Russell Brand denounces censorship of Post Hunter Biden talk
Russell Brand criticizes how mainstream media and social media companies suppressed the Post’s bombshell reports of Hunter Biden just ahead of the 2020 election – saying media gatekeepers “ conspired to keep the information away from you because it didn’t suit their schedule. ”
Brand, host of the “Under The Skin” podcast, made the comments when speaking to investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald, his guest for this episode.
“I’m not a pro-Republican person,” the comedian began, saying, “I don’t see myself like that. I do not consider myself to be a conservative.
But Brand said he was also not aligning with liberal “media establishments”.
“However, it seems to me,” he continued, “for what reason is Hunter Biden… a board member of an energy company in… Ukraine? What is the reason why James Biden… is on the board of directors or receives payments from an energy company in China? “
“To me, the revelations that there are financial ties between energy companies in… Ukraine, energy companies in China and the Biden family are troubling. It should be common knowledge. And it’s even more troubling that Twitter, Facebook and the media in general deliberately kept him out of the news because they didn’t want it to influence the election, ”Brand continued.
The host then asked, “What is democracy then? This suggests to me that democracy is, “We want you to vote for this person. We don’t want you to vote for that person. “”
“Like I said, Donald Trump, you know I don’t think Donald Trump is the answer, but I’m sad to realize that I can’t even pretend to believe that Joe Biden or the Democratic Party could be the answer anymore. , because look how they behave. And look at the relationship between the media, social media and this party. They conspired to withhold information from you because it did not fit their agenda. “
In the final months of the heated 2020 presidential race, The Post revealed a slew of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that raised questions about his then-candidate father’s ties to his son’s overseas businesses, including including Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to corruption. .
The emails revealed that the younger Biden introduced a senior Burisma executive to his then-vice-president father less than a year before the elder Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to fire them. a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
The water damaged MacBook Pro – which bore a Beau Biden Foundation sticker – was dropped off for repair at a Delaware computer store in April 2019, but the person who dropped it never returned on search.
It was seized by the FBI in December of that year.
In addition to his dealings with Ukraine, other emails on the computer showed Hunter discussing possible trade deals with China’s largest private energy company.
A deal appeared to attract considerable attention from young Biden, who called it “interesting to me and my family.”
Senate Republicans revealed the findings of their investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign trade dealings in September. They said the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when the then vice president’s son joined Burisma’s board with no energy experience.
Hunter Biden’s position within the allegedly corrupt energy company – which paid him “up to $ 50,000 a month” – “created an immediate potential conflict of interest” because his father was involved in US politics towards Ukraine, according to the report.
President Biden and his son have continued to deny any wrongdoing.
Immediately after the Post’s briefing was released, Twitter locked the Post’s account and asked the outlet to remove six tweets related to the file-based stories from the abandoned laptop in order to regain access to the account. .
Twitter finally gave in and unlocked the account after a two-week standoff in the closing days of the election, without The Post deleting any of the tweets in question.
During this time, The Post has gained around 190,000 followers on Twitter.
At a Senate hearing weeks after the Post returned to the site, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted the company had made “a mistake” in its actions.
“We recognize that this is a mistake we made, both in terms of the intent of the policy and also the coercive action of not allowing people to share it publicly or privately. Dorsey said, responding to a question from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) about the forced media blackout.