Politico has finally acknowledged that major aspects of the Hunter Biden story suppressed by social media outlets ahead of the 2020 election were, in fact, true. The admission comes nearly a month after conservative media outlets reported the same thing, yet the Politico acknowledgment will be seen by other left-leaning media outlets as the necessary verification.
Calling it “First in Playbook,” Politico plugged Ben Schreckinger’s newly released book, “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,” which included evidence verifying reporting from the New York Post and other right-leaning outlets. Politico noted that Schreckinger’s book “finds evidence that some of the purported HUNTER BIDEN laptop material is genuine, including two emails at the center of last October’s controversy” (emphasis original).
Here’s how Politico described the information in the book (emphasis original):
A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden’s emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, “10 held by H for the big guy?” (This person recalled seeing both emails, but was not in a position to compare the leaked emails word-for-word to the originals.)
MORE: Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and two people who corresponded with Hunter Biden confirmed emails from the cache were genuine.
While the leak contains genuine files, it remains possible that fake material has been slipped in.
There is no evidence to suggest “fake material has been slipped in,” and Politico wouldn’t have included that line if the laptop belonged to, say one of former President Donald Trump’s children.
Outlets other than Politico and similar left-leaning outlets previously reported that the stories relating to Hunter Biden’s laptop were genuine. The Wall Street Journal, for example, reported that former Hunter Biden business partner-turned whistleblower, Tony Bobulinski, verified one of the emails contained in the laptop – which was first reported on by the New York Post. Fox News reported that the documents had been confirmed as authentic by multiple federal and governmental officials. The Daily Caller, which also had access to the information on the laptop, had the documents authenticated with a cybersecurity expert.
This means the Politico story contains no new information, except for the fact that a left-leaning outlet is now admitting the story that many members of the media suppressed last year was actually true and should never have been suppressed in the first place.
Politico’s admission comes just a week after The New York Times claimed, without evidence, that the Hunter Biden stories were “unsubstantiated.” Media outlets initially refused to cover the story except to insist that the laptop must be part of a Russian disinformation operation, though they presented no evidence to back up those claims outside of Democrat pundits.