Albert Hunt, formerly the executive editor of Bloomberg News, recently wrote a column in the Hill titled, “Let’s Be Honest: 2021 Wasn’t All Bad.”
He liked the idea that President Trump no longer was in the White House and the fact that for Joe Biden, 2021 was “scandal free.”
The column got more attention after Ron Klain, the White House chief of Staff, retweeted it.
But in a commentary at Fox News, Jonathan Turley pointed out 2021 was “scandal free” for Joe Biden except for the scandal over Hunter Biden’s laptop.
And the scandal of the Biden family “influence peddling.”
And the scandal over Ashley Biden’s diary.
“Calling 2021 ‘scandal free’ is not merely an example of blinkered commentary, it is an exercise of willful blindness,” Turley wrote. “This is why magicians often make audience members part of the illusion. Houdini did not actually make his 10,000-pound elephant Jennie disappear. It was there the whole time, but the audience did not want to see it. That’s the trick.”
He glanced back at the so-called “scandal” of the Trump administration, the now-debunked Democrat claims of his campaign’s collusion with Russia.
“Four years ago, the media was all-in on the Russian collusion allegations. The media was doing non-stop coverage of the Steele dossier with little scrutiny or effort to uncover those who funded it,” he said. “The dossier was later discredited and American intelligence warned that Russian intelligence may have used it to plant disinformation. While the Clinton campaign repeatedly denied funding the dossier, it was revealed (after the election) that not only did the Clinton campaign fund and push the dossier but also allegedly lied to Congress, the media, and the FBI. Clinton campaign chair John Podesta allegedly denied such funding to congressional staff. According to reports, sitting next to him was Clinton attorney Marc Elias (who was later found to have funded the dossier through the Clinton campaign’s legal account),” he explained.
For Biden, that agenda has been reversed, he said, with the media giving only “passing coverage” “to the host of Biden false claims and stories that range from saying that he was ‘arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela’ to his evolving Amtrak claims to reinventing his positions on foreign wars like Afghanistan.”
But there were scandals, “which must not be named by the media,” he said.
Reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop, for example, was buried in “the single greatest political achievement in modern politics.”
That laptop, abandoned at a repair shop, “details potential criminal acts by Hunter Biden from extensive drug use to hiring prostitutes to alleged financial and tax violations. It also included his admission that prior files were likely in the hands of foreign intelligence to use for blackmailing him and his father. There is also the ‘red flag’ gun controversy involving Hunter Biden. Not only did social media companies black out references to the laptop, but the media has steadfastly continued to refuse to pursue these potential criminal acts,” he said.
Then there’s the influence peddling.
“Influence peddling has long been associated with the Biden family but only sparingly reported, even though both President Biden’s brothers Frank and James are accused of openly hawking their ties to him. Hunter’s laptop added evidence of hundreds of emails on transactions by Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden, and Joe Biden. The emails magnify earlier allegations that the Biden family engaged in open influence peddling when Joe Biden was vice president with an assortment of foreign figures and countries. Some of those dealings continued into the Biden presidency,” Turley noted.
There is evidence that foreigners gave Hunter Biden millions and he “openly assisted in their meetings with his father.”
“These meetings and dinners directly contradict denials from President Biden, who is referred to extensively in emails concerning payments and meetings as ‘the Big Guy,’ ‘Celtic,’ and other names. President Biden appears to have had bills paid from out of these accounts and his shared card may have been used in some of the most dubious transactions. Some dealings have direct national security implications for the United States,” Turley warned.
The latest is Ashley Biden’s diary.
“Like her brother Hunter, Ashley has struggled with addiction and left her diary with some clothes in a house in Delray, Florida. The diary was later sent to Project Veritas, a conservative publication which decided not to run the information. The contents of the diary, however, have been reported on other sites, including allegations against her father involving ‘inappropriate’ contacts,” he said.
Then the Biden family lawyers called the DOJ, which promptly raided the homes of Project Veritas reporters.
“In reviewing these scandals, ask yourself what the media would have done with a diary from Ivanka Trump with these allegations or foreign influence peddling by the Trump children. You do not have to wonder,” he wrote.
He explained that the fact there would be no “scandal-plagued single term” for Biden was apparently predetermined.
“When hundreds of emails and transactions showed raw influence peddling by the Biden family (including the involvement of President Biden), neither the media nor the members of Congress could be bothered,” he said.
“For the media (and Ron Klain) to pronounce the Biden administration ‘scandal free’ is akin to the NFL once denying that traumatic brain injury was rampant in football. If there is no coverage, there is no scandal.”
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