Glorious meltdown: How CNN handled Hunter Biden’s ‘sweetheart’ plea deal going down in flames

Several media talking heads melted down Wednesday when news of Hunter Biden’s plea deal falling apart emerged.

As previously reported, the deal fell apart when Judge Maryellen Noreika, a Trump appointee, cried foul over several aspects of the deal.

She “raised concerns about the parties linking Hunter Biden’s tax plea agreement to the deal on the gun charge and over whether or not a provision in the deal would grant Hunter Biden blanket immunity — meaning that the government would not prosecute more broadly going forward,” according to ABC News.

Responding to this news, CNN’s talking heads were apoplectic.

“Someone made a bad mistake here. Am I wrong looking at this saying that these someone, whether it be Hunter Biden’s defense or prosecutors here, how did this fall apart?” host John Berman asked.

“How could there be such a big miscommunication?” his co-host asked.

“I cannot even begin to explain how the Justice Department walks into that courtroom without knowing exactly what the scope of immunity or coverage is for Hunter Biden, and equally, I cannot even begin to understand how Hunter Biden’s lawyers walk him into that courthouse without knowing exactly what the constraints, what the limitations of that deal are!” senior legal analyst Elie Honig replied.


Critics were amused by their shock.

“@CNN’s @eliehonig is shocked (SHOCKED!) that there is other legal issues for Hunter. This is what happens when your cable network employer fails to have dissenting views on a topic – you find out the facts later,” former Trump administration official Richard Grenell tweeted.

In fairness to Honig, he replied soon after by claiming Grenell had misinterpreted his response.

“I’m not remotely shocked Hunter has big legal problems. I’ve talked about this many times on air. I’m shocked at the incompetence and lack of preparation by lawyers for both sides. Watch the clip. You’re tilting at a straw man when I largely agree on this issue,” he tweeted.


Over on MSNBC meanwhile, host Andrea Mitchell expressed worry over how all this drama will affect the reelection campaign of Hunter’s father, President Joe Biden.

She specifically said that, without a finalized plea agreement, the case will “be hanging over their heads” going into 2024.

MSNBC White House correspondent Mike Memoli agreed.

“Yeah, not only is it going to be a significant complication for this President as he runs for a second term and continues about the business of his administration, to have his son’s legal woes, at least as it relates to the government itself, continuing, but it’s only going to add more fuel to the political fire that Republicans were stoking on Capitol Hill as they move forward with a potential impeachment charge,” he said.

“But potentially more significantly, remember, Andrea, Hunter Biden was front and center in the 2020 campaign. The impeachment of the former President Donald Trump began with his efforts and the efforts of his allies to allege that Vice President Biden had engaged in some wrongdoing because of his son’s involvement in business dealings,” he added.

“So, just as in 2020 when Hunter Biden was part and parcel of a discussion and legal potential overhanging then-candidate Joe Biden, this now further complicates that as we head into 2024, Andrea,” he concluded.


Also on MSNBC, later that day The New York Times’ White House correspondent, Peter Baker, fretted that the president will have a much more difficult time defending his son this time around (versus during the 2020 presidential election).

Recall that during a 2020 presidential debate, Biden responded to then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks about his son’s criminal activities by making it all about Hunter’s drug addiction.

“My son, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son,” he said.

Baker noted Wednesday that the president had been able to “frame it successfully in 2020” but won’t find it as easy to do in 2024.

“I think now of course it’s been a few years since then, more information has come out, more allegations have been made. Many of which of course have not yet been proven or confirmed,” he said.

“I think that narrative is a little harder to make right now, and so for President Biden, it’s not just about a wayward son, but about whether or not he himself had something to do with his wayward son’s business dealings, and that’s still an open question,” he added.



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