The Associated Press may portray itself as a neutral arbiter of facts, but a new report from Breitbart shows that the journalism world’s top authority may not be as impartial as they’d like people to believe.
According to Breitbart, the AP dismissed as a “false narrative” ongoing allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor in an attempt to protect his son, Hunter, from an investigation.
Other news organizations, like NPR, Vox, and The New York Times have reportedly followed suit.
“He got fired”
The controversy surrounding the Bidens has played a central role in Democrats’ ongoing attempt to impeach President Donald Trump; according to Dems, Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine until he was assured the nation would open up an investigation into possible corruption by the Bidens.
That corruption has to do with a Ukraine-based energy company known as Burisma Holdings. Business Insider noted in November that the company hired Hunter Biden while his father was working in the White House for a lucrative role on its executive board, a development that has some conservatives — including Trump — wondering if anything nefarious was going on, particularly since Hunter Biden didn’t have any prior career experience in the energy sector.
Compounding those concerns was an admission the former VP made at a Council on Foreign Relations event in 2018; Joe Biden openly bragged at the event about his role in the ousting of Victor Shokin, Ukraine’s top prosecutor who had reportedly investigated Burisma.
The former VP said he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine if Shokin wasn’t immediately fired.
“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden recalled. “Well, son of a b***h, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
A “false narrative”
According to Breitbart, Shokin was investigating Burisma when he was removed from his post as Ukraine’s top prosecutor — but the AP says there was no foul play here. In a Friday story about the media’s effect on Americans’ perceptions of Trump and impeachment, the outlet called the idea that Joe Biden pushed for Shokin’s firing on his son’s behalf a “false narrative.”
“[T]hose who followed a conservative media diet were much more likely to believe the false narrative that former Vice President Joe Biden called for a Ukrainian prosecutor’s removal to protect his son from being investigated,” the AP reported.
But if Shokin was indeed looking to prosecute Burisma over longstanding corruption issues, and Hunter Biden did indeed serve on the board of that corrupt company, then logic dictates that the former VP’s son faced potential legal jeopardy at the time. Ergo, Joe Biden’s threat to withhold U.S. funds from Ukraine until Shokin was fired may very well have served to protect his son from being subject to an investigation — even if he didn’t mean for it to.
At the very least, these allegations deserve a look by investigators. Dismissing them as “false” without any evidence to the contrary would be a disservice to the American people, who deserve to know the truth.