Bestselling author and investigative journalist Vicky Ward is decrying the blatant partisan bias in the media when it comes to covering her exposés on former Trump administration advisor Jared Kushner versus President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Ward has been reporting on Kushner for years. Now, she is digging into Hunter Biden’s affairs. She claims there is a massive difference in how the mainstream media reports findings on Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Trump, versus those concerning Hunter Biden.
The author previously wrote a 2019 bestseller on Kushner and his alleged business dealings with Saudi Arabia. Ward says that her reporting was mostly ignored by conservative media despite its wide coverage.
She wrote an April 27 article on Hunter Biden, titled, “Exclusive: Oligarch with Hunter Biden Connection Avoids Sanction List.” While the piece did get some airtime on the right, the leftist mainstream media seemed to mostly ignore it which is the exact opposite of the treatment the Kushner piece received.
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Ward believes that Biden should not be compared to Kushner or vice versa and that each should be judged on their individual actions and not their politics or families. She quotes former George W. Bush ethics chief Richard Painter who asserted that “Kushner shouldn’t be the yardstick by which we measure Hunter Biden” in a recent interview with the author.
Painter also noted to Ward that if Republicans win the Senate and the House, they will go after Hunter Biden full tilt. They’ll also allegedly focus on the controversy around the appointment of former Penn University President Amy Gutmann as the ambassador to Germany. He claims that Penn paid Joe Biden almost $1 million to teach at Penn, which is home to the Biden Center, during a period he could not have possibly taught full time and then received massive donations from China.
She is vowing to “continue on because I don’t think investigative reporters should be partisan. The stories may be different – but they are both stories worthy of investigation.”
I don’t think investigative reporters should be partisan.
The Jared Kushner and Hunter Biden stories may be different—but they are both stories worthy of investigation. https://t.co/Yq9MgeUq9u
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) May 11, 2022
Mediaite asked Ward to describe the media narratives surrounding the two stories.
“The narrative with Kushner begs the huge question: did he, whilst in office in the White House, do a self-interested financial transactional quid pro quo (or quid pro quos) at the risk of national security in order to benefit himself financially? That is the question that the narrative of the investment of $2 billion by the Saudi Investment Fund in Kushner’s fund begs, especially given that we know that the advisors to the Saudi Crown Prince advised he not invest with Kushner, because Kushner had no investing experience,” she remarked.
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“This question is incredibly difficult to answer unless there is documentation somewhere proving that a deal was done while Kushner was in office. But the optics of such an enormous deal so soon after the presidency are deeply troubling,” she contended.
“If such a transaction did happen, then that would be a breach of the Emoluments Clause and effectively be not just bribery, but possibly treason. Further, my book, Kushner, Inc. poses the question: Was there a quid pro quo—first with the Saudis and against the Qataris and later the other way round—to benefit the Kushner real estate business which was in trouble and the clock was ticking?” Ward asked.
“Again, I lay out the evidence that suggests there is at least the appearance of the possibility of impropriety (the Kushners always said either nothing or denied this) – but, for example, one has to ask why deal that bailed out the Kushner real estate business in New York appeared, at least, to be un-economic. (Again, the people involved in the deal have denied this). So I don’t really understand why Congress hasn’t asked or is not asking about this or the Saudi investment in Kushner’s fund. Congress has the authority to investigate,” she argued.
“With Hunter Biden, it’s different. First off, unlike Kushner — who is a smooth, polished operator who many people at times thought was probably more in charge of policy than his father-in-law, the actual president — Hunter Biden is, by his own admission, a rather tragic figure who has struggled with addiction and all sorts of other problems,” she posited.
“The corruption he’s perceived to be involved in is more of the classic grift by hapless relatives of presidents who are desperate to make a buck off of their connectivity to the main person because they might not make a dime otherwise. In this case, it seems as though Hunter tried to make money off of his father when his father was VP, in foreign countries like Ukraine and Kazakhstan and Russia, and China – all of whom were anxious to get access to the VP,” Ward stated.
“Hunter was not guiding policy himself – although the question my last story raises is: Why is the oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov — who is undeniably close to Putin, has been very involved in the Russian arms business and has not gainsaid the war — not sanctioned by the Biden presidency? That last part IS troubling because it gets closer to the idea of a quid pro quo going on in real-time from THIS White House,” she concluded.
What’s really going on here?https://t.co/9V2YYjTK1n
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 28, 2022
And does it have anything to do with the now-controversial 2014 wire transfer of $3.5 million from Yevtushenkov’s sister-in-law, Elena Baturina, to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a company co-founded by Hunter Biden and Devon Archer?
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 28, 2022
Ward was asked by Mediaite, “Given that Kushner was an official in the White House and Hunter Biden was not, do you believe they deserve to be treated with a different level of scrutiny by the media? Are there any other arguments for differentiating media coverage between the two that you consider valid or worth consideration for a newsroom?”
“Absolutely. They are completely different. I’m not sure you can even compare them, really, given that Kushner was operating in the White House — very influential on foreign policy and much else — and so any benefits he’s had do come FROM that time period and experience, while, as far as we know, Hunter Biden has been kept far away from his father’s White House – with the exception of the art-dealer who exhibited Hunter’s work and with whom the White House negotiated a secrecy deal,” she replied.
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