"We don't have freedom of the press in this country; we have suppression by the press," the president remarked. Trump further elaborated: "You can't have a scandal if nobody reports about it. This is the greatest fraud in the history of our country, from an electoral standpoint. And I guess you could build it up bigger than an electoral stand. This is the essence of our country: This is the whole ball game."
Referencing a story published by the New York Post about the business dealings of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter and the story's subsequent censorship, Trump commented that the media "doesn't want to talk about it" as it was aware of how fraudulent the deals were. "They [Big Tech and media] don't want to talk about Hunter, so they totally closed [the story] off, other than the Post … which took a lot of heat. It was terminated from … Twitter [and] Facebook."
The Post's Oct. 15 story claimed that Hunter Biden tried to set up a meeting with his father and Ukrainian executive Vadym Pozharskyi, back when the elder Biden served as U.S. vice president. Both Pozharskyi and the younger Biden were executives at energy firm Burisma Holdings, whose founder Mykola Zlochevsky was linked to corruption. The Democratic nominee denied the meeting took place, a claim disputed by an email from Pozharskyi thanking Hunter for the "opportunity to meet … and [spend] some time" with his father.
Pozharskyi's email and other messages were recovered from a laptop sent to a Delaware computer store for repairs: federal agents later seized the laptop, but not before the store owner copied the files in it.
Concurrently, Twitter blocked users who shared the story – and even restricted account access to some, such as the Post itself and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Media outlets have typically tried to downplay, if not refused to report, allegations of fraud from Trump and his legal team. Even conservative outlet Fox News, known for frequently interviewing the president, was not spared from criticism after it called the race early in the state of Arizona on the night of Nov. 3. (Related: It's obvious now, Fox News CONSPIRED against Trump.)
Meanwhile, other mainstream media outlets have been more open with their anti-Trump leanings. Journalist Jon Schwarz has advocated to "destroy Trump ballots" ever since the 2016 elections, which he insists is legal and "not a felony." The Atlantic and New York Times contributor even boasted of destroying "thousands of ballots" on his Twitter account back in 2016.
These same mainstream media outlets that publish pieces from Schwarz and other anti-Trump journalists are incidentally silent when it comes to whistleblowers like Tony Bobulinski exposing corruption by the Biden family and Antifa assaulting supporters of the president in Washington, D.C. (Related: Media watchdog calls to investigate mainstream media election meddling.)
Back in 2016, stress expert Dr. Pete Sulack explained that mainstream media and its active promotion of "fears of some kind of Nazi regime under a Trump presidency" causes stress and anxiety. He told Breitbart in an email that "this is [partly] because problems and pain sell advertising space. Mass communications has always struggled with that balance between fair reporting, personal bias and pressure from executives to keep things 'hot.'"
Sulack also noted that people were responding negatively to anti-Trump images on television and social media because "a different part of [the] brain is engaged." He explained that the limbic brain, which is also activated in stressful situations, mainly acts on emotion when seeing certain kinds of pictures.