How abrupt has the reversal in the mainstream media been regarding the various accusations against Bill Clinton regarding sexual assault or harassment?
This fast. In May 2016, journalists from ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC all participated in attacking Donald Trump when he brought up Clinton’s history of abusing women.
In May 2016, ABC World News ran a segment in which they attacked Donald Trump for accusing Bill Clinton of rape and other forms of sexual harassment
The segment began with ABC News reporter Tom Llamas intoning, “Tonight, Donald Trump. Proving nothing is off limits, dramatically intensifying his attacks on former president Bill Clinton’s history with women.”
The screen cut to an interview Fox’s Sean Hannity conducted with Trump. Hannity remarked, “I looked at The New York Times, Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey? In one case it’s about exposure; in another case it’s about it’s about groping and fondling and touching against the woman’s will –"
Trump interrupted, “And rape."
Hannity echoed, “And rape.”
Llamas: “The rape accusation is decades-old, and discredited.”
Back to Trump: “Massive settlements.”
Hannity: “$850,000 to Paula Jones.”
Trump: “And lots of other things.”
Voiceover: They were referring to a trio of women who say Bill Clinton made unwanted sexual advances in the 80s and 90s. Mr. Clinton denies it; two of the cases were plagued by factual discrepancies. Still, the accusations linger and will be a focus of GOP ads against Hillary Clinton.
A voiceover from an ad featured a woman saying of Hillary, “She politically attacked sexually harassed victims."
ABC wasn’t alone; NBC’s Andrea Mitchell joined in, stating, "Donald Trump using that word unprompted, during an interview last night with Fox News' Sean Hannity. Bringing up a discredited and long-denied accusation against former president Bill Clinton, dating back to 1978 when he was Arkansas Attorney General."
And there was more, as Alex Griswold of The Washington Free Beacon points out:
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?"
ABC video below:
Video of Mitchell below: