November 30, 2021

Hunter Biden’s ethics woes attracting greater scrutiny from mainstream media

Far from receding into the sunset, the ongoing scandals surrounding first son Hunter Biden’s finances have drawn renewed scrutiny in recent weeks, as evidenced by the publication of two new pieces on the topic by Politico and Business Insider, and it appears that growing numbers are asking questions about the president’s family that they should have raised long ago, as Breitbart notes.

According to Mattathias Schwartz of Business Insider, it is important for everyone to start paying real attention to Hunter Biden’s money-making schemes, “even if you hate Fox News,” saying that while it may be easy for left-leaning observers to disregard the controversies as nothing more than Republican conspiracy theories, there is undeniably truth to the notion that the Biden’s have long been involved in “old school, look-the-other-way corruption.”

The author goes on to criticize President Joe Biden for “repeatedly [using] Hunter Biden’s struggles with substance abuse, as well as the tragic deaths of Hunter’s mother, sister, and brother, as a shield to deflect questions about his son’s business affairs.”

The Business Insider piece comes almost contemporaneously with a Politico Magazine story by Ben Schreckinger in which the author opines, “Far from ethical concerns about Hunter Biden Being debunked, the case for close scrutiny only grows stronger when viewed in the full context of the family’s story and in light of events that have unfolded since Election Day.”

Outlining what he says is a family pattern “in which the finances of Hunter and other Biden relatives have raised ethics questions or overlapped with the president’s political alliances and public duties,” Schreckinger points to Hunter Biden’s burgeoning career as an artist as a particularly egregious situation which is so blatant that it may even begin to attract the attention of Democrats.

Amid reports that Hunter recently sold five reproductions of his work for $75,000 each, the White House was again hard pressed to provide answers or any transparency in terms of concerns that the president’s son is selling access to the administration and unethically lining his own pockets at the same time.

When pressed on Tuesday about the sales, White House press secretary Jen Psaki merely said, “We still do not know and will not know who purchases any paintings. And the president remains proud of his son.”

Obama-era White House ethics chief Walter Shaub has roundly condemned the arrangement, saying, “the notion of a president’s son capitalizing on that relationship by selling art at obviously inflated prices and keeping the public in the dark about who’s funneling money to him has a shameful and grifty feel to it.”

Amid new reporting that Hunter and Joe Biden also have a history of sharing bank accounts and paying each other’s bills, it is finally becoming impossible for the media to ignore that the family influence peddling business pursued for decades is something that poses not just ethical dilemmas, but also national security risks that must be laid bare for all to see.

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