Michael Goodwin: Hunter Biden saga remains scandalous scandal on first anniversary


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Years ago, journalists unhappy that their ideas had not aroused any interest from their bosses were known to complain that “news is what happens to an editor’s wife.” .

The view is outdated, but the fundamental point remains intact. Information gathering is not a science, and judgments about the stories that are covered are driven by the interests, experiences and biases of those in charge of media organizations.

Americans understand this intuitively, because technology gives them more options. The fact that competing outlets spotlight different stories every day and even draw different conclusions from the same facts reflects the personal element involved.

In many cases, these differences are admirable, but not always, and certainly weren’t when The Post was virtually alone a year ago. On this first anniversary, the Hunter Biden saga remains a scandalous scandal for two reasons.

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One for what he revealed about how Joe Biden’s brothers and surviving son received big payments domestically and from governments and foreign nationals for years while in public office . The laptop that Hunter dumped in a Delaware repair shop was teeming with emails and messages revealing a sordid scheme of deals with oligarchs, Chinese Communists and thugs that brought the family back dozens of millions of dollars.

Additionally, the laptop contained compelling evidence that contradicted Joe’s laughable claim that he had never discussed his son’s affairs with him. In fact, there was correspondence showing that Joe had helped Hunter by meeting his foreign associates.

The second scandal is that many Americans are still unaware of the Biden agreements and Joe’s involvement due to the embargo on major outlets. This embargo, which largely continues today, exposed the coordinated corruption of Big Media and Big Tech.

Rather than doing their own work on The Post’s reporting, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and others have tried to either ignore the stories or shoot them down. Without any evidence, they swallowed the Biden campaign’s entire claim of “Russian disinformation” and were aided and abetted when Twitter, Facebook and YouTube covered up the Post’s reports.

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It was not an honest case of divergent judgments about the contents of the laptop. It was a split decision to protect Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential campaign.

It was not journalism. It was propaganda.

And it’s no coincidence that the same outlets and tech giants that breathlessly promoted the Russia, Russia, Russia fiction about Donald Trump ignored the Biden scandal. Just as they pushed the story of collusion with Russia beyond credibility because they hated Trump, their dedication to a Biden victory exceeded their stated obligation to keep up with the news, regardless of party. or prejudices.

The Times, for example, won a Pulitzer for its reporting on Russian history, which turned out to be a dirty trick concocted by Hillary Clinton and militarized by the Obama-Biden administration. As such, it was a “Scoop” worthy of Evelyn Waugh’s novel of the same name.

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Yet the Times has never admitted its mistake about Russia or let its reporters run wild to reveal the truth about Clinton’s role and that of the Obama-Biden White House.

He also hasn’t shown much curiosity about the extent of the Biden family’s foreign entanglements and whether the President of the United States has been compromised by secret deals. This lack of curiosity arises despite the fact that Tony Bobulinski, the former naval officer who was the CEO of Bidens’ joint venture with a Chinese conglomerate, publicly stated that Joe was the “big guy” who should receive a stake. 10 percent secret. in the business.

He told the same thing and more to the FBI, which has owned Hunter Biden’s laptop for two years. Where are the leaks on the investigation? Where do investigative journalists find hidden details?

The possible implications of the Biden family bond are startling – and dangerous. With China becoming America’s most powerful and determined adversary, the mere possibility that our president is not free to protect America’s interests because the Chinese Communists know all the details of its entanglements and could Releasing them if provoked is unprecedented.

Indeed, we have much more evidence that Biden is compromised by China than we have ever had that Trump was compromised by Russia. Yet Clinton’s allegations of collusion dominated the media for nearly three years and led to a special council investigation before they turned out to be meaningless.

In that case, one might reasonably wonder, where is The Post’s Pulitzer Prize for its Hunter Biden cover? The stories were exclusive and documented, and included the key context of how the newspaper took hold of the content from the laptop.

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More importantly, the reports were true and the Bidens no longer care to say otherwise. Yet not a single large organization, outside of Fox News, is pursuing the story.

One result is that Hunter continues his brazen scams. His astronomical sales of “art” would have led to impeachment if a child of Trump had done so.

The question on a Post Pulitzer is in part a joke because the newspaper never submitted its stories for review. And there is something in the renegade spirit of the Post that is reminiscent of a Groucho Marx line that “I wouldn’t want to belong to a club that had me as a member.”

Make no mistake, the Pulitzer is a club, whose members are controlled by – you guessed it – the Times and other big left-wing organizations.

The Times and The Washington Post often win a disproportionate share of the 14 journalism awards, and their leaders usually play an outsized role in allocating others as final decision-makers.

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That’s not to say that the major media groups do a great job that deserves recognition in any system, and the Pulitzers are no more or less political than the Oscars or the Nobel Prizes.

Yet, having been both a Pulitzer recipient and a juror, I saw that a conformity of style, structure and subject matter was rewarded. After reading the drafts submitted to the survey category a year ago, I pointed out to a fellow juror that they all read as if they were written by The Times.

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Indeed, they were. Since The Times wins so many Pulitzers, other contestants seem to have decided that emulating the Gray Lady would increase their chances. It’s also a fact that many journalists working elsewhere hope to work for The Times, and writing like The Times could help them get jobs.

The fatal flaw in this thinking is that journalism isn’t meant to be about compliance. The best journalists, columnists and editors I have known are mavericks who follow history wherever it leads. They are fair but relentless in giving the customer the facts.

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Sadly, this kind of journalism is fading away, even so-called direct reporting is tainted with ideology and politics.

This is why much of America remains in the dark about the outrageous profits of the Biden family.

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