The Art of Scandal Implosion: The Political and Media Elite Prepare To Drop Hunter Biden in a “Controlled Demolition”

Below is my column in Fox News on the status of the Hunter Biden investigation and how it presents a challenge for many in Washington. Due to the continued work of a small number of media outlets like the New York Post, it is no longer possible to bury the story or continue the false claim that it is “Russian disinformation.” The hope now appears to be a “controlled demolition” where Hunter is indicted on limited grounds without causing collateral damage to the political and media establishment. Scandal implosion is as much an art as it is a science and could be the most brilliant achievement in this ongoing scandal.

Here is the column:

For news junkies, there has been a remarkable and sudden shift in the media in the coverage of the Hunter Biden scandal. The shift is the very fact that there is suddenly coverage of the Hunter Biden scandal. From CNN to NPR, reporters are now acknowledging that the infamous laptop is not “Russian disinformation” as was widely claimed before the 2020 election. After years of burying the story, the media is now attempting an even more precarious exercise.

It is called controlled demolition: the implosion of a scandal to limit any blast effect on nearby structures or individuals. Like those buildings dropped between other structures, it takes precision and, most importantly, cooperation to pull off.  Specifically, this controlled demolition will require the perfect timing of the media, Democratic politicians, and most importantly, the Justice Department.

That was the same alliance that successfully killed the story before the election despite evidence of a multimillion dollar influence peddling scheme by the Biden family. The media eagerly spread the false claim of 51 intelligence experts who declared that the laptop was likely “Russian disinformation.” Twitter and social media companies imposed a news blackout before the election. Recently, GOP senators also accused the Justice Department of effectively spiking the investigation — displaying the same bias documented in the Russian collusion investigation.

For his part, Attorney General Merrick Garland has refused to appoint a special counsel despite the overwhelming need for such an appointment. Even former Attorney General Bill Barr recently said that new evidence makes such an appointment essential ( a reversal of his initial position in giving the case to United States Attorney David Weiss in Delaware).

I previously wrote a column on the one year anniversary of the Hunter Biden laptop story that marveled at the success of the Biden family in making the scandal vanish before that 2020 election. It was analogized to Houdini making his 10,000-pound elephant Jennie disappear in his act. With the help of the media, the Biden trick occurred live before an audience of millions.

The problem is the public can now see the elephant.

That is why the media is now recalibrating. That was most evident in the recent statement of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that “I know The New York Times felt it didn’t pursue it originally as much as it wanted to; then it followed up, as I recall.” Friedman does not explain what overrode that journalistic interest in the story or why the “follow up” came a year after the election of Joe Biden.

It appears that President Biden is no longer seen as a political asset with most Democrats refusing to publicly support him in his promised reelection bid. Biden now  could endanger Democratic control of Congress. The question is how to drop Hunter (and even his father) without causing damage to the media, the Democrats, or others in Washington. It requires a controlled demolition.

The most important thing is to control the blast. By refusing to appoint a special counsel, Merrick Garland has effectively blocked the risk of a report on the extensive influence peddling, including the repeated references to President Biden. the “Big Guy” is discussed in emails as the potential recipient of a 10 percent cut on a deal with a Chinese energy firm as well as other benefits. Emails also refer to Hunter Biden paying portions of his father’s expenses and taxes. Recently, there was additional support showing that “the Big Guy” was indeed Joe Biden.

The problem is that embarrassing evidence is mounting by the day. That includes the recent disclosure new open influence peddling by Hunter, referencing access to his father.  Some emails show Hunter using trips with his Dad to arrange meetings with business associates like Magnani. Indeed, in one exchange with Magnani, Hunter complains that he is not getting responses on his business dealings, objecting

“I have brought every single person you have ever asked me to bring to the F’ing White House and the Vice President’s house and the inauguration and then you go completely silent,. I don’t know what it is that I did but I’d like to know why I’ve delivered on every single thing you’ve ever asked – and you make me feel like I’ve done something to offend you.”

The cringeworthy email only adds to the embarrassment not of Hunter Biden but the media struggling to control the damage from the scandal.

Yet, none of that would be the focus of coverage if the case can be ended on narrow criminal charges.

In other words, the case can then be collapsed by triggering a smaller explosion. Rather than pursue wider conspiracies connected to the influence peddling, Hunter could be indicted on a few tax or lobbying counts. That would allow for a plea bargain that would allow the media to focus narrowly on those counts and not the broader influence peddling by the Biden family.

Of course, controlled demolition can at times take an unexpected turn. The greatest danger is that either house of Congress could flip to GOP control. That would open up the entire matter to congressional investigation. Yet, if a plea has already closed the case, the legal blowback could be confined.

The key to political controlled demolitions “to ‘implode’ the building, that is, make it collapse down into its footprint.” The footprint is now Hunter Biden, confining the implosion to him while leaving the media and establishment untouched.

124 thoughts on “The Art of Scandal Implosion: The Political and Media Elite Prepare To Drop Hunter Biden in a “Controlled Demolition””

  1. Drip….Drip…Drip…Hunter is turning into Watergate. They try to ignore him and he does not go away. They deny and it looks bad and getting worse. The President knows nothing, except he might. Congress is going to change hands in November and I suspect an Congressional investigation starting early next year. The Democrats and media are going to have a rough two years. Merrick Garland is being obtuse on purpose and this was Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court. Not covering himself in glory. Not saying Biden did anything wrong or even knew. But there is enough questions and information floating around for an honest broker.

    1. Biden’s cratered poll numbers triggered Order 66 when they dropped below 39%, to withdraw blanket media protection for Hunter.

  2. Hunter Biden and the ribald scandal that is he will disappear into thin air upon his pardon by his president.

    1. The United States District Court, District of Columbia and the entire judicial branch persist in abject corruption.

      The latest example: Sussmann wins, Bannon loses.

      The “fix” is in, in Washington D.C.

      How long does this juridical charade continue?

      Perhaps each case should be tried once in two venues, D.C. and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, both generating an average verdict.

  3. TOO BIG TO FAIL – TOO BIG FOR TRIAL

    “…there has been a remarkable and sudden shift in the media in the coverage of the Hunter Biden scandal.”

    – Professor Turley
    ______________

    The “remarkable and sudden shift in the media coverage” is irrefutable evidence of the theft of the 2020 election.

    There was significant and substantial election fraud and vote tampering conducted by the “free press” segment of the American Communist Deep Deep State Swamp anti-Trump campaign just prior to the 2020 election. Other segments include illegal immigration, ballot harvesting, voting machines, drop boxes, vote-by-mail, State constitution election violations, local criminal election intervention, etc.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    “Monica Mendez of Port Lavaca pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of voter fraud, including three counts of illegal voting, eight counts of election fraud, seven counts of assisting a voter to submit a ballot by mail, and eight counts of unlawful possession of a mail ballot.”

    – Texas AG
    _________

    The media coverage shifted from withholding information from voters and a cover-up of the exploits of the Biden Crime Family, to publishing the facts of a wide-ranging abuse of power, influence peddling and money laundering criminal scandal.

    The 2020 election was manipulated and stolen from Real President Donald J. Trump who was bound for a landslide victory.

    It is inordinately gratifying to read that Professor Turley circuitously admits that the office of president was stolen.

    The good Professor might have included mention of the extreme dirty trick, “China Flu, 2019,” released at the outset of Trump’s 2020 campaign.

    “China Flu, 2019,” was merely incidental to the most crucial election in our time, you say.

    Oh, but of course!

    These acts were “too big to fail” and too big for trial, according to the abjectly corrupt judicial branch.

  4. The Dems will offer Joe a deal, leave office because of Donkey Pox and Hunter can go about blowing pictures unscathed.

  5. Yet, if a plea has already closed the case, the legal blowback could be confined.

    The legal blowback might be confined, but if one or both houses of Congress flip to Republican control, the investigations will lay bare how the putrid sausage was made. This time, there won’t be committee’s alleging crimes based on feelings. There will be hard evidence to prove everything and the media won’t be able to contain it. This will all play out as a run up to the 2024 election. Head’s may not roll as a criminal consequence. But there will be political consequences, bureaucracy consequences, media consequences, and down ticket consequences that will be generational.

    All of that of course depends on the outcome of the 2022 election and the ever present possibility that the Republicans will find a way to fu*k it up.

    1. OLLY: “Head’s may not roll as a criminal consequence. But there will be political consequences, bureaucracy consequences, media consequences, and down ticket consequences that will be generational.”

      One can hope, but in the past my hopes in that direction have rarely panned out. The DC swamp is called the “SWAMP” for a reason.

      1. This SCOTUS term has reset my usual pessimistic expectations. On top of that, with the Democrats doing everything possible to clarify for voters which party hates the average citizen, there is a chance.

  6. Holmes without going into a litany of specific counters, I will say this is one big crock of bovine fecal allusions you have posted here, still espousing your hatred for DT, along with all Dems.
    Back in 2020, Joe Biden’s political web posted Federal Return copies up through 2016, only reflected W-2s, Fed retirement, Social security primarily as his income. For a man of his nature, and stature, J Biden’s charitable contributions were de minimus, and pathetic.
    Beginning in Tax year 2017 Joe miraculously begins to report $10s of Millions of dollars of income from the sources of 2 Sub-S Corporations. I do not know if you are familiar with the pass-through provisions and impact of a S-Corp for tax reporting or not?

    Just as all the foreign banks did, including the so-called secret Swiss bank accounts did belly up, The Fed Gov’t has acquired full knowledge of the monies from China, and Ukraine sources of, where each deposit was made into the shell corporations (probably a 1/2 dozen or so) and then subsequently transferred to, until the monies were deposited into all individual accounts involved.

    The DOJ, FBI, you can wager the farm on it, that those entities have the data ( monies transferred from bank to bank, foreign and domestic) and just as the whistle blowers are revealing the Hunter Biden DOJ, FBI, cover ups, and suppression, and non disclosures, will soon be made public. The putrid stench of the Bidens’ (Joe and Hunter, and perhaps Bro Jim) alleged corruptions will compel more whistle blowers to come out. I would allege a Big derecho wind of disclosures is coming. I have for months projected that the Dems will slide Kam out, insert Hill or Mochell in, then remove Joe with the 25th amendment, and Wala, there comes more corruption and incompetence. The Dem Socialists party you so defend, will become a doormat.

  7. Thanks for reminding us that Obama/Biden ran a “scandal-free” administration! Hahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaha. Just like Biden is running his own “scandal-free” administration. You know this, of course, because the media told ya so. You fool.

  8. Your brain has been fried on MSLSD. It’s their specialty: Propaganda and lies slopped out to the dumbed down masses 24/7.

  9. It is ironic that I am re-reading Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” at this moment and I see the same rising anger among those who are aware and educated enough to see the lethal damage being done to the USA. unfortunately our current welfare system does not allow the bottom half of our society to feel enough pain to actually rouse themselves into any action that would upset the flow of welfare checks and internet connections. We are in a trap of our own making.

    1. That has always been the object of the left, Provide “welfare” to all and in that way everyone is predisposed to support the government or lose their benefits. It’s very pernicious and has worked. Hillary has said almost exactly that since she came into the national spotlight. They are all one type of fascist or another.

  10. Jonathan wrote, “Specifically, this controlled demolition will require the perfect timing of the media, Democratic politicians, and most importantly, the Justice Department.”

    This implies intentional collusion between the entities listed trying to intentionally manipulate the propaganda being delivered to the public; it’s very communistic like and very much like the old USSR and their propaganda tool Pravda used to do, but this is right here in the good ole US of A!

    1. Witherspoon, fortunately Turley is only making assumptions based on a “scandal”. The only people calling this a “scandal” are those still trying to make an issue out of an issue nobody cares about. Turley is just feeding the need for rage to his base of gullible readers.

      Nobody gives a crap about Hunter Biden. Turley is essentially complaining about the lack of interest because obviously nobody really cares. It’s as simple as that.

        1. Shallow thinking, Svelaz. very, very shallow. Why do you think “nobody” cares about Hunter Biden, but everybody cared about Trump”s kids? Can you think that deeply?

          1. Anonymous,

            “ Why do you think “nobody” cares about Hunter Biden, but everybody cared about Trump”s kids? Can you think that deeply?”

            It’s not what “I” think. It’s what everyone else besides the very scant few who don’t care about Hunter Biden and this “scandal”.

            Trump supporters didn’t care about Trump’s kids either and that’s the whole point. Hunter was doing the same things ivanka and the rest of the Trump siblings doing. None are ever going to be prosecuted or investigated for doing what everyone agrees is wrong, but not illegal.

            Apparently you weren’t thinking deep enough.

      1. Scandal: an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage.

        Svelaz wrote, “The only people calling this a “scandal” are those still trying to make an issue out of an issue nobody cares about.”

        False.

        You’re ignoring inconvenient facts.

        You’re a gaslighting liar.

        There are multiple valid legal, political, and moral issues related to this story. There are people that care about this “scandal”, this kind of abuse of power, the blatantly obvious influence pedaling and the very real possibility of illegal activity. You don’t seem to care that this puts a dark cloud of serious corruption and ethical violations over Hunter Biden and President Biden’s heads and that sir is signature significant of an ignorant partisan fool.

        Svelaz wrote, “Turley is just feeding the need for rage to his base of gullible readers.”

        Gullible? So now you go off the rails of reality and intentionally insult Turley’s readers as being gullible? Bite me you trolling jerk.

        By the way; the ones that are verifiably gullible or outright bald-faced liars related to the Hunter Biden laptop story are the ones that literally parroted and promoted the verifiably false story that the Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation. Heck even you promoted a known bald-faced lie when you wrote right here on Turley’s blog that allegedly Rudi Giuliani took the laptop to the repair shop. Who’s the verifiable gullible fool swallowing conspiracy theory propaganda based on pure partisan bigotry, well it’s sure looks to me like it’s you.

        Svelaz wrote, “Nobody gives a crap about Hunter Biden.”

        False.

        You’re ignoring inconvenient facts.

        You’re a gaslighting liar.

        Svelaz wrote, “Turley is essentially complaining about the lack of interest because obviously nobody really cares.”

        False.

        You’re ignoring inconvenient facts.

        You’re a gaslighting liar.

        Your whole argumentative premise is built upon the unstable foundation that “nobody really cares”, well Svelaz that notion is a bald-faced gaslighting lie and you’re an ignorant partisan parrot.

        Svelaz wrote, “It’s as simple as that.”

        Wanna know what’s really simple Svelaz; identifying you as a lying progressive internet troll.

        1. Witherspoon,

          From your own stated definition,

          “Scandal: an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage.”

          The problem is this “outrage” is confined to just a small number of individuals that can hardly be described as the “general public”.

          Manufacturing a “scandal” by feeding the rage of this small group of fans does not rise to the level of a genuine scandal. This is much closer to tabloid gossip.

          “ You’re ignoring inconvenient facts.”

          Nope. I’ve actually addressed them multiple times pointing out that all those “scandalous” activities and “corruption” are all legal and common among politicians and their children as demonstrated by Trump’s kids. Nobody really cares. Only those who live for the gossip and gotcha politics of the day that Turley often likes to indulge in for the sake of his gullible readers.

          “ Your whole argumentative premise is built upon the unstable foundation that “nobody really cares”, well Svelaz that notion is a bald-faced gaslighting lie and you’re an ignorant partisan parrot.”

          Nobody cares. There’s a reason why Turley is working so hard to bring attention to this “scandal” and the answer is pretty simple. Because nobody really cares. The media isn’t hiding or burying this “scandal”. They know people don’t care about it except those who regularly read tabloids because only the gullible really believe tabloid articles.

          One more thing. You really don’t know what “gaslighting” means. It’s pretty obvious.

          1. Svelaz wrote, “You really don’t know what “gaslighting” means.”

            Again you’re a gaslighting liar. I’ve studied psychology in depth.

            Gaslighting: manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

            Svelaz wrote, “The problem is this “outrage” is confined to just a small number of individuals that can hardly be described as the “general public”.”

            Please quantifiably define this pure progressive gaslighting statement “small number of individuals”. Is that five or six, 15 or 20, or is it half the f’ing country that doesn’t agree with the Democrats and, as is usual for progressives, just shrug off as a “small number” and beat that gaslighting propaganda drum to absurdity? The proof that you’re gaslighting is the verifiable fact that you keep repeating that ridiculously unquantifiable statement in a transparent effort to manipulate others into questioning their beliefs, which is at the core of sanity, because you literally don’t know and cannot possibly know how many people in the general public think this is a scandal.

            You’re a trolling gaslighting liar.

            1. Witherspoon,

              “ Svelaz wrote, “You really don’t know what “gaslighting” means.”

              Again you’re a gaslighting liar. I’ve studied psychology in depth.

              Gaslighting: manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.”

              Yeah, you really don’t know what gaslighting is. Because you’re not applying it correctly. You’re conflating a different point of view with manipulation. You’re gaslighting yourself. That’s why you’re getting all frustrated and emotional rather than use that psychology you studied to rationally think thru what is being said to you.

              “ Please quantifiably define this pure progressive gaslighting statement “small number of individuals”. Is that five or six, 15 or 20, or is it half the f’ing country that doesn’t agree with the Democrats and, as is usual for progressives, just shrug off as a “small number” and beat that gaslighting propaganda drum to absurdity? ”

              You answered your own question. A small number can anything less than the majority if you want to be picky. Just as “the general public” can mean the majority or a large number of people.

              “ The proof that you’re gaslighting is the verifiable fact that you keep repeating that ridiculously unquantifiable statement in a transparent effort to manipulate others into questioning their beliefs, which is at the core of sanity, because you literally don’t know and cannot possibly know how many people in the general public think this is a scandal.”

              But I do know that a small number of the general public think about this “scandal” because Turley is complaining that this “scandal” is not getting the attention he thinks it deserves. He’s literally complaining that a lot of people don’t care about this “scandal” and obviously he’s trying hard to bring this to the public’s attention meaning the majority…don’t…care. You know what Occam’s razor is, right? The simplest explanation for why this “scandal” is not getting the attention it’s “supposed” to get is because people don’t care.

              1. Wow, that comment was some seriously delusional nonsense, I think I might have broken Svelaz.

                Oh well, it was fun breaking Svelaz but now I’ve got to spend some quality rearranging my sock drawer.

                Delusional: characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument.

                1. Witherspoon, you didn’t break anything. You just gave up. By the way,

                  “ Wow, that comment was some seriously delusional nonsense, I think I might have broken Svelaz.

                  Oh well, it was fun breaking Svelaz but now I’ve got to spend some quality rearranging my sock drawer.”

                  THAT, is gaslighting. Of course you wouldn’t know the difference as a psychology “student”.

                  THAT, was an insult.

                  Hopefully you learned something.

        2. Witherspoon,

          “ Heck even you promoted a known bald-faced lie when you wrote right here on Turley’s blog that allegedly Rudi Giuliani took the laptop to the repair shop.”

          It wasn’t a lie. Here’s my entire statement in that post.

          “ The mystery of how that laptop just appeared at some repair shop allegedly brought in by Rudi Giuliani made anything about it highly suspect.”

          That was the consensus in the media at the time. Rumors and assumptions were rampant. Notice that i said “allegedly”.

          Allegedly: used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof.

          At the time nobody knew for sure who dropped off the laptop hence the “alleged” claim. That’s not a lie. Nice try though.

          “ Gullible? So now you go off the rails of reality and intentionally insult Turley’s readers as being gullible? Bite me you trolling jerk.”

          Well you certainly get triggered pretty easy. However that’s not my intention that’s all on you. I’m not insulting Turley’s readers. It can’t be an insult when it’s just a matter of fact that there ARE gullible readers here. It doesn’t take much to spot them. I’m simply pointing out an observation.

          1. Svelaz wrote, “That was the consensus in the media at the time. Rumors and assumptions were rampant. Notice that i said “allegedly”.”

            Nope, you’re not getting away with this blatant gaslighting.

            It was a known lie at the time and you really should have noticed that I literally quoted your “allegedly”.

            By the way; in progressive propaganda using the word allegedly or accused is instantly translated to mean guilty as charged! That is exactly how progressive social justice propaganda works and how trolling propagandists, like you, push false narratives.

            Svelaz wrote, “At the time nobody knew for sure who dropped off the laptop hence the “alleged” claim. That’s not a lie. Nice try though.”

            There’s nothing quite like watching a foolish progressive troll trying to drag the goalpost across the field.

            Your claim was that the laptop was “allegedly brought in by Rudi Giuliani”, it was known without any doubt that Rudi Giuliani did not take in the laptop, it was a known lie that was made up by leftist propagandists and you parroted a known lie; therefore, you’re a liar. Own it.

            Svelaz wrote, “However that’s not my intention that’s all on you. I’m not insulting Turley’s readers. It can’t be an insult when it’s just a matter of fact that there ARE gullible readers here. It doesn’t take much to spot them. I’m simply pointing out an observation.”

            Now you’re claiming that calling Turley readers gullible is not an insult and then you double down by moving the goalposts and call others gullible? You’re a fool if you think people are going to swallow that nonsense and you’re a liar. It’s quite clear you were intentionally insulting Turley’s readers and still are.

            Specifically point out who the gullible readers are and share their words that shows they are gullible, that’s what I did with your words that show you’re gullible.

            1. Witherspoon,

              “ Nope, you’re not getting away with this blatant gaslighting.”

              It seems you’re obsessed with the word “gaslighting” even when you don’t know what it means.

              “ It was a known lie at the time and you really should have noticed that I literally quoted your “allegedly”.

              It wasn’t known to be a lie at that time. Nobody really knew what the truth was. That’s why there were allegations, rumors, speculation, assumptions, etc. You claim it was “known” as if it was common knowledge. Unfortunately that’s just your own opinion. Not a fact.

              “ By the way; in progressive propaganda using the word allegedly or accused is instantly translated to mean guilty as charged! That is exactly how progressive social justice propaganda works and how trolling propagandists, like you, push false narratives.”

              You obviously don’t understand how journalism works. Using the word “allegedly” is not a translation to mean guilty. You WANT it to mean that but that’s not what it is.

              Here’s the literal definition, again,

              Allegedly: used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof.”

              Since it was not known who dropped off the laptop and rumors and insinuations we’re running all over the place media uses that term because it is not a certainty that it is the truth. Tucker Carlson does this all the time ironically.

              “ Now you’re claiming that calling Turley readers gullible is not an insult and then you double down by moving the goalposts and call others gullible?”

              Huh? Now you’re just spouting gibberish. I’m claiming I called some Turley readers gullible based on simple observation. It’s not hard pick them out.

              How did I move the goalposts? I didn’t detract from my claim. I just pointed out that it’s based on an observation. That hasn’t changed. You’re the one having issues with reading comprehension apparently.

              “ Specifically point out who the gullible readers are and share their words that shows they are gullible, that’s what I did with your words that show you’re gullible.”

              That’s cute. You didn’t anything other than make yourself look like an idiot. It would be rude to name names. You’re a psychology student you should know better than to ask that.

                1. phergus wrote, “Witherspoon nailed you to your fake cross. Own it bro…you ARE wrong.”

                  Give it up phergus; Svelaz is the worst kind of lying internet troll* that exists. Svelaz will lie straight to your face even when the contradictory evidence is literally right there for everyone to read. Svelaz is literal evidence of how far Democratic Party activists and propagandists will go to gaslight, yes gaslight, the general public with their lies. Svelaz is a lying partisan propagandist** troll and there is nothing worse in an online discussion community like this one. Svelaz, and those like Svelaz, are the malignant and infectious cancer that imamates from immoral brainwashed hive minds; aka progressive Democrats.

                  The only question I have about Svelaz is; is Svelaz being paid to troll Turley’s blog? How many people would take the time out of their lives and spend the amount of time Svelaz does to troll Turley’s blog without being a paid?

                  See if you can count the number of unethical rationalizations that Svelaz used just in this short conversation with me, here’s a great list, Unethical Rationalizations and Misconceptions. Svelaz uses 64. Yoo’s Rationalization or “It isn’t what it is” all the time and he used it again in this bald-faced lying statement “He did no such thing. He hasn’t proven anything yet.” There is constant delusional gaslighting lies coming from Svelaz.

                  *TROLL: noun (abbreviated version of internet troll) Those that post inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement.

                  **PROPAGANDIST: noun (abbreviated version of internet troll) a person who spreads ideas, facts, or allegations deliberately to further a cause or to damage an opposing cause.

      2. Maybe no one in the conservative camp gives a cr*ap about hunter, BUT… what we do care intensely about is the consistent disregard for, and erosion of The Rule of Law, which underscores the entire experiment that is the USA and its constitution. How you manage to disregard this salient point indicates just how ingorant you are of your own ignorance on the topic. Please, educate yourself and spare us your crude simplistic iterations.

        1. Alma Carman, what you are concerned about is an entire different issue. Concern about the erosion of the rule of law is a valid debate. If it is to be taken seriously and conservatives want to use the Hunter Biden “scandal” as a vehicle for debate they need to acknowledge the hypocrisy of ignoring the same issues with the Trump kids.

          We all agree that it is wrong when they do that. I certainly believe it’s wrong. However, I also know that despite that being wrong also know that it is not a crime or that it is illegal. When Trump supporters or conservatives rail about Hunter Biden while they also deem perfectly fine, what the Trump kids are doing, they are applying two sets of rules based on party affiliation or loyalty. Not the rule of law. To be clear this applies to the left too. When neither side is willing to acknowledge that problem the erosion of the rule of law will continue.

          If conservatives are going to criticize Hunter Biden because what he does is wrong they’re going to have to accept the fact that Trump children deserve the same criticism. The one thing we all have in common is that we agree it is wrong. But we have to also acknowledge that it is an issue both, liberals and conservatives have be honest about.

      3. Nobody gives a crap about Hunter Biden. Turley is essentially complaining about the lack of interest because obviously nobody really cares. It’s as simple as that.

        This is so provably untrue that it borders on delusional. Getting a 100+ from Natacha confirms my point.

        You may not give a crap about Hunter Biden, but that says more about you than anything else. Literally no one that understands and cares about the constitutional survival of the United States would dismiss the Hunter Biden scandal as a nothingburger. This is way beyond politics. We’ve gotten to this point because of Republicans and Democrats. Either we have the rule of law or we do not.

        1. Olly,

          “ This is so provably untrue that it borders on delusional.”

          Actually it’s very provable. Turley proves it when he is complaining that nobody is paying attention to this “scandal”. He is whining about the lack of outrage and why this isn’t the “scandal” it should be. The obvious answer is because nobody really cares. It’s so laughably simple that Turley can’t seem to grasp the possibility that nobody really cares.

      4. Svelaz thinking is an exact replica of Dems adn their thinking.

        Dems are so narcissistic that they think anything they do not care about is not cared about. Dems and their propagandist press lackeys could care less about the majority of Americans, the real people and real Americans.

        Those Americans know that the Biden family has corrupted their position to enrich themselves and that their corruption (Joe’s, Hunter’s, Jill’s, and Joe’s sis and bro) puts the US at risk because they sold American companies, influence, and intelligence to foreign actors.

        Of course the Biden’s are too ignorant to know what damage they’ve done but the rest of America ( or those who actually have critical thinking skills) recognize the corruption.

        1. Who are “those Americans”? That’s pretty vague.

          The fact that Turley is writing to complain about the lack of attention to this “scandal” and wonders why it’s not getting the attention he thinks it deserves points out that a LOT of people don’t care. It’s not a “scandal”. Turley wants it to be, but because nobody really cares he is relegating to stoking rage on his most gullible readers to raise more awareness of this “scandal” nobody cares about.

      5. ,,what planet is Svelaz living on? obviously it only broadcasts MSNBC for anyone to make a statement that Huntergate and the Actual Corruption, indeed Treason, it represents is unimportant.. because it is REAL NEWS, not Fake News like the Steel Dossier Hoax and everything else from this ‘forum…’.. Pathetic.

        1. Eighteenthole, thanks for confirming that Turley has gullible readers. A lot of talk and zero proof of your claims.

          1. Just a cursory count of your comments shows that you are trying real hard. Too hard. Almost like you are full of shit and your agenda is weak.

    2. How many Americans, (the legal kind) are waking up, almost too late, to the destruction of so much of the fabric of this nation. Whether this rot is so deeply entrenched in our media/education industry and festering within ALL levels of government from top to bottom has yet to be decided. The left’s livid fear and hatred of Trump indicates just what is at stake for those on the prog/left should a majority of us actually rise to do something about this. The left will not go down without a fearsome fight. My worry is that those on the right are not sufficiently aware of just how close we are to a tipping point into tyranny and socialism. Is the right too comfortable and lulled into thinking that “this could never happen in America”?

      1. Alma Carman,
        You might like some of my blog posts, the following is a taste of what you can read there.

        Will The USA Survive The 21st Century Cultural Shift?

        No, the United States will not survive if the culture shifts any more towards totalitarianism, at least it won’t survive without a bloody civil war to turn the tides. I think we are at a cultural tipping point where the United States can still “survive” if the totalitarian culture shift doesn’t shift more, even if it’s very contentious to the point of random political violence. If the cultural pendulum swings more towards totalitarianism it could easily dominate the main stream population outside of the actual government.

        That’s just a small sample of one blog post in a long series of blog posts about the serious problems we have in our society, our culture and an evident slide towards totalitarianism.

  11. The “controlled explosion” analogy is a good one but it won’t protect the Bidens or the media. The latter are already thoroughly discredited by their warped coverage of the influence-peddling Biden family and the senile patriarch that leads it. Amazing that left-wing news media are still stoutly incurious about how Biden can afford multiple homes on a Senator’s salary while ignoring all mention of the “Big guy” in Hunter’s email. A controlled explosion will not save their reputation or credibility.

    1. I would love to believe you but it was the same media that gave us the Benghazzi cover-up, the obamacare lie and the entire clusterf*ck that was the 2020 election. The dems are far worse than any communist machine and will do ANYTHING to stay in power (keep the largesse flowing). Short of a revolt of the American Jacquerie, nothing will change. It may be time to “storm the Bastille” so to speak.

      1. I agree and have been saying this for quite some time, as I’m sure you have as well. At some point……and I do not know what that point will be…..the guns will come out —– and if the police in this country keep being lambasted by left-wing/radical mayors, the police will be inclined to join with those who are ‘storming the Bastille.’
        Hey, Lorie Lightfoot — tell me how that ‘cake’ tastes. America is the most ‘tolerant’ country on the planet — but even America will not tolerate being torn apart by this ongoing corruption of its basic principles………..

    2. Don’t be fooled by the “senile” old man hype. Joe is quietly ramming through a progressive agenda and capitalizing on the media distraction of “demented old man” stories. That is precisely the sympathy play Dems and the media will run with once the Biden family crimes are fully exposed and Joe’s “implosion” is imminent. “Poor demented Joe. He’s been through so much. Let’s have sympathy for the old man.” That’s the spin.

    1. “No one cares. Trump was so damn corrupt and criminal that anyone else pales in comparison.”
      ***********************************
      Yeah, like Bin Laden and Epstein and the Enron scammers, Muslim terrorists, school shooters and even Madoff. Yep he’s the worst.
      Crazy looks good on you!

      1. Mespo – Trump was a beneficiary of Epstein’s supplier of young(er) girls and visited his place of ill re-fute – just as his friend/”friend” Dersh – and who knows how many other right-wing hypocrites. GW spent time w/women in Mexico, but maybe that was before Jeffery’s cat house was in service.

    2. TDS fool/tool, you would most probably vote for the re-election og biden. Do facts really cause you problems in your delusional state of mind?

    3. The difference being that there is not one scintilla of proof in Trump’s case other than that manufactured by the Democrat party cabal and their faithful media toadies. 3 years of the worthless Mueller investigation and a huge waste of taxpayer dollars wasn’t enough. Nor was the worthless second impeachment trial. Now we have to endure the January 6th sham and the waste of more taxpayer dollars. What’s next an indictment of his golf swing.

  12. Turley does his usual fine job here but I think we may see an Information rather than an indictment and here’s why. An Information would begin with a recitation of the violations taliored to favor the accused. It would include as part of the deal a waiver of the indictment and a proffer of cooperation against known and unknown coconspirators around the world. Sentencing of course would be postponed in view of the defendant’s cooperation. In January 2023 and beyond, as Republican-chaired congressional committees take up the matter of Hunter Biden, his subpoenaed testimony would be restricted by the fact that the matters in question are “under investigation.” Likewise, the Justice Department will claim the same reasoning for not releasing information. The investigation will linger on indefintitely until the Big Guy is ready to leave the Oval Office whereupon Hunter will be pardoned along with others yet to be named.

    1. Your correct assessment just underscores the level of corruption within our prog-controlled bureaucracy. Time to disinfect our government of progs – from top to bottom.

  13. They’re kidding themselves if they think the reputation of the media, Democrat politicians and the Justice Department have not already been heavily damaged by the earlier coverup/dismissal of this story. At least half the country no longer believes anything coming from the media, Democrat politicians and the Justice Department.

  14. A “controlled explosion” depends on a a complicit establishment, an acquiescent press, and a democratic electorate that wants to be lied to.

    Lefties are dishonest and here three elements of dishonesty come together.

    Fortunately, honest Americans are pushing back.

    1. It’s a controlled IMPLOSION. Why do people keep stating the wrong quote. An implosion. Not an explosion. Geez

      1. Probably because when the truth comes out there will be uncontrolled prog trash brain explosions.

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