Russell Brand is slamming the way both mainstream media and social media companies suppressed The Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden just before the 2020 election — saying media gatekeepers “conspired to keep information away from you because it was not convenient to their agenda.”
Brand, host of the “Under The Skin” podcast, made the comments while speaking to investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, his guest for that episode.
“I’m not a pro-Republican person,” the comedian began by saying, “I don’t see myself that way. I don’t see myself as conservative.”
But Brand said he also did not align himself with the liberal “media establishments.”
“However, it seems to me,” he continued, “What reason is Hunter Biden…on the board of an energy company in…Ukraine? What reason is James Biden…on the board, or receiving payments from an energy company, in China?”
“For me, revelations that there are financial connections between energy companies in…Ukraine, energy companies in China, and the Biden family are troubling. That should be public knowledge. And it’s even more troubling that Twitter, and Facebook and the media at large deliberately kept it out of the news because they didn’t want it to influence the election,” Brand continued.
The host went on to ask, “What is democracy then? It suggests to me that democracy is, ‘We want you to vote for this person. We don’t want you to vote for that person.’”
“As I’ve said, Donald Trump, you know, I don’t think Donald Trump’s the answer, but I’m sad to realize that I can no longer even claim to believe Joe Biden or the Democratic Party might be the answer, because look at how they behave. And look at the relationships between media, social media, and that party. They conspired to keep information away from you because it was not convenient to their agenda.”
In the final months of the heated 2020 presidential race, The Post revealed a trove of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that raised questions about his then-candidate father’s ties to his son’s foreign business ventures, including Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to corruption.
The emails revealed that the younger Biden introduced a top Burisma executive to his father, then vice president, less than a year before the elder Biden admittedly pressured Ukrainian officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
The water-damaged MacBook Pro — which bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation — was dropped off for repair at a Delaware computer shop in April 2019, but the individual who dropped it off never returned to pick it up.
It was seized by the FBI in December of that year.
In addition to his Ukrainian connections, other emails on the computer showed Hunter discussing potential business deals with China’s largest private energy company.
One deal seemed to spark considerable interest with the younger Biden, who called it “interesting for me and my family.”
Senate Republicans revealed the findings of their investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings in September. They said the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when the then-vice president’s son joined the board of Burisma when he had no energy experience.
Hunter Biden’s position with the reportedly corrupt energy company — which paid him “as much as $50,000 per month” — “created an immediate potential conflict of interest” because his father was involved in US policy toward Ukraine, the report stated.
Both President Biden and his son have continued to deny any wrongdoing.
Immediately following the release of The Post’s exposé, Twitter locked The Post’s account and demanded the outlet delete six tweets that linked to the stories based on files from the abandoned laptop in order to regain account access.
Twitter finally caved and unlocked the account after a two-week stalemate in the waning days of the election, without The Post deleting any of the tweets in question.
During that time, The Post gained about 190,000 Twitter followers.
At a Senate hearing weeks after The Post’s return to the site, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey conceded that the company made “a mistake” in its actions.
“We recognize it as a mistake that we made, both in terms of the intention of the policy and also the enforcement action of not allowing people to share it publicly or privately,” said Dorsey, responding to a question from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) about the forced media blackout.
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