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Social Media Blackout Of Biden Bombshell Must End Now

Joe Biden, in pre-COVID-19 campaign mode. Source: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

It seemed perhaps a bit excessive when President Donald Trump referred to Democratic candidate Joe Biden as a “grifter.” But after reviewing the incriminating emails found on son Hunter Biden’s laptop, if anything Trump’s remark might be an understatement.

We’re writing this knowing full well that the progressive apologists for Democratic Party crimes at social media giants Facebook and Twitter probably won’t let this be shared. They’ve basically dammed up the truth so no one can share it, hoping it will all go away.

It won’t. The news is getting out. And it isn’t good for either Joe Biden or his freeloading son. The evidence clearly suggests that both Bidens profited from the vice president’s office during the Obama administration, in essence selling access for cash.

What’s galling is that Biden had heretofore denied any contact at all with Hunter’s many global partners, saying he had “never spoken” to his son “about his overseas business dealings.”

But the newly discovered trove of emails from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop says otherwise.

According to two blockbuster reports from the New York Post, Joe Biden gave preferential access to his own vice presidential office to foreign business partners of his son, contrary to his past statements.

The emails are damning, the Post report shows:

Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

‘Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent (sic) some time together. It’s realty (sic) an honor and pleasure,’ the email reads.

An email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

That shows Biden’s denial was an out-and-out lie.

But that’s not the worst of it.

During a December 2013 official trip to China to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Joe Biden met with Chinese venture capitalist Jonathan Li in a hotel lobby. Nothing wrong with that, except Li was one of Hunter Biden’s partners in an investment firm called BHR Partners, formed just six months earlier.

Still later, he would make room in the White House for another family member,

But the most alarming revelation of all is an email, released by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, that suggests Joe Biden took a half-cut of everything his son earned from his shady foreign deals.

In a text allegedly to his estranged daughter Naomi, Hunter Biden writes:

“I love you all but I don’t receive any respect and that’s fine I guess. Works for you apparently. I hope you all can do what I did, and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. It’s really hard but don’t worry, unlike Pop, I won’t make you give me half your salary.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

These are major revelations, suggesting possible criminal violations by a former American vice president and current presidential candidate. At the very minimum, they deserve a full, serious and impartial airing, and the kind of intense scrutiny that even minor acts of malfeasance by Republicans get.

That’s especially true of Trump, whose own past has been investigated, raked over, over-analyzed, spied upon and intentionally misinterpreted now for more than four years.

But no such luck. Major media have downplayed the shocking revelations. And both Facebook and Twitter have basically shut down anyone who tries to share the Pulitzer-worthy stories on the Biden crime family by the New York Post.

They also shut down the president’s own account with just a little more than two weeks to go in an election campaign. That’s a gross abuse of their market power, a possible First Amendment violation and a politicization of their own businesses.

Their excuse for this is disingenuous, at best. They claim the material was “hacked” or “leaked,” and therefore they had to protect Biden as a potential victim of such misbehavior. But, as the Federalist website notes, there have been at least 11 times that “hacked” or “leaked” information about President Trump moved on Twitter or Facebook, but didn’t get shut down.

The New York Post’s Miranda Devine wondered:

Did Facebook and Twitter impose the same censorship on the New York Times story on President Trump’s leaked — or ‘hacked — tax returns two weeks ago?

Did they ever fact-check the Times’ and the Washington Post’s debunked ‘Russia collusion‘ tall tales?

Did they interfere with BuzzFeed spreading the Steele Dossier tissue of lies?

Nope.

Asked and answered.

Social media, in all their arrogance and leftist bias, have done the public an enormous disservice, but may soon face their own reckoning. It’s about time. They’ve been “in the tank” for the Democrats all along. Their actions are little more than in-kind contributions to Democratic campaigns.

“Let me be very clear, Twitter is interfering in this election. They are censoring the press,” Sen. Cruz said, adding, “silencing the media is a direct violation of the principles of the First Amendment.”

There’s already plans afoot for Senate hearings where social media executives, including Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, will be subpoenaed to explain their behavior and their bias.

On another front, the Supreme Court might soon review Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law has been interpreted to give online social media networks such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yelp extraordinary leeway in banning things on their sites without fearing lawsuits.

Given their recent irresponsible behavior, they should be held to the same standards as other media. Let them be sued.

Trump this year already issued an executive order banning online censorship. Social media outlets have been irresponsible and politically biased. Time to make them live up to the law.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • Let’s assume for a moment that Joe did demand and receive half of Hunter’s “compensation.” Joe says he has disclosed all of his tax returns. Where were these amounts that he received from Hunter on Joe’s returns? Looks like a lot of unreported taxable income Joe.

    Failure to report income on a tax return constitutes tax fraud, pure and simple. When will the media or Republicans connect the dots?

    • That’s the beauty of the scheme – it isn’t taxable income when shifted from son to father. I’d be curious to see what exactly were the mechanics – like maybe Hunter transferred it to a Sub-S corp in which Joe was a member and it went directly to Joe’s capital account from which he could take it. I don’t know but would love to find out

  • I think that Joe Biden and his incredibly enabled son, Hunter, should be investigated for leveraging the elder Biden’s position as vice president in the Obama administration. Biden’s son received a sparklingly lucrative position on the board of a Ukrainian company when he didn’t speak the language and didn’t know the business. Don’t forget that his father was the go-to American official for that country, designated as such by President Obama, and is a veteran croupier at the gaming table of American life. This degree of influence peddling, including the son’s ability to leverage State Department contacts by virtue of his father’s office and cadge free rides to China on Air Force Two for private business reasons, makes the Beltway swamp more mephitic than even I, in my most fevered state, would have imagined.

    Censoring this story is an integral component of the evolving complex formed by politically liberal bigwigs and mainstream media honchos, an evil, corrupt, and anti-democratic effort to pervert the 1st Amendment right of free expression and, thus, to keep the American people as ignorant as if the corrupt events had never occurred. Censorship in service to corrupt politics must be exposed and punished.

  • “The news is getting out. And it isn’t good for either Joe Biden or his freeloading son.” Why isn’t it good? What’s Barr going to charge them? LOL! Come on! Democrats are immune from criminal prosecution. The Biden’s are guilty as Hell…but they’ll get away scot-free…

  • Twitter and Facebook are playing the same short game that the CIA and FBI played in 2016. “When Clinton wins we’re home free because Trump can’t win.” Only now it’s Facebook and Twitter supporting Biden over Trump. In the longer term, they may find that they’re cutting off their noses to spite their face.

    And BTW, Dorsey didn’t apologize for Twitter’s appearing of taking sides. He only apologized for them doing it without context.

    Time to remove the Section 230 protections from both platforms and officially look into whether they hold monopoly control over the social media industrial complex. I see Ma Bell 2.0 on the horizon.

  • The “Biden Bombshell” is propaganda — lies — produced by Russian operatives delivered nicely wrapped up Rudy Guiliani. Some social media outlets have decided not to propagate those lies. Republicans favor allowing ALL falsehoods about Democrats to be sown everywhere, no matter the source of those falsehoods.

    • Did you hear/read DNI John Radcliffe’s statement about Russian dis-information as it pertains to Hunter’s laptop??? Please inform yourself before making such un-informed statements. Thanks.

  • It’s too late. Millions have already voted, and the past four years of lies have had the intended effect – despite a majority of Americans saying that they are better off than 4 years ago (even with the pandemic!) Trump will probably lose. I am still hopeful, but it’s looking bad.

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