The campaign to suppress the New York Postís scoop on how Hunter Biden ďmerchandized access to his dadĒ reminds us of a story we were told early in our newspaper career. It might have been apocryphal, but it involved a plutonium-powered satellite that was wobbling in orbit and could crash in Seattle. The government asked the newspapers to hold the story, lest it trigger a panic. The newspapers promptly rushed it into print.
ďWhat would we have done if weíd sat on the story and it did crash in Seattle?Ē one editor supposedly growled. Lucky for him he didnít work for Facebook or Twitter, which have been suppressing the Postís scoop. Twitter has gone so far as to lock the personal twitter account of the White House press secretary, Kayleigh MeEnany, because she linked to the Postís scoop. She says sheíll have to sever the link in order to get her account back.
Itís one of the damnedest things weíve ever encountered. We canít vouch for the emails the Post turned up from a computer Hunter Biden abandoned in a repair shop. One of them quotes an executive of a Ukraine energy combine, Burisma, on whose board Hunter Biden was sitting for fifty grand a month, as thanking the Vice Presidentís son for a chance to meet his dad. The Biden campaign denies the meeting ever happened.
Our instinct is to trust the judgment of the New York Post. It didnít get to be Americaís oldest continuously published newspaper for nothing. Itís been far more forthcoming about the source of the Biden-Biden story than has been, say, the Times in respect of its sources on President Trumpís tax returns. Facebook and Twitter seem to think their own readers are fools. Thatís a mistake the Postís editors would never make.
Is there an editor in America who thinks that Hunter Bidenís consulting in Ukraine was on the up-and-up? Even Hunter Biden himself, while denying ethical wrongdoing, admits he made a mistake of judgment. So the New York Postís scoop doesnít land in a vacuum. It emerges amid a widening pattern that is all too clear to traditional newspaper editors. Itís not just Ukraine, either, but also Communist China.
Our own sense is that Americans donít expect Vice President Biden to attack his own son ó or even disavow him. We were on the Wall Street Journalís editorial board when it ran its editorial saying it didn't expect Jimmy Carter to turn against his scandalous brother Billy (ďHe ainít heavyĒ). Mr. Bidenís best moment in the first debate was when he expressed pride in his son for beating his drug problem.
Americans do, as we sense the story, expect to be able to exercise their own judgment in reckoning what to read about Joe Bidenís business dealings and those of his son. Itís just shocking that Facebook and Twitter are censoring posts from any newspaper, let alone the fourth largest paper in the country. They are feeding the cynicism in our politics. Far better to circulate the Postís scoop widely and let the chips, like the wobbling satellite, fall where they may.