Mainstream media’s silence on Biden story scandalous

When is a story not a story? When Facebook and Twitter say so.

The New York Post printed an article Wednesday alleging that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a key exec at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the VP pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor investigating the firm.

The Post cites emails as its source, allegedly obtained as part of data recovered from a laptop left at a repair shop in Delaware.

Not good enough for Facebook and Twitter.  After the Post published their piece, Facebook said it had decided to limit the distribution of the story on its platform so it could fact-check the claims. Twitter said it was blocking the article because it included people’s phone numbers and email addresses, which violated privacy rules, and because the article violated their policy on hacked materials.

The veracity of the Post’s story will rise or fall based on its reporting — but for the social  media platforms to act as journalistic gatekeepers is hypocritical at the very least.

That point isn’t lost on those not in the mainstream media/Democratic camp.

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise tweeted: “The same people who spent YEARS promoting the phony Steele Dossier are now working overtime to keep you from even seeing this major Biden scandal. Total double standard.”

Biden’s camp denied the allegations, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey slammed his own company’s actions.

“Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great,” he tweeted. “And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”

That semi mea culpa may not be enough.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Tuesday on whether to subpoena Dorsey to testify before the committee next Friday. Cruz said Dorsey will be asked “why Twitter is abusing their corporate power to silence the press and to cover up allegations of corruption.”

But the Post/social media dustup isn’t the only problem here.

We are weeks from the presidential election and a major story has emerged about one of the candidates. Why hasn’t one of the news giants done their own reporting?

“If the emails are authentic, then there is potential criminality under the lobby registration acts, but the FBI’s not supposed to get involved in politics, that’s hard for us to believe after 2016, but they’re really not supposed to,” former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy  told “Fox & Friends” Thursday.

“But if the information is reliable, then the media provides the noncriminal oversight in our culture, and I’ve seen no stories,” he said. “There have been more stories about whether Kamala Harris saw the fly on Mike Pence’s head than whether or not Hunter Biden was trafficking in his father’s name and influence.”

Sad, but true.

If any doubt remained that the mainstream media is a subset of the Democratic Party, this should dispel it. We’ve gone through three and a half years of speculation, conjecture and “sources said” stories about President Trump, complete with periodic armchair analysis by psychiatrists who’ve weighed in on his mental health.

The president has always been seen as fair game, but as one can see, the game isn’t fair.

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