Former MSNBC and CNN higher-ups have come up with a new explanation for why they didn’t cover the Hunter Biden laptop story or any of the other numerous allegations against him.
Phil Griffin and Jeff Zucker were asked at a convention last week whether they regret not covering the story that Biden was being investigated by the FBI because of the laptop and other evidence, and they claimed their lack of coverage at the time was because Biden “was never arrested.”
“He was never arrested. The Justice Department was looking into it, never reported it until he is the son of a candidate. I don’t think it’s a main story until that happens,” Griffin said.
“The question is, we did deal with it. But to the degree that, you know, you would have thought was appropriate. I think the answer is in the final two weeks, you know, it was looked at. We did not know enough about it,” was Zucker’s take.
“We looked partisan”
At that point, the interview between the two former executives and CNN host Mike Smerconish became more combative.
Zucker asked Smerconish whether he had ever been told not to cover the stories, and Smerconish said, “I think that we looked partisan by not giving it some air.”
“I don’t disagree with that. But I think… it is worth real examination,” Zucker said. “But, you know, in the 11 days prior to the election, it involves the son of a candidate, you know, who clearly has issues and troubles. You know, what is the extent to which you should do it? We reported on it.”
Zucker also said that it was hard to take the story seriously when large parts of it came from Rudy Giuliani, a former Trump adviser.
Lies of omission
The comments amounted to just so many excuses about the outright censorship of the mainstream and left media regarding the story.
The media largely took the Big Tech censorship of the story as an excuse not to cover it themselves, and later polls showed that the lack of coverage may have been the deciding factor in the election.
The media was able to shield voters from the ugly truth and get Joe Biden elected based on lies of omission, plain and simple.
Here’s the question Smerconish should have asked these men: Why have stories full of allegations against former President Donald Trump been reported constantly since 2015 even though HE was never arrested, either?