By Larry Elder
Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, is undergoing a tax investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware concerning Hunter’s lucrative work with Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter sat, despite a lack of energy experience and the ability to speak Russian or Ukrainian.
The Media Research Center (MRC) claims eight news stories, ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media, could have changed the election in favor of President Donald Trump. Over 80% of Biden voters, according to the MRC, were unaware of at least one or more of the eight stories, and “36% of Biden voters were not aware of the evidence linking Joe to corrupt financial dealings with China through his son Hunter.” And 13% of these voters, or almost 5% of Biden’s total voters, said that had these voters known of the Biden/China story, they would not have voted for Joe. This would have been enough to tip the vote in favor of President Trump in several swing states that he lost.
When, near the end of the 2020 campaign, the New York Post published the Hunter Biden bombshell story about his laptop, linking Joe Biden to his son’s dealings with the Ukrainian company Burisma, the left-wing mainstream news closed ranks to immediately dismiss the story as “Russian disinformation.” Twitter even banned the New York Post from republishing its own story on the paper’s Twitter account.
Some may be too young to know and others have forgotten how the mainstream media salvaged the 2008 presidential candidacy of then-Sen. Barack Obama. He was riding high, until the bombshell revelation of his racist, anti-white, anti-Semitic long-time pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Many of Wright’s quotes were certainly not in line with those of the majority of American voters.
About the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Wright said: “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
About America’s alleged systemic racism against blacks, Wright said: “The government gives (African Americans) the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God, and she is supreme.”
About HIV/AIDS, Wright said: “The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied. . . . We started the AIDS virus. We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.”
About Israel, Wright said: “The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal place. . . . To equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with [rapper] Flavor Flav.”
And about Jews, Wright said: “Them Jews ain’t going to let [Obama] talk to me. . . . I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. . . . Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing [by] the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel.”
Whether you agree or disagree with Wright on any of the above topics, Obama’s handlers determined that these comments, and Obama’s close association with Wright meant big trouble for the Obama campaign. Wright had been Obama’s pastor for over 20 years. He married Barack and Michelle Obama. He blessed the Obamas’ new home. Obama even named his 2006 memoir “The Audacity of Hope,” after one of Wright’s sermons. Obama, at first, clumsily defended his relationship with Wright, claiming ignorance about Wright’s incendiary statements and that Wright was kind of, you know, like a harmless, crazy old uncle who spouts off during Thanksgiving dinner. But under pressure, Obama cut ties with Wright when the relationship nearly wrecked Obama’s campaign.
So, the mainstream news, except for Fox News, just largely avoided the story, until damaging viral videos of Wright’s incendiary statements made it impossible for the media to maintain its “nothing to see here” position. What to do? Simple: Downplay it. Rationalize it. Change the subject.
Whatever 2020 election interference was or wasn’t committed by China, Russia, and Iran pales in comparison to the election interference routinely engaged in by our left-wing media, an election interference that salvaged the candidacies of both Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Larry Elder is an American libertarian talk radio host, author, and attorney who hosts “The Larry Elder Show.” He is also a columnist with Creators Syndicate. He can be reached via Instagram at instagram.com/larryeldershow/ and can be found on Twitter at @larryelder. See also www.LarryElder.com.