Did ‘Project Censored’ Censor Hunter Biden Laptop Story?

It says something about the state of affairs of the U.S. media when even Project Censored appears to have censored the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Project Censored is a media research group founded in 1976 at Sonoma State University in California that produces an annual list of 25 stories that were ignored or covered up by the media in the past year.

Project Censored’s 2020 list omits perhaps the most egregious instance of media censorship in modern history – the media’s blatant pre-election censorship of the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop at a computer repair shop in Oct. 2019.

The laptop contains emails and information that show Biden’s family, including his father, the GOP candidate for president, may have engaged in foreign influence peddling when Biden was vice-president.

Project Censored Director Mickey Huff agreed in an email Tuesday that the Hunter Biden laptop story was censored but denied the Project has engaged in censoring. He said the Project’s list was compiled in March, prior to the discovery of the laptop, and the book was published in December. He said the laptop story will be considered for next year’s book.

“[W]e can’t cover what did not happen yet lol,” he wrote.

However, a search Tuesday morning of “Hunter Biden” on the Project’s web site produced only one article written on Nov. 25, 2019. It makes no claim of censorship. It fleetingly refers to the Democratic Party’s disregard of the activities of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in Ukraine during the Obama administration.

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NPR May Be Among ‘Biggest Losers’ in Election

Regardless of how the presidential election turns out, National Public Radio (NRP) is poised to be one of the biggest losers.

NPR, which calls itself an independent, non-partisan media organization, for years has been harshly criticized by Republicans for lack of impartiality. NPR poured fuel on the fire last month by declaring that it wasn’t covering the Hunter Biden laptop scandal because it’s a waste of time.

Partisanship is risky business for an organization that is on the public dole.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes taxpayer dollars to NPR and other public media outlets, received $465 million in federal funds for the 2020 fiscal year, about one percent of its budget. Congress threw in another $50 million to upgrade CPB’s “interconnection system.” This despite President Donald J. Trump’s call to slash CPB’s funding to a paltry $30 million.

NPR may have destroyed whatever goodwill remained among key Republicans who kept the spigot flowing.

Waste of Time

The New York Post ran a series of articles alleging that, at the least, the family of Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden engaged in influence peddling while Joe Biden was vice-president and, at worst, he was directly involved. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliff said there is no evidence the story is Russian propaganda. A former business partner of Hunter Biden’s, Tony Bobolinski, said he had face-to-face meetings with Joe Biden about a proposed China deal.

A listener asked why NPR has “apparently not reported on the Joe Biden, Hunter Biden story in the last week or so that Joe did know about Hunter’s business connections in Europe that Joe had previously denied having knowledge?”

On Oct. 21, Kelly McBride, who became NPR’s public editor in April, answered the question on NPR’s website: “[T]he biggest reason you haven’t heard much on NPR about the Post story is that the assertions don’t amount to much.” She quoted Terence Samuels, NPR’s Managing Editor for News, as stating NPR wasn’t covering the story because “we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”


McBride’s pronouncement led to immediate backlash on social media, where #DefundNPR and #BoycottNPR are now trending.

Republican legislators were incensed.

The House Judiciary GOP tweeted: “Defund NPR.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., sent a letter to NPR president and CEO John Lansing, condemning NPR’s refusal to cover the story. “[O]ur nation deserves outlets that report the news – not outlets who believe they are the arbiter of truth,” said Duncan, who also accused NPR of working to defeat Trump since 2016. 

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., called NPR’s blackout on the story “appalling” and said his staff is preparing proposed legislation to defund NPR.

In a tweet, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-PA castigated NPR for “ALARMING BIAS — Taxpayer-funded NPR poured into Steele Dossier and Russia hoax, now refuse to cover real corruption scandal… .”

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-NC, tweeted: “NPR had no problem covering the Russia hoax, but THIS is where they draw the line? #DefundNPR.”

Too Important To Ignore

Several newspaper outlets wrote stories condemning NPR’s refusal to cover the story.

Richard Grenell, a senior fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Policy and Strategy, wrote in The Hill the Hunter Biden story is too important for the media to dismiss. “[W]hat should worry Americans most is the extraordinary financial leverage that Hunter Biden’s investment activities, if they are as reported, could potentially give the Chinese government over the family of the man who now wants to be our next president — and why the media isn’t rushing to prove or to disprove it,” he wrote.

The National Review, a conservative publication, wrote: “Taxpayers have every right to expect organizations such as NPR to hold the powerful accountable without partisan favor – and that goes for both Donald Trump and Joe Biden.”

The Washington Examiner, a political news site, tweeted: “Is NPR helping Biden win?”

It is not surprising that NPR prefers Biden to Trump, a declared foe of NPR’s public funding. But it is baffling the degree to which NPR was willing to showcase the partisan views of its staff. Republicans voted to allocate funds to NPR for years, despite believing it to be biased. Has NPR finally gone one step too far?

Perceived Media Bias Has Skyrocketed

Many Americans will check the media today to see who “won” the Presidential debate.

And they will wonder if they watched the same debate as everyone else.

The Presidential election has exposed a rapidly growing fault line in American democracy – media bias.

A biennial report recently released by the Knight Foundation and Gallup Poll found that 73% of Americans consider media bias to be a “major problem,” a whopping increase of 65% in just two years.

The report found that 86% of Americans think news coverage is distorted by political bias.  Of these, 49% see a “great deal” of political bias in news coverage, an increase of 45% since 2017, and 37% see a “fair amount” of political bias in news coverage.

Eight in ten Americans think news organizations are no longer reporting the news but trying to persuade the public to adopt a particular viewpoint.

Three quarters  of Americans are worried that media owners are willfully influencing their companies’ coverage.

Hunter Biden Laptop

The bias is evident with respect to ongoing campaign coverage and especially with how the media is covering the scandal involving Hunter Biden’s laptop, which contains emails indicating Biden took a cut of payments from his son for business deals in Ukraine and China while he was vice president.

Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed Thursday that VP Biden was the “big guy” who Hunter Biden planned to give 10% of proceeds from a business deal in China.

The Bobulinski development was not reported in some of America’s top newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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Media Censorship Keeps Voters In The Dark About BidenGate

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.

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