Once upon a time – before Donald Trump was elected President, that is – the media had a far different take on the whole Hunter Biden-Ukraine saga.
At least three major media outlets focused on the matter as far back as 2014, with the Atlantic and the Guardian both calling the relationship between the Bidens and Ukraine “fishy” and the Wall Street Journal reporting on the “question mark about integrity” as far as Ukrainian members of Parliament were concerned.
The Guardian was concerned with Hunter Biden’s lack of experience in its semi-profile piece on the matter. The left-wing paper published the following:
Name: Hunter Biden.
Appearance: Chip off the old block. . . .
Isn’t that a bit fishy? Why do you say that?
Because he’s the vice-president’s son! That’s a coincidence. “This is totally based on merit,” said Burisma’s chairman, Alan Apter.
He doesn’t sound very Ukrainian. He’s American, as is the other new board member, Devon Archer. . . .
Who? Devon Archer, who works with Hunter Biden at Rosemont Seneca partners, which is half owned by Rosemont Capital, a private equity firm founded by Archer and Christopher Heinz.
Who? Christopher Heinz … John Kerry’s stepson. . . . .
So it’s not fishy at all? No one’s saying that.
Do say: “Somebody needs to get involved in Ukraine’s corporate governance, and it might as well be a clutch of rich, well-connected American dudes with weird first names.”
Don’t say: “Thanks, Dad.”
Expanding on it, the Atlantic’s coverage of the Burisma/Biden corruption saga noted:
“…Biden’s trip also coincided with a story about his youngest son. Hunter Biden was tapped
last month to join the board of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer.
At the time, The Guardian wryly explained
the oddity of Biden-spawn’s new gig.
As the Associated Press reports
today, there is more fishiness yet. While Hunter Biden’s new company is said to be working to get Ukraine off its dependence on Russia for energy, Burisma also reportedly “leases natural gas fields in the breakaway Russian-backed state of Crimea.”
Finally, read what The Wall Street Journal said in 2015:
Joe Biden is on his fifth trip to Ukraine as vice president, pressing the pro-Western government to root out widespread corruption, but activists here say that message is being undermined as his son receives money from a former Ukrainian official who is being investigated for graft.
“The situation raises a question mark about integrity,” said Viktoria Voytsitska, a member of Parliament and former employee of a rival gas company to Mr. Zlochevsky’s. “ There should be integrity at all levels, irrespective of whether these are of a public or private level.”
Mr. Zlochevsky is under investigation in the U.K. on suspicion of money laundering, according to British authorities. He is also under investigation in a Ukrainian unlawful-enrichment probe and a separate Ukrainian into alleged abuse of power, forgery and embezzlement, according to letters from the general prosecutor reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
How come the media was once concerned about Hunter Biden and Burisma, but no longer?