In an awkward segment on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes tells his audience that the accusation by Tara Reade against Joe Biden should not be dismissed out of partisanship and the introduction of corroborating witnesses has raised Reade’s evidentiary credibility.
After the segment #FireChrisHayes trended on Twitter as many Democrats were upset with his report.
Hey Chris Hayes, you ran such a dishonest story about Joe Biden tonight, #FireChrisHayes is starting to trend. Let's say we make it trend all the way. Hayes needs to retract the story or go do something else for a living.https://t.co/OKaTP4evax
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 30, 2020
Throughout the entire #metoo era there have been moments I think for many of us, all of us, when we have heard about accusations against someone that we find ourselves desperately wanting not to believe, whether that is because we have some personal admiration for the individual or their work, or political admiration, someone on our quote, unquote “side.”
Part fo the difficult lesson of the #MeToo era is not that every accusation is true and everything should be believed on it’s face, but you do have to fight yourself when you feel that impulse. You have to do that in order to take seriously what is being alleged and what the evidence is and to evaluate it and that is the case with the accusation of a woman named Tara Reade against Joe Biden.
One of the things that happened in #MeToo, and a piece of evidence that has risen in how I evaluate these stories is a somewhat contemporaneous disclosure to a trusted person who then tells a reporter about it. That is what has happened here. And to me, that has been, in terms of what the evidentiary record is, has raised it a bit in terms of my own view of this.
Hayes’ Guest, Rebecca Traister of NY Magazine, says “I feel the same way.”
Analysis from Krystal and Saagar of HillTV.
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