Devon Archer’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee regarding the business dealings of Hunter Biden and potential involvement of President Biden went largely unreported by major liberal news shows on Sunday mornings. Networks such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC failed to provide significant coverage of this growing controversy surrounding the President’s son. This raises concerns about the media’s handling of the issue.
During Archer’s testimony, a former friend and business associate of Hunter Biden’s, he stated that Hunter would put his father on speakerphone during business meetings on numerous occasions. Moreover, Archer alleged that executives from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where both Biden and Archer served as board members, made calls to Washington D.C. in an effort to have the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company fired. Interestingly, President Biden had previously mentioned this incident in a video back in 2018.
Although a few shows briefly mentioned the controversies surrounding Hunter Biden, none of them directly reported on Archer’s testimony. NBC’s Meet the Press briefly discussed Hunter Biden within the context of a “whataboutism” argument that Republicans might use in the future presidential election. CBS’ Face the Nation focused on the question of whether a special counsel should have been appointed for overseeing the Hunter Biden probe. Meanwhile, ABC’s This Week featured a Republican presidential candidate criticizing host George Stephanopoulos for ignoring Hunter Biden’s issues. It is worth noting that ABC also failed to provide on-air coverage of IRS whistleblowers who had raised concerns about the Department of Justice’s handling of the Hunter Biden investigation.
Surprisingly, CNN’s State of the Union, hosted by Dana Bash, did not address Hunter Biden at all. This lack of coverage further adds to the criticism of mainstream media downplaying the severity of the Hunter Biden scandal, particularly when it involves President Biden. Despite dedicating significant coverage to congressional hearings related to Russiagate during the Trump administration, CNN and MSNBC did not broadcast live coverage of the IRS whistleblower testimony. Instead, they focused more on the Democrats’ response to the allegations. Furthermore, President Biden was not asked about his son’s controversies in recent sit-down interviews with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Even during ABC News’ interview with Vice President Kamala Harris, the coverage of Hunter Biden lasted less than 30 seconds and was overshadowed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s impeachment inquiry suggestion.
The media’s handling of the Hunter Biden scandal continues to receive scrutiny, as questions persist regarding the extent of President Biden’s involvement in his son’s business dealings, which he has vehemently denied in the past. The lack of coverage by major news networks raises concerns about the integrity of the reporting and the public’s ability to access unbiased information about this important issue.