Before Awakening, Media Played Defense for Bill Clinton Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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In recent days, a variety of journalists and liberal pundits have called for a reexamination of the sexual assault allegations levied against former President Bill Clinton, with many calling Juanita Broaddrick's accusation that Clinton raped her in a hotel room in 1978 particularly credible.

But when presidential candidate Donald Trump brought up the Clinton allegations in May 2016, various media figures and outlets lambasted the Republican, calling the claims "discredited."

ABC News reporter Tom Llamas claimed that "The rape accusation is decades old, and discredited." CBS News likewise reported that "two of the cases were plagued by factual discrepancies."

In May 2016, NBC's Andrea Mitchell said that Trump was "bringing up a discredited and long-denied accusation." When the segment was posted online, Mitchell's remarks were scrubbed.

Mitchell's MSNBC colleagues went even further, with hosts Tamron Hall and Thomas Roberts remarking about Clinton's "alleged affairs" and "alleged misconduct with women," despite Clinton admitting to at least two extramarital affairs.

On CNN, host Brooke Baldwin bristled and tried to change the subject when her guests attempted to discuss some of the sexual assault accusations.

"Okay, let's not go there," she interjected.

"I think the Clinton camp would point to, you know, her resume of lifting women up through the years," Baldwin continued.

Baldwin's CNN colleague Chris Cuomo was likewise peeved by Trump bringing up the sexual assault allegations, and pressed Trump on the issue in an interview.

"Is part of making America great again getting back into the weeds with Bill Clinton and his sex life?" he asked at one point.

"Why do you call him one of the great women abusers of all time?" Cuomo also asked, noting that Trump had previously defended Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Cuomo described Clinton as "one of the most popular presidents in history."

"The View" co-host host Joy Behar was particularly aggressive, advising Hillary Clinton to respond to the allegations by saying, "I would like to apologize to those tramps that have slept with my husband."

The following day, Behar apologized for those remarks.

"I want to apologize," she said. "I never, ever intend to belittle sexual assault and the women who are victims of it ever."

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at griswold@freebeacon.com

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