Major television networks largely ignored a bombshell report about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s overseas business dealings.
On Wednesday and Thursday, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and two town halls featuring Joe Biden and President Trump dedicated nine minutes and 47 seconds on the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email report, amounting to 0.2% of the over 92-hour period, according to the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters website.
CNN and ABC reportedly ignored the story entirely, while NBC spent 45 seconds discussing it.
MSNBC covered the story the most, dedicating four minutes and 34 seconds of coverage over a 36-hour period.
“Even when journalists mentioned the story, they devoted much of their time to knocking it down,” MRC Deputy Research Director Geoffrey Dickens wrote at Newsbusters.
The story was also suppressed by social media giants Twitter and Facebook immediately following its release on Wednesday.
Shortly after the story broke, Facebook communications official Andy Stone said the company was “reducing its distribution” of the article due to fact-checking concerns.
“While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners,” Stone tweeted. “In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Twitter also limited the spread of the story by locking several accounts that tweeted the link, including the accounts of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the New York Post’s Twitter account.
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