Tom Cotton Slam Dunks CNBC Journalist Over Suppression of Hunter Biden Laptop computer Story
If you’ve ever wanted to see a scene of a mainstream media journalist silent, welcome to the CNBC Squawk Box incident on Friday, where Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) does just that with the show’s co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin Has.
The other co-host of Squawk Box, Joe Kernen, set the stage for the dramatic scene with this observation:
In the past few weeks there have been some issues that could really lead to disruption or reluctance – and possibly even necessary steps to contain businesses. What do you think is more important? That Google story about the monopoly with the DOJ or what we saw on Facebook and Twitter about deciding whether to get a message out? I’m talking about Lapgate, the New York Post, which covers Vice President Biden and his son.
After discovering that social media companies like Facebook and Twitter are absolutely immune to any kind of lawsuit against what is posted on their platforms, Cotton spoke specifically about the suppression of Hunter Biden’s laptop history.
The New York Post reported on Hunter Biden’s alleged business dealings. There were many emails and other documents. Well, maybe these are not authentic; Maybe they are. I dont know. I want to point out that Hunter Biden and the Biden campaign did not deny their authenticity. It’s like the dog that didn’t bark, but you’d think that most news organizations would commit to spreading news that they want to dig deeper into them; They would want to explain exactly what they found rather than doing what the big tech companies did, censor it, and most mainstream media try to suppress it as much as possible by November 3rd.
And this won’t go away on November 3rd. Should Joe Biden win, there will still be questions about whether or not Joe Biden and his family and administration are under pressure from China, the Chinese Communist Party oligarchs. It’s exactly the same thing Democrats accused Donald Trump of facing four years with no evidence. We have to get to the bottom of these things, regardless of the election result. The media is doing the country a disservice by essentially ignoring this story.
At that point, Sorkin stepped in and prepared for his own knockdown by piously stating that Cotton doesn’t want media outlets to allow reports of a story they couldn’t confirm. Watch the humiliating rainfall:
ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: Senator, I wanted to make two points. One of them is that the media industry – at least the media industry I know – tried to look into this and couldn’t confirm the story. I would also like to point out that the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by the News Corporation, which also owns the New York Post, failed to corroborate the story, and it said so right now in the Wall Street Journal on the news pages of the Wall Street Journal. To make this clear, it is not that the news organizations are not investigating this, but that they have not been able to confirm the story and therefore a responsible news organization would not report it. The next bit of that is for you to talk about the tech companies that censor such messages.
If the tech companies were actually liable like the news outlets, you wouldn’t want them to report something they couldn’t confirm, no?
And now the epic slam dunk by Cotton, which turned poor Sorkin into a stunned speechlessness.
Are you referring to the Russian collusion fraud and the Steele dossier that you have been reporting on for four years, Andrew?
Bam! Zoom! To the moon, Alice! … Uh, I mean Andrew.