From our mate Tony Thomas, who puts the ABC to shame.
There are two take-aways about Joe Biden and his influence-peddling crackhead son Hunter. The first story is the extent to which Hunter’s murky deals were a family affair, and that story is being chipped into piece-by-piece from examination of the hard drive of his old laptop, which he abandoned in April 2019 at a Delaware repair shop.
The second story concerns the truly desperate attempts of the mainstream US print, TV and social media, with the Australian Broadcasting Commission in tow, to put a lid on the Bidens’ scandal. President Trump’s favorite medium is Twitter and that social media outfit’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, is officially de-platforming all citations of the New York Post’s laptop exposes. Moreover, Twitter is locking out the accounts of those who do try to recycle the Post’s story. Twitter’s locked-out roll-call – I’m not making this up – includes White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and, two hours before the second Trump/Biden debate, the Trump campaign’s national press secretary Hogan Gidley. Twitter has blocked the account of the New York Post ever since it broke the laptop story. This is what the Deep State’s joined-at-the-hip fusion with Big Tech is all about.
The Democrat-conniving media and
ourTheir ABC have evinced no concern. They have themselves failed in their suppression strategy. That’s because they can’t ignore Trump’s direct accusations to Joe Biden in the second debate. But they have ignored Biden’s failure to deny that the laptop and its incriminating emails are authentic. Countless debate viewers saw for themselves that Biden merely blustered about it.
This article lays out the facts of a complex narrative. It also lays out the utter untrustworthiness of the mainstream media in how they report this most consequential presidential election. Privately-owned media can do what they like (and pay the consequences)[i]. However “our” ABC has a legal charter of impartiality, making its bias and unprofessionalism doubly reprehensible. This, of course, is the same outfit that promoted Sarah Ferguson’s breathless three-part “investigation” of Trump’s purported Russia collusion as “the story of the century”.
The laptop scandal, unlike every element of the Russia Collusion hoax which the media ran for three years, is testable. The Biden camp have never challenged the authenticity of the laptop and its contents, which include a sordid selfie-video of Hunter having sex while smoking crack. As the clip is extremely graphic, Quadrant Online won’t provide a direct link, other than to point the curious and prurient to the website of Taiwanese TV network GTV, where it can be viewed in full.
The media initially ignored the laptop scandal partly on the ground that it was “Russian disinformation”. Their evidence for that was the usual nameless “intelligence sources” and “experts”, none of whom had actually seen or tested the materials, since the copies of the laptop’s hard drive are tightly held by the Trump camp and FBI. Last week the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said the materials were “not part of some Russian disinformation campaign.” He continued, “Let me be clear: the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that.” The FBI supports Ratcliffe’s view.
The media’s attempt at Totschweigtaktik (death by silence) was further destroyed when the laptop ownership was electronically traced to Hunter and his signature was on the deposit slip. More than that, according to Rudy Gieliani, he was contacted by a Biden clan lawyer who asked for the laptop’s return. Wanting it back is a pretty good indication you owned it to begin with.
Of course, Hunter can be any sort of low-life and Joe is not responsible for that; some parents do have ’em. Whatt is incontrovertible, however, is that Hunter was making millions peddling the vice-president’s name around the Eastern Bloc and to Chinese oligarchs and officials. He was and remains otherwise unemployable. Kicked out of the US Navy over cocaine use, he has no qualifications. Joe Biden claims no knowledge of Hunter’s scamming and denies any complicity in rorts or personally profiting from them. But at very least, Joe Biden as vice-president (and thereafter) was remiss in not putting a stop to Hunter’s pocket-lining chicanery, all of it based on his father’s status as the man one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.
It’s all spelled out in a US Senate committee report here. The high-profile scamming began in 2014 when corrupt Ukrainian gas producer Burisma appointed the unqualified Hunter to its board. It paid Hunter at least $US50,000 a month for five years to 2019. (Trump in the debate said he understood the sum was $US183,000 a month, plus $US3 million upfront). Hunter was appointed to the Burisma board supposedly and laughably for “consulting on corporate governance and transparency”. Seven months later the Burisma chief and “odious oligarch” Mykola Zlochevsky allegedly paid a $US7 million bribe to Ukrainian prosecutors to drop their investigations of him (Zlochevsky) and the company.
In 2014 Biden was in charge of Obama’s foreign policy towards Ukraine. His specific job for the US was to help Ukraine clean up its all-pervasive corruption. This was in the wake of the Kiev “Revolution of Dignity” against corruption. Whether Joe Biden delivered for Hunter or Hunter Biden did anything unlawful is beside the point: the pub-test is that the Bidens’ combo involvement in Ukraine stank.[ii] The ‘look’ was especially bad because Ukrainian politicians were desperate for US support. Joe Biden went to Kiev on April 21, 2014, to give that support conditionally, and Hunter stepped onto the Burisma board a mere three weeks later. US officials soon after were warning Joe Biden’s office about the problem, but the elder Biden did nothing and all but two of his officials kept schtum. [iii] The Ukraine story then runs into all sorts of rabbit holes, including lower-house Democrats impeaching Trump for allegedly improperly seeking dirt on the Bidens from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last year.
Hunter Biden’s business partner is convicted money-grubber Devon Archer. On the same day — April 22, 2014 — that Joe Biden addressed the Ukrainian parliament on policy towards Russia and the Crimea, Archer collected $US142,300 from a politically-connected Kazakh businessman, allegedly for the purchase of a car. Maybe Archer runs a car yard in Kazahkstan’s capital Nur-Sultan.
On February 14, 2014, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow, Elena Baturina (left), wire-transferred $US3.5
million for “consultancy” to an investment company co-founded by Hunter Biden. This payment was what Trump was referring to when he upbraided Biden during the second debate about the family’s Moscow money. The mayor’s wife became Russia’s first female billionaire during her husband’s tenure. The mayor was fired in 2010 for alleged corruption. Exactly who wound up with the $US3.5m and how is somewhat in dispute — but again, the pub test doesn’t have Hunter looking good. As if all these shadowy goings-on weren’t enough, Hunter then used his family name to extract multi-millions from Chinese companies linked to the Beijing regime and People’s Liberation Army and involving transfers of US military/commercial know-how. Hunter had arranged for his father to meet one of the Chinese principals briefly in the lobby of a Beijing hotel they were staying in after they flew together to China on Air Force II. As the Senate committee put it,
During the Obama administration, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved a transaction that gave control over Henniges, an American maker of anti-vibration technologies with military applications, to a Chinese government-owned aviation company and a China-based investment firm with established ties to the Chinese government.[iv]
One of the companies involved in the Henniges transaction was a billion-dollar private investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR). BHR was formed in November 2013 by a merger between the Chinese-government-linked firm Bohai Capital and a company named
Rosemont Seneca Partners [the above-mentioned RSP]. Rosemont Seneca was formed in 2009 by Hunter Biden [and] by Chris Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry and others.
Suspected Chinese intelligence asset – and Hunter Biden business partner and frequent travel partner – Michael Lin had official meetings with Joe Biden while he was vice president.
Hunter even got a present from a Chinese energy oligarch Ye Jianming of a 2.8 carat diamond, which he said was worth $US10,000 and BIden’s ex-wife, Kathleen, in divorce proceedings said was worth $US80,000. The oligarch was wanting political/business introductions in Washington DC. After a dinner, Ye sent a 2.8-carat diamond to Hunter’s hotel room with a card thanking him for their meeting. “I was, like, ‘Oh, my God!’,” Hunter said, according to a New Yorker piece a year ago.
Not all tainted money flowed inwards. Hunter showered many thousands of dollars to “nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an ‘Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring,” according to the Senate report. In other words, to foreign prostitutes.
Hunter is not the only Biden family member enriching themselves by influence-peddling. Last January US ABCNews ran a print story (remarkably) describing how Biden’s brother Frank “leveraged his famous name for business gain.” ABCNews then failed to put its own story on its own TV channel. Biden’s brother-in-law, Howard Krein, was exposed this month advising the Biden campaign on the pandemic while investing personally in COVID-19 start-ups. Investigative author Peter Schweizer has documented three other Joe Biden leeches: daughter Ashley, brother James and sister Valerie.[v] Joe Biden’s main asset on the campaign stump is supposed to be that he is a decent, honest family man. As he summed up in the last debate: “I’m going to say, as I said at the beginning, what is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency. Honor. Respect.”
Getting back now to the laptop, the key emails are
# May 2015: Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma, emails Hunter thanking him “for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honour and pleasure.” This is a little cloudy but throws doubt over Joe Biden’s claims to innocence about Hunter’s scamming ways.
Biden’s camp says the alleged Burisma meeting does not appear in Biden’s “official” diary, an insistence which counts for little as plenty of other Biden meetings were not formalised that way either.
The Wall Street Journal published one staff comment piece damning of the Bidens and on the same day a news piece saying the laptop materials were feeble because Joe Biden was not named there. The news piece ignored that when a potentate’s influence is being peddled for cash, no smart entrepreneur puts the potentate’s name in writing. Hunter’s euphemism for Joe was “the chairman” or “the big guy”.
# The laptop contained further extensive correspondence from 2017 between Hunter and representatives of China state-owned energy firm CEFC, discussing new deals and allocating equity shares, including, in one May 13, 2017, email “10 held by H for the big guy.” The “H” is obviously Hunter and “the big guy” is allegedly Joe Biden. By then Joe was out of office but already touted as 2020 presidential nominee.
On the evening October 21, who should pop up but one Tony Bobulinski — identifying himself as a former (disgruntled) business partner of Hunter and Joe Biden and long-term Democrat backer. The Bobulinski (right) testament does not involve one of those famously anonymous “senior officials” that Their ABC’s correspondents thrived on the entire Russia-collusion hoax. He sets out his checkable credentials:
I am the grandson of a 37 year Army Intelligence officer, the son of a 20+ year career Naval Officer and the brother of a 28 year career Naval Flight Officer. I myself served our country for 4 years and left the Navy as LT Bobulinski. I held a high level security clearance and was an instructor and then CTO for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. I take great pride in the time my family and I served this country. I am also not a political person. What few campaign contributions I have made in my life were to Democrats.
The anti-Trump media, which specialises in ad hominems, has not so far laid a glove on Bobulinsky, who issued a statement detailing his eyewitness observations in China of the conduct of the Bidens and the ways in which Joe’s involvement contradicted his own public denials.
I am the recipient of the email published seven days ago by the New York Post which showed a copy to [i.e. copied-in] Hunter Biden and Rob Walker. That email is genuine.
What I am outlining is fact. I know it is fact because I lived it. I am the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family.
Hunter Biden called his dad “the Big Guy” or “my Chairman,” and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing. I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true. . . .
I realized the Chinese were not really focused on a healthy financial ROI [return on investment]. They were looking at this as a political or influence investment.
I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts.
The Bobulinsky disclosures are going to keep coming: he has three phones — he’s holding two of them in the picture above — and their hoard of texts to share. What fun to come!
I’LL TURN now to the media handling of this verifiable Biden scandal.
From October 14-22, out of a total of 73.5 hours of US mainstream network news airtime, less than 17 minutes involved Hunter Biden. Our ABC’s US namesake, ABC, spent ZERO seconds on him. On CBS TV last week, 60 Minutes correspondent John Dickerson assured viewers that allegations of corruption against Joe Biden and his son don’t “matter” to voters and even promised that the “news cycle” would make sure to bury the scandal in the final days leading up to the election.
US mainstream media no longer even pretend to even-handedness. National Public Radio (NPR) is a government-established media group and part taxpayer funded. On the morning before the second debate, its News Managing Director Terence Samuel wrote internally about the Biden laptop, “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions … This was a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.”
NPR’s bruiting of the lurid, baseless and incredible rape allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were apparently not “just distractions” nor “politically driven”.
Biden is happy to closet himself in his basement and shun the media for days at a time, confident that the media will meanwhile do his work with their incessant anti-Trump pieces. His minders simply announce that Biden has “put a lid” on appearances, such as for four entire days before the second debate. I’m not sure Biden – who is evincing occasional symptoms of apparent dementia – has run a single unscripted press conference. During one supposedly spontaneous interview, his answers were mysteriously available on his teleprompter. “Move it up here!” he told his minder who was scrolling the teleprompter answers too slowly. And in recent days, Biden has been confused about his opponent’s name and identity, referring to Donald Trump as “George”. Then there is the rattle of loose screws in the recent clip below.
Once or twice a mainstream reporter has “gone rogue” and asked him softballs about his family’s money taint. CBS News: “Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”
Biden responded like Julius Ceasar, “et tu, Brute?”. His actual words: “I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign. It’s right up your alley. They’re the questions you always ask.”
And with Fox News Peter Doocy: “Mr. Vice-President, how many times have you ever spoken to your son about his overseas business dealings?”
Biden: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” He then yelled at the reporter: “Everybody looked at this, and everybody’s looked at it and said there’s nothing there. Ask the right questions!” Indeed.
Twitter and Facebook have censored the President’s social media accounts and those belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times. In contrast, the companies have not censored any of Biden’s campaign accounts. Tweets about the president’s concern over mail-in voting, COVID-19, and the Black Lives Matter protests have been given adverse “public interest notices.” (Back in 2017 a Twitter employee marked his last day on the job by entirely deactivating Trump’s account).
Facebook has censored Trump five times. A Trump ad attacking Antifa was removed from Instagram because it allegedly violated the platform’s “organized hate policy” by featuring an upside-down red triangle, which Facebook insisted was a covert rallying cry to neo-Nazis. The rationale: the Third Reich’s political prisoners had them stitched onto their concentration camp uniforms. The ad asked supporters “to sign a petition and stand with your President and his decision to declare ANTIFA a terrorist organization.” By way of illustrating the social media platform’s hypocrisy, bear in mind that multiple Antifa pages that have disclosed or “doxxed” home addresses of Republican senators, administration officials and even garden variety Trump supporters remain on the platform, free to be seen and acted upon by all comers. See the tweet below for the sort of conduct Twitter not merely allows but encourages.
When Trump tweeted, “So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of ‘Smoking Gun’ emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @nypost” his tweet was canned. Twitter justified its blatantly partisan policy by claiming Trump material contained hacked materials and information that constituted privacy violations. This is the same social media that propagated every kind of third-hand anti-Trump scuttlebutt and leak since 2015, including the infamous fake “pee dossier” concocted by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, a paid British ex-spook and Russian disinformation players.
As for “our” ABC, it’s run dead on the Hunter Biden coverage. Its rationale is in its Matt Bevan piece last week, packed with insights like:
As American media outlets wrestle with whether or not to publish information being provided by the President’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Sky News Australia, The Daily Telegraph and the Australian have happily broadcast and published their thoughts.
The ABC sleuth follows up with ad hominems about those disclosing the materials on the laptop “supposedly” belonging to Hunter Biden. Bevan spends half his article knocking down a straw man about Joe Biden and Burisma, and wants to dismiss the story because some New York Post reporters allegedly didn’t like the Post’s treatment of it.
Bevan sneers that Trump’s people got the laptop either by “incredible coincidence” or Russian collusion. That is, the Russians back in the Berlin Wall era installed a sight-impaired sleeper as PC Fix-It Man in Delaware, and got Hunter’s laptop 18 months ago. They laboriously loaded it with every sort of Biden family and business material plus selfie porn. They then arranged for Hunter to drop it for repairs at their sleeper’s repair shop, never to return for it, and for the blind man/sleeper agent to pass it to the FBI and Team Trump. That’s soooooo likely.
Magisterially, young Bevan concludes,
Either way, the information on the laptop is highly questionable. Which is why American news outlets have been hesitant to touch it. But Australian [Murdoch] media has shown no such qualms.
In other words, it’s disgraceful for anyone to report news that the left-liberal media want to censor.
The ABC has allowed a few fragments of the story to surface, sometimes as a target for attack. Days ago a new and massively researched expose of the Bidens emerged detailing a host of nefarious dealings with China. But any ABC follower will have no clue as to what – who knows – might in coming days truly be the story of the century.
Tony Thomas’s new book, Come To Think Of It – essays to tickle the brain, is available here as a book ($34.95) or an e-book ($14.95)
[i] • Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they see too much bias in the reporting of news that is supposed to be objective as “a major problem” (73%), up from 65% in the 2017 study.
[ii] In an email sent to State Department colleagues in September 2016, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, George Kent wrote: “… The presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board was very awkward for all US officials pushing an anti-corruption agenda in Ukraine.”
[iii] Hunter during Joe’s Vice-Presidency was entitled to secret-service escort. They accompanied him to a remarkable range of trips, including Moscow, Beijing, Doha, Paris, Seoul, Manila, Tokyo, Mexico City, Milan, Florence, Shanghai, Geneva, London, Dublin, Munich, Berlin, Bogota, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, Hong Kong, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Brussels, Madrid, Mumbai and Lake Como. In these trips Hunter racked up more than $US4 million in “questionable financial transactions” with well-connected foreigners.
[iv] The Henniges military technology was anti-vibration systems, which were important to the F-35 stealth fighter development. The “Chinese Aviation Company” was Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), the state-owned entity that produces fighter jets for the Chinese military. Partly through technology imitation and theft, China collapsed the development time of its F-35 equivalent fighter from 19 years (US) to 9 years. Information here from a massive new exposure of the Bidens as we went to press.
[v] Schweizer, Peter. Profiles in Corruption (p. 48). Harper. Kindle Edition