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US media outlets ‘actively discredited’ Biden family stories

Published on 16 Dec 2020 / In News & Politics

Journalist Drew Holden says America has seen an active campaign across media boards which lined up to ensure people did not hear about the negative stories surrounding the Biden family.

His comments come regarding various stories surrounding the Biden family’s business dealings, which most recently saw Hunter Biden become the subject of a federal investigation into possible tax fraud.

Mr Holden said he thinks the most accurate word to describe what the majority of the US media has done with the stories is “discredit” them.

“We saw a pretty active campaign across the boards of media outlets – one after the other – line up and say ‘not only are we not going to talk about this story, we’re going to very deliberately tell you to not listen about the story',” he told Sky News host Rita Panahi.

“There were a lot of outlets that got burned pretty bad, they got burned heading into 2016 with the coverage about Hillary Clinton’s emails – it turned out to be not as big or interesting as maybe we thought they were then.

“But then they also got burned in the other direction, they talked about Russian collusion over and over again and they realised that a lot of what they had been fed just wasn’t true, wasn’t accurate.”

Mr Holden said media outlets then faced the “big allegation” about Hunter Biden which came shortly before the US election and they “really worked to smother it” before being forced to report on it, but only after the election had passed.

“I think a lot of it has to do with well-intentioned concern that they were going to take something which they weren’t sure was a story and make it into story.”

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