CNN’s media reporter Brian Stelter appeared to answer my question from a couple days ago on whether the media would bury that scandal involving Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell. The answer is now clearly yes. Indeed, Stelter was critical of coverage on Fox as excessive on the Biden scandal as his network continues to downplay or bury both the Biden and the Swalwell stories. To cover the Biden story would expose CNN’s own failure to honestly report a major story before the election in order to protect Biden. This is scandal that not only raises the possible criminal prosecution of the son of the incoming president but involves emails and evidence that directly contradict Joe Biden’s past denials of knowledge or involvement. Stelter however views the problem as covering the story too much. It seems that it is not Biden controlling the media but the media simply controlling its “portions.”
CNN has been hammered for its bias in burying or downplaying these stories. Recently, CNN was hit with a secretly taped recording of President Jeff Zucker telling CNN personnel to hit Trump even harder and CNN host Jake Tapper is heard complaining that the “rightwing is going crazy” on the Hunter Biden story. Recently, CNN analyst April Ryan lashed out at reporters using an embarrassing recording of Joe Biden and suggested that the confidential source should be identified.
This is the network that exhaustively ran every allegation against President Trump and his family, including a long line of false stories connected to the Russian collusion theory. Yet, Stelter is now declaring that the coverage of the Biden story is simply too much: “Journalism is all about proportionality, and Fox has a big problem with portion control.” There was no portion control problem in CNN covering Russian collusion stories that were later debunked. There is no concern about the virtual blackout on coverage of a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee who reportedly was seduced by a Chinese intelligence agent. There is no problem on the blackout on the Hunter Biden. I supposed the best portion control is no portions at all.
Notably, the New York Times has yet to cover the Swalwell scandal. At all. Not a mention. This is the newspaper that won the Pulitzer for its Russian collusion coverage, which ultimately fell apart in terms of any conspiracy with Trump or his campaign. This is the newspaper which could not get enough about a Russian women accused of being an agent with the National Rifle Association. However, that is the point with echo journalism. The same media outlets that killed the Hunter Biden story is maintaining a unified front on that and the Swalwell story. It is only embarrassing if it is reported. Moreover, these media outlets have largely written off half of this country. They are playing to readers and viewers who do not want to hear conflicting reports particularly when they were told that the Hunter Biden story was meritless.
This now has the feel of a “made media” that earned its bones by killing the Hunter Biden story — rejecting any semblance of journalistic independence and integrity. Now, the story must be rejected or reduced in importance. Otherwise, these same reporters were dupes or enablers of a coverup. The Biden emails shows what was long abundantly clear that Hunter Biden and his uncle engaged in a global influence peddling scheme. There is now a federal criminal investigation and witness testimony directly contradicting the statements of Joe Biden. The response of CNN is to tisk tisk coverage as simply a portion control problem.