Hard to say what’s bigger in the October Surprise. Joe Biden gets caught lying in an alleged pay-for-play scandal, Facebook and Twitter do naked political censorship to influence the US election in a “Digital Civil War” , or that the FBI was given all the information last year and didn’t say a thing.
Everything the Democrats accused Trump of doing they were apparently doing themselves.
Michael Smith news:
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.
Joe Biden says he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
Donald Trump in the NY Post: Vice President Biden, you owe the people of America an apology because it turns out you are a corrupt politician,”… “The Biden family treated the vice presidency as a for-profit corporation, flying around the globe, collecting millions of dollars from China and Ukraine and Russia and other countries.”
Trump said the reporting indicates, however, that “Joe Biden has been blatantly lying about his involvement in his son’s corrupt business dealings.” “These emails show that Biden’s repeated claim that he has never spoken to Hunter about his business dealings were a complete lie,” Trump said. “He’s trying to cover up a massive pay for play scandal at the heart of his vice presidency.”
“Hunter was being paid for access to his vice-president father, who was specifically put in charge of Ukraine and Russia,” Trump said. “It’s a corrupt family. Joe Biden personifies the selfish and corrupt globalists who got rich and powerful at your expense.”
Facebook jumped so fast, they were stopping it spreading before their own “fact-checkers” even come up with a reason:
Facebook has reduced the distribution of a New York Post story containing bombshell information indicating that — contrary to his previous denials — Joe Biden allegedly did meet with an adviser to the board of Burisma while he was vice president, arranged by his son Hunter, who was then working as a lobbyist for the company. Twitter followed suit soon after, labeling links to the story “unsafe.”
The emails were found on a computer dropped off for repair 18 months ago. The service was never paid for or the laptop retrieved. The repair shop couldn’t say who dropped off the lap top, but it had a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, and after all, the contents include emails from and to Hunter and even films that appear to show him in highly compromising “intimate” action. The owner alerted the FBI who seized it last December, but apparently didn’t do anything else. The repair shop kept a copy of the hard drive and gave it to Rudy Giuliani. Apparently there’s a lot more to come.
The ABC says the authenticity is disputed but has no information other ad homs against Steve Bannon or Guiliani. So far the Biden camp have not disputed that the emails are real, and nor have the FBI. Biden’s campaign point to a recent Republican-led Senate investigation that found “no evidence of wrongdoing on Mr Biden’s part with regard to Ukraine.” Though obviously, that investigation didn’t have these emails.
The Legacy media think this censorship is so laudable they use it as evidence that the BidenGate emails are meaningless. Here’s MSNBC “fighting for free speech”:
And now we have Wednesday’s Post article, which is so thin that Twitter has blocked people from accessing or sharing it. Even Facebook, not known for swift action, is slowing the story’s spread on its platform.
“Not known for swift action” indeed. Facebook was happy to let people promote any baseless allegation about Donald Trump. It’s supposed to be a platform, not a publisher.
The Players: The Ukrainian gas firm is “Bursima”. Vadym Pozharskyi is an adviser to the board of Burisma. He approached Hunter Biden (Joe’s son) in 2014 “asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence”. Hunter was given a job with Bursima for $50k a month or even more.
The new emails come in a large trove and show Pozharsky thanking Hunter for inviting him to D.C. ” giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.”
Less than eight months after Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for the introduction to his dad, the then-vice president [Biden] admittedly pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into getting rid of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev.
“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 infamously bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018. “Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
Facebook is just an arm of The Democrats:
Sohrab Amhari, NY Post: If ‘unreliable’ is the issue, why did social media never block anti-Trump stories?
“Andy Stone, a member of Facebook’s p.r. team, said, “We are reducing [the Post story’s] distribution on our platform.” Before joining the social-media giant, Stone worked for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, yet he insisted that Facebook’s action was “part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation.” Right.”
Twitter describe the allegations against Biden as “unsafe”. (Unsafe for Twitter perhaps?)
Twitter are locking out the WhiteHouse Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, for sharing the story. Even the office of the leader of the free world has no free speech.
Twitter and Facebook don’t just have a vested interest in getting corrupt Big Gov elected, it’s practically their business model. The last thing the Tech Giants want is to “Drain The Swamp Trump” to get reelected:
From Air Force One before the rally, Trump tweeted he wanted to repeal the companies’ protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, for operating as publishers rather than neutral hosts of third-party content.
Trump threatens their Big-Government protection racket, and an anti-trust case might break them up.
Big Tech and Big Media have been censoring skeptical scientists for years. Now they censor major media outlets and even The Whitehouse. As long as they do this, sharing the censored news is just a public service announcement.
What is science without free speech….
And where was the FBI?
h/t David E, BruceC, Another Ian, Orson, Ian Hilliar and HelenD.
UPDATE: ConservativeTreehouse have more images and ask useful questions about who took the photos on this laptop and whether there was some blackmail intent about the photos of “explicit acts”.
Did the FBI and U.S. Attorney in Delaware bury the laptop in order to stop the information from surfacing? Was U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr aware this laptop and content was in the custody of the Delaware USAO?
Who took the pictures and videos of Hunter Biden and what where they going to be used for? Was this a corrupt Ukrainian effort to compromise U.S. officials; or are there Russian interests involved?
So many questions….