WATCH: Critics SLAM "PBS Newshour" For Hunter Biden Bias

By Greg Moriarty | Sunday, 09 June 2024 11:59 PM
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In the golden era of journalism, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was a beacon of impartial reporting and unbiased political analysis.

The network's flagship program, "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour," which debuted in 1983, was a testament to this commitment. However, the retirement of MacNeil in 1995 and Lehrer in 2011, coupled with the introduction of a multi-anchor format, marked a turning point in the network's history.

The once revered news outlet has since been accused of bias, with critics arguing that it has strayed from its original mission of providing objective news coverage.

According to RedState, this bias was glaringly evident in a recent episode of "PBS Newshour," which discussed the ongoing Hunter Biden trial. The episode, hosted by Amna Nawaz and featuring guests Jonathan Capehart of MSNBC and David Brooks of the New York Times, was criticized for its perceived lack of objectivity and its use of whataboutism.

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The discussion centered on the criminal trial of Hunter Biden, who is facing federal gun charges for allegedly lying about his drug addiction when purchasing a weapon in 2018. Nawaz initiated the conversation by stating, "I do want to briefly also get both of your takes on the Hunter Biden trial this week, which was under way. It's a criminal trial on federal gun charges alleging he lied about his drug addiction when purchasing a weapon back in 2018."

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However, critics argue that Nawaz quickly veered into editorializing, stating, "I think it's fair to say it was a very tough week, a lot of personal and embarrassing anecdotes and details that came out from a number of people, Beau Biden's widow and his ex-wife — Hunter Biden's ex-wife as well. I'm just curious about how you both view the place that this trial holds right now in our political and social conversations."

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Capehart's response to Nawaz's question was met with criticism, as he attempted to link the Hunter Biden trial to the criminal proceedings of former President Donald Trump. He stated, "Well, the place this trial holds, unfortunately, is latched onto the criminal proceedings of the former president, of Donald Trump." Critics argue that this statement was a clear attempt to deflect attention away from the Hunter Biden trial and onto the former president.

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Capehart continued, "Republicans have been trying to make Hunter Biden an issue for President Biden in an attempt to bring him down and the — quote, unquote — 'Biden crime family.' But what we have in this trial in Wilmington has nothing to do with any kind of policy or any of the other things that Republicans have been talking about."

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He further attempted to downplay the seriousness of the charges against Hunter Biden by stating, "We're talking about a drug addict who had a very bad problem, lied on some government forms, is being held accountable, and is being held accountable in a court of law, where all the messiness is coming out."

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David Brooks, on the other hand, expressed sympathy for Hunter Biden, describing him as a "lost soul" who is living in the shadow of his father and his "amazing brother." He also suggested that the trial would not have taken place if Hunter Biden was not the son of the president.

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Despite these assertions, critics argue that the PBS Newshour episode was a clear example of media bias, with the hosts and guests seemingly attempting to minimize the seriousness of the charges against Hunter Biden and deflect attention away from the trial. This, they argue, is a far cry from the objective reporting that PBS was once known for.

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In a previous episode of "PBS Newshour," Brooks had criticized conservatives for their reaction to the Trump trial, stating, "[If private virtue falls apart, the public order collapses. And we shouldn't forget the fact this case was about a president, a former president, paying hush money to a porn star. I mean, in what world do we enter that?”

This perceived bias has led to criticism of PBS, with detractors arguing that the network is no longer providing the unbiased news coverage that it was once known for. Instead, they argue, it is now serving up "highbrow bias, one ridiculous episode at a time."

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