If you limit your news reading to only the U.S. corporate media, you miss a lot.
The corporate news media and the big tech social media conglomerates made extensive efforts to blunt the impact of the emerging laptop scandal so it wouldn’t affect the outcome of the fast-approaching 2020 presidential election.
The popular media take is that their censorship worked beautifully: Trump was voted out and Biden won handily.
It Was Bound to Happen: The Return of the Biden Laptop Scandal
The big question that’s been looming ever since last November is this: What happens when the laptop scandal resurfaces again, as it’s doing now?
Some people seem to think this situation is going to remain in stasis for the next four years. Every time more of the laptop’s awful contents are revealed, Joe Biden laughs loudly when a reporter dares to ask him about it and says, “C’mon man! That’s Russian disinformation!” and the corporate news media will obediently drop the issue.
I’m not sure that expectation is correct.
Last month I commented about how the federal investigation that is targeting Hunter Biden hasn’t ended yet. Which is strange, if the conventional wisdom is accurate, that the investigation was only started back in 2018 to protect the Biden family. Joe Biden is safely in the White House now. What would the FBI be waiting for?
If the investigation into Hunter Biden has been subsumed by politics—as is widely assumed—why haven’t the people running it made defensive leaks on behalf of the Bidens?
Wouldn’t there have been leaks to the media from inside the FBI about how “we’re not finding anything” and “after two years it’s time to end this, we’re wasting our time, there’s nothing here”?
Instead, there have been no leaks from any of the investigators involved.
You know why that’s strange?
We already know what a politicized group of political partisans at the FBI or in a special counsel’s office would look like.
Because we’ve spent over four years seeing evidence declassified regarding the FBI’s handling of the Crossfire Hurricane “counter-intelligence” investigation and the Mueller special counsel’s handling of the Gen. Michael Flynn case.
If the people in the FBI running the Biden investigation or in Durham’s special counsel’s office were political partisans, they’d also be leakers. Regular leakers who would be using media allies to drive certain political narratives centered around their designated targets, either to shield those targets or to arouse suspicions against them.
Well pardon me if I keep pointing this out: The people handling the federal investigation of Hunter Biden and those working with Durham since April 2017 investigating Spygate don’t leak anything. Regularly or otherwise.
Durham’s people and the FBI’s Biden investigators don’t leak anything to the media about any of the central figures of their probes. There have been no leaks about James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Hunter Biden, Tony Bobulinski, or anyone else involved in these investigations.
That’s because the investigations are real, and they aren’t being run by political partisans, and they will conclude and announce their findings at the proper time.
Given the nature of the kind of behavior that we know Hunter Biden has been engaging in for years, the fact nothing is leaking from the investigation into him is remarkable.
Contrast Donald Trump Jr. With Hunter Biden
Of all the children of Donald Trump, it’s his eldest son Donald Jr. who gets most of the press attention. While his other grown-up son Eric and daughters Ivanka and Tiffany are also in the public spotlight, it’s Don Jr. who comes closest to matching his father’s bombastic public persona and love of opining on social media.
And for this reason, much of the corporate media enthusiastically pursued Don Jr. just as avidly as it did his father.
For several years, sensational stories appeared in the mainstream press that sold the idea that Don Jr. was in mounting legal trouble for serious crimes.
Which was always nonsense because any research into Don Jr. will establish that he’s a successful businessman who enjoys a stable family life. He’s never been tied to drugs, and despite rabid news media partisans frantically searching for years, no evidence of him being a family bag man for foreign bribes has ever emerged.
We were repeatedly assured by legal experts and reporters with high-level sources that Don Jr. was headed to prison just based on the notorious Trump Tower meeting with some Russian political operatives who turned out to be connected to Fusion GPS, the very same firm that was paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign to produce the fake Steele dossier.
We heard for months in anonymously sourced news reports that Mueller was closing in on the dastardly Trump Crime Family, how former Trump associates such as Gen. Flynn, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, and others had flipped on the president and were loudly singing to Mueller about the Russian collusion.
And none of it was true.
Not only was Don Jr. never charged with “collusion,” but Mueller also couldn’t even find any evidence of violations of campaign finance laws, since no money or anything of real value was exchanged at the meeting. And so, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the mainstream press as Don Jr. got away with—absolutely nothing.
Meanwhile, what was the story with Hunter Biden the past few years as Don Jr. was supposedly involved in all kinds of nefarious activity?
Fake News Has Gone From Trying to Invent Fake Scandals to Trying to Hide Real Ones
I can’t tell you how ironic it is that after five years of the mainstream media trying to nail Don Jr. on something, anything, this has now happened: Hunter’s abandoned laptop allegedly has videos on it he apparently made of himself with multiple prostitutes.
And now all the corporate media outlets that engaged in deliberate conspiracy to hide the laptop scandal are now—like Hunter in many of these shocking videos and pictures—caught with their pants down.
The mainstream corporate media has blithely moved on from helping to launch and drive numerous fake Trump family scandals to enthusiastically covering up Biden family scandals.
The end result of all of this was that when it was vitally important for the American public to know the truth about the family that was seeking to enter the White House, the American corporate media conspired among themselves to deliberately suppress and hide a genuine political scandal in order to influence the 2020 presidential election.
When the history of our time is written it’s going to look very unkindly on these people in the American media who were not only getting the major stories wrong because they let their biases influence everything, but were also covering up for potentially real criminals while trying to turn innocent people into criminals.
And that is absolutely unforgivable.
This same corporate media that spent more than four years claiming Spygate was a right-wing conspiracy theory while enthusiastically pursuing the Trump–Russia collusion hoax turned around and babbled to the country that the Hunter Biden laptop was a Russian disinformation campaign. Because Joe said so.
We all know they did it to keep the laptop scandal from hurting Joe Biden’s chances against Trump in the presidential election.
Well Trump is gone now. They can’t justify continuing this blatant conspiracy to suppress the truth about the laptop and what it reveals about the Bidens to hurt Trump. They can’t even find Trump these days, much less hurt him.
And nothing will bring the viewers and readers back like a good old-fashioned juicy political scandal about a presidency, the likes of which the country hasn’t seen since Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were discovered to have been doing unmentionable things in the Oval Office.
You must understand: The news media’s wall of silence is going to crack.
Some of these dying news media outlets need this Biden scandal to survive. They’re not going to be able to help themselves. Their own self-interest is going to outweigh the political calculations of protecting the Bidens.
Brian Cates is a writer based in South Texas and author of “Nobody Asked For My Opinion … But Here It Is Anyway!” He can be reached on Telegram at t.me/drawandstrikechannel.
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.