canada.

The findings sparked immediate action from leaders. In Quebec, the government announced it would adopt stronger standards for acceptable lead content, in line with Health Canada guidelines. The mayor of Montreal vowed to test the water at more than 100,000 homes and accelerate a program for replacing lead pipes.

Halifax extended an offer to replace lead pipes on private property for free. And in Alberta, at least 50 school divisions contacted the provincial health authority asking for support or information regarding lead testing in the weeks following the investigation.

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