CBS News’ John Dickerson said Friday that the ongoing controversy surrounding Hunter Biden’s laptop, and the damaging emails and photos of the Democratic presidential nominee’s son it contained, are unlikely to hurt Joe Biden’s campaign because he “has an ally in the news cycle.”
The mainstream media has largely ignored or downplayed the New York Post report that revealed a 2015 email Hunter Biden allegedly received from a member of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The email appeared to thank him for “giving an opportunity” to meet his father, then-Vice President Biden.
The former vice president had long claimed that he did not talk to his son about his business dealings, but evidence from the laptop seems to contradict that point. However, the CBS News political analyst feels the news cycle will make sure it’s not relevant come Election Day.
“Joe Biden has an ally in the news cycle, which is, if President Trump tries to shift the turf onto the Biden family, for the purposes of muddying Joe Biden, the news cycle keeps returning to the central piece of this campaign which is coronavirus and the president’s response to it and the country has a very negative view of that,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson then said the news cycle will purposely keep voters focused on that rather than devoting time to the laptop’s contents and questions about the family’s overseas business dealings.
After the initial New York Post story was published, social media giants Facebook and Twitter censored the story, and the mainstream media downplayed it. Additional allegations related to the laptop have since come out, including an email that appeared to detail a business arrangement involving a Chinese company and members of the Biden family, but the mainstream media had essentially ignored it until Kristen Welker finally brought it up during Thursday’s presidential debate.
Biden has denied any wrongdoing and maintains that the allegations are part of a “smear campaign” against him.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., sent a scathing letter to NPR president and CEO John Lansing on Friday, condemning the nonprofit media organization for admitting that it wouldn’t cover the scandal. In an interview, Lansing claimed, “we don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste listeners’ and readers’ time on that stories that are just pure distractions.”