Biden Slams CBS Reporter For Asking About The Hunter Biden Scandal

For years, many of us have criticized President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media when they asked him about controversies involving him or his family.  The media however has been largely silent as Democratic leaders have ratcheted up attacks on any journalists who question their positions. That was evident recently when Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely attacked CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer as an apologist for the Trump Administration simply because he pressed her on blocking the stimulus package. Other liberals attacked Blitzer after the interview.  Now Joe Biden slammed the first network reporter who asked for a response to the unfolding scandal involving his son Hunter Biden. In emails found on the laptop, Joe Biden is named in communications with foreign figures seeking influence over U.S. policy. Biden refused to comment and then disparaged CBS News reporter Bo Erickson for even asking him the question.

Erickson simply asked “Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”

Biden responded “I have no response.” Then Biden added “I know you’d ask it. I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”

Biden has been hammered for refusing to tell voters whether he will support packing the Supreme Court. This however concerns emails where there are not just allegations of influence peddling worth millions coming from China, Russia, and Ukraine but references his possible knowledge or involvement. As I wrote recently, there is a striking refusal of the Biden campaign to offer the expected responses to such allegations.

I have expressed my skepticism over how this laptop was found and when it was disclosed publicly. This could very well be the work of foreign intelligence. However, as I discussed this morning in the Hill, that does not mean that the emails and photos are fabricated. Many of us have long denounced Hunter Biden’s work as a classic influence peddling scheme. That does not make it a crime, but it is a common form of corruption in Washington. These emails however, if true, would contradict Joe Biden’s past statements of his lack of knowledge or involvement. Moreover, it would shatter Joe Biden’s repeated assurance that his son did “nothing wrong.”  One can argue over whether this is a crime, but few would say that there is nothing wrong with raw influence peddling worth millions with foreign entities.

Now however the question is how other journalists will respond. ABC has yet to even air the allegations and failed to ask a single question to Biden on the scandal during the recent town hall event. Whether these emails are fabricated or authentic, this story is major news. The question is whether there are major news organizations willing to report it.

602 thoughts on “Biden Slams CBS Reporter For Asking About The Hunter Biden Scandal”

  1. Barack Obama will be out on the campaign trail for Joe and Kamala. They are sending him to Pennsylvania first. Wonder if Barack will talk about how “proud” they are of the “scandal-free” administration they ran for eight years?

    Hillary Clinton’s corrupt State Dept. Joe Biden’s corrupt office of the Vice President. Comey’s corrupt FBI. Brennan’s corrupt CIA. Susan Rice’s corrupt NSA. Lois Lerner’s corrupt IRS. Eric Holder’s corrupt DOJ. On and on it goes. Not a “smidgen” of scandal in the Obama adminstration. Riiiiight.

    1. Interesting. I forgot about the light worker, or is it light footed? I wonder if Obama will work on his butterfly collection in Brazil instead of campaign for the Biden Crime Family as more of this wretched mess comes out?

      1. Haha. Barack will not be in Brazil. Barack will be in Philly and Detroit stumping for Biden. Trump will be in Nevada and Minnesota making a play to turn those states red. PA and MI used to be solid ”blue wall’ states. Now? They are deploying Barack to campaign for Biden in urban areas of blue states PA and MI. That doesn’t suggest Biden has anything ‘in the bag.’

  2. For almost 4 years the MSM, Democrat’s and a number of the poster’s here tried to convince America the election of President Trump was somehow made possible by Russians. We had “Spartucus” yelling Russia, Russia, Russia, Adam Shitiff and Smallballs said they had proof positive, he was called a “Russian Agent”. Even today some still believe this non sense. A special investigation was launched with negative results. Each day we see more and more documents which show the DOJ and FBI have violated their oath’s, a coup was attempted. A President was impeached for nothing. This President has been beaten up since the day he took his oath and the American people have been deprived of his full leadership. To date with all this BS no one has been taken to task for their crimes.

    Now there’s “skepticism” that the data on the laptop is true. Oh a “foreign agency must be responsible.” Joe Biden is the “Don” of his own real crime “family”, this guy was getting a piece of the action. When asked about anything meaningful he refuses to answer or says “the voters don’t deserve to know”. It’s there before your eye’s and this guy is running for the President of the United States? What does this say about us?? What does that say about our Country?? This “Don” may very well be elected the President and there are so many unanswered questions about him and his party. This is a disgrace!

  3. Thank you, Professor Turley.
    Glenn Greenwald has expressed a similar opinon, and I assume that Matt Taibbi will follow suit, given his criticism of efforts to censor Q Anon.
    https://theintercept.com/2020/10/15/facebook-and-twitter-cross-a-line-far-more-dangerous-than-what-they-censor/
    Fifty years ago, Ben Bagdikian argued that the loss of independent media outlets to corporate takovers was reducing editorial diversity by destroying diversity of ownership. He was right to worry about the effect that this would have on reporting.
    Today, it is increasingly difficult to discern real news from fake news and separate reporting from propaganda because too many journalists report selectively, tell stories rather than report the news, or infuse their reporting with personal and politicial opinion. By doing so, they erase the line between reporting (an exercise in observation, objectivity, and description) and editorializing (an exercise in selection, subjectivity, and argument). They also confirm Bagdikian’s observation that the editorial line is often indistinguishable from the party line.
    If the material on the hard drive is genuine, journalists have a duty to report on it as objectively as possible because past actions contain clues to a person’s character and future actions. To make an informed choice, voters need to know more about a candidate than what they can glean from press handouts and rehearsed speeches.
    So here’s the deal; while we can make up their own minds about Biden, we cannot control either the media or big tech, and if they prevent us from learning as much as possible about both candidates, then we lack the information necessary to cast an informed vote, and it might be time for big government to regulate big tech.

  4. Jonathan, if influence peddling is perfectly legal what is the dividing line between paying for access and paying for official actions, bribery? Real question.

    Also, what is your hypothetical theory for Russian involvement in the Delaware computer repair shop? How is the owner’s story suspect? Do you question the authenticity of the FBI Dec 2019 subpoena, the letter to the shop owner from Hunter’s lawyer demanding his laptop back a day before the NY Post story broke? Are you just saying there is a question as not to contradict the corrupt MSM?

  5. 1. Pelosi isn’t blocking the Stimulus Package. Trump and MCCONNELL are. The Republican idea of a deal is: you do what we say or we walk. MCCONNELL has had a Bill on his desk since May. Trump wanted a new FBI building and money to redecorate the WH. Then he shut down negotiations. Trump wanted more money for corporations and none for the people. MCCONNELL just sat on it all.

    Wolf Blitzer used the Republican talking point to ask his question even though he is well aware of that Trump and MCCONNELL are doing. It’s sort of typical of the Media to use Republican talking points rather a more neutral question. I can understand her frustration.

    2. Don’t even suggest that anything Pelosi or Biden may have done is close to Trump’s “enemy of the people” attacks on the media. There is no equivalency moral or otherwise.

    1. “Trump wanted a new FBI building and money to redecorate the WH.”

      You assert this as “the truth.” What is your source?

    2. JH:

      1. “It’s sort of typical of the Media to use Republican talking points rather a more neutral question.”

      The networks steer their own course. That particular line of questioning from Wolf Blitzer struck me as remarkably independent.

      2. “Don’t even suggest that anything Pelosi or Biden may have done is close to Trump’s ‘enemy of the people’ attacks on the media.”

      It does seem relevant to ask whether conservatives are holding progressives to a higher standard than par on a Trump course. If we really have to be ungraceful about it, how does the fact or appearance of Biden nepotism/corruption compare to the fact or appearance of Trump nepotism/corruption?

      1. Jonathan- “If we really have to be ungraceful about it, how does the fact or appearance of Biden nepotism/corruption compare to the fact or appearance of Trump nepotism/corruption?”

        ****
        That is a question nobody on the Left really wants answered.

        It is like comparing Don (Biden) Coreleone “our guy” to a small businessman whose kids work in the shop.

        Different moral universes altogether. The massive effort by the media and Big (lying) Tech to suppress reports of these outrageous and shocking criminal acts in itself tells you how big this story is.

        Also See: Darren’s weekend post on the dangers of having government agencies rely on Big Tech to get information out.

        1. Young:

          Is it fair to compare Hunter Biden’s track record with Jared Kushner’s?

          https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20200914/opinion-president-trump-deserves-nobel-prize

          “Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Kushner was said to be unqualified, just a politically manipulated nepotism exhibit. But he brought keen intellect and shrewdness to the negotiations. After several years of listening, pushing and beseeching, he began to get results. And, for weeks before the Emirates agreement, he bounced between its leader, Mohammed bin Zayed, and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with a major result.”

          One year ago today: https://www.wsj.com/articles/lives-of-bidens-sons-play-starkly-different-roles-in-his-campaign-11571318346

          “Much of the family’s pain is evident when Joe Biden speaks of his late son, Beau Biden. During an appearance before the Service Employees International Union in Los Angeles earlier this month, Mr. Biden choked up when discussing him and suggested his death may have been linked to exposure to toxins from military burn pits during his service in Iraq in 2009.”

          ““We know that no matter who is the leading Democrat, he will attack not just them, as a candidate…but their families,” Mr. Coons said of Mr. Trump. “That’s hard for any of us.””

          Trump on Beau: “I don’t know Beau, I know Hunter.”

          Is that worthy of a Nobel?

          1. Jonathan asks, “Is that worthy of a Nobel?”

            An Oscar at least. He earned his 4 Nobel nominations for magnificent work for peace.

              1. Jonathan who the Nobel Prize goes to is their business but one should give Trump a lot of credit for his peace settlement in the middle east and the agreement made between Serbia and Croatia. We should all be applauding those results.

                1. Good point, Allan.

                  This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to WFP but Trump has been nominated for a 2021 Nobel:

                  https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-regarding-president-donald-j-trumps-nomination-2021-nobel-peace-prize/

                  He still has a chance in 2021 and regardless of whether or not he wins the 2020 election he may have several more opportunities after 2021. Jimmy Carter won in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” It depends on what Trump does with his time and connections.

                  Notably, the World Health Organization did not win the Nobel Peace Prize this year:

                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/06/why-who-deserves-nobel-peace-prize/

                  That would seem to be a statement in itself.

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