Column: 'Peddling Dirt' on Hunter Biden

December 11th, 2020 6:00 AM

The Hunter Biden scandal has re-emerged in the only way our Biden-voting media will allow: anodyne statements from Hunter and the Biden transition team. Biden’s wayward son announced his “tax affairs” were being investigated by the U.S. Attorney in Delaware.

The Biden transition team added that Biden is “deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”

Repetition of these jejune notices seemed to be the bulk of the minimal television coverage this received. The networks barely noticed. None of them featured a single critic of the Bidens. PBS offered 32 perfunctory words. NPR didn’t feature the Hunter story on its morning or evening news programs, but each program featured a promotional story on the new video game Cyberpunk 2077 featuring an “anti-corporate terrorist” played by Keanu Reeves.

Hunter Biden only survives “difficult challenges” and “emerges stronger” through the energetic strangling of his lobbying scandals by the “mainstream” media.

On Today, NBC reporter Kristen Welker replayed her weak-kneed question to Biden in moderating the third debate on October 22: “In retrospect, was anything about those relationships inappropriate or unethical? “ Biden issued a blanket denial: “Nothing was unethical. Not one single solitary thing was out of line. Not a single thing.”

NBC did not rerun Biden in that debate adding the boast that Hunter didn’t take a dime out of China: “My son has not made money in terms of this thing about, what are you talking about, China. The only guy who made money from China is this guy [Trump]. He’s the only one. Nobody else has made money from China.”

Shortly after the election, the liberal website Daily Beast reported that Team Biden had data showing there was more social-media chatter happening around the Hunter Biden story than there had been about Hillary Clinton’s emails during the last month of the 2016 campaign. Their saving grace that while voters chatted about Hunter all over Facebook and Twitter, “it had not crossed over into mainstream outlets.”

This is why Democrats and their media allies so aggressively pressured the Big Tech giants to squash the entire topic of Hunter Biden, especially when The New York Post broke the story of Hunter’s laptop. They intimidated everyone into assuming the entire topic was off-limits. The Post’s Twitter account was shuttered for a week. Any dwelling on Hunter was an unsavory activity that should be reserved for Trump-loving freaks.

Add the spin on the New York Times front-page headline on the Sunday before Election Day: “Foiled Once, Giuliani's Team Peddles More Dirt.” The headline was repeated inside the paper: “Foiled on First Try, Giuliani’s Team Peddles More Dirt on the Bidens.” On that page were three photographs: one of Rudy Giuliani, one of Steve Bannon, and one on Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui. The Times story focused much more on their machinations than on Hunter’s.

One could just as easily demonize the daily output of the Times in a similar way: “Foiled in 2016, Sulzberger’s Team Peddles More Dirt on the Trumps.”

Our media elite pretends that it’s all about holding powerful people accountable and the free and democratic exchange of information. But the suppressed Hunter scandal story underlines that they have been engaged in shaming anti-Democrat narratives with character assassination of the conservative media. That, and using the rulings of “independent fact-checking” groups to shut down journalism they don’t like.