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CNN’s left-leaning media correspondent Brian Stelter was on cleanup duty on behalf of the entire legacy media industry which, by and large, chose not to cover the laptop story. Hunter Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
“I think there’s a tension between major American newsrooms who want to check something themselves who don’t want to rely on other outlets, who don’t just want to repeat and regurgitate, but then there is an expectation from the public to instantly be able to cover all the stories and have all the answers,” Stelter said during a panel discussion Thursday at the “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference in Chicago. “And so in September or October of 2020, when the New York Post has something, the other outlets can’t match it, there’s this pressure- ‘Why don’t you confirm that? Why don’t you focus on that? aren’t you leading on that? Because we didn’t match it, we didn’t confirm it.”
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“Now, lately, the [New York] The times and the [Washington] Post have and it’s remarkable, and CNN ran a story last week about the federal investigation into Hunter, but I think there’s this tension between fast and slow journalism, maybe, between people who know how newsrooms work and the vast majority of those who don’t. you.”
What’s also “remarkable” is that Stelter has yet to acknowledge how the New York Times and Washington Post verified the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s laptop or on its Sunday program “Reliable Sources nor on his regular CNN+ program “Reliable Sources Daily.”
Something else Stelter refrained from telling conference attendees was how senior CNN executives were caught culling the Hunter Biden scandal as it unfolded, according to recordings released by Project Veritas. in December 2020.
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“Obviously, we’re not going with the New York Post story right now on Hunter Biden,” CNN political director David Chalian said in a conference call Oct. 14, the same day that the New York Post published its first article on Hunter Biden. emails. Chalian then insisted that the report “gave its marching orders” to the “right-wing echo chamber on what to talk about today”.
“The Trump media, you know, immediately goes from – OK, well, too bad – to [Michael Flynn] unmasking was, you know, deemed completely absurd in comparison to the last alleged scandal and expecting everyone else to do the same,” CNN President Jeff Zucker told his team on Oct. 16. “So , I don’t think we should repeat unsubstantiated slanders just because the right-wing media suggests we should.”
Stelter himself has engaged in a disinformation campaign to dismiss New York Post reporting on the 2020 election suggesting the Hunter Biden scandal was “fabricated” and a product of pro-Trump “whataboutism.”
“As far as we know these emails were made up, or maybe some are real and some are fake, we don’t know,” Stelter told his viewers at the time. “But we know this is a classic example of the right-wing media machine.”
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While CNN has reported in recent weeks that the Department of Justice has verified the contents of the laptop do indeed belong to Hunter Biden, the network continues to downplay the events that unfolded in 2020.
“During the 2020 campaign, former President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, attempted to draw media attention to what he called damning evidence about this laptop,” the correspondent said. from CNN, Paula Reid, who described the laptop’s story, which was enriched by her network bosses.
To this day, some of CNN’s biggest stars continue to dismiss the Hunter Biden scandal.
CNN White House Correspondent Jean Harwood claimed there was “no evidence” that President Biden was connected to his son’s alleged corruption.
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“It seems pretty clear that Hunter Biden was trading his dad’s name to make a lot of money, he had a tough life, but until someone connected what Hunter Biden did to the activities official statements of Vice President Biden or President Biden, it’s not a pretty picture, but it’s not really of great public importance in terms of United States politics or the administration of the government,” Harwood said Wednesday.
“There is no evidence that Vice President Biden, or President Biden, did anything wrong in relation to what Hunter Biden did,” Harwood added as host Brianna Keilar said. that it was “an important distinction”.