CNN anker Jake Tapper appears to have had a sudden change of heart about the seriousness of the potential impropriety of the Biden family’s business ties after previously dismissing the Hunter Biden controversy that emerged in the final weeks of the presidential election.
During his interview on Thursday with Verkose president Biden en Verkose vise-president Harris, Tapper mentioned how Harris’ man, incoming Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff, was leaving his law firm to avoid any appearance of conflicts of interest ahead of the new administration and quickly pivoted to the president-elect’s own potential concerns.
“When your son came under scrutiny during the campaign, you vowed ‘No one in my family or associated with me will be involved in any foreign operations whatsoever. Period. End of story,'” Tapper began the exchange. “Will your brothers, will your son take leave from any business interests, not just foreign but any business interests, that might create any even an appearance of impropriety?”
“My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict with an appropriate distance from the presidency and government,” Het Biden geantwoord.
Tapper quickly moved on to another topic without any follow-up questions.
Egter, CNN’s most prominent anchor was quick to reject the explosive reporting from The New York Post that shed light on Hunter Biden’s questionable foreign business dealings before and after his father was in office as vice president.
“The rightwing is going crazy with all sorts of allegations about Biden and his family. Too disgusting to even repeat here,” Tapper gesê during a panel discussion op Okt. 22. “ek bedoel, some of the ones I’ve seen from the president’s son and some of the president’s supporters are just wildly unhinged.”
Maar nou, weeks after the presidential election as Biden prepares to become the 46th president, the subject of the Biden family’s business ties appears to be fair game to Tapper.
Even Tapper’s colleague Don Lemon appeared surprised that the subject was mentioned following the interview.
Op Woensdag, Project Veritas released recordings of CNN company conference calls that confirmed suspicions of the network’s concerted efforts to suppress the Hunter Biden story that was damaging to the Biden campaign after critics observed a complete blackout of any coverage of the bombshell reporting.
“Uiteraard, ons gaan nie nou met die New York Post-verhaal op Hunter Biden nie,” CNN Political Director David Chalian is heard saying during a conference call on Oct. 14, the same day the Post released its first reports on Hunter Biden’s emails. Chalian het later volgehou die verslag was “sy marsopdragte gee” na die “rightwing echo chamber about what to talk about today.”
Chalian, who also serves as a vice president, vervolg, “Uiteraard, Hunter Biden’s lawyer is quoted in the New York Post piece and we’ll just continue to report out this is the very stuff that the president was impeached over, this is the stuff that Senate Committees looked at and found nothing wrong in Joe Biden’s interactions with Ukrainians and now having an email that perhaps there was a meeting with someone from Burisma it seems. Rudy Giuliani’s sort of ‘dream-o-vision’ of how to throw stuff at the wall in these closing days of the campaign.”
On the Oct. 23 bel, the day after the final presidential debate where President Trump hammered Biden over the recent revelations involving his son, CNN President Jeff Zucker referred to the story as a “rabbit hole” daardie “I don’t think anybody outside of that [rightwing media] world understood last night” and later suggested the Wall Street Journal’s reporting definitively proves Biden had “no role” in his son’s business dealings with China as a reason for CNN not to pursue the story itself.
Zucker appeared to allude to the Hunter Biden email scandal in an Oct. 16 conference call released by Project Veritas on Tuesday.
“Die Trump-media, jy weet, beweeg onmiddellik van — OK, wel, Toemaar — die ontmaskering was, jy weet, found to be completely nonsensical, to the latest alleged scandal and expects everybody to just follow suit,” Zucker aan sy personeel gesê. “So, Ek dink nie dat ons ongegronde smere moet herhaal net omdat die regse media voorstel dat ons dit moet doen nie.”
“The unmasking” referenced by Zucker referred to the controversy involving top Obama administration officials, met inbegrip van die huidige president Biden, requesting to know the identity of then-Trump national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn during the transition period following the 2016 verkiesing
Zucker’s message appeared to have resonated with his star anchor, who the following week said the Hunter Biden allegations were “te walglik” om op die lug te herhaal.
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