Nothingburger: but the latest attempt to vilify Hunter Biden does remind us that bad things could happen when you bring your computer in for repair.
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Ever desperate for a horse race, Comcast gives Trump free air for his own town hall in Miami.
No one should link to or share that NY Post 'report'. You can discuss the obvious flaws and unanswerable questions in the report without amplifying what appears to be disinformation.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 14, 2020
Man takes laptop for repairs. Shop worker steals a copy of the hard drive; gives to man’s dad’s opponent. Opponent’s team leaks content to media who weaponize the stolen content and mock drug addiction. I’m not falling for #ButHisEmails and neither should you – #VoteBiden!
SUSPECT TIMING: The New York Post story says they were aware of the Hunter Biden emails since September but Giuliani didn't provide them until Sunday — two days after Axios reported no Durham report or indictments were coming before the election. https://t.co/B2SbxxSCL1pic.twitter.com/gsgFIcgKNl
Anatomy of a fake news story: No one knows who owns the mysterious computer with emails from 2014. Then somehow Rudy Giuliani got it after Steve Bannon told him about it. Then ends up in NY Post. Joe Biden should ignore and focus on saving lives from Covid and creating jobs.
New: Biden campaign responds to NY Post story. “The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story…moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.” pic.twitter.com/yB2N5mvsXb
The Hunter Biden-Burisma “scandal” has resulted in:
– Felony indictments for individuals working on Giuliani & tRUmp’s behalf – tRUmp’s Impeachment – US IC warnings about Russian plots to hurt Biden’s candidacy – Senate report stating no wrongdoing occurred
Maybe I'm not understanding how the world works because I'm not a big time TV news person but rewarding the candidate who blew up a presidential debate with his own counterprogramming town hall on the same night feels like access-mongering sycophancy.
#BoycottNBC is trending because their corporate overlord, #Comcast is good with giving Donald a town hall tomorrow night in Miami at the same time ABC has Biden’s Town Hall. I mean, come on, Trump didn’t want to do a virtual debate. How does he merit this kind of free air?
2.First the information comes from a laptop that was allegedly “dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware” and never picked up.
The “shop owner,” who is not identified, “couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden”
3.The “shop owner” thinks it was Hunter Biden because of a Beau Biden sticker on the laptop.
This makes no sense. You drop off an expensive Mac laptop at a repair shop and don't leave your name or contact information?
4.But then, after claiming the shop owner couldn't identify the customer, the piece includes a receipt that was issued to “Hunter Biden” and includes an email and phone #
So why would the shop owner produce a receipt for Hunter Biden if he didn't know the ID of the customer?
5.The piece claims the shop owner then alerted the FBI to the existence of the laptop and it was later subpoenaed by a grand jury.
But the grand jury subpoena shown does not connect the laptop to Hunter Biden.
6.Then things get very weird. The shop owner says, before turning over the computer to the feds, they made a copy of the contents of the computer and gave them to Rudy Giuliani's lawyer
7.The New York Post allegedly learned about this copy of the laptop through Steven Bannon.
Both Giuliani and Bannon are regular sources of disinformation
8.But this is the important point. Pretending, for a moment, that everything in the story is true (very doubtful) it is totally inconsequential.
Supposedly one “email” recovered on the laptop “proves” that Hunter once introduced a Bursima exec to his father.
9.This is a scandal? There is no word on the length of the meeting or what was discussed.
The New York Post says its significant because Biden then called for the ouster of the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Bursima.
The prosecutor was not investigating Bursima
10.The prosecutor was corrupt, which is why the entire international community was calling for his ouster.
Replacing the corrupt prosecutor brought more scrutiny on Bursima, not less
11.Allegedly, the laptop Hunter “forgot” to pick up also contains a 12 minute video of him smoking crack and having sex with an unidentified woman.
12.Nevertheless, this incredibly sketchy, totally unverified, and ultimately irrelevant story is being promoted by mainstream journalists who don't work for the New York Post.
Don't be fooled by that.
13.I should clarify that, assuming the email is legit, it doesn't establish that a meeting took place. Just that Hunter offered an “opportunity” to meet his father.
14.As of 9:50AM, the New York Post piece has been shared more than 26,000 times on Facebook