When the New York Post published its bombshell report on Hunter Brandon shortly ahead of the the 2020 presidential election in which his father faced President Trump, the story was quickly stifled by much of the mainstream media, with plenty of help from Big Tech. After all, it made their favored candidate look pretty bad by illustrating how Brandon knew about his son’s corrupt business dealings with Ukraine.
The story’s source was a water-damaged laptop abandoned by Hunter at a Mac repair shop that contained proof that he sold influence during his father’s reign as vice president and that Joe was aware of it. The laptop also contained an X-rated 12-minute video that appeared to depict Hunter smoking crack while engaging in a sex act with a woman and countless other sexually explicit images.
Now, the story is in the spotlight again as the Justice Department’s investigation into Hunter’s business activity gains steam. And despite all the so-called “fact check” articles at the time claiming the story was some sort of Russian hoax, even the very liberal New York Times has now admitted it has authenticated emails from the abandoned laptop belonging to Hunter at the center of the story.
At the time, Facebook broke its own fact-checking policy to suppress the story and stop it from being spread. Their fact-checking partner, Lead Stories, posted more than a dozen “fact checks” rebutting claims in the story about Hunter’s sexual misconduct and drug use. Its fact-checking partner FactCheck.org, meanwhile, claimed the laptop story was false and widely debunked. In the time from October 20 to November 3, 2020, their fact-checking partner PolitiFact ran a series of favorable fact checks on Hunter in the days leading up to the election, at least three of which were related to his infamous laptop.
Twitter, meanwhile, disabled the link to the story on the same day it was published with a disclaimer reading: “Warning: this link may be unsafe. “They also restricted the New York Post’s account from October 14 to October 30. The platform then targeted political influencers who attempted to share the story, such as then-White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, whose personal account was locked, along with conservative host Dana Loesch and the Trump Campaign. Although Twitter’s then-CEO, Jack Dorsey, eventually admitted this response was a mistake during Senate questioning, they had already accomplished what they set out to do, casting doubt on the veracity of this story when the election was right around the corner.
Snopes, who had initially repeated a claim by 51 intelligence officials that the laptop story has the “earmarks of a Russian disinformation operation” in October 2020, finally conceded in March this year that the New York Times did indeed authenticate the emails on Hunter’s laptop.
The New York Times recently admitted: “Those emails were obtained by The New York Times from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Brandon in a Delaware repair shop. The email and others in the cache were authenticated by people familiar with them and with the investigation.”
Poll shows how Big Tech censorship may have cost Trump the election
The admissions by Twitter, The New York Times, Snopes, The Washington Post, and all the other outlets who can no longer deny this story came far too late to save the country from making a mistake. According to research by The Polling Company for the Media Research Center carried out after the election, 45.1 percent of Brandon voters across seven important swing states said they were not aware of the scandal involving Brandon and Hunter.
The poll found that a full awareness of the scandal would have resulted in 9.4 percent of Brandon voters choosing not to vote for him. This would have flipped all of the six swing states in which he won over to Trump, providing him with 311 electoral votes. In other words, Big Tech censorship may have cost Trump the election.
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