Heroes, Villains & Establishment Hypocrisy

Craig Murray skewers the false binary promulgated by the BBC and other media, under which the badness of Trump and Johnson proves the goodness of Hunter Biden and Brendan Cox.

By Craig Murray

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson’s populism have shaken the old Establishment, and raised some very interesting questions about who is and who is not nowadays inside the Establishment and a beneficiary of the protection of the liberal elite. On Friday, two startling examples in the news cast a very lurid light on this question, and I ask you to consider the curious cases of Hunter Biden and Brendan Cox, two of the most undeserving and unpleasant people that can be imagined.

The BBC news bulletins led on the move to impeach U.S. President Trump for, as they put it, his efforts to get the Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to undermine a political opponent. To be plain, I think Trump was quite wrong to get personally involved in this, but please park the entire subject of Trump to one side for the next 10 minutes.

Hunter Biden in 2013. (Center for Strategic & International Studies, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

What I find deeply reprehensible in all the BBC coverage is their failure to report the facts of the case, and their utter lack of curiosity about why Joe Biden’s son Hunter was paid as much as $50,000 a month by Burisma, Ukraine’s largest natural-gas producer, as an entirely absent non-executive director, when he had no relevant experience in Ukraine or gas, and very little business experience, having just been dishonorably discharged from the Navy Reserve for use of crack cocaine. Is that question not just little bit interesting?

That may be the thin end of it – in 2014-15 Hunter Biden received $850,000 from the intermediary company channeling the payments. In reporting on Trump being potentially impeached for asking about it, might you not expect some analysis – or at least mention – of what he was asking about?

As far as I am aware, the BBC have not reported at all the other thing Trump was asking Zelensky about – CrowdStrike. Regular readers will recall that CrowdStrike is the Clinton linked “cyber-security” company which provided the “forensic data” to the FBI on the alleged Russian hack of the DNC servers – data which has been analyzed by my friend Bill Binney, former technical director of the NSA, who characterizes it as showing speeds of transfer impossible by internet and indicating a download to an attached drive.

The FBI were never allowed access to the actual DNC server and never tried to gain access. Instead they took the  word of the DNC’s consultants about the contents, which itself is sufficient proof of the bias of the “investigation.”


CrowdStrike also made the claim that the same Russia hackers – “Fancy Bear” – who hacked the DNC, hacked Ukrainian artillery software causing devastating losses of Ukrainian artillery. This made large headlines at the time. What did not make any MSM headlines was the subsequent discovery that none of this ever happened and the artillery losses were entirely fictitious.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in 2019. (Wikimedia Commons)

Significantly, CrowdStrike had claimed that it was the use of the same coding in the DNC hack as in the preceding (non-existent) Ukraine artillery hack that proved Russia hacked the DNC. Trump was questioning Zelensky about rumors the “hacked” DNC server was hidden in the Ukraine by CrowdStrike. The media has no interest in reporting any of that at all.

It is plain in that case that Trump is the media’s villain and the Bidens, father and son, are therefore heroes being protected by the Establishment media. Now let us look at the case of Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox [by a right-wing fanatic in 2016].

Prime Minister Johnson’s behavior in the Commons on Thursday was reprehensible [when he refused to apologize for inflammatory rhetoric that opposition MPs say have led to death threats against them]. Watching the unrepentant and aggressive braying of the Tory MPs, I was genuinely concerned about the consequences for democracy should these empowered right wingers ever get a majority. Johnson has removed the social restraint which used to cloak their atavistic instincts.

This Tory display also very much reinforced what I have been saying for years: that we will not gain Scottish independence through a repeat of 2014. We were allowed a referendum with only moderate cheating by the British state purely because they believed there was no chance we could win. They have been disabused. There will never be a Section 30 order on an agreed referendum again. We will have to seize independence by means which the British state will deem unlawful. Anybody not prepared to do that is not serious about independence.

Johnson’s behavior is appalling and he is at an interesting stage where the Establishment and its media is unsure whether to embrace or repudiate him, the calculation depending on whether they think he will win, and on the impact of Brexit on their personal financial interests. But as with Trump, I ask you to set aside your judgement on Johnson and not think of him for a moment.

Consider instead how BBC news programs have brought us repeated appearances of Brendan Cox to comment on Johnson and other MP’s parliamentary behavior. This Brendan Cox:

One such allegation was that Cox pinned a co-worker to a wall by her throat while telling her ‘I want to fuck you’. Cox left the organisation before being subjected to scrutiny on this and other allegations. However, another woman, a senior US official who met him at a Harvard University event, made similar allegations against him, ‘of grabbing her by the hips, pulling her hair, and forcing his thumb into her mouth’ ‘in a sexual way’. In contrast to Assange’s treatment, and despite a social-media furore, for nearly three years there was largely a media blackout on the story. At last, in February 2018, a right-wing tabloid broke the embargo and reported the allegations, and other news organisations had to follow suit. Finally, ‘Cox apologised for the “hurt and offence” caused by his past behaviour’ and announced he was withdrawing from public life.

Brendan Cox in 2007. (Garry Knight/Flickr)

I strongly recommend you to read that last linked article. Cox is very much on the wavelength of the Establishment media, a full member of the New Labour neoliberal elite who shuttled between jobs in the Labour Party and in high paying neoliberal propaganda organisation Save the Children. Cox was personally pocketing £106,000 a year plus expenses from donations to the “charity.” A serial unfaithful sexual aggressor, his wife’s murder sees him recast by the media as the grieving survivor of a perfect marriage. Precisely his strongest political supporters – Jess Phillips, Stella Creasy etc – are Julian Assange’s bitterest opponents due to far flimsier, hotly denied and less attested sexual allegations than those against Cox. But neoliberals get a free pass from the modern feminist movement (cf Bill Clinton).

Boris Johnson’s behavior was a disgrace. But that is no reason for the BBC rehabilitation of the “retired from public life” sexual predator.

The fascinating thing is the binary, good-versus-evil, narrative which is being pursued in the liberal media. Trump and Johnson are bad. Therefore Hunter Biden and Brendan Cox must be good. The truth, of course, is much more complex than that. I am afraid to say that if you want an excessive simplification, a more accurate one would be that the entire political elite on all sides are self-serving and venal.

There is a more interesting story inside that, where significant portions of the public have lost respect for the Establishment, due in large part to the vast and increasing wealth gap in society, but this disillusion has been battened on by populist charlatans, and particularly directed against immigrants. This feels like an extremely unstable phase in society and politics. But instability brings the possibility of radical change, which is indeed much needed. 

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010.

This article is from CraigMurray.org.uk.

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7 comments for “Heroes, Villains & Establishment Hypocrisy

  1. bob
    October 2, 2019 at 05:12

    Villans – isn’t strong enough to call these people.
    This is high treason.
    See ukcolumn.org article, British Government Collaboration in EU Global Strategy, Oct. 1, 2019

  2. rose day
    October 1, 2019 at 18:50

    ‘Bread and Circus’ . . . the media tosses crumbs and politicos perform.

    A most recent performance features the daring Adam Schiff and his public ‘parody’ of an account of impeachment-worthy anonymous third-party hearsay now known as ‘The Transcript’ in on-going Theatre of the Absurd. Moguls likely wait breathlessly as Film rights surely loom on the horizon and the ‘story’ can then be shared far and wide.

    Once again . . . (drum roll) . . . the general populace is hoodwinked (oops) entertained . . . awaiting the next Act.

  3. TomG
    October 1, 2019 at 08:18

    There is that small hope within me (still) that the stark, brute crudeness of Trump and BoJo, having ripped off the mask of corruption and hypocrisy that has been veiled behind a faux decorum of decency for so long, will surely lead to the end of the charade. Mr. Murray shows well here how fragile and perhaps in vain that small hope really is. CN certainly keeps trying while those with no integrity prosper from their complicity with the binary lies.

  4. T.J
    October 1, 2019 at 04:10

    I like the way Craig Murray manages to cut through the codswallop and gets straight to the point. The MSM have a propensity to avoid asking the questions they don’t want answered. Hunter and Joe Biden are a glaring example of their capacity to ignore the obvious. James Risen says he wrote about this in 2015 and Joe Biden has nothing to hide. I can’t believe that Risen is naive enough to believe this narrative or that he also believes informed readers are naive enough to suspend their common sense and accept it too.

    Nevertheless the MSM will have difficulty isolating the Trump intervention without referencing the issues surrounding Biden. The Democratic Party are wallowing in their own self denial, not accepting the reasons they lost the last election and now following a path that will lose them the next.

  5. geeyp
    September 30, 2019 at 23:59

    I do not always praise every writer and their individual articles here. This piece should headline all msm newspapers today. At least header for the op ed page. Eruditely spelled out with panache: Craig Murray.

  6. Sam F
    September 30, 2019 at 20:06

    Very true that “the entire political elite on all sides are self-serving and venal” for only tyrants rise to the top in an unregulated market economy, with all of its political institutions and mass media corrupted by economic power. While “instability brings the possibility of radical change” the US has the isolation and resources for tyrants to provide enough bread and circus to recruit misfits and careerists to suppress the people for many generations of increasing economic tyranny and de facto totalitarianism. It is difficult even to imagine what instability would drive its cowardly, ignorant, selfish, hypocritical, and malicious people to the bloodbath that will under present technology be necessary to restore democracy. Not in the world as we know it will US democracy be restored.

  7. Linda
    September 30, 2019 at 13:27

    Billionaire-controlled news outlets can rationalize this false comparison ONLY with people who fit a certain demographic – white, 6-figure incomes, advanced college degrees. The rest of us are TOTALLY on to this lying rationalization that corruption is somehow SO WORSE under Trump & Johnson that we should somehow think of Biden-style corruption as hunkydorypeachykeenAOK, & important to maintaining geopolitical balance. Our world is SO out of balance today, physically, spiritually, & emotionally, as a result of this Biden-style/Clinton-style/Obama-style corruption, that depression is now an epidemic in the societies that call that lesser-evil corruption home.

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