Saturday, October 31, 2020

Russia/Bidengate Today

First a little Russiagate: Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Thread: Was This the Real 2020 Democratic Plan, which got Blown Up with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death? Put on the aluminum foil beanie and check out this Twitter thread. I'm beyond surprise. It could be plan B,C,D or E. Chris Farrell at Gatestone asks Will They Really Get Away With It?. Yeah, maybe. Maybe not. From WaPoo, Barr tells friends he would like to remain attorney general in second term if Trump is reelected. I'm OK with it. Barr's a bit of an institutionalist, but I think he really want to put DOJ on the right track. I wish he had forced Durham to get on with it, though. Finally, via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.30.20 (Morning Edition), from Scott Johnson at Power Line, “Anonymous” no more

It turns out that there is a sort of scandal here, though not the one that was advertised at the time. This scandal reveals the Times as a liar serving ulterior purposes, but it has become an old, old story and therefore no scandal at all. It’s just a little comic relief in the old story.

Byron York gives the story narrative form in his Washington Examiner Daily Memo “‘Anonymous’ caper ends in disgrace for writer, New York Times.” Byron concludes: “What was it all about? Getting Trump, of course. The past four years have seen many in the press change their reporting standards and take an unprecedented adversarial stance against the president. It’s no surprise to see it continue right up until election day.”

And onto Biden. Via the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 10.30.20 (Evening Edition). EBL notes that the Biden Family Now Under FBI Investigation and from Legal Insurrection: DOJ Confirms FBI Opened Criminal Investigation Into Hunter Biden In 2019 – And It’s Still Active. Spencer Neal at WaEx, FBI conducting criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and associates days ahead of 2020 election: Report. ET, Bobulinski Says FBI Lists Him as ‘Material Witness’ Regarding Biden Family. Fox, Democratic congressman tells ex-Hunter Biden associate Bobulinski he’d defend him over ‘partisan hack’ claim TNP, Hunter E-Mails Request ‘Formal Meetings With Dad’ To Secure Billion-Dollar Deals

Vicky Taft at PJ Media, BOOM: Hunter's 'Smoking Gun' Email Implicating Joe Biden Just BLEW UP
Also from Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.30.20 (Morning Edition), Weasel Zippers:   Giuliani Describes Contents Of Hunter Biden’s Hard Drive – “Horrible, Pornographic” Pictures Of Young Girls and from Dan Chaitin and Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx, Another Hunter Biden laptop taken into custody during DEA raid: Report
Sources told NBC News that the device belonging to the 50-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now a presidential candidate, was taken into custody by the DEA in February while executing a search warrant in the Massachusetts office of a psychiatrist who was accused of professional misconduct.

That former celebrity psychiatrist, Keith Ablow, saw his medical license suspended after he faced allegations of sexually exploiting patients and illegally diverting prescription drugs. Ablow has denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime.

The report from NBC on Friday said Hunter Biden was not a target of the search or the investigation, and his lawyer got the laptop back. It remains unclear why the device was there in the first place.

He was so high he left his computer at Dr. Feelgoods?

On Biden documents that mysteriously went missing for a while on the way to Tuckah!, WaEx, Tucker Carlson says UPS can't explain how flash drive with Biden documents got separated from package. Nice Deb at AmGreat, UPS Conducting ‘Urgent Investigation’ Into Missing Hunter Biden Docs Shipped By Fox News and At Da Lid, UPDATE: UPS Finds Biden Scandal Docs Gone Missing When Sent To FNC’s Carlson. I'll have to acknowledge that Sundance's theory that the FBI may have intercepted and copied them has some merit.

And is Tuckah! going soft on Hunter? John Sexton at Hot Air, Tucker Carlson: ‘I Never Thought Hunter Biden Was A Bad Person’ 

“There are a lot of documents about Hunter Biden’s personal life that we haven’t brought to you and we’re not going to and we should tell you why,” Carlson said. He continued, “One is the obvious answer. He’s not running for president. And so, to the extent those documents pertain to his dad, of course.

“But Hunter Biden is a fallen man at this point. And I should also say that I knew Hunter Biden fairly well. We lived near each other in Washington for quite some time. I knew his wife, who was an absolutely outstanding person, a good person. I never thought Hunter Biden was a bad person. I thought he had demons but in the time I knew him he kept them mostly under control. At some point he lost control of those demons and the world knows that now. He’s now humiliated and alone.

“It’s probably too strong to say we feel sorry for Hunter Biden but the point is pounding on a man, jumping on, piling on when he’s already down is something that we don’t want to be involved in.”

and at Da Beast, Tucker Carlson Suddenly Says It’s Time to Leave Hunter Biden Alone. I absolutely understand Hunter influence peddling, and it would be another thing if his dad actually discouraged it, and didn't participate. The sex and drug stuff is on him, though. Twitchy, Rick Wilson’s shaming of ‘Trumpworld’ for mocking Hunter Biden’s drug addiction hits an awkward snag

And how is the media malpractice on the Biden Crime Family going? Swimmingly, if today's WaPoo was a typical example. The redoubtable Molly Hemingway at Da Fed, Yes, Media Are Rigging The Election Against Half The Country. Here’s How
1. Refusing to Do Journalism on Joe Biden

On October 14, the New York Post published a story about how Hunter Biden had introduced his father to a top Ukrainian businessman. This contradicted Joe Biden’s oft-repeated claim to have had no knowledge whatsoever about his son’s overseas business affairs.

Hunter Biden was paid handsomely by Burisma, a Ukrainian energy concern, while his father was vice president. Hunter had no business acumen or relevant experience in the energy sector, but was paid millions of dollars by Burisma at the time his father was in charge of U.S. policy toward Ukraine.

The story was sourced to a laptop computer allegedly left by Hunter at a Wilmington computer repair store. Big Tech moved immediately to squash the blockbuster story on both Twitter and Facebook. Twitter has banned the New York Post from tweeting and Facebook publicly announced they were suppressing the story, pending journalistic fact checks.

It’s been more than two weeks since Facebook announced it was suppressing the story pending fact checks. It has not shared who it tasked with the fact checks, and the only journalistic checks on the information have confirmed the story. One of the recipients of an email found on the laptop confirmed it was real, on the record. Government officials said it was not Russian disinformation. No information has come to light to suggest it was Russian disinformation. And last night, the key email in question was verified as legitimate by a cyber expert who was given access to the metadata for the email.

Other media outlets participated in the coordinated effort to squash the story, either by ignoring it completely or by claiming it wasn’t a big deal. Few to no media outlets defended the New York Post.

Partly as a result of the New York Post’s story and partly as a result of a Senate report showcasing Hunter Biden’s questionable overseas financial dealings, a former business associate of Hunter Biden’s named Tony Bobulinski came forward with more details about the Biden family’s problematic overseas relationships.

Armed with reams of documents, texts, emails, messages, and voicemails, Bobulinski said that Joe Biden had lied when he claimed he had no knowledge of Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings. Bobulinski recounted two in-person meetings with Joe Biden. Bobulinski, a retired Navy veteran, would go on to describe how Biden family members and associates plotted to keep Joe’s involvement off the books, and provide paperwork, texts, emails, documents, and audio files to substantiate his claims.


Last night, Sinclair’s James Rosen reported that the FBI had opened an investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates last year to investigate allegations of money laundering. The investigation is ongoing, Rosen reported. Bobulinski was interviewed as a “material witness” to the investigation in recent days.

The media blackout of any story that might harm their preferred candidate has extended even to this explosive news. Keep in mind, President Trump was impeached for expressing concern about Hunter Biden’s possible corruption in Ukraine at the same time the FBI was investigating Hunter Biden for money laundering.

There is no question that this story is journalistically significant, and dramatically more substantiated than the Trump-Russia collusion hoax that the media promulgated for years. In that story, the media ran wild with ridiculous and preposterous allegations with no evidence. Here, a family firm CEO with documentation to support his claims has been viewed by a corrupt media as not worthy of spending time on. GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel summarized how bad the propaganda situation is with major media . . . 
Althouse, "Less than a week before Election Day, far-left NBC News created a decoy story to make it seem as though the increasingly credible scandal involving Joe and Hunter Biden has been debunked as a fake document."
Writes John Nolte at Breitbart. I don't usually link to Breitbart, but I found Nolte's piece after I read the NBC News piece and had my own independent reaction and went looking to see if anyone was saying what I thought, which was: What document is this? I'd never heard about it.

'Streif' at Red State,  Is Jack Dorsey a Pathological Liar or Has He Simply Lost All Control Over Twitter. Embrace the healing power of 'and.' At Da Caller, ‘This Is What Happens In North Korea’: Kayleigh McEnany Condemns Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Over NY Post ‘Censorship’

“The media won’t report on it,” she continued. “Social media will censor it. ‘Delete it or we will censor the fourth largest newspaper in the United States,’ block them from social media. Big tech needs to be handled and the president in the second term will do just that. This is what happens in North Korea, not the United States.”

And Twitter finally backs down, NYPo, How tweet it is: Twitter backs down, unlocks Post’s account. Stacy McCain, After 16 Days of Censorship, Twitter Unlocks the New York Post’s Account
Not that this means Twitter is now an honest company — they’re not — but this is a tacit admission of their dishonesty, and I suppose that after the election we’ll learn that Twitter’s censorship was ordered by the executives at behest of the Biden campaign. Meanwhile . . .

Look, I don’t want to give anyone hope that Trump will actually win. My belief is that bleak pessimism is the only rational stance toward this election. However, Democrats are worried sick. . .

Insty, Out of sight, but not out of mind: 

There’s an old sawhorse in media about the “Streisand Effect,” namely, that when someone tries to suppress a story it backfires and gets more attention than it might have without the suppression. There’s a lot about the Hunter Biden story and its suppression that proves this true.

The news that Glenn Greenwald had resigned from The Intercept because management there have joined the open conspiracy among so-called news providers to pretend that there is no substance or legitimacy behind allegations – or even asking questions – about Joe Biden’s involvement and financial interest in his son’s business dealings in Ukraine, Russia or China was stunning. NPR was surprisingly honest about their dishonesty when they “explained” that they would not cover the story because:

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions […] And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was a politically driven event, and we decided to treat it that way.”

As has been said repeatedly, they and other legacy media operations’ newfound devotion to media ethics is both amusing and depressing at the same time. These are the same people who had no problem alleging that Justice Kavanaugh was a gang rapist on the say-so of a somewhat mentally frail woman who could produce no documents or corroborating witnesses, could not recount any details and yet, these same publications applied “woke logic” by insisting we “believe all women.”

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