Every day Americans cast early ballots in the U.S. presidential race oblivious to information that might change their vote if only they knew about it.
But they don’t know about a late-breaking story involving alleged corruption by Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden because of censorship. Not by the government. By the media.
The New York Post published an article on Oct. 14 about the contents of a computer laptop abandoned in 2019 at a Delaware computer repair shop by the son of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Emails on the laptop indicate Joe Biden may have been involved in a bribery scheme, taking a cut of millions paid to his son, Hunter, by foreign nationals in China and the Ukraine in exchange for using his position as vice-president to influence U.S. policy.
The emails came to light because the computer repair shop owner reviewed the contents of the abandoned laptop, became concerned and called the FBI, which seized the laptop.
When nothing happened, the store owner sent a copy of the laptop’s hard drive to an attorney for Rudy Giuliani, who is GOP President Donald Trump’s attorney, and Giuliani leaked it to the Post.
When the Post attempted to share the Biden story on social media, Facebook and Twitter effectively censored the story
Facebook limited the spread of the story and Twitter locked the Post’s primary Twitter account for violating a Twitter rule on “distribution of hacked material.” (There was no hacked material.)
Mainstream publications and media outlets followed suit by ignoring the story or claiming, without evidence, that it was part of a Russian misinformation campaign.
Here’s what The New York Times wrote about it on Oct. 17:
“Joe Biden’s campaign rejected assertions made in a published report that were based on unverified material from Trump allies. Facebook and Twitter found the story dubious enough to limit access to it on their platform.”
In fact, Biden did not reject the assertions made in the Post story. With respect to an email in which a Ukraine official thanked Hunter Biden for arranging a personal meeting with his father, a Biden campaign aide said there is no record of such a meeting on Biden’s official schedule. This leaves open the possibility of a meeting taking place that was unscheduled.
No Russian Involvement
The media’s excuse for ignoring the story disappeared Monday when Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said there is no evidence the laptop is part of a Russian disinformation campaign. “The intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that,” he said.
However, the media continued Tuesday to ignore the story.
Instead of reporting on BidenGate, the NYT ran a frontpage story criticizing Trump for encouraging Republican voters to believe conspiracy theories promulgated by QAnon, a group that believes elite politicians are involved in pedophilia.
Why is the media ignoring evidence of alleged corruption of a presidential candidate? Don’t they think voters deserve to know of this before they cast their ballot? Millions of voters are currently engaged in early voting. Or is it because the media wants Biden, and not Trump, to be elected?
Reason for Caution
There is reason for caution when reporting on an explosive story of corruption a couple of weeks prior to an election. However, there is no reason to think that the Post was incautious and every reason to think the Post was cautious. If the Post errs in its reporting, it could face a massive lawsuit.
Moreover, the FBI confiscated the laptop months earlier. It is not clear why the FBI failed to act but it had notice and an opportunity to do so.
Despite being asked, Biden has refused to answer questions about the matter. Neither he nor Hunter Biden have denied the substantive allegations in the Post story. A simple denial would go a long way.
It is close to election day but it takes time to verify facts to a point where it is possible to publish a story. The Post says Hunter Biden’s signature on the computer repair company invoice matches his signature, and recipients of emails contained on the laptop reportedly have verified they received the emails. Finally, the timing may be inconvenient but the important thing is whether the allegations are true.
The Republican National Committee lodged a complaint against Twitter with the Federal Election Commission on Oct. 16, arguing Twitter is “engaged in arguably the most brazen and unprecedented act of media suppression in the country’s history… “
Twitter has a lot of company on this one.