The stars of MSNBC’s flagship morning show “Morning Joe” dedicated a segment this week to what the media got wrong about the Hunter Biden story during the 2020 presidential election, while attempting to whitewash their own dismissals of the New York Post report that blew the scandal wide open.
According to Grabien transcripts, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski started the segment on Wednesday by citing “new” reporting from The Washington Post about Hunter Biden’s multimillion-dollar business deal with a Chinese energy company, which her show had ignored for nearly a week. Following a question from a guest about when the media should have “more aggressively” pursued the Hunter Biden laptop story, co-host Joe Scarborough focused on how the New York Post report was “banned” on social media, calling it “horrific,” rather than condemning the liberal media’s decision to bury the scandal.
Scarborough was also preoccupied with how the “Trump right” can exploit the Hunter Biden controversy as a “whataboutism” opportunity.
Brzezinski added his two cents, “If my memory serves me correctly, we asked the questions, but they weren’t amplified as much as they are now, in the middle of a huge story. A right-wing outlet will go crazy over Hunter Biden. It’s been amplified to the point where it’s completely out of the realm of reality. And I believe that is one of the problems as well.”
However, a review of the shows from October 2020 reveals that “Morning Joe” didn’t exactly “ask the questions.” In fact, the co-hosts were quick to declare that the New York Post story was “false” right away.
On Oct. 19, 2020, “Morning Joe” attempted to debunk the “fake” story by highlighting a New York Times article about the Post’s behind-the-scenes drama regarding those who were allegedly hesitant to put their bylines on the report.
“This raises a lot of questions about the story’s validity, the process of how it came to be,” MSNBC’s Jonathan Lemire said. “The Biden campaign has cast a lot of doubt on it, and most mainstream media outlets are skeptical.” Lemire went on to say, “The FBI is now looking into whether or not Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, was in fact fed disinformation by the Russians. Giuliani admitted to being the conduit for the story, saying he went to the New York Post with the story. There is currently an investigation into this.”
Brzezinski cited multiple reports claiming that intelligence agencies are looking into Giuliani’s dealings with “alleged Russian agents” and whether emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop are “linked to a foreign intel operation.”
The next day, Oct. 20, 2020, Scarborough attacked then-President Trump for labeling Biden a “criminal” as well as a reporter for not covering the laptop story, calling it “beyond the pale” and “un-American.” Both he and Brzezinski went on to shame those who intended to vote for Trump in the election.
On Oct. 21, 2020, NBC legal analyst Barbara McQuade blasted Trump for asking then-Attorney General William Barr to launch an investigation into the Bidens, saying there’s “no there there” for the DOJ to look into. Trump, according to McQuade, is using the Bidens to deflect attention away from his own legal problems. However, the Department of Justice had already begun a years-long investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances, which was unknown to the public at the time.
On Oct. 22, 2020, Geist decried the “information filters” that separate the left from the right, claiming that the president and right-leaning news outlets are not providing GOP voters with the truth.
It all makes sense if you watch Donald Trump’s speech and get your information from those sources. The Hunter Biden story makes sense. Everything that Donald Trump tells you is fitting into the narrative that you’ve been led to believe is true. If you watch it from where other people like us are sitting, it’s factually untrue,” Geist asserted.
Following the final presidential debate, “Morning Joe” declared on Oct. 23, 2022 that Trump’s attacks on then-candidate Biden about his son’s business dealings “fell flat” with most Americans, pushing the notion that the claims had already been “debunked.”