CBS’s Gayle King Serves Up Softies to Joe Biden’s Sister Over Hunter’s Life of Corruption

MondayCBS Mornings, co-host And Democratic Party donor Gayle King closed the show with a nauseatingly soft interview with President Biden’s sister Valerie Biden Owens on how her new autobiography “[gave] us a lot of insight to your brother” and “illuminat[ed]…who he is.” Two of the six minutes touched on her nephew Hunter Biden’s life of corruption and legal problems, but King allowed Owens to skirt by.

It was embarrassingly awkward because Owens received a piece 10 days before. CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell that ran on April 1, Evening News April 3, CBS News Sunday Morning. And even more curious was that while many of the books receiving billing on CBS shows were published by sister company Simon & Schuster, this book wasn’t.

 

 

King pivoted to Hunter questions after discussing a story of Biden and Owens growing up as proof that “[y]our family is extremely close and you give many instances of that and how the two of you have protected each other.”

“And now the family is in the news, mainly because of Hunter Biden and your brother. Is Hunter a problem for the family in your opinion,” King asked.

Owens immediately shot back “no,” leaving King to follow up with a pathetic question:

[H]His business dealings are under scrutiny. It was on the rise? It was not up and coming. Was Joe Biden involved? Was Jimmy Biden involved? You have something to add?

Owens said the reason she “wasn’t enthusiastic” about her brother’s 2020 presidential campaign because “it would be ugly and mean, and it would be an attack on my brother, Joe, personally and professionally, because the former President is very intent on bringing my brother down.”

Continuing to blame the Trumps and not Hunter’s sleazy behavior (even putting aside his alleged impregnating of a stripper and sleeping with his late brother’s widow), Owens said she knew Trump would use Hunter to attack the now-President.

King asked what the Trumps “have got to do with Hunter,” so Owens lobbed an unchecked, pants-on-fire claim that Hunter’s been under fire “because of all the policies and the principles that Joe stood for, but he thought that the weak link would be, you know, to attack my brother’s child.”

Owens went onto cite Hunter having “written in exquisite detail about his struggle with addition and walk through hell,” which King repeatedly interjected with “mmhmm’s” in agreement (instead of actually pushing back).

Before ending the show with a 2024 question, the left-leaning co-host attempted again. “We’re not talking about addiction though, we’re talking about business dealings, and I’ll move on from that. Do you think there’s nothing? There’s not a there, there in your opinion?”

“I’ll move on from that?”This is beyond comprehension.

Though the U.S. Attorney in Delaware would beg to differ, Owens told King that there’s never been “a there there since it was mentioned in 2019 or wherever it first was.”

Earlier on, King was caught on a hot mic coaching Owens to focus on her as if there wasn’t anyone else in the room and starting off with open-ended softballs that continued throughout (click “expand”):

KING: This is her story about growing up as the only daughter in a brood family and being one of very few women to sit at the dinner table throughout most of her life. Valerie Biden Owens is with us in studio…[C]ongratulations on your book because I think you give us a lot of insight to your brother, give us a lot of insight into your relationship, but when you guys were growing up, you — your — he was — when you did his first campaign, you were 25? Are you twenty six years old?

(….)

KING: You had never run campaigns before. Why would you assume you were capable of this task? Why did he believe you could do it?

(….)

KING: You know, one of the — one of the most telling stories to me in the book was when you all were going to college and the family didn’t have enough money. And they said — 

OWENS: Yeah.

KING: — and would you tell us — I think it’s so illuminating about who he is and who you are. You didn’t have enough money for both of you to go, and so your brother Joe goes to your parents and says —

OWENS: I can go to work.

KING: — yes.

OWNENS: My father was an auto dealer, and he could get me a car at a fair price so I could go back to the dealership.

(….)

KING: Well I’ll do the last line in your book, if you don’t mind, 274, “Kindness reverberates. It matters what you do and say. That’s what I learned growing up Biden.”

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To see the relevant transcript from April 11’s CBS Mornings, click “expand.”

CBS Mornings
April 11, 2022
Eastern Time: 8:39 AM [TEASE]

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Coming Up; Valerie Biden Owens]

GAYLE KING: For more than five decades, President Biden’s — and I get to go [to the CMT Awards] — I’m leaving here and going on a plane.

VLADIMIR DUTHIERS: I know, you’re getting — you’re literally —as soon as the show is over.

KING: It’s my turn. It is something I look forward to. For more than five decades, President Biden’s younger sister has been right by his side. Valerie Biden Owens is now in white with her little girl Missy. They’re in our Progressive Greenroom to discuss being part of his many campaigns. She’s got a new book. It’s called Growing up Biden, something she knows a lot about. On that, you can consider her an expert.

(….)

Eastern, 8:44

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Growing Up Biden; Valerie Biden on New Book & Role in Brother’s Political Career]

KING: Take a look at me. Yeah. Just pretend we’re having a — just the two of us. President Biden — yes, I’m just talking to Valerie — has been in public service for more than 50 years since winning his first campaign for New Castle City Council in Delaware. That was back in 196 — 1970, rather, and his younger sister —

VALERIE BIDEN OWENS : Many.

KING: — much younger sister, Valerie Biden Owens has been by his side the entire time. She was a key part of each of his presidential campaigns. This includes his bid for the White House in 2020 and his seven wins in Senate. Now, she’s out with a new memoir and it’s called Growing up BidenThis is something that she has a good understanding of. The only daughter of a brother and a woman in her family, She wrote about how she was the first to sit at the dinner table. Valerie Biden Owens joined us in studio. Now before you joined us on camera, Valerie was saying, “where do I look?” I want to say just look at me with admiration and adoration.

OWENS: It’s easy.

KING: Don’t look at the camera.

OWENS: That’ll be easy.

KING: Just pretend it’s just the two of us chickens here. But you know, Valerie, congratulations on your book because I think you give us a lot of insight to your brother, give us a lot of insight into your relationship, but when you guys were growing up, you — your — he was — when you did his first campaign, you were 25? Are you twenty-six?

OWENS: Yes, the County Council was formed in 1970. 

KING: Yes.

OWENS: He’s three years older than I. He used to be a lot older until he wrote his book and exposed me, so —

KING: You had never run campaigns before. Why do you believe you can accomplish this? Why did he believe you could do it?

OWENS: — well, I have — from the time I opened my eyes when I was a little girl, my brother had his hand out, and he said, “Come on, Val. We’ve got things to do, and places to go and people to see.” And I — he took me with him every place and when his friends would say, “Why did you bring a girl?” His answer was, “She’s not a girl. She’s my sister.”

KING: Yeah.

OWENS. I was told by him that whatever he could accomplish, I could also do it. He claimed that I was more intelligent, kind, and kinder than he. It was not all — it couldn’t possibly be true — 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: — but he leaves so much in me that I owed it to him and to myself to try and be the young girl that he thought I could be.

KING: You know, one of the — one of the most telling stories to me in the book was when you all were going to college and the family didn’t have enough money. And they said — 

OWENS: Yeah.

KING: — and would you tell us — I think it’s so illuminating about who he is and who you are. You didn’t have enough money for both of you to go, and so your brother Joe goes to your parents and says —

OWENS: I can go to work.

KING: — yes.

MY DAD SOLD VEHICLES, SO he was able get me a car from the dealer at a rate I could afford so that we could both come back and forth. 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: But I wanted to go and live on college —

KING: On campus.

OWENS: — on campus And my brother, unbeknownst to me at the time said, “Come on, I want to talk to dad and mom.” And he said, “Look, I’m not going to go back. I’m going to finish college for sure — 

KING: Yeah.

OWENS: — but I’m going to take a year off and earn enough money so that I can pay for my tuition and send Val this year.”

KING: Yeeah. He said, let her go instead of me because she’s smarter and she deserves to go.

OWENS: Yeah, yeah, he was — I mean, it was shocking and my father was — somehow found a way to make it happen that we could both go. While my father would have loved to send me, it was difficult for him to do so. My brother, however, handled the situation with dignity.

KING: Then he always looked out for you. You and Hunter Biden are very close to your family. Do you think Hunter is a problem in the family?

OWENS: No. No, look —

KING: But because he certainly is under a microscope — 

OWENS: Yes.

KING: — and a lot of people are looking at his business dealings. It was on the rise? It was not up and coming. Was Joe Biden involved? Was Jimmy Biden involved? You have something to add?

OWENS: — well, I mentioned it in the book, and the only race that I wasn’t enthusiastic about Joe getting involved in was the 2020 presidency — 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: because I expected and was not disappointed — 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: — that it would be ugly and mean, and it would be an attack on my brother, Joe, personally and professionally, because the former President is very intent on bringing my brother down.

KING: But what’s that have got to do with Hunter and —

OWENS: Well, I assumed from the beginning that the former President and his entourage would — would attack my brother by going and — 

KING: — after Hunter, yes.

OWENS: — attacking the family and because of all the policies and the principles that Joe stood for, but he thought that the weak link would be, you know, to attack my brother’s child.

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: And, you know, Hunter has written in exquisite detail — 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: — about his struggle with addiction —

KING: Mmhmm. 

OWENS: — his walk through hell —

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: — and I am so grateful that he has been able to walk out of hell — 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: — but I don’t think that there is a family in this country who hasn’t tasted it or felt what it’s like to see someone struggle with addiction.

KING: We’re not talking about addiction though, we’re talking about business dealings, and I’ll move on from that. Do you think there’s nothing? There’s not a there, there in your opinion?

OWENS: There hasn’t been a there, there since it was mentioned in — 

KING: Okay.

OWENS: — in 2019 or wherever it first was.

KING: Are you convinced that your brother should be running again in 2024, or not?

OWENS: Sure, yes. I believe my brother 

KING: Why?

OWENS: — is the right person at the right time for all the right reasons. And when you look at a President or any leader — 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: — what you look for is temperament, empathy, character, 

KING: Mmhmm.

OWENS: — integrity, and accomplishments, and that makes Joe a great leader and he should continue.

KING: Well I’ll do the last line in your book, if you don’t mind, 274, “Kindness reverberates. It matters what you do and say. That’s what I learned growing up Biden.” Thank you very much, Valerie Biden Owens.

OWENS: We are glad you came. We are grateful.

THE KING: Tomorrow, the book will go on sale.

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