In just ten days (September 20 through September 30) the broadcast networks overwhelmed their evening and morning shows with more than 7 hours of coverage devoted to a whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the ensuing calls for impeachment.
Only 46 minutes of that coverage referenced Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s sweetheart deal with a Ukranian company. Even when networks mentioned Trump’s concern about Hunter benefiting from his father’s status as Vice President, they were quick to dismiss the allegations with the refrain: “no evidence of any wrongdoing.” See montage video below:
On the September 23 edition of ABC’s World News Tonight correspondent Jon Karl conceded: “Hunter Biden did make tens of thousands of dollars a month working for a Ukranian company while his father was Vice President. But” he dutifully added, “there’s been no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
CBS correspondent Ben Tracy, on the September 20 Evening News also exonerated the Bidens: “The President’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani claims – without proof – that Joe Biden tried to bribe the Ukranian government to get his son out of legal trouble.”
Over on the September 20 NBC Nightly News, correspondent Hallie Jackson also downplayed any conflict of interest involving Hunter Biden: “The President’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has suggested then-Vice President Biden tried to stop an investigation into a Ukrainian company that named his son to it’s board, despite no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden.”
But if the networks dared to look just a little bit into Hunter Biden’s history with the Ukranian energy company Burisma, they’d find plenty of evidence of questionable behavior involving the Bidens – that would be worth more than 46 minutes of coverage.
Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer reported, “Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma in April 2014, according to RSB bank records. Hunter Biden had little background in energy. Over a 16-month period, Burisma paid $3.1 million to a bank account associated with Hunter’s business.”
The New Yorker’s Adam Entous, in a July 1 article headlined “Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?” detailed that at the time even Obama administration officials were worried about a conflict of interest:
“Several former officials in the Obama Administration and at the State Department insisted that Hunter’s role at Burisma had no effect on his father’s policies in Ukraine, but said that, nevertheless, Hunter should not have taken the board seat. As the former senior White House aide put it, there was a perception that ‘Hunter was on the loose, potentially undermining his father’s message.’ The same aide said that Hunter should have recognized that at least some of his foreign business partners were motivated to work with him because they wanted ‘to be able to say that they are affiliated with Biden.’ A former business associate said, ‘The appearance of a conflict of interest is good enough, at this level of politics, to keep you from doing things like that.’”
The following are a few more examples of network anchors and reporters brushing aside the Hunter Biden scandal:
Democrats, which includes the media, claims Trump extorted the Ukraine President for dirt on Biden… with evidence PROVING THAT IS FALSE. What’s wrong with this picture?
all fake news. all of the three major networks are run by liberal owners. doesn’t the very anti-Semetic disney company own abc?
From that it can be deduced that Trump’s efforts at distraction are no longer working. The media is staying focused and will likely continue to stay focused.
There are no established facts that support Trump’s over-the-top accusations about Biden’s son, and his efforts to have Ukraine scare some up for him has now become his single biggest problem.
@Greg: When has Trump had a favorable affect on the liberal propaganda arm of the Democrat party, AKA the MSM? That would be… never. The media lies, the Democrats lie. Same sewer.
Biden himself bragged he got the prosecutor fired in exchange for the $1.9 billion in aid. Coincidence? Let’s find out. But there is plenty of legitimate suspicion and it is RIGHT to investigate. Unless, of course, you are afraid of the findings. You are afraid of the findings.
Honest reporting does not work in Donald Trump’s favor. Truth and honesty are not on his side. That’s his fundamental problem with America’s fourth estate.
Honest reporting from what sources, Comrade Goebbels? Perhaps your now disgraced CNN (being that you are a Rachal Maddow fan) or maybe the NYSlimes? You are so desperate you are now giving links to The Guardian and Pravda.
@Greg: There has been no “honest reporting” I regards to Trump. The left has been lying about Trump since they no longer regarded him as an anomaly and joke. As soon as he became a legitimate threat, the lies began and haven’t abated. You liberals are so damned scared of Trump they have the eternal runs.
There is no fourth estate; 95% of it is an arm of the Democrat party.
October 2, 2019 – Impeachment is driving right-wingers crazy. Literally.
No where on the newly altered form is it indicated the liar has first hand information, every entry is noted as such. WaPo is lying AGAIN.
Printing a paranoid delusion shows no editorial restraint of the propaganda rag you so often link to.
@kitt: The whistle blower even said he got all his information from other people or media, but it’s never too late for a liberal to completely change their story.
@Deplorable Me: They made the error the original form and the transcript released on the internet where hundreds of thousands if not millions have seen it, read it.
October 2, 2019 – This poll number proves how powerful Trump’s misinformation machine really is
@Greg: Just because they say debunked (with no reference of the evidence) Yes its in the transcript, taken out of context, interpreted by paranoid liars who for 2 years also said the President colluded with Russians that was what was debunked, by Mueller and a very expensive investigation. Now we will find out exactly what caused that expensive investigation. The past administration was so corrupt we are bound to find more crimes.
Please, don’t waste your time on Comrade Goebbels’ click bait that generates traffic for the disgraceful Washington Compost. The article is written by the reprehensible Max Boot who is nothing more than a partisan hack. Boot has a nasty habit of going after other journalists (he fails the test of a journalist) and other competitive publications.
It hasn’t been debunked in the least. It was KILLED. By Biden. To cover for his son.
It wasn’t “rough transcript”. It was THE transcript. Just because what the liberals want to read into it is not there doesn’t mean it was removed; it just means you are WRONG.
Democrats and liberal media have been caught in so many blatant lies attacking Trump and this country that they can no longer be believed. Everything they say must be accompanied with citations to PROVE their credibility. Where’s all that evidence they all said they had PROVING Trump colluded with Russians? If they have that, why are further “investigations” needed to impeach? Just one huge, glaring, screaming example, which you avoid time after time after time addressing
Yes, easily led sheep that believe everything they are told as long as it reinforces their bias and prejudice. AKA liberals.