While many reporters have claimed Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop is simply Russian disinformation, The New York Times admitted last month that its contents are genuine.
That admission brought a sense of vindication to conservatives and even led long-time liberal comedian Bill Maher to call out the media establishment, Fox News reports.
They “buried” it
“I remember reading about this a couple of years ago, the New York Post came across… Hunter Biden’s computer, which he apparently left at a computer repair store,” Fox News quoted Maher as saying during Friday’s episode of his show “Real Time.”
The host then said that “if anyone should not leave his computer with other people, it would be Hunter Biden just for the personal stuff,” a reference to images on the device showing Biden using drugs and cavorting with prostitutes.
“But it also had stuff about how, you know, c’mon, he’s a ne’er-do-well. I’m sorry, Hunter Biden, but you are…” Maher continued. “You made a living being ne’er-do-well who was taking money just because you were the vice president’s son and you had influence.”
“He got, I think $4.8, yes, million from Chinese energy companies to sit on the board and consult. Yeah, that was his passion in life,” Maher recalled.
“So the New York Post got a hold of what was in the computer. And, you know, because the New York Post is a Republican paper, and The New York Times and The Washington Post are the Democratic paper[s]…
“And the Republican paper, Twitter… canceled their account! They can’t even report on this story. And now two years later, The New York Times and The Washington Post have come around and say, ‘Okay, there was something there.'”
Security clearance debacle
“It looks like the left-wing media just buried the story because it wasn’t part of their narrative and that’s why people don’t trust the media,” Maher complained.
In addition to journalists, members of the intelligence community also attempted to discredit reports about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Just prior to the 2020 election, 51 former intelligence officials signed a letter published by Politico in which they suggested that Russia was behind the material.
In response, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) announced on Twitter last week that will introduce legislation aimed at stripping the signatories’ security clearances, arguing that they “publicly lied.”