Media Ignores Bull In Biden's China Shop
Saturday, 31 October 2020 05:31 AM
A vast majority of American media networks are ignoring a blockbuster Oct. 14 New York Post report disclosing murky Biden family-enriching "compensation-for-political-access" Ukrainian, Chinese, and Russian business transactions while Joe was vice president.
The Post obtained the information from thousands of emails, text messages and personal images found on an unclaimed laptop computer now in the FBI’s possession (since late 2019) that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter had left in a Delaware shop for repair.
Notably, although Joe Biden and his campaign have attempted to dismiss the story as a "smear" or product of "Russian disinformation," they have never disclaimed the authenticity of the laptop nor any of the records contained on it.
There may be no reason to doubt any information released in the Post story.
Hunter’s name appears on the computer drop-off receipt, the repair shop owner supplied a subpoena showing that the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December of 2019, and both the FBI and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe have empathically stated that no evidence of Russian disinformation exists.
There are, however, powerful reasons for alarm regarding a blatant story coverup by media omission and censorship.
Despite being published by the oldest and fourth largest U.S. newspaper (the New York Post), most networks went to extreme efforts to bomb, if not completely bury it.
Exercising a first line of gate-keeper complicity in containing monumental scandals, Twitter, and to a somewhat lesser extent Facebook, immediately sprang to assist Biden campaign defenses by taking extraordinary steps to stop Americans from reading what was already in print.
Twitter users clicking or retweeting a link to the Post story were shown a message that "We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful."
Included in the shutdowns were Twitter accounts of the entire New York Post’s 1.8 million followers, White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, the "Team Trump" campaign, and that of Politico.com journalist Jake Sherman.
Even the American taxpayer-supported National Public Radio (NPR) blocked the news.
As Terence Samuels, the NPR network’s managing news editor explained, "We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste our listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions."
So just what sort of fantasy distractions was NPR referring to?
Well for starters, we learned that Joe had been decidedly untruthful in repeatedly claiming that he knew nothing of his son’s lucrative foreign business dealings with disreputable entities transparently secured based upon his father’s position.
Among the huge tranche of Post documents was an email from an executive of Burisma, a large Ukrainian oil company facing corruption charges, thanking Hunter for "giving an opportunity to meet" his father who was then serving as the Obama administration lead for Ukraine policy.
Hunter was raking in large payments for a no-show position on Burisma’s board at the time when Joe publicly bragged about holding back a billion dollars in desperately needed U.S. military aid to Ukraine if they didn’t fire the prosecutor who was investigating the company’s corruption.
Arguably the most consequential Biden family revelations from U.S. economic and national security perspectives involve spectacularly questionable and compromising transactions with Chinese oligarchs.
The Post reported that in December 2013, Hunter accompanied his father on an official visit to China aboard Air Force Two, returning with a $1.5 billion investment deal inked 10 days later with the Communist state-owned Bank of China on behalf of a private equity firm he had established in 2009 with Christopher Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry.
The transaction was accomplished through Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), a company where again, as with Burisma, Hunter served on its board. A BHR representative reported in July 2019 that Hunter had introduced his father to Chinese private equity executive Jonathan Li during the trip who later became BHR’s CEO.
Another enormously troubling Chinese incident involved Hunter’s May 2017 dealings with Chinese tycoon Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC, a now-defunct Shanghai-based energy company with broadly known Communist government and military ties which was later bankrupted following U.S. government money laundering charges.
Numerous records obtained from Hunter’s laptop along with corroborating emails and text messages provided by former Hunter partner Tony Bobulinski point to the Biden family as possibly profiting by selling the former veep’s political influence, and that Joe may have known about and fully endorsed the scheme.
Bobulinski has publicly recounted being introduced to Joe by his brother Jim and son Hunter on May 2, 2017. "That night," Bobulinski said, "we discussed the Bidens’ history, the Biden family’s plans with the Chinese, with which he [Joe] was plainly familiar, at least at a high level."
Tony Bobulinski has also produced an email from Hunter’s partner James Gilliar that proposes that the "big guy," confirmed to mean Joe Biden, receive 10% of the venture’s equity.
An August 2017 email from "Robert Biden" (Hunter’s legal first name) then crows that the original deal which was for $10 million a year in fees, had since become "much more interesting to me and my family” because it included a share of “the equity and profits."
As Wall Street Journal editors point out, "The Democratic-media refrain is that even if the latest emails are real – again the Bidens don’t deny their authenticity – they fail to prove Biden [by then a private citizen] broke any law. But felonies aren’t the minimum standard for political behavior."
It was already clear at the time that Joe was considering a presidential run, and that such transparent influence peddling transactions and relationships would deeply compromise his ability to represent America in tough dealings with China and other foreign economic and military adversaries.
Yes, this is truly newsworthy stuff. But no, if Democrats win the White House and Congress, don’t expect to hear much more about it.