By John Daniel Davidson
It’s hard to imagine a media establishment more corrupt and insular than the American political press, which refuses to cover one of the biggest political stories of the 2020 presidential election unfolding just weeks before Election Day. Despite the best efforts of the corporate media and Big Tech, the story of Hunter Biden’s emails keeps getting out there, and with each passing day it gets worse for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Of course, the story is not just about the younger Biden’s emails anymore. It’s about the extent of Joe Biden’s role in what can only be described as a massive foreign corruption scheme worth tens of millions of dollars.
On Thursday morning, news broke that one of Hunter Biden’s former business partners, Tony Bobulinski, whose name appears in the trove of emails uncovered by the New York Post last week, verified the authenticity of those emails, which include details about a lucrative deal in May 2017 with a Chinese energy firm that appears to have included the elder Biden as an equity partner.
If Joe Biden was accepting millions in influence payments from China, well, that’s the biggest story of the election cycle. Biden has repeatedly claimed that he never discussed business with his son. If the emails are authentic, as they now appear to be, then Biden has been lying. Indeed, according to Bobulinski, Hunter Biden frequently asked his father “for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing.”
You would think this would be the sort of thing a robust political press exists to cover, especially in the run-up to a national election. But instead, we have a near-total media blackout on the story—more than a blackout, in fact. Some major outlets are trying to justify ignoring the story, and in the process making their complicity and bias all the more apparent.
NPR indulged in a bit of Soviet-level propaganda on Thursday, devoting part of its weekly newsletter from the public editor to a tortured justification of why it’s not covering the Biden story. Kelly McBride first floats the debunked conspiracy theory that the Post’s story is really just Russian disinformation, then asserts without evidence that the provenance of the emails is “suspect,” then trash-talks the Post a little, then says the reason NPR listeners haven’t heard much about the Post’s reporting is that “the assertions don’t amount to much.”
She goes on to quote managing editor for news Terence Samuels on the matter: “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions. And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.”
Bad timing for NPR that Bobulinski’s corroboration of the Post’s reporting appeared on the same day. But don’t expect a walk-back from the public editor, or any NPR editor, ever. And certainly don’t expect the news outlet to, you know, report any actual news about Joe Biden’s overseas business deals, no matter what other evidence comes to light.
How can I be so sure? Well, look at the other big media debacle that dropped Thursday. The Trump White House wisely decided to post footage from the president’s sit-down interview with Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” after the interview went off the rails.
First, Stahl interrupted Trump when he said Biden was in the middle of a scandal related to his family’s overseas business deals. “He’s not,” Stahl said. “He’s not. No.”
President Trump says on 60 Minutes that "they spied on my campaign and they got caught."
Lesley Stahl says "There's no real evidence of that." pic.twitter.com/oLJoXr5apo
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 22, 2020
Then, when Trump said an even bigger scandal is the way the FBI spied on his campaign, Stahl claims, “There’s no real evidence of that,” and says, “This is ‘60 Minutes,’ and we can’t put on things that we can’t verify.”
Of course, Stahl knows as well as the rest of us do that not only did the FBI spy on Trump’s campaign, it used the Steele dossier, which was opposition research paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, in order to get a FISA warrant to do so — and in the process lied to the FISA court about the dossier.