Former national press secretary for the Sanders campaign spoke out about the media showing bias and protecting the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, according to Breitbart News.
Briahna Joy Gray told The Atlantic that Joe Biden’s success in the 2020 race was due to the “months of concentrated media attention.”
That attention specifically, only accentuated his supposed electability, while “not talking about any of his vulnerabilities.”
“Of course, if you’ve never heard of Tara Reade’s allegations, if it’s never been framed up to you on the mainstream news that Joe Biden has these vulnerabilities on trade, if the only explanation you’ve ever gotten is that Trump won because he’s racist,” Gray expressed to the magazine, “you are going to believe that Joe Biden is the most electable candidate.”
“At the end of the day, it was incumbent on Bernie Sanders to overcome those challenges. … But to pretend that the voters were operating in kind of a neutral, unbiased media climate is also inaccurate,” Gray said, adding that “people need information to make informed decisions, and unfortunately the media climate meant that was not the case.”
“I supported Bernie Sanders because he backed ideas like Medicare for All, cancelling ALL student debt, [and] a wealth tax,” she noted, “Biden supports none of those.”
“There’s a lot of reasons why Democrats might want to substitute a different person for Joe Biden as the nominee,” she said. “The Tara Reade allegation has been handled abysmally by the press.”
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The comments come as Gray has emerged as a high-profile critic of the former vice president from within the progressive movement that once made up the bedrock of Sanders’ support. Last week, Gray elicited headlines for refusing to follow her onetime boss in endorsing Biden.
In her interview with The Atlantic, Gray added a new dimension to the assault conversation by lambasting the media for waiting weeks to cover Reade’s story.
Although Gray did not mention any outlet by name, the one that has taken the most heat for waiting 19 days to cover the alleged assault is the New York Times. When the paper did finally cover the story, it chose to cast doubt on the allegations, claiming there were “differing recollections” of what supposedly transpired.
The Times also drew controversy for editing the story after it had been published to remove any mention of “unwanted touching,” when claiming there was “no pattern of sexual misconduct” by the former vice president. Dean Baquet, the paper’s executive editor, later suggested the edit was made at the behest of the Biden campaign.