Fox News reports two prominent, female Democratic vice-presidential front-runners appeared on three national political shows Sunday morning and neither were asked about explosive allegations against their potential running mate Joe Biden.
A now-infamous clip from a 1993 episode of CNN’s “Larry King Live” resurfaced on Friday, appearing to include the mother of Tara Reade — who has accused Biden of past sexual assault while in the Senate — alluding to “problems” her daughter faced while working as a staffer for the then-U.S. senator from Delaware. Reade later confirmed to Fox News that it was her mother on the call, and the allegations against Biden reclaimed the spotlight.
However, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed former candidate for governor in Georgia Stacey Abrams about her ambitions to Biden’s running mate on “State of the Union” and failed to ask about the allegations.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd also gave Abrams a pass during an interview on Sunday.
“Joe Biden is going to be the president of the United States,” Abrams told Todd while the Peacock Network host ignored the allegation.
Abrams wasn’t the only potential Biden running mate to appear on television on Sunday – less than 48 hours after the Media Research Center found the clip of Reade’s mother calling into CNN.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” but the Bill Clinton staffer-turned-ABC News anchor didn’t ask about the claims against Biden, either.
Biden’s campaign has adamantly denied the allegations, calling the claim concerning the purported incident decades ago “false.”
There is growing anger from conservatives, progressive Democrats and supporters of the #MeToo movement about the lack of response from Democratic leaders toward the allegations, with many noting how it has differed from the response given to Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford during his confirmation hearings.