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Hunter Biden's laptop is real, but Joe's guardians in the press are working hard to hide the truth

OpinionHunter Biden's laptop is real, but Joe's guardians in the press are working hard to hide the truth

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After years of suppressing the story and casting doubts over its authenticity, last year many in the media belatedly and reluctantly acknowledged that the Hunter Biden laptop is real. 

Some of us reached that conclusion years ago due to the self-authenticating emails confirmed by third parties. However, the denials and doubts have continued, including most recently by Rep. Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., in congressional hearings. The Department of Justice has now again confirmed the authenticity of the device and added details on why these denials are unsupported.

This week, the Department of Justice confirmed that the laptop had been authenticated through forensic examination and a search warrant on Hunter’s Apple iCloud. Hunter’s electronic devices were backed up on the cloud and the DOJ said that “the results of the search were largely duplicative of information investigators had already obtained from Apple.”

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That is only the latest such confirmation, but many continue to desperately cast doubts about the laptop, which Hunter himself said might be the product of Russian intelligence. Once again, the last dogs in this fruitless fight are the most partisan among us. Rep. Goldman, for example, recently lambasted witnesses who referenced the laptop and challenged the credibility of a journalist who cited the laptop.

Goldman suggested that Hunter’s infamous laptop may have been “manipulated,” while speaking at a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week. 

Goldman attacked journalist Michael Shellenberger and declared:

“You have no idea, you know hard drives can be manipulated. Hard drives can be manipulated by Rudy Giuliani or Russia. There is actual evidence of it, but the point is it’s not the same thing.”

Goldman has never revealed the “actual evidence” showing that the laptop is fake or why the Department of Justice and FBI are also making the same false claim in court if such evidence exists.

The same week that the Biden administration again confirmed the authenticity of the laptop, one of the loudest laptop deniers wrote a telling column for a legacy media outlet explaining why the public should avoid researching such questions on their own.

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The Washington Post columnist Philip Bump has repeatedly pushed false stories over the years, from Lafayette Park to Russian collusion to the Hunter Biden laptop. Even after many in the media admitted that the laptop was authentic, Bump was still declaring that it was a “conspiracy theory.” 

Many continue to desperately cast doubts about the laptop, which Hunter himself said might be the product of Russian intelligence. Once again, the last dogs in this fruitless fight are the most partisan among us.

Recently, in response to a column on these false claims, the Post remarkably declared that Bump’s original claims on Lafayette Park, the Hunter Biden laptop and Russian collusion were true and that the news outlet stands by them.

This week, Bump warned citizens that they needed to continue to get their news from the media and not try to learn the truth on their own. In a column titled “Doing your own research is a good way to end up being wrong,” Bump states, without any sense of self-awareness, that citizens will often “embrace dubious information supporting their belief rather than information that corroborates the allegations” — precisely what critics have accused Bump of doing for years on the laptop and other false stories.

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Bump’s column is a must-read in understanding the sense of entitlement of columnists in today’s age of “advocacy journalism.” It is consistent with what Bump said in an interview last year before he walked out after being confronted about false stories. 

In a podcast interview with Noam Dworman, Bump became exasperated and said, “I’m gonna lose my mind,” when Dworman offered facts contradicting his view. Ironically, when Dworman noted that half of the country does not believe his positions, Bump shot back, “I know, because half the country doesn’t actually dig into the issues.”

However, Bump does not believe that they should actually dig into the issues, instead they should just accept his view.

He chastised Dworman and the public, saying, “Because you don’t listen to the press. I’m sitting here, and I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen . . . you refuse to listen to what I’m saying to you. You asked me on [the podcast] to present evidence. I keep telling you.”

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Indeed, Bump and others kept telling people that the laptop was a “conspiracy theory” and possible Russian disinformation. Now, he is reminding people not to do their own research since the Post expressly declared that the prior false claims in his columns were actually true.

This is why, at the start of our republic, alternative media sprang up with pamphleteers like Thomas Paine. Citizens rejected the state-supporting media and searched for their own sources. Today, citizen journalists can be found on the internet on blogs and other sites that carry opposing views or accounts.

Meanwhile, 2024 has hardly even begun, and already the mainstream media is moving to be sure that the public is limited in what it is allowed to see or hear. 

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After former President Donald Trump won the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained to viewers that the network had decided that they should not hear Trump’s victory speech because he would only tell them “untrue things.

As noted by Bump, citizens are much safer if they just accept what they are given and avoid the temptation to do their own research on controversial topics.  

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Censorship is now actually proclaimed as a form of virtue signaling, assuring viewers that they will not have to hear certain opposing views or figures.

There is little tolerance for those who insist on seeking out such news. After all, as the Post’s Bump explained, “I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen.” 

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