No, CNN didn’t remove the 1993 Larry King video with Biden accuser Tara Reade’s mother

Despite the conspiracy circulating on right-wing Twitter, and featured prominently on Fox News and boosted by President Trump’s son, Trump Jr., CNN did not spike the video of former host Larry King apparently talking to Tara Reade’s mother, who would later accuse Joe Biden on sexual assault.

“Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?” Reade’s mother asked. “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.”

King followed up: “In other words, she had a story to tell but out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?”

And then the tweet circulated. “CNN removed the August 11, 1993 Larry King Episode from Google Play, the episode featuring a call from Tara Reade’s mother. CNN is actively colluding with the Biden campaign to cover up evidence of Biden’s sexual assault.”

Of course, CNN has no control, and indeed, no licensing relationship, with Google Play at all, and the video and story was still accessible on

One of CNN’s top spokesmen, Matt Dornic, threw ice-cold water on that theory pretty quickly. Responding on Twitter, he said, “This is B.S. CNN didn’t remove anything. We do not have a [distribution] deal for LKL w/ Google Play. Listings on the site are not sourced thru CNN. Click any episode, it will say ‘not available to watch.'”

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