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NPR Defends Ignoring Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal

But with aspects of the story continuing to be verified, how long can NPR hold out and still be considered a responsible outfit for journalism?

The mainstream media has, in large, spent very little time on a story that broke last week in the New York Post involving 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

The story alleges that a laptop once owned by the younger Biden was copied from a computer repair shop by the FBI who, at the time, were investigating some sort of money laundering scheme.  This was just over a year ago now, and the laptop itself was eventually handed over to the Bureau in December of 2019.

But not before a copy of the hard drive was allegedly given to Rudy Giuliani.

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Giuliani then waited several months to pass the contents off to the press, many of whom said “no thanks” on account of their inability to verify any of the data on the drive.  The New York Post ran with the story, however, causing a firestorm in the media.

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Twitter soon blocked any and all attempts to discuss the story on their platform, while the rest of the media simply looked to ignore the laptop scandal altogether…many giving very little explanation as to why.

NPR has addressed the controversy head-on this week, however, just as certain aspects of the story are being verified by those with first-hand knowledge of at least some of the laptop’s contents.

The conversation occurred via Twitter, after a user asked why NPR had remained silent.

“Why haven’t you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post’s Hunter Biden story,” the tweet said. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste listeners’ and readers’ time on that stories that are just pure distractions.”

The tweet included the link to a newsletter written by Kelly McBride, who is with the Poynter Institute, the so-called gatekeeper for good journalism.

McBrides’ justification for ignoring the real and growing scandal involving Joe Biden’s family, and now his vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), is:

There are many, many red flags in that New York Post Investigation. NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik detailed most of them … Intelligence officials warn that Russia has been working overtime to keep the story of Hunter Biden in the spotlight. Even if Russia can’t be positively connected to this information, the story of how Trump associates Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani came into a copy of this computer hard drive has not been verified and seems suspect. And if that story could be verified, the NY Post did no forensic work to convince consumers that the emails and photos that are the basis for their report have not been altered.

Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre behavior as of late has undoubtedly damaged his credibility on the national stage, but with some of the Biden family acquaintances admitting that at least some of the emails detailed by the New York Post are in fact legit, it wouldn’t be surprising to see NPR make an about-face in the coming days.

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