MSNBC host Chris Hayes is under fire from Democrats after daring to cover Tara Reade’s allegations against presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Hayes was the first on MSNBC to substantially cover Reade’s claims, while others on the network have ignored the allegations.
Also, with this completely deranged backlash against @ChrisLHayes for the crime of covering what a news story - one that just happens to be unfavorable to Dems - you see the extreme career incentives for cable hosts never to tell their audiences anything they don't want to hear.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 30, 2020
Chris Hayes is trending on Twitter because Biden supporters are outraged that he reported Tara Reade's sexual assault claims.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 30, 2020
**flips through rulebook** I thought we were supposed to believe all women and MSNBC never lies... Gonna a have to update those rules.
Chris Hayes may have just ended @JoeBiden's campaign. It's one thing when they hear us talk about but when one of their own brings it, game over....pic.twitter.com/cfQRyrKmai— Kash Jackson (@KashJackson2018) April 30, 2020
Hayes' analysis of Reade's claims, and how mainstream networks should be handling them, was measured:
"Nothing should be believed on its face, but that 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, what the evidence is and to evaluate it," Hayes said.
The MSNBC host also pointed to the Biden campaign's--not Biden himself-- denial of the allegations, while also shedding light on the new corroboration from Reade's former neighbor, who confirmed that Reade confided in her regarding the alleged assault.
Biden allies and Democrats who choose to brush off Reade’s claims had #FireChrisHayes trending on Twitter on Thursday morning.
Chris Hayes completely misrepresented the Joe Biden / Tara Reade story tonight. Hayes ignored that she keeps changing her entire story. He falsely claimed that she has contemporaneous corroboration. He left out her connection to Putin. Hayes is a worthless Bernie Bro. Cancel him.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 30, 2020
Hayes wasn't the first MSNBC host to talk about this fake scandal. But Hayes falsely characterized it as credible and corroborated, when he knows that neither of those things are true. Hayes flat out lied about something as serious as a rape allegation. Unacceptable.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 30, 2020
This meltdown exposes what Republicans, and some Democrats, have said about Reade’s claims from the beginning. Biden allies, and the majority of Democrats, want claims of misconduct against one of their own to be dismissed without any fair process. If Biden were a Republican, every MSNBC host would be covering Reade’s claims and would demand that Biden answer questions about the allegations directly, which, thus far, the former vice president has not.
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