Tara Reade, New York Times, and Sen. Hirono

New York Times Apr 13, 2020

Tara Reade has accused presumed presidential nominee Joe Biden of sexual assault. From the New York Times (Archive):

The former aide, Tara Reade, who briefly worked as a staff assistant in Mr. Biden’s Senate office, told The New York Times that in 1993, Mr. Biden pinned her to a wall in a Senate building, reached under her clothing and penetrated her with his fingers.

This has been talked about a lot around the internet. But, they stealth edited (that is, changed without notification) the article. They removed this section, from the archive:

The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.

Another section was changed. This is from the original (emphasis added):

On Thursday, Ms. Reade filed a report with the Washington, D.C., police, saying she was the victim of a sexual assault in 1993; . . . Ms. Reade said she filed the report to give herself an additional degree of safety from potential threats. Filing a false police report is a crime.

The article ends with:

Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman who accused Mr. Biden of making her uncomfortable by kissing and touching her during a 2014 campaign event, exchanged a few emails last year with Ms. Reade but said Ms. Reade did not share her full story.
“Biden is not just a hugger,”Ms. Flores said. “Biden very clearly was invading women’s spaces without their consent in a way that made them feel uncomfortable. Does he potentially have the capacity to go beyond that? That’s the answer everyone is trying to get at.”

This article was titled: Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden. It was written by Lisa Lerer and Sydney Ember. This article came out on April 12th. Let's check the archives, again.

Front page stories for the New York Times, from September 12, 2018 and April 12, 2020

The nomination was in turmoil and led with an accuser claiming that Kavanaugh might kill her. Interesting enough, Sydney Ember wrote about the Kavanaugh accusation, too.

The article title is: ‘I Believe Her’: Mazie Hirono Takes an Aggressive Stance in Kavanaugh Hearings (Archive). There's a slight difference in the title, right? She interviewed Senator Hirono from Hawai'i about the accusations. Some quotes I'd like to pull up.

Sen. Hirono: I’ve been interested in this area for a long time and I’m grateful that the #MeToo movement has created the space and the environment for more women to be able to come forward. My part of this as a member of the Judiciary Committee was to recognize that there was every potential for the #MeToo movement to be swept under the rug. So that’s the reason that I ask every nominee on five committees that I sit on the same two questions regarding whether they’ve ever, as an adult, engaged in sexual assault or asked for sexual favors.
Ms. Ember: Do you believe the two accusers who have come forward on the record, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez?
Sen. Hirono: This whole idea that the Republicans have, that women just sit around making these things up, that is not borne out by the reality.

Where is Sen. Hirono? She hasn't commented on Ms. Reade. Nor has she commented about the allegations with Mr. Biden. Clearly her quotes state that women don't just sit around making things up. I guess she's okay with sexual assault now? Maybe people just don't believe it anymore?