US mainstream media deliberately ignoring the Hunter Biden story is a betrayal of the core principles of journalism, argues Glenn Greenwald in an article that the outlet he co-founded tried to censor, prompting his resignation.
Between the laptop, emails, documents and witness testimonies pertaining to the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his business dealings overseas that basically traded on the family name, there is more than enough reason to at least look into the story, Greenwald said in the article.
Instead, Silicon Valley and the mainstream media openly sided with the Biden campaign, burying the story completely and censoring or punishing anyone who dared step out of line – Greenwald himself included. His story was posted on Thursday on Substack, after the Intercept, which he co-founded in 2014, refused to publish it.
Here’s the article that I wrote about Joe Biden’s conduct in Ukraine & China, based on Hunter’s emails and other witness testimony, along with a critique of media lies designed to protect the Democratic candidate, which The Intercept refused to publish:https://t.co/eJREJEhp4i
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 29, 2020
It wasn’t the Biden campaign, but the “nation’s media outlets and former CIA and other intelligence officials who took the lead in constructing reasons why the story should be dismissed, or at least treated with scorn,” Greenwald wrote. The prevailing view quickly became that it was “irresponsible and even unethical to mention these documents.”
These journalists are desperate not to know.
Any media outlet that “renounces its core function – pursuing answers to relevant questions about powerful people” deserves to lose the public’s faith. Most US media have done exactly that with the Biden story, Greenwald argues, taking the lead “not in investigating these documents but in concocting excuses for why they should be ignored.”
The refusal of the press to even ask questions is a far bigger scandal than the potential misconduct of the Bidens, Greenwald argued.
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