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The legacy media is finally shedding light on the growing scandal plaguing Hunter Biden, but the way the five liberal networks are addressing (or failing to address) his laptop that rejected them all in the 2020 presidential election is rather suspicious.
CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC all reported this week how the long-standing DOJ investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances is “heating up” as witnesses continue to testify. President Biden’s son is under investigation for allegedly violating tax and foreign lobbying laws and money laundering.
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The five networks, along with the rest of the old media, infamously downplayed the New York Post’s bombshell report in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election that spotlighted Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings abroad. based on damning emails that emerged from his laptop. At the time, the five networks ignored the scandal as right-wing conspiracy theories or as the result of a “Russian disinformation” campaign.
This week, The Washington Post published an explosive report on Hunter Biden’s multimillion-dollar deal with a Chinese energy company, which was dragged into the DOJ’s investigation. As part of its reporting, the Post was able to verify the contents of the laptop.
CNN and MSNBC spent much more time covering former President Trump’s comments this week, urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek “answers” regarding Hunter Biden’s business dealings, particularly in Russia. then the Hunter Biden scandal itself, which failed to draw attention on their primetime shows on Wednesday and Thursday nights, according to Grabien’s transcripts.
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While MSNBC briefly addressed the Washington Post’s coverage of the president’s son and his ties to the Chinese energy company, it completely ignored how the Post authenticated the controversial laptop.
The Peacock network was not alone. Neither ABC nor CBS mentioned that the laptop they previously rejected has now been verified on their morning and evening newscasts, according to transcripts.
After overlooking the laptop Wednesday night and completely ignoring Hunter Biden the next morning, NBC finally turned the laptop to “NBC Nightly News.”
“People familiar with the federal investigation into Hunter Biden, which he himself revealed a year and a half ago, say it is broader than he first described with a growing number of witnesses being called before a grand jury,” said NBC News correspondent. Pete Williams. † “It started as an investigation into whether he paid all the taxes he should have on earnings from his work for foreign companies, including Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. This email from a former business partner, for example, found on a Biden laptop uses , said he had not disclosed the $400,000 paid by the Ukrainian company.”
That laptop he took to a Delaware store to be repaired but never recovered was seized by the FBI, but not before Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani got a copy of the hard drive, which he shared with Congressional Republicans. Williams added.
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CNN briefly touched on the legitimacy of Hunter Biden’s laptop while simultaneously downplaying it on the poorly-watched morning show “New Day.”
“So there are a lot of issues that the Justice Department is investigating, including, of course, this laptop that has many stories from Hunter Biden on the right side,” CNN correspondent Evan Pérez told host Brianna Keilar on Wednesday. † “We know that the FBI has it and they believe it is his laptop, that its contents belong to him. Whether this is relevant to the investigation, we do not know.”
Moments later, CNN White House correspondent John Harwood rushed to defend President Biden, claiming unfounded that there was “zero evidence” that Hunter Biden’s father is involved in the alleged corruption.
“It seems pretty clear that Hunter Biden traded in his father’s name to make a lot of money, he’s had a hard life, but until someone makes a connection between what Hunter Biden has done and the official activities of Vice President Biden or President Biden, it’s not a pretty picture, but it’s not really of much interest to the public in terms of United States policies or government administration,” Harwood told Keilar.
According to footage released by Project Veritas in December 2020, CNN was previously caught telling the Hunter Biden laptop story in the closing weeks of the 2020 presidential election.
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“Obviously, we’re not going to go along with the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden now,” CNN political director David Chalian said during a conference call on Oct. 14, the same day the New York Post released its first story on Hunter Biden. published. emails. Chalian later insisted the report was “giving its marching orders” to the “right-wing echo chamber about what we should be talking about today.”
“The Trump media, you know, immediately goes from – okay, well, never mind – the… [Michael Flynn] exposure was, you know, found completely nonsensical for the latest alleged scandal and expect everyone to follow suit,” then-CNN president Jeff Zucker told his staff on Oct. 16. “So I don’t think we’re repeating unsubstantiated defamation. just because the right-wing media suggests we should.”
Apparently, such reports were received by CNN stalwarts like Jake Tapper, who dismissed the allegations against Hunter Biden as “too disgusting” to repeat on the air during the 2020 election and said that “the right is going crazy”.
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter suggested the Hunter Biden scandal was “manufactured” and a product of pro-Trump “whataboutism”.
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“As far as we know, these emails are made up, or maybe some are real and some are fake, we don’t know,” Stelter told viewers at the time. “But we do know that this is a classic example of the right-wing media machine.”
The latest coverage came days after The New York Times published its own report on the DOJ investigation into Hunter Biden, which also authenticated his laptop.
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.