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Legacy media is finally shedding light on the growing scandal plaguing Hunter Biden, but the way the five liberal networks are addressing (or not addressing) his laptop they all rejected in the 2020 presidential election is rather suspicious.
CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC all reported this week how the years-long DOJ investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances is “heating up” as witnesses continue to testify. President Biden’s son is being investigated for potentially violating tax and foreign lobbying laws, as well as for alleged money laundering.
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All five networks, along with the rest of the legacy media, infamously downplayed the explosive New York Post report in the final weeks leading up to the 2020 election that shed light on Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings overseas based on of damning emails that have emerged. from his laptop. At the time, the five networks either dismissed the scandal as right-wing conspiracy theories or the result of a “Russian disinformation” campaign.
This week, the Washington Post published a bombshell report about Hunter Biden’s multimillion-dollar deal with a Chinese energy company, which was swept aside by the DOJ investigation. As part of its reporting, the Post was able to authenticate the contents of the laptop.
CNN and MSNBC spent far more time covering former President Trump’s remarks this week urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek “answers” regarding Hunter Biden’s business dealings, particularly in Russia, than the Hunter scandal. Biden himself, who received no coverage on their primetime shows on Wednesday. and Thursday evening, according to Grabien’s transcripts.
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While MSNBC briefly touched on Washington Post reporting on 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 checked into their morning and evening newscasts, according to the transcripts.
After neglecting the laptop on Wednesday night and completely ignoring Hunter Biden the next morning, NBC finally addressed the laptop on “NBC Nightly News.”
“People familiar with the federal investigation into Hunter Biden, which he himself disclosed a year and a half ago, say it is broader than he first portrayed it with a growing number of witnesses called before a grand jury,” NBC News correspondent Pete Williams said. . “It started with a review of whether he had paid all the taxes he should have on earnings from working for foreign companies, including Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. This email from a former business partner, for example, found on a used Biden laptop, said he did not disclose 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’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, obtained a copy of his hard drive, which ‘he shared with congressional Republicans,” Williams added.
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CNN briefly addressed the legitimacy of Hunter Biden’s laptop while downplaying it on its poorly-watched morning show “New Day.”
“So there are a lot of issues that the Department of Justice is looking into, including, of course, this laptop which, on the right, featured a lot of stories about Hunter Biden,” the CNN correspondent said. , Evan Pérez, to presenter 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 don’t. don’t know.”
Moments later, CNN’s White House correspondent Jean Harwood rushed to defend President Biden, baselessly claiming there was “no evidence” that Hunter Biden’s father is linked to the alleged corruption.
“It seems pretty clear that Hunter Biden was trading his father’s name to make a lot of money, he had a tough life, but until someone connected what Hunter Biden did to the activities official statements of Vice President Biden or President Biden, it’s not a pretty picture, but it’s not really of great public importance in terms of the politics of the United States or the administration of the government,” Harwood told Keilar.
CNN had previously been caught hyping up the Hunter Biden laptop story in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election, according to recordings released by Project Veritas in December 2020.
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“Obviously, we’re not going with the New York Post story right now on Hunter Biden,” CNN political director David Chalian said in a conference call Oct. 14, the same day that the New York Post published its first article on Hunter Biden. emails. Chalian then insisted that the report “gave its marching orders” to the “right-wing echo chamber on what to talk about today”.
“The Trump media, you know, immediately goes from – OK, well, too bad – to [Michael Flynn] unmasking was, you know, deemed completely absurd in comparison to the latest alleged scandal and expecting everyone else to do the same,” CNN President Jeff Zucker told his team on Oct. 16. “So , I don’t think we should repeat unsubstantiated slanders just because the right-wing media suggests we should.”
Apparently, such messages have been received by CNN talents like Jake Tapper, who dismissed the allegations against Hunter Biden as “too disgusting” to be repeated on air in the 2020 election and said that “the right wing is going crazy”.
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter suggested the Hunter Biden scandal was “fabricated” and a product of pro-Trump “whataboutism”.
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“As far as we know these emails were made up, or maybe some are real and some are fake, we don’t know,” Stelter told his viewers at the time. “But we know this is a classic example of the right-wing media machine.”
The latest report came days after The New York Times published its own report on the DOJ’s investigation into Hunter Biden, who also authenticated his laptop.
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.