The ‘Larry King Live’ episode that includes interview with Tara Reade’s mother has been removed from Google Play’s catalog
The 1993 episode of “Larry King Live” that is being used as evidence to support Tara Reade’s sexual assault claims against former Vice President Joe Biden, has been removed from Google Play’s catalog.
On April 24, The Intercept unearthed an interview from the August 11, 1993 episode of CNN’s “Larry King Live” in where Reade’s mother called and alluded to “problems” occurring between her daughter and a “very prominent senator.”
Reade’s mother asked: “Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.”
The clip made its way around social media throughout the weekend.
CNN immediately came under fire, many claiming that the network was responsible for removing the episode from the Google Play catalog; however, Matt Dornic, CNN’s VP of communications, tweeted that the network does not own the distribution rights to the show and was therefore not responsible for removing the episode.
Daily Caller reports that it is not yet clear who removed the video or when. But CNN is still being critiqued for not being the first to publicize the clip, as Larry King’s show was hosted on the network.
Jeffrey McCall, DePauw University professor, and media critic, told Fox News that The Intercept reporter who unearthed the video, Ryan Grim, “used to work for the Huffington Post, so he is presumably not some sort of Republican or conservative operative pushing a smear on Biden.
“That CNN couldn’t pull this clip out of their own archives, even after Reade mentioned it in a recent interview, seems to demonstrate that CNN just lacks hustle to investigate this story or just wants to keep the story buried,” McCall continued to say. “Either way, this comes off as journalistic misconduct.”
In a recent interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation, Reade said, “I’m sorry that I’m politically inconvenient but my perpetrator was Joe Biden, and people need to deal with it.”
Though Reade’s mother did not mention any specifics about the incident, the clip’s removal from Google Play could indicate Reade has a stronger case than many Democrats would like to admit. Hopefully, the press will begin to do its job and force Biden to directly respond to Reade’s allegation.
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