How Hunter Biden’s depraved behavior and that of his and his family members questionable transactions with adversaries and oligarchs compromise and corrupt Joe Biden? What did Joe know, when did he know it, and did he benefit directly or indirectly? To what extent would – and today, would the Conduct of the Biden family hover over vital questions of American foreign policy, and therefore of national security?
We were deprived of the answers to these critical questions in the 2020 election – deprived of hearing the questions asked – because of one of the most serious US information operations in history, disguised as a defense against an operation Russian information.
Now the main organ of our ruling class has admitted it. It took 17 months, and 24 paragraphs in a seemingly unrelated article, but buried in a New York Times report on the seemingly sprawling federal investigation into Hunter Biden, the ‘Paper of Record’ revealed the truth we’ve known for a long time: Hunter”laptop from hell” is right.
We knew that before Joe Biden was elected. But millions of Americans haven’t because the corporate media, the Deep State they serve as a conduit for, and the Big Tech that propagates their official narratives have conspired together to suppress the true story while amplifying that which is politically beneficial.
A survey shows this operation, an integral part of a coordinated effort by our ruling class to use every lever of power to undermine Donald Trump while protecting Joe Biden – only can have swayed the 2020 election.
People who claim to defend “our democracy,” in other words, have thwarted the republic by hiding from the public the kind of crucial information on which war and peace are based.
The many layers of this scandal are worth telling because they so vividly reveal a pervasive rot at the heart of our country that is poised to fester in the absence of a massive toll.
There is the fact that corporate media fired the story of the Hunter Biden laptop out of control, refused to prosecute that and even ran interference for Biden then candidate when he is directly asked about it by President Trump during a debate.
There’s the fact that the corporate media no doubt claimed the story was “Russian disinformation” to justify their rejection, despite the lack of a flicker of concrete evidence to back up the dubious claim.
There’s the fact that dozens of senior Intelligence Community (IC) officials of the day – people whose professions ostensibly demand balance, analytical rigor and the setting aside of politics – fueled the corporate media of this narrative, abusing their positions with reckless abandon.
The more than 50 prominent members of the IC, former CIA directors and others, have used their names and reputations to baseless speculation that the contents of the laptop and the circumstances surrounding their release “ha[d] all the classic hallmarks of a Russian information operation” – naturally in violation of the overlooked Trump administration officials who actually commanded the intelligence apparatus at the time, who strenuously denied the accusation. a flicker of evidence to substantiate their charge.
Of course they covered, admitting that “we would like to emphasize that we do not know whether the emails…are genuine or not and that we have no evidence of Russian involvement…”. But they knew well Politics and others would post headlines like: “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinformation, say dozens of former intelligence officials.”
How artificial was the operation? Consider this a former aide to former CIA Director John Brennan, perhaps Trump’s most deranged and notoriously deranged. dishonest majority-Democratic officials who approved the letter – who arranged for the distribution of the letter to Politics. He delivered it to one of the most sympathetic in the Deep State who hates Trump. journalists— perhaps best known for promote the famous Steele file at the heart of the Russiagate hoax – surely knowing it would set the narrative in motion.
Almost universally, signatories show no remorse for the scam they pulled. It was worth it for them to replace Trump with someone past 50 get it wrong on all major foreign policy issuesand who has maintained that flawed streak since taking office.
There’s also the fact that Big Tech has engaged in censorship of Rubicon, not only preventing people from sharing the story publicly, but in private messages, and de-platforming sharers. Twitter admitted as much, months after the election, when the damage was done. This set a precedent for the increasingly widespread, almost desensitizing censorship of Wrongthink that we see today. Donald Trump is of course banned from Twitter, and the likes of Vladimir Putin and his pal Ayatollah Khamenei are free to tweet as they please. Information about the Chinese coronavirus which got people banned six months ago is now the official CDC account promoted on social media.
The story of the Hunter Biden laptop looms over all of this.
And where were the aforementioned media on censorship? At best, silent. Those who benefit the most from the First Amendment have too often become the most outspoken supporters of censorshipespecially when it serves their political agenda.
These conspirators did not care to fight misinformation. Far from it, they are among its most prolific suppliers.
These conspirators were not concerned with “protecting democracy”. Rather than struggling with the new York To post‘s report on the laptop and corroborating investigations of Tucker Carlson and elsewhere they obscured in the service of a candidacy that would predictably spell disaster for America, freedom and Justice.
They did so because of the imperative to overthrow a president whose agenda was much more aligned with the governed than with the rulers. That is, they did so out of perceived self-interest, which they may believe coincides with the national interest, but which in practice has turned out to be anything but. Trump threatened their power, their privileges and their prerogatives. He had rebuilt our military, fostered alliances and partnerships to deter enemies while reducing America’s direct obligations abroad, and confronted and held off our worst adversaries, led by the greatest adversary of all, Communist China. Trump has therefore kept America out of wars. Trump was neither the crazed cowboy with nuclear codes nor the isolationist Russian stooge his opponents hesitated to attack week after week. He was a nationalist for peace through strength, and his record proved it. Was this his great sin in the eyes of the ruling class?
There is even more intrigue in this story. Why did he The New York Times I feel compelled to admit it only now, after journalists for mainstream publications like the ones mentioned above Politics confirmed the authenticity of much of the laptop’s contents months ago?
Is it simply because the case against Hunter Biden, billed as a tax case, but the Times reports has evolved into one centered on money laundering and potential charges of foreign agent registration laws, is so heavily based on the substance of the laptop, that it is impossible to report the matter while completely ignoring it?
Regardless, the TimesThe almost inadvertent admission perfectly reflects the entire contrived effort.
Our ruling class’s exaggerated obsession with Russian information and influence served as a diversion from its information operations against domestic political enemies – even in league with foreign actors like the Ukrainians, like my RealClearInvestigations colleague Paul Sperry has reported.
The Trump-Russia collusion was an American information operation.
Hunter Biden’s laptop being “Russian disinformation” was an American information operation.
Fake stories, especially those leaked by our national security apparatus– such as “Russian bounties in Afghanistan” or “Trump called dead American soldiers ‘losers’” – are American information operations.
These operations raise other questions: what other such schemes did they execute that we don’t know about? What else could they do, and what will they do, to a Trump in 2024, or any other candidate they perceive as a threat to the future?
The American spirit, and therefore the body politic, is not endangered by a farm of Russian trolls.
No, outside of the schools, which cultivate suicidal anti-American self-hatred and Wokedom, the great threat in the information sphere comes from a hyperpolitical and armed national security apparatus, detached from the people it exists to defend, a progressive press doing its bidding and a like-minded Big Tech juggernaut working hand-in-hand with them to censor and control narratives.
It is infinitely more insidious when the institutions we rely on to keep us safe, to inform us, and to enable free and open speech conspire against compatriots with whom they disagree than when foreign adversaries themselves mix it up.
We expect adversaries to attack us. For attack americans as adversaries is to make America like its adversaries.
It’s an existential threat to our republic.
And if any of these actors are ever held accountable, that guarantees infinitely worse to come.
Ben Weingarten is Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Fellow of the Claremont Institute and Senior Contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of Ungrateful American: Ilhan Omar and the progressive-Islamist takeover of the Democratic Party (Bomber, 2020). Ben is the founder and CEO of ChangeUp Media LLC, a media consulting and production company. Subscribe to his newsletter at bit.ly/bhwnewsand follow him on Twitter: @bhweingarten.
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