CNBC Anchor Attempts to Explain Why Media Ignored Hunter Biden Story, Gets Schooled
Shortly after The New York Post broke the sensational Hunter Biden story on October 14, liberal media outlets chose one of two strategies. They either ignored it entirely or they informed viewers that the report was Russian disinformation. This talking point came courtesy of The Washington Post. The Post had learned from four anonymous sources that Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, had been “a target of a Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump.”
That narrative didn’t last long. After both the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, and the FBI declared that theory to be false, they were forced to come up with something new.
Apparently no one bothered to tell Joe Biden about the change. During the presidential debate, he muttered the excuse.
Anyway, it didn’t take long before they settled on a new reason for the blackout. And suddenly, every liberal cable host and pundit was telling viewers that because they couldn’t corroborate the story, it would be irresponsible for them to cover it.
Ridiculous, I know.
On Friday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) appeared on CNBC. During a discussion about the media’s censorship of the story with co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin, Cotton tells him: “The media’s not doing the country any favors by essentially ignoring this story.”
This statement prompts Sorkin to launch into a condescending, highly partisan and self-serving explanation:
Senator, I wanted to make two points. One is the media industry, at least the media industry that I know, has been trying to investigate this and has not been able to corroborate the story. I would also note that the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corporation, which also owns the NY Post, has not been able to corroborate the story and said so quite directly in the Wall Street Journal today. In the news pages of the Wall Street Journal.
Sorkin understands that there is a firewall between the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page which generally leans conservative and the news side of the organization which is far more liberal.
But he is not finished preaching to the Senator. He continues:
So just to clarify, it is not that news organizations are not looking into this, it’s that they haven’t been able to corroborate the story. A responsible news organization wouldn’t therefore report it.
Now the next piece of this is you’re talking about the tech companies censoring such quote-unquote news. If, in fact, the tech companies had quote-unquote liability like news operations do, you (laughs) wouldn’t want them to be reporting something that they couldn’t corroborate, no?
Unmoved by Sorkin’s recitation of the liberal talking points, Cotton, with a dead-pan expression on his face, promptly dropkicks him.
“Do you mean like the Russian collusion hoax and the Steele dossier that you reported on for four years Andrew?”
Stunned, for a moment Sorkin is rendered speechless.
It’s actually very satisfying to watch.
Following their exchange, Cotton posted a clip from their interview to his twitter page, making his opinion of Sorkin’s lame comments very clear.
Sorkin responds to Cotton’s slight, writing that “the facts are the facts.” And he doubles down on his earlier remarks.
We disagree here, Senator @TomCottonAR. The facts are the facts. If and when it is able to be corroborated or a genuine investigation is undertaken, it will be reported. Thanks for the spirited debate this morning. https://t.co/zih4EtJthU
— Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) October 23, 2020
The reality is that this story has been corroborated. Former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski has done so. He issued a thorough statement to the New York Post and then to the White House press pool just prior to the debate. He then met with FBI officials on Friday and expects to meet with several senators this week.
A second former Biden business associate, Bevan Cooney, has also corroborated the story. He is currently in prison for his role in a 2016 bond fraud scheme he’d been involved in with Biden and mutual partner, Devon Archer. Cooney has turned over his computer to Breitbart editor and author Peter Schweizer.
Additionally, reporters from the New York Post, Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani’s attorney, all vetted the story to some degree before going public with it.
On the other hand, the Russia collusion hoax story has never been corroborated. In fact, the FBI were pretty sure in January 2017 the story was false. By the time Robert Mueller was appointed to the Special Counsel in May 2017, they were absolutely sure.
If President Trump is reelected, America stands a chance of returning to equal justice under the law. If he loses, all bets are off.