CNN and MSNBC skipped airing live coverage of the House Oversight Committee questioning the explosive claims from the IRS whistleblowers involved in the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden.
IRS special agents Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who revealed his identity for the first time at Wednesday’s hearing, doubled down on their allegations that investigators were repeatedly blocked and stonewalled from seeking further information that could implicate President Biden and that requests by U.S. Attorney David Weiss to bring more serious charges against his son were denied.
However, the two liberal networks that carried every hearing involving Russiagate, the Ukraine scandal, Jan. 6 and both impeachments of former President Trump, declined to cover the IRS whistleblowers that fuel corruption allegations against the Democrat currently in the White House. They instead aired limited segments recapping the testimony.
The decisions by MSNBC and CNN not to carry the hearing live is not a total shock. While MSNBC has long been a booster for the Biden presidency, CNN has quickly reverted to its partisan ways since last month’s ousting of its president Chris Licht, who was given the mandate by his corporate bosses at Warner Bros. Discovery to restore CNN’s journalistic credibility by eliminating the network’s perception of having a liberal bias, a mission his rank and file vehemently opposed.
Gary Shapley, left, supervisory special agent at the Internal Revenue Service, and Joe Ziegler, IRS Whistleblower X, arrive to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability during a hearing regarding the criminal investigation into the Bidens, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 19, 2023. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
The liberal cable networks icing out live coverage of the hearing was perhaps foreshadowed by the softball interviews he granted to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who both avoided mentioning Hunter Biden’s plea agreement with the DOJ and the claims made by the IRS whistleblowers.
A separate FBI whistleblower claimed the DOJ was informed about a potential bribery scheme involving Biden himself and a foreign entity as vice president.
House Republicans previously released findings alleging a web of financial ties between several Biden family members and countries like China and Romania through different bank accounts and shell companies.