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Years ago, journalists unhappy that their ideas drew no interest from their bosses were known to complain that “news is what happens to an editor’s wife.”
The view is outdated, but the fundamental point remains intact. News gathering is not science, and judgments about which stories get covered are driven by the interests, experiences and prejudices of the people in charge of media organizations.
Americans intuitively understand this as technology creates more options for them. The fact that, on any given day, competing outlets highlight different stories and even draw different conclusions from the same facts reflect the personal element involved.
In many cases, those differences are admirable, but not always, and certainly were not admirable when The Post stood virtually alone a year ago. On this, its first anniversary, the Hunter Biden saga remains an outrageous scandal for two reasons.
One for what it revealed about how Joe Biden’s brothers and surviving son got big payments domestically and from foreign governments and nationals for years while he held public office. The laptop that Hunter abandoned at a Delaware repair shop was bursting with emails