Topic: Media Research Center
When Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner looked to all appearances like he was cashing in on his White House service in boosting Saudi Arabia by receiving a $2 billion investment for a Saudi investment fund, the Media Research Center knew what it had to do: Distract from the shadiness of the deal by playing Hunter Biden whataboutism and pretend that Kushner actually earned the money. Alex Christy did the deed in an April 16 post:
PBS NewsHour has finally discovered allegations of corrupt behavior in the president’s family. No, not Hunter Biden, but former President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. On Friday’s show, host Judy Woodruff, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart all condemned Kushner’s “shameless” behavior both during the Trump presidency and after.
When it was his turn, Capehart was even more outraged and recalled Kushner’s role in shaping Trump’s Middle Eastern strategy, “it sounds to me like it is MBS giving basically a payoff to—to-- his buddy Jared Kushner, who protected the Saudi weapons sales that Congress was trying to rescind after evidence came forward that MBS ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, who was a global opinions columnist for the Washington Post. And for a senior American — United States official to do that is unconscionable.”
What Capehart and so many others cannot come to terms with is that Trump courted the Saudis by doing a 180 from President Obama’s Iran strategy, which helped the neophyte Kushner being able to secure more Arab-Israeli peace deals in four years than previous administrations, who went about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the “right way,” were able to get in seven decades. Meanwhile, between all of his shady business dealings, Hunter Biden has not advanced U.S. interests in any way.
Actually, as we've noted, those deals were with minor countries and have little to no impact on the real issue, the israel-Palestinian conflict. Christy also didn't explain how any of that involved Saudi Arabia, or how Kushner acted the "right way" by by giving Mohammed bin Salman a pass on murdering Khashoggi.
Christy concluded: "A decent segment would not only include references to the current president’s son, but if Woodruff insisted on talking about Kushner, somebody should at least have mentioned his historic policy successes with the Saudis." If Christy was a decent "media researcher," he would had admitted that givng MBS a pass on Khashoggi's death was not a "historic policy success" while not leaning on the right-wing crutch of Hunter Biden Derangement Syndrome.