Big Tech blocks access to Biden story nobody surprised to read
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
The American public is watching, in real time, as Big Tech is attempting to block a newspaper story tying Joe Biden to his son’s globetrotting, cash-grabbing adventures in Ukraine and China.
Just hours after The New York Post broke the story Wednesday morning, a spokesman for Facebook announced the popular website would address the newspaper story with fact-checkers and also limit distribution of the story. That questionable censorship of a newspaper story was outdone by Twitter, which shut down the Post’s account then locked the accounts of numerous other Twitter users who shared it, including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“If they can ban the press secretary of the United States for President Trump,” she warned on Fox News, “they can ban citizens, and that is pathetic.”
Twitter claimed in a statement it was blocking access under its “Hacked Materials Policy,” even though it appears a business owner, not a computer hacker, lawfully accessed the hard drive’s contents.
Other accounts that were blocked from sharing the Post story included President Trump’s official campaign and the account for Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee.
Not outdone with blocking the Post story, Twitter locked the account of writer-radio host Dana Loesch after she wrote her own story about Big Tech censorship.
‘Dear Hunter’, thanks for visit
In the exclusive story, the Post appeared to drop an “October surprise” weeks before Election Day: Hunter Biden set up at least one meeting between a Ukrainian oligarch and his father, who was then vice president of the United States.
According to the Post, the emails came from a laptop likely owned by Hunter Biden, who left it for repair at a Delaware computer store but never picked it up. The owner later opened the unclaimed laptop and discovered the email chain as well as salacious videos and images of Biden smoking crack and engaging in sexual activities, the newspaper said.
The owner turned the laptop over to the FBI --- which apparently sat on the information for 10 months -- but a copy of the hard drive found its way to the Post from Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s attorney.
“Dear Hunter,” begins the email from Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi,” “thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father…”
Pozharski was described by the Post as a top executive at Burisma, the notoriously corrupt gas company that found a well-paid seat on its board for the then-vice president’s unqualified son.
Joe Biden has angrily denied any connection at all to his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. During the primary, he threatened an Iowa voter for suggesting Hunter Biden served on the Burisma board, with no experience in the gas industry, because he had access to his father and his title.
“You’re a [expletive] liar, man!” Biden snapped at the man. “That’s not true and no one has ever said that. No one has proved that.”
A second email published by the Post, which is dated a year before the one quote above, makes the accusation of corruption more obvious: Pozharskyi asks Biden for “advice on how you can use your influence” to help the Ukrainian company.
MRC: This is ‘election interference’
Dan Gainor of MRC TechWatch says Facebook is trying to rig the election for Joe Biden.
“What we're watching here, very blatantly, is election interference,” he tells OneNewsNow.
Reacting to Twitter blocking the GOP House Judiciary Committee account, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pointed out --- via Twitter --- that Big Tech never attempted to block or censor the “debunked” Steele dossier or, more recently, stories about President Trump’s tax returns, which were leaked to the New York Times as an obvious pre-election hit job.
“Trump has disputed a gazillion of these bogus stories,” Gainor tells OneNewsNow. “Facebook's never restricted any of them.”
Lost in the stories over Big Tech censorship is that the Biden campaign did not deny Biden met with the Burisma official.
“Biden’s campaign would not rule out,” Politico reported, “the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with Pozharskyi, which wouldn’t appear on Biden’s official schedule.”
The presidential campaign had responded, soon after the Post story published, that Biden’s official schedule does not show any meetings with the Burisma executive.
Some liberal media outlets are questioning the "custody chain" in which the hard drive's information found its way to Giuliani, then to the Post, and NBC News correspondent Hallie Jackson called The New York Post a "tabloid" that published a "questionably sourced story" in which the claims are "dubious."
The media has not always jumped to the defense of Hunter Biden.
"If your last name wasn't Biden, do you think you would've been asked to be on the board of Burisma?" ABC News asked him a year ago.
"I don't know. I don't know. Probably not, in retrospect," Biden replied. "But that's — you know — I don't think that there's a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn't Biden."
Summarizing the story's accusations against the elder Biden and his son, Fox News host Shannon Bream said Thursday morning the Post story is raising questions about the son using his father’s access to enrich himself.
“All of that is getting lost,” Bream said, because the story has now shifted to accusations of censorship.
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