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It’s taken 16 months, but the Washington Post and New York Times are finally starting to aggressively report on the president’s son.

What took so long?

It’s unclear, and neither newspaper explained exactly why — or admitted any error in judgment in downplaying Hunter Biden’s allegations in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election. No mea culpa, no proof of journalistic introspection.

They deserve credit for getting into the game, even if they catch up at this late date. But you have to ask yourself: are you worried about Hunter Biden being indicted, and this media didn’t want to be seen as treating him as an unexpected development after a very long silence?

US President Joe Biden (right) is comforted by his son Hunter Biden and First Lady Jill Biden after being sworn in during the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington , DC .
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It was the New York Times that recently reported that the federal criminal investigation into Biden was actively progressing, examining possible tax evasion, lobbying violations and money laundering. The newspaper also said Biden had paid back more than $1 million in back taxes. In the process, The Times said it confirmed the authenticity of the emails on the laptop Hunter left at a Delaware repair shop.

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This, of course, was reported by the New York Post in the fall of 2020 – and ignored or downplayed by most major news outlets. Twitter, as you’ll recall, blocked anyone from sharing the tabloid’s stories — what two of the country’s most prestigious newspapers are now saying is true. Several outlets dismissed the reports as Russian disinformation. NPR called it a non-story.

It was an incredibly embarrassing episode that helps explain why conservatives don’t trust MSM. They think the press was doing nothing less than protecting Joe Biden in the final stretch of the election.

Now comes the Washington Post with a detailed report on Hunter Biden’s lucrative dealings with a Chinese energy conglomerate.

In this screenshot from the DNCC livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020.

In this screenshot from the DNCC livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020.
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Starting in 2017, and in just over a year, the Chinese company and its executives “paid $4.8 million to entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle,” the newspaper said. This is based in part on “emails contained on a copy of a laptop hard drive believed to have once belonged to Hunter Biden.”

Again, it’s too late. So why this very long delay?

The story says that the Post, in late 2020, repeatedly asked Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon to provide the contents of the laptop, but were either refused or ignored. Agreed. But in June 2021, the newspaper obtained a copy from activist Jack Maxey, who worked with Bannon and had obtained Giuliani’s readership.

It was a very long time ago. Why didn’t the Washington Post, which says it verified communications through cryptographic signatures from tech companies, jump on it? No explanation.

Could the political winds have changed, with Biden far more unpopular than he was last summer? Just a thought.

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In fairness, the Post says it “did not find evidence that Joe Biden personally benefited from or knew of any details of the dealings with CEFC,” the Chinese firm, “that took place after he left the vice presidency and before he announced his intentions to run for the White House in 2020.” No smoking gun there.

The New York Times this week confirmed the authenticity of Hunter Biden's infamous laptop.

The New York Times this week confirmed the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.
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And the Times says Hunter Biden may well not be charged due to the complexity of the case, or may only face a civil suit.

After the Times ran the story through customs, so to speak, I figured the TV news beyond Fox would jump on it. But MSNBC, CNN and the broadcast networks haven’t touched it. The other day, CNN finally hosted a legal expert who said there was a realistic chance that Hunter Biden would be indicted.

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Everyone has known all along that young Biden, a known drug addict, engages in global influence peddling. No one thinks he was hired for his energy expertise. His father may have been away from duty in this case, but everyone knew he could run for the White House. Many family members of Washington officials indulge in this kind of raking, but that doesn’t make it right.

Can anyone seriously doubt that major news outlets would have exercised such restraint had Donald Trump Jr. been investigated for a dodgy deal?

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The Washington Post and New York Times now do the kind of journalism they are capable of when it comes to the president’s family. It certainly took them a while to get there.