Tara Reade says she is facing an onslaught of online harassment and is
concerned about the safety of her family after becoming the center of a
political firestorm over her sexual-assault allegation against her former
boss Joe Biden.
"I find it astounding -- the hypocrisy that Democrats are talking about
women being able to tell their story safely," Reade told Fox News on
Saturday. "I'm a Democrat, a lifelong Democrat, but yet here I am trying to
talk about my history with Joe Biden and I'm just the target of online
Reade said fake social media accounts have been created to impersonate her,
pointing to one Facebook account with uploaded personal pictures of her and
her family, and posts not authored by her.
A screenshot of one post was shared on Twitter by an apparent Biden
supporter named Naomi Block, falsely accusing Reade of "deliberately
tossing [Christine Blasey Ford] under the dang bus," referring to a fake
quote from the account.
The Facebook page, which was using the handle "@TaraReada," also listed a
fake website that used Reade's full name.
Facebook did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment
regarding if that page violates the platform's policies.Reade told Fox News
that the home address of a family member was plastered online and that
person received four "creepy" calls on Friday night, all within 30 minutes,
from an unknown number.
In two voice messages obtained by Fox News, a caller appeared to have posed
as a journalist seeking to speak with Reade.
"Hi Ms. Reade, this is Dave Johnson from the Observer, a small New York
newspaper," the voice says before laughing uncontrollably, later
saying "Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself" and "Trump 2020."
In the second voice message, which was the third attempt at calling Reade's
family member, the caller says: "Hey Tara, this is Dave Johnson with the
Observer and I would really love, I'd really appreciate a call back so we
can discuss your new powerful allegation against Vice President Biden. I
think you're setting a tone and underscoring a double standard put forth by
the Me Too movement, so I'd really appreciate it if you could just call me
back, give me a couple of quick questions."
Reade has also received numerous threatening messages, she said. In one
email obtained by Fox News, someone named "Linda Dubois" called Reade
a "f---ing whore" and a "disgrace to womanhood" for coming forward with her
claims against Biden.
"You are a rip-roaring b---h and the great majority of Americans don’t
believe you anyhow... I hope you drop dead," the person wrote.
One prominent Biden ally was also apparently aiming for Reade. Jon Cooper,
a former chair of the Democratic Coalition, questioned if Reade
was "unbalanced" or "was driven by malicious motives."
"This is an example [of] what I am dealing with in addition to the threats
and harassment online," Reade tweeted about Cooper.
"This is something that really has to stop and I'm just wondering where
this is coming from," Reade told Fox News. "Are these just fanatic
supporters? And if so, what does that say about our Democratic voters? Why
are they targeting me when the party line is supposed to be allowing people
to be safe? Why are they targeting my family and myself and making my
She added: "It creates barriers for survivors to want to come forward and
talk about difficult things that have happened. And in my case, talking
about how Joe Biden sexually harassed and sexually assaulted me is very
excruciating and enough by itself, but then to be targeted and harassed and
have my whole family targeted and harassed online by people that call
themselves his supporters is not only just upsetting, it's frightening."
On Friday, Biden finally broke his silence about the 1993 allegations made
by Reade, telling MSNBC that the sexual harassment and assault she
claims "never happened."
Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter
JOE BIDEN BREAKS MONTH-LONG SILENCE ON SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
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TARA READE'S TIMELINE: FROM 1990's BIDEN STAFFER TO CENTER OF POLITICAL
The Babylon Bee: Fake news you can trust!
Posted: 02 May 2020 11:21 AM PDT
Launched on March 1, 2016, The Babylon Bee is a news satire website that
publishes satirical articles on religion, politics, current events, and
well-known public figures. With intentional irony, the site describes
itself as "the world’s best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth
Below are a few examples of hilarity from The Babylon Bee.
Vicious Tyrant Trump Wants To Let People Leave Their Homes
WASHINGTON, D.C.—By all accounts, President Donald Trump has now gone
completely mad with power. In a press briefing, he laid out his insidious
“When I’m done with this country, everyone will be able to leave their
houses whenever they want and do whatever they want,” Trump told the press
with an evil grin. “They’ll be able to peaceably assemble in whatever size
groups they desire! Muhahaha!”
“You’re a mad man!” a CNN reporter cried. “You don’t have the power to let
people have freedom! You’re a tyrant!”
“My power is absolute!” Trump screamed. “No one can stop me! Soon everyone
will be able to go back to work and buy whatever they feel like from the
store even if bureaucrats don’t like it!”
“Noooo!” cried an MSNBC reporter. “You have to arrest people who don’t do
what the government tells them! Who do you think you are? Someone stop him!”
But no one came to stop him, and Trump just laughed an evil laugh.
It is unknown if anything can be done about Trump, but many hope that the
Constitution has enough checks and balances to keep one man from giving out
freedom by fiat.
Bernie Tests Negative For President
BURLINGTON, VT—From one of his many sprawling homes, Bernie Sanders
announced today that he has tested negative for president.
Addressing concerned supporters, Sanders broke the news that medical
professionals have informed him he is 100% negative for president.
[CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE.]
China Impressed By Michigan Governor's Totalitarian Policies
BEIJING—In a candid speech Tuesday, President Xi Jinping stated he
was "pretty impressed" by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's handling of
the coronavirus outbreak, specifically praising her totalitarian
policies.China's dictator said he was actually a little jealous he hadn't
thought of some of her ideas himself.
[CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE.]
Obama: 'Biden Has Touched Us All'
U.S.—Former president Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden for president in a
touching, intimate video Tuesday, saying, "Biden has touched us all."
Many were worried Obama wasn't going to endorse Biden, but he came through
for the DNC establishment, telling everyone how deeply and personally Biden
has touched everyone he has ever worked with.
[CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE.]
DeSantis Chooses Facts Over Fear on Coronavirus
Posted: 02 May 2020 09:50 AM PDT
By Clarence McKee | Newsmax
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (L) while meeting with U.S. President Donald
Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on April 28, 2020 in
Washington, D.C. (Doug Mills/The New York Times/Pool/Getty Images)
Congratulations to Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
After being excoriated by Democrats and the media for being cautious and
not ordering draconian state-wide lockdowns as have many other state
Democratic governors, he debunked many media-driven doom and gloom
predictions of the coronavirus pandemic's impacts on Florida.
On April 29, the day after he met with President Trump regarding Florida’s
progress in fighting COVID-19, he held a press conference to outline
his "Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step" plan to re-open most of Florida.
He correctly declared, "Fear is our enemy. We need to focus on facts and
DeSantis then cited several examples of how the media publicized COVID-19
models fostering fear:
—The Washington Examiner: "Florida Could Be the Next New York in the
—FLAPOL: "Demographer Says Glorida Could Be 'Like an Uber-Italy' During
—Tampa Bay Times: " . . . the model predicts 465,699 people will be
hospitalized because of COVID-19 . . . by April 24 but there will only be
36,384 hospital beds available by that date."
—The Orlando Sentinel: "Projections say the state could run out of ICU beds
by April 14."
—Spectrum News’ Bay News 9 (Tampa Bay): "There will likely come a point
when there will be no more ventilators to shuffle around, and when that
happens, what's next?"
The preceding serve as excellent examples of fostering COVID-19 fear.
DeSantis promptly shot down this media hype with the latest data from
Florida’s Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care
He gave Floridians and the nation the real facts:
New York had 117 fatalities per 100,000, and Florida had only 5.2,
lower than eight other states.Italy had 45.8 fatalities per
100,000 compared to Florida’s 5.2.As of April 24, there were only
2,111 hospitalizations, 463,588 less than the 465,699 than the media
publicized model predicted.Florida’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed
availability is 36.5%.Florida has never had a shortage of ventilators
and currently has a 74.6% availability.
You have to look far and wide to find extensive coverage of these facts,
which DeSantis laid out in detail with charts in a presentation that lasted
nearly an hour.
Unfortunately, much of the media and many Democratic politicians rarely
focus on the positive things happening in Florida (and other states) with
pro-Trump governors like Greg Abbott of Texas.
Their preference seems to be media darling Democrats such as New York's
Andrew Cuomo and California's Gavin Newsom.
Or, GOP governors like Mike DeWine of Ohio and Larry Hogan of Maryland,
whose shutdown actions are similar to some of their Democratic colleagues.
The major media wants us to believe that it is concerned about the public
and the COVID-19 virus. However, its apparent goal is to use whatever it
can to attack the president and those governors, like DeSantis, whom he
supports and who support him.
Many believe there are some Democratic leaders — and their allies in the
press — who either want shutdowns to continue; or, if ended, result in
subsequent waves of virus cases.
They believe that continued economic pain will allow them to defeat Trump —
forget the nation and the people.
DeSantis is winning for Florida in the fight against COVID-19, though his
critics don't dare admit it.
When he refused to follow the knee-jerk lead of some governors who
immediately ordered state-wide lockdowns or refused requests of media
critics, he was accused of doing "too little too late."
Now that he has released his plan to re-open the Sunshine State, you can
bet that some critics will say he is "doing too much too soon."
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government,
political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several
positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan
presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and
former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read Clarence
V. McKee's Reports — More Here.
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