by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Washington Post established itself as the premier public relations partner for the Biden family this weekend in a laughable article that purported to summarize its “review” of Hunter Biden’s career. The left-leaning outlet’s “reporting,” however, instead peddled to Americans a mythical tale that not only moved the goalposts for judging misconduct but whitewashed the entire field of the family’s influence-peddling scheme — details of which now confirm President Biden personally profited from the corruption.
“I have never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses. Period,” then-presidential candidate Joe Biden proclaimed in an August 2019 statement to reporters. Since then, overwhelming evidence has established Biden, while vice president, not only spoke with Hunter and Jim Biden about their business, but also met or talked with various investors including foreign officials, and later received money that originated from those same “business” partners.
Yet, on Saturday, the legacy outlet sidestepped the vast and still-accumulating evidence of the Biden pay-to-play scandal that now reaches all the way to the president. Instead, the weekend article headlined, “Hunter Biden’s Career of Benefiting From His Father’s Name,” declared that “a Washington Post review of Hunter Biden’s career found no sign the family patriarch was an active participant in his son’s business efforts.”
In four short years, we’ve gone from Biden declaring he never discussed with anyone “anything having to do with [Hunter and Jim’s] businesses,” to a supposed standard-bearer of journalism reframing the issue as whether the now-president had been “an active participant in his son’s business efforts.”
The bait-and-switch executed by The Washington Post proves vital to President Biden’s political survival because we are long past the question of whether he knew about Hunter and Jim’s business dealings, spoke to them about their activities, or met any of their investors — all things the family patriarch once denied.