America’s liberal media may regret its decisions on the Hunter Biden story

Comment: As partisans, the US media were right to downplay or ignore the Hunter Biden story. As espousers of healthy democracy, they were wrong

1st November, 2020
America’s liberal media may regret its decisions on the Hunter Biden story
Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, and his son Hunter: a controversy about Hunter’s business dealings was dismissed by liberal media as “a distraction”. Picture: AP

The recent actions of America’s liberal media institutions suggest they may have adapted Oscar Wilde’s advice: to lose one election because of Russian interference and leaked emails may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two would look like carelessness.

In the liberal media, and in the tech platforms whose staffing skews liberal, the spectre of 2016 haunts 2020. The most obvious lessons to be drawn from 2016 were that the...

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