An interesting phenomenon takes place when it comes to the GOP-led House impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden’s actions involving the Biden family business of trading on his famous name: When the panel releases potentially damning information, the media jumps to debunk it and if that falls short, downplays it while stressing that there is “no evidence” of wrongdoing by President Biden.
The latest example of this is a 2018 canceled check from the president’s brother Jim Biden, labeled as repayment for a $200,000 loan he got from his older brother. In releasing the check, Rep. James Comer, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, claimed, “Joe Biden’s ability to be paid back by his brother depended on the success of his family’s shady financial dealings.”
NewsNation host Dan Abrams, the founder/owner of Mediaite, mocked the latest Biden “bombshell,” declaring it to be “nonsense,” and the true believers were quick to disseminate that message.
“I’ve said all along that many of James and Hunter Biden’s dealings look bad,” Abrams said Tuesday night. “It sure seems like they were trading on the Biden name, but that doesn’t mean that Joe Biden was benefiting financially and they know that they have not been able to show that. Comer went on and on about Biden’s family members being flush with cash.”
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer whose latest so called “bombshell” on the Biden family is so weak that even the right-leaning media isn’t buying it! Join Dan as he breaks it down. pic.twitter.com/WqousdH3d5
— Dan Abrams Live (@danabramslive) October 24, 2023
Abrams ran a clip of Comer saying, “The bottom line is that the committee has shown the Bidens alone have brought in over $15 million in their foreign influence peddling.”
“James Biden had a major stake in a $15 million influence-peddling scheme, and yet somehow, he had to go crawling to his brother Joe, who was making money on a book and speaking gigs,” Abrams added. “He had to borrow $200,000. I know it doesn’t fit the narrative that Comer has been selling, and the right-wing media has given him every chance to push that narrative.”
He then pointed out that Comer has appeared 200 times on Fox News this year.
“That’s almost every single day that James Comer has popped up on Fox to present his ‘smoking guns’ and his ‘bombshells,’ which have been consistently hyped up by the network,” the News Nation host said, before noting that Fox News “largely steered clear of the latest bombshell.”
“Usually these supposed Biden bombshells get regular play on Fox for days and come with dozens of segments. But, maybe this one’s too far-fetched for them,” he explained. “Since Saturday, the James Biden check was only discussed in three segments on Fox News and only Jesse Watters mentioned it Monday. If this were really anything close to a bombshell, we’d be hearing about it hour after hour on every single Fox News show.”
Abrams then insisted that he is not “ignoring” the Biden investigation, claiming his show has “devoted many segments” to the story.
“But every time Comer runs to Fox News or Newsmax with flimsy, so-called evidence and tries to sell it as a smoking gun or bombshell, it simply does not help his cause,” he concluded. “Comer has repeatedly called this the greatest political scandal of his lifetime. If that’s true, he ought to treat it that way and not spend so much time hyping up nonsense.”
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