Law professor slams media for ignoring Hunter Biden corruption claims

October 13, 2019

As the mainstream media establishment coordinates with Democrats to attack President Donald Trump over his engagement with the Ukrainian president, a majority of journalists are glossing right over the one issue that sparked the whole Ukraine controversy in the first place” allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter had inappropriate and lucrative involvement with a corrupt Ukrainian energy firm during his father’s tenure in office.

But now a prominent law professor is calling out the media for what appears to be their purposeful ignorance on the matter and deliberate avoidance of any discussion related to Hunter Biden.

“He who must not be named”

In an op-ed for The Hill aptly titled, “He who must not be named,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley shared several instances of ways in which the media has gone out of their way to shut down all conversations regarding Hunter Biden’s allegedly corrupt dealings in Ukraine.

“Hunter Biden: The mere mention of his name seemingly triggers the vapors among cable TV hosts and their guests,” Turley wrote.

After citing a couple of examples of MSNBC hosts quickly cutting off discussion of Biden by on-air guests, the professor added: “For news shows on MSNBC, CNN, and other cable networks, nothing is more disgusting than the mention of what Hunter Biden actually was doing in Ukraine.”

Allegations deserve attention

Turley made it clear that criticism and scrutiny of the claims against Hunter Biden does not equate to acquittal of President Donald Trump for any potential wrongdoing with regard to Ukraine — Trump is alleged to have leaned on Ukraine to open investigations into the Bidens — and suggested that the media should be fully capable of adequately covering both stories equally.

“What is most remarkable about the paucity of coverage of Hunter Biden’s dealings is the conclusory mantra that ‘this has all been investigated,'” he wrote, noting that the media was quick to dismissively lump in the allegations against Biden with separate accusations that the former vice president had forced the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor to protect his son from an investigation, a charge Turley finds unsupportable by the evidence thus far.

“There is, however, that other problem of Hunter Biden landing a windfall contract with one of Ukraine’s most corrupt figures after his father took charge of potentially billions in U.S. loans and aid for Ukraine. That is what no one seems to want to discuss,” Turley noted. Indeed, many in the media had in fact acquiesced to the ludicrously audacious demands of the Biden campaign to not discuss any of the allegations or book on-air guests who would, The New York Times reports.

Turley noted that, given Ukraine’s well-deserved reputation as one of the most corrupt nations on earth, the fact that Hunter Biden — or any other politician’s adult child — had any sort of business dealings in that cesspool is worthy of media attention that has been sorely lacking in this particular case. The fact that Biden has so strenuously objected to any mention of his son’s activities in foreign business ventures should only fuel suspicion that not everything was on the up-and-up.

“All of this should be of some interest to the media, which has exhaustively — and rightfully — pursued foreign deals by the Trump family. And there is no reason why the media cannot pursue allegations against both the Trumps and the Bidens,” Turley concluded, though he added that in doing so the media would undermine their own narrative that there was “nothing wrong” with anything the Bidens had done.

Glaring double standard

Turley is absolutely right to take the mainstream media to task for their studious avoidance of any substantive discussion of the allegations of corruption lodged against Hunter Biden, claims that would be thoroughly investigated, and then some, if made against one of President Trump’s children.

In the end, this whole Hunter Biden saga is just the latest glaring example of the establishment media’s left-leaning bias and preference for furthering favorable narratives over reporting actual facts.

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Ben Marquis

Ben Marquis is a staff writer for Conservative Institute.