Speaking with CBS News, Hunter Biden admitted that the laptop at the center of the New York Post’s bombshell October report, “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad” could, in fact, be his.
After being repeatedly asked whether the laptop in question could have been his, the son of President Biden finally answered, “Of course, certainly. There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked. It could be that was the — that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.”
This admission flies squarely in the face of both Democratic Party and legacy media messaging on the subject, with a coordinated effort during the election to bury this story as a “Russian hoax” or conspiracy theory. Yet again, however, the legacy media appear to have failed to report the truth.
Here’s how the legacy media covered the Hunted Biden “laptop scandal” as we approached November’s election.
Politico — “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say”
In October 2020, Politico reported that “More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’”
The report admitted that “the letter’s signatories presented no new evidence,” basing their conclusion on their supposed “national security experience.”
NPR — “Hunter Biden’s Memoir ‘Beautiful Things’ Seeks To Tell Just Where He’s Been”
In the original version of this piece, the publicly-funded outlet wrote “The last gasp of Giuliani’s campaign against the Bidens featured a laptop supposedly obtained from sources that would document the younger Biden’s drug use and other offenses. The laptop story was discredited by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations.”
On April 1, they added the correction, “A previous version of this story said U.S. intelligence had discredited the laptop story. U.S. intelligence officials have not made a statement to that effect.”
New York Times — “New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts”
The New York Times attempted to undermine the story itself by undermining the credibility of the report, writing that “The New York Post’s front-page article about Hunter Biden on Wednesday was written mostly by a staff reporter who refused to put his name on it, two Post employees said.”
The article claimed that “Many Post staff members questioned whether the paper had done enough to verify the authenticity of the hard drive’s contents, said five people with knowledge of the tabloid’s inner workings. Staff members also had concerns about the reliability of its sources and its timing, the people said.”
Washington Post — “Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop: An explainer”
Towards the end of the Washington Post’s “explainer” piece, the “Russian disinformation” theory was subtly included.
“As Giuliani has sought to locate information about Hunter Biden and Ukraine, he has regularly interacted with a Ukrainian lawmaker who was recently sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department as being an ‘active Russian agent for over a decade’ and was engaged in an influence operation to affect the 2020 election. Those interactions have given rise to fears that the emails could be part of a broader disinformation campaign,” the Post wrote.
Associated Press — “Trump’s Unverified Allegations About Hunter Biden, Explained”
In a post shared by Snopes, the Associated Press report began, “Looking to undermine Democratic rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s campaign is pushing a familiar line of attack: unverified allegations about Biden’s son and his foreign business ties.”
The Associated Press then appeared to imply that the FBI endorsed John Ratcliffe’s conclusion that such “leaks” were the result of Russian disinformation.
“But John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, knocked down the possibility of a Russian disinformation campaign, saying, ‘The intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there’s no intelligence that supports that,’” the Associated Press continued.
“The FBI appeared to endorse Ratcliffe’s position in a letter to a Senate committee that requested information on the laptop. ‘Regarding the subject of your letter, we have nothing to add at this time to the October 19th public statement by the Director of National Intelligence about the available actionable intelligence,’ wrote Jill Tyson, director of the office of Congressional Affairs, in the letter to Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.”
Vox — “Mysterious emails and convenient leaks: The Trump campaign’s Hunter Biden attacks, explained”
Vox were less subtle, describing the “leaks” as “attacks.”
“In what’s a remarkable series of coincidences or — more likely — an orchestrated campaign, three separate sources have begun providing emails and text messages involving Joe Biden’s son Hunter to conservative journalists and Republican politicians over the past week,” Vox reported.
“Some of this new material has been tied directly to the Trump camp — through Rudy Giuliani, who claimed a computer store owner gave him Hunter’s laptop, which had supposedly been left there. No concrete evidence has yet emerged to disprove that story, but authorities are reportedly investigating whether these emails are tied to a foreign influence campaign,” Vox added.
Ian Haworth is an Editor and Writer for The Daily Wire. Follow him on Twitter at @ighaworth.
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