CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter could not answer why there is a “rush to dismiss Hunter [Biden’s laptop investigation] as not a relevant story” while quite a bit of coverage has gone to conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the text messages of his wife, Ginni.
While discussing the media’s influence on election narratives, the Reliable Sources panel on Sunday addressed whether Thomas should recuse himself in forthcoming Supreme Court election cases in light of his wife's texts that show she asked former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to help overturn the 2020 elections.
S.E. Cupp, who has been dubbed by CNN as one of its “practical conservative” political commentators, appeared as a member of the panel and called into question the double standard of media attention given to Ginni Thomas’s texts in comparison to Biden’s laptop investigation.
“The conflicts have been, you know, questioned by everyone, including Sean Hannity,” Cupp said. “The outrage is warranted. Those texts are very troubling, and we should be looking at whether Clarence Thomas knew or if that is a conflict. But listen, you don’t have to look far to find a very similar story that was really ignored by the media and in fact called false.”
“That’s the Hunter Biden laptop story,” she continued. “Hunter Biden is a relative of a very famous person the way Ginni Thomas is a relative of a very famous, powerful person. My Twitter feed is clogged with blue-check reporters who are instantly believing that there is some tie between Ginni and Clarence, and the rush to dismiss Hunter as not a relevant story by lots of reporters is hard to ignore.”
Stelter immediately deflected to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, who pointed away from the question of journalistic coverage and said there is a legal investigation into Hunter Biden.
“Hunter Biden is being investigated by the Justice Department and by the IRS, as I understand it at this point,” Mayer said. “Yet we have not seen that Ginni Thomas has been called by the Jan. 6 committee because there’s been such sensitivity about not calling a Supreme Court justice’s wife.”
Cupp reiterated that the concern is not over the legal investigation but the media’s coverage, saying, “Yes, but the legal interest in the Hunter Biden story would make the journalism interest, I think, more warranted."
Stelter avoided addressing Cupp’s point and moved on to discuss Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson and GOP senators' “culture war arguments” during her questioning, claiming they were only “an audition to get on Hannity's show that night.”