As CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter remarked on “Reliable Sources” Sunday, “We are not talking about fully reliable sources here,” referring to the history of the New York Post.
Still, the story behind the story is a familiar one: The Post said it was tipped off about the story by former Trump administration official and former Breitbart leader Steve Bannon. A hard drive containing emails was provided by former New York Mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to the Post. (By the way, Giuliani has openly coordinated with a well-known Russian agent to promote disinformation about Bidens.) A former producer for Sean Hannity̵
CNN has not been able to approve emails, and the New York Post declined to comment.
“This is a classic example of the right-wing media machine,” Stelter said. “Fox and Trump have this in common: They want you to stay angry and watch.”
The story is a “fabricated scandal,” said Stelter, who was to provide “what if” – an opportunity for right-wing media to shift the conversation from Trump’s record to Bidens.
Benkler noted that when Hillary Clinton’s emails and the FBI investigation into her handling of classified information, which was ultimately not recommended, and the Clinton Foundation became the subject of right-wing media conversations, serious journalists dug into her emails. mails.
“I think, this time, contrary to what we saw with Clinton, where serious journalists fell for the Bannon-produced Clinton Foundation nonsense trivially, where serious journalists dug into emails, and Gallup shows us, the only thing people thought about when they thought Clinton was emails and the basis, “
“They’re so sure the story is just going to be too much fun for serious journalists not to take up,” Benkler said. “They’re trying to produce it now, but the media at the moment – big professional media – don’t seem to be falling for it.”
It does not help that the source of the story is really bizarre: A Delaware laptop repairman claims to have copied emails from what he says was Hunter Biden’s laptop after someone claiming to be Hunter Biden , brought it into the store in April 2019.
The repairman has contradicted himself several times in interviews: The Post reported that the repairman “could not identify the customer positively as Hunter Biden,” and said that someone claiming to be Biden brought it in.
Stelter called Posten’s history “political entertainment,” written by a newspaper run by Rupert Murdoch and promoted by another Murdoch estate: Fox News, which Stelter called “a producer of this comic book drama.”
Anne Applebaum, co-author of The Atlantic and author of “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism” and noted that Joe Biden’s legacy in Ukraine is about promoting democracy, the rule of law and creating a better justice system, said: “There is no ‘ so so. ”
Conservative media may have another reason to push the Hunter Biden story, notes The Daily Beasts editor-in-chief Noah Shachtman, and it has little to do with Trump winning re-election.
“They are positioning themselves for the next few years where they can be that kind of conservative opposition to Biden,” Shachtman said.