Corporate-owned media this week can no longer ignore growing evidence of Hunter Biden ethics scandals, both Politics and Business Insider – both owned by German Axel Springer SE – posting about the Biden family’s culture of corruption.
The Business Insider article, by senior correspondent Mattathias Schwartz, states in its headline: “Hunter Biden is not Trump, but what he’s up to is bad and deserves your attention – even if you hate Fox News,” at above an illustration of President Joe Biden holding his chin in his hand, Hunter hiding behind a silver wall.
“The fiercely partisan nature of the issue… in school, look away from the corruption that pervades politics long before Elder Biden ran for office.
While Schwartz suggests, contrary to ample evidence, that Joe never “crossed the line” in influence peddling scandals, he blames the president “on several occasions. [using] Hunter Biden’s struggles with drug addiction, as well as the tragic deaths of Hunter’s mother, sister and brother, as a shield to deflect questions about his son’s affairs.
The Insider article works as a synergistic promotion of Biden, a new book from the sister publication Politicsof Ben Schreckinger, who corroborated Hunter’s pre-election revelations of setting up a meeting between his father and an executive at Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that paid the vice president’s son $ 83,000 a month, despite his complete lack of money. experience in the energy sector.
The day before Insider published Schwartz’s story, Political magazine published an article by Schreckinger – adapted from his book – on the same subject: “’Hide the bullet’: Hunter Biden complicates White House anti-corruption push. “
After a mea culpa over why corporate-owned media has so far buried ethical concerns about Hunter’s transactions – while throwing a lot of blame on Donald Trump and the Tories – Schreckinger admits: “Far from concern ethics regarding Hunter Biden’s demystification, the case for scrutiny only grows stronger when viewed in the full context of family history and in light of events that have unfolded since Election Day .
The reporter identifies several shady cases over the years where the business interests of Hunter and other members of the Biden family coincided with issues Joe was interested in as a senator or vice president. Schreckinger focuses on the current White House controversy: Hunter’s foray into art, where his first exhibition ended up selling five amateur paintings for a total of $ 375,000. “The adventure in painting is not an isolated incident,” he writes, “but part of a larger pattern in which the finances of Hunter and others close to Biden have raised ethical questions or overlapped with political alliances and the president’s public office. “
Schreckinger points to the White House’s elusive message about Hunter’s ‘art’ sales ethics, concluding: can more and more connect. “
White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to answer questions about the art exhibition controversy on Tuesday and just said, “We still don’t and won’t know who buys paintings and the president remains proud of his son. “
Hunter Biden’s story remained in the news last week when the news broke. The president’s son is said to have sold at least five works of art for $ 75,000 each at his show in Los Angeles.
It is not known who bought the reproductions – which cost a fraction of the maximum price of $ 500,000 for an original piece of the son scarred by President Biden’s scandal – or whether others were sold after the opening of the LA show, ”he added. New York Post Explain.
Photos from the event indicate that Hunter mingled with nearly 200 people at the show, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, artist Shepard Fairey (famous for Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster), the musician and animal rights activist Moby, Sugar Ray Leonard, British performance artist Millie Brown and Gary Baseman.
It “just illustrates how this idea of the veil of secrecy does not happen,” said Richard Painter, chief ethics counsel for President George W. Bush. To post. “This shows that the deal will not be secret,” Painter said. “I think the White House needs to go to plan B.”
Main contributor to Breitbart News and Profiles in corruption Author Peter Schweizer has said that Hunter’s whole business venture is just “absurd.”
“The only way to solve these problems is with more transparency – not less,” he told Breitbart News, “The solution they are proposing is more secrecy, not transparency. And they’re basically saying: “Trust us.” Joe and Hunter Biden’s track record on such matters gives us no reason to trust them.
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