Painting Over Scandal: Nets Ignore Own Reporters, Skip Hunter Biden’s Latest Art Antics


In an unsurprising transfer, Hunter Biden’s lifetime of corruption reared its head this week as, along with a doubtful association during which he (and the general public) supposedly received’t discover out who bought his artwork when it goes on sale, he’ll be attending an artwork exhibition that can function mentioned work. In fact, ABC, CBS, and NBC noticed zero motive to cowl it on their prime morning or night newscasts even if their very own reporters grilled Press Secretary Jen Psaki about it at briefings.

This bias by omission was additional underlined by the truth that, on Friday, ABC discovered time throughout its two in a single day packages to cowl it over two information briefs for a mixed 45 seconds.

 

 

On World Information Now at 3:39 a.m. Japanese, co-host Mona Kosar Abdi reported there was “controversy involving Hunter Biden and his work that would promote for as a lot as $500,000” as he’s “anticipated to satisfy with potential patrons at two upcoming artwork exhibits.”

Including that it’s “elevating ethics issues that the patrons would attempt to achieve affect with the President,” Kosar Abdi appeared incredulous herself, concluding with the White Home’s declare that “potential patrons would stay nameless” and “there might be no conversations in regards to the promoting of his artwork.”

Sure, similar to not speaking about beer at a beer backyard or rooster at Chick-fil-A.

Quick-forward to the subsequent half-hour (or hour, relying on when one’s native information begins), co-host Andrew Dymburt learn a shortened temporary throughout America This Morning:

New controversy surrounding Hunter Biden and his work, which might promote for as much as $500,000. The President’s son is anticipated to satisfy with potential patrons at two upcoming artwork exhibits. That is after the White Home insisted that potential patrons would stay nameless due to ethics issues. At difficulty is whether or not folks shopping for the artwork could attempt to achieve affect with the President.

When the sham of an settlement was unveiled on July 9, CBS White Home correspondent Weijia Jiang sparred with Psaki over this hole-filled plan, however Jiang’s questioning by no means made it to air for the CBS Night Information (earlier than being lined a day afterward CBS This Morning: Saturday).

Skip to Thursday, Jiang’s colleague Nancy Cordes and CBS Information Radio’s Steven Portnoy went back-and-forth with Psaki in regards to the so-called settlement and the brand new improvement relating to the artwork present. Gaslighting all the way in which to the moon and again, Psaki insisted there might be nobody moreover knowledgeable gallerist who’ll ever know the id of the patrons.

Not like with Jiang, the admirable strains of questioning by no means noticed a second of air on CBS This Morning or the CBS Night Information.

The main target moved on Friday to ABC as correspondent Rachel Scott adopted Cordes’s instance in declaring the absurdity of Psaki’s claims that Hunter wouldn’t be discussing artwork at an artwork present and folks might publish on social media mentioned work after buying them.

However as soon as once more, Psaki refused to have interaction within the slightest moreover her inflexible speaking factors (click on “increase”):

SCOTT: One final one on Hunter Biden. You confirmed yesterday that he might be assembly with potential patrons, however you additionally mentioned that he’s not going to have any conversations relating –

PSAKI: Not that he’s assembly with potential patrons, that he’s attending gallery occasions that had been prior – prior deliberate and introduced.

SCOTT: — there may very well be potential patrons there.

PSAKI: He’s not – they — these discussions might be occurring with the gallerists, however that’s totally different than assembly with potential patrons.

SCOTT: If there are potential patrons there, you mentioned yesterday that he’s not going to have any conversations associated to the promoting of artwork. How can the administration assure that?

PSAKI: The promoting of his artwork will all occur via the galler – the gallerist, and the names and people might be stored confidential. We won’t remember and neither will he remember.

SCOTT: Is there something stopping anybody from straight telling, although, Hunter Biden that they’re going to buy his artwork? And in the event that they do, the American folks received’t know who they’re.

PSAKI: He won’t know. We won’t know who purchases his artwork.

Having already irked Psaki with an alternate about her avowed perception that the American folks now not must find out about Covid circumstances inside the White Home, The Wall Road Journal’s Catherine Lucey had her personal go at it on Hunter Biden.

As soon as once more, Psaki needed to claw her manner throughout with farcical speaking factors (click on “increase”):

LUCEY: Following up on the questions on Hunter Biden and his artwork exhibits, are there any particular procedures you possibly can inform us which are being put in place to make sure that these conversations stay, as you say, not in regards to the gross sales? Will he get ethics coaching? Will he must report afterwards in regards to the conversations? Something particular you possibly can inform us about how you might be monitoring this?

PSAKI: Nicely, once more, I feel it’s definitely a dedication that has been made by all events concerned. He’s not concerned within the sale or discussions in regards to the sale of his artwork, and he won’t learn of the – of the sale of his artwork and who’s buying that artwork. That could be a dedication that’s been made, and we count on that each one events would abide by it.

As an alternative of protecting Hunter Biden, the networks lined issues similar to extra company whoring on ABC’s Good Morning America for father or mother firm Disney with a brand new Disney+ “cinematic expertise” starring Billie Eilish, CBS This Morning touting the Tremendous Bowl rings for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and NBC Nightly Information reporting on how these aboard the Worldwide Area Station are taking within the Olympics.

To see the related ABC transcripts from July 23, click on “increase.”

ABC’s World Information Now
July 23, 2021
3:39 a.m. Japanese

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Art Controversy]

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Hunter Biden to Meet with Potential Art Buyers; Upcoming Appearance at Two Shows Raising Ethics Concerns]

MONA KOSAR ABDI: And there may be controversy involving Hunter Biden and his work that would promote for as a lot as $500,000. The President’s son is anticipated to satisfy with potential patrons at two upcoming artwork exhibits in New York and Los Angeles. And the transfer is elevating ethics issues that the patrons would attempt to achieve affect with the President. The White Home had insisted the potential patrons would stay nameless to Hunter Biden. Now, they are saying there might be no conversations in regards to the promoting of his artwork.

(….)

ABC’s America This Morning
July 23, 2021
4:27 a.m. Japanese

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Top Stories; Hunter Biden Ethics Concerns; Upcoming Appearance at Art Shows in Spotlight]

ANDREW DYMBURT: New controversy surrounding Hunter Biden and his work, which might promote for as much as $500,000. The President’s son is anticipated to satisfy with potential patrons at two upcoming artwork exhibits. That is after the White Home insisted that potential patrons would stay nameless due to ethics issues. At difficulty is whether or not folks shopping for the artwork could attempt to achieve affect with the President.



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