Politico Admits Hunter Biden Emails Genuine after Claiming 'Russian Disinformation'
New York Post vindicated as laptop files verified as belonging to Joe Biden's son
Left-wing outlet Politico has finally been forced to admit that the emails leaked from Hunter Biden's "laptop from hell" before the election are, in fact, "genuine."
The admission comes after almost a year of propping up claims from Joe Biden, Democrats, and their allies in the rest of America's corrupt establishment media, that the emails were part of a "Russian disinformation" campaign.
A new book from Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger has now confirmed the authenticity of the files, finally vindicating reports from the New York Post, who first broke the story last year.
Schreckinger has reportedly analyzed and confirmed the authenticity of at least two emails from Hunter Biden's laptop.
The New York Post was unfairly smeared over its bombshell reporting from last October after it obtaining the laptop hard drive, exposing the Biden family's shady business dealings with Ukrainian and Chinese partners.
Politico's Playbook newsletter reports that in Schreckinger's new book, "The Bidens," an independent source who had access to Hunter Biden's emails confirmed that he received a 2015 email from a top executive at Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company, thanking him for a meeting with Joe Biden, who was Obama's vice president at the time.
A 2017 email detailing a "lucrative" deal with a Chinese energy company that included a proposed equity breakdown for the parties involved and included the line, "10 held by H for the big guy?" was also verified.
As Neon Nettle previously reported last year, Hunter Biden's former business partner revealed that "the big guy" was a nickname for Joe Biden used by Hunter when discussing his father.
"Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and two people who corresponded with Hunter Biden confirmed emails from the cache were genuine," Politico reported.
NEW in Playbook this morning, from "THE BIDENS" book out today: Evidence that at least some of the alleged Hunter Biden laptop material is genuinehttps://t.co/RHm4b2mHF9— Ben Schreckinger (@SchreckReports) September 21, 2021
This is a drastic shift in tone from Politico, which ran the October 2020 headline "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say."
The report, authored by Natasha Bertrand, now a CNN reporter, highlighted an open letter signed by "more than 50 former senior intelligence officials" who insisted that the published emails from the laptop had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."
The letter, which was parroted by much of the media, baselessly suggested the emails were hacked and could have been tampered with by the Kremlin in order to make its contents look incriminating.
Signatories of that letter included outspoken Trump critics John Brennan, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta, and Jeremy Bash, many of whom work as analysts on MSNBC and CNN.
The unsubstantiated claims from the former intel officials were elevated throughout the media including CNN, MSNBC, and The Huffington Post.
Look at the campaign video @HuffPost produced for Joe Biden masquerading as a pre-election "news report" that was full of lies: no other way to say it. And their *only* basis was mimicking CIA's claims.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 21, 2021
Again, however much you despise these media outlets, it's not enough. pic.twitter.com/sJn559PDCO
Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent quickly declared the day after the New York Post first began reporting on the alleged contents of Hunter Biden's laptop that it was "Trump's fake new Biden scandal," calling the allegations "laughably weak."
"While Trump and his propagandists would surely prefer to have a more compelling scandal to tout, the thinness of this new gruel is largely secondary," Sargent wrote on Oct. 15, stressing Steve Bannon's involvement in the distribution of the laptop's contents.
"Trump’s last-ditch hope is to cast a vague pall of corruption over Biden ...
"But plainly, the mere fact of covering smears and disinformation, even negatively, itself rewards their purveyors."
That same day, The New York Times ran a report sounding the alarm about "Russian disinformation," claiming that President Donald Trump was warned that Russians were "using" his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who was given the laptop before providing its contents to the press, to spread false claims about the Bidens.
"The intelligence agencies warned the White House late last year that Russian intelligence officers were using President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani as a conduit for disinformation aimed at undermining Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential run, according to four current and former American officials," the Times reported at the time.
NPR public editor Kelly McBride addressed a listener's question about the news outlet's blackout of the Hunter Biden story at the time.
After claiming the Post's reporting had "many, many red flags," including its potential ties to Russia, NPR apparently determined that the "assertions don’t amount to much."
Why haven't you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post's Hunter Biden story? Read more in this week's newsletter➡️ https://t.co/CJesPgmGvo pic.twitter.com/jAi7PnpbZf— NPR Public Editor (@NPRpubliceditor) October 22, 2020
"We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions," NPR managing editor Terence Samuel told McBride.
"And quite frankly, that's where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way."
Unlike NPR, CNN wasn't nearly as transparent with its efforts to spike the Hunter Biden story.
Last week, Project Veritas leaked audio recordings of conference calls featuring CNN's top executives urging staff to avoid the Biden scandal during the election.
"Obviously, we're not going with the New York Post story right now on Hunter Biden," CNN political director David Chalian said during a conference call on Oct. 14, the same day the Post published its first story on Hunter Biden's emails.
Chalian later insisted the report was "giving its marching orders" to the "right-wing echo chamber about what to talk about today."
"The Trump media, you know, moves immediately from -- OK, well, never mind -- the [Michael Flynn] unmasking was, you know, found to be completely nonsensical to the latest alleged scandal and expects everybody to just follow suit," CNN president Jeff Zucker told his staff on Oct. 16.
"So, I don't think that we should be repeating unsubstantiated smears just because the right-wing media suggests that we should."
Apparently such messaging was received by CNN star anchor Jake Tapper, who dismissed the allegations against Hunter Biden as "too disgusting" to repeat on-air and that the "rightwing is going crazy."
Tapper: "The right wing is going crazy with all sorts of allegations about Biden and his family too disgusting to even repeat here. Some of the ones I've seen from the president's son and some of the president's supporters are just wildly unhinged." pic.twitter.com/gtGffC9xLc— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) October 22, 2020
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer hyped the baseless "Russian disinformation" speculation on the "serious questions" of whether Russia was "using" Giuliani to "interfere" in the election.
"There are fears that what Giuliani is now pushing here in the United States could actually be part of Russia's latest and very massive disinformation campaign in the U.S. presidential election," Blitzer said.
Please watch this video from CNN's Wolf Blitzer show shortly before the election. Now that we have (more) proof that the Biden docs were always genuine, just watch how these people lie. If this doesn't make you furious, and you don't despise this part of the media, you're wrong. pic.twitter.com/MnhkOolecp— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 21, 2021
A tense exchange took place on "60 Minutes," when veteran journalist Lesley Stahl laughed off Trump's claim that Biden was "in the midst of a scandal" in an interview that aired just days before the election.
"He's not," Stahl replied.
"Of course he is, Lesley," Trump sternly doubled down.
"No, c'mon," Stahl continued to reject the president's claim, before lecturing him, "This is '60 Minutes' and we can't put on things that we can't verify."
“I wish you would interview Joe Biden like you interview me,” President Trump says to Lesley Stahl. https://t.co/ZM8BR1sn39 pic.twitter.com/mSfVFqZuOm— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 26, 2020
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur mocked the Post's story, saying it "dropped like a bomb," but to "wither under scrutiny, not really dropping like a bomb."
NBC News national security correspondent Ken Dilanian called it a "fishy story" despite acknowledging that various emails and images that came from the laptop looked "legitimate."
"We have no idea, and neither does the New York Post, whether any of it was doctored or forged or faked," Dilanian told Tur.
"And that’s why the mainstream news media has declined to really touch the story because it just lacks credibility.
"We now know that Russian disinformation ... is as dangerous to our democracy as anything exposed in these emails."
13) MSNBC's @KatyTurNBC & @KenDilanianNBC were likewise happy to see the NY Post's "dangerous" reporting buried just weeks before the election [video via @newsbusters] pic.twitter.com/jHFYYmFptA— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 21, 2021
Ahead of the final presidential debate, where Trump hammered his Democratic rival on his son's business dealings, NBC News correspondent Hallie Jackson offered a slanted preview of what was to come in the political showdown.
"The President's also expected to bring up Hunter Biden and unverified emails of his business dealings, described by many intelligence experts as having hallmarks of a foreign disinformation campaign," Jackson reported.
"The Biden campaign says they're ready for the attack, hoping to flip the script to argue the President's more obsessed with Biden's family than American families."
Jackson also made an effort to degrade Trump's debate guest, former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski, who claimed the former VP was directly involved with his son's business dealings.
"While President Trump is expected to bring a former business associate of Hunter Biden's, Joe Biden is expected to bring small business owners struggling in this pandemic," Jackson told NBC's Lester Holt.
Following the debate, CBS political analyst John Dickerson pointed out that Biden "has an ally in the news cycle," suggesting that media's coverage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will bury the scandal, which would benefit the former VP.
"If President Trump tries to shift the turf onto the Biden family for the purposes of muddying Joe Biden, the news cycle keeps returning to the central piece of this campaign, which is the coronavirus and the president's response to it and the country has a very negative view on that," Dickerson explained to "CBS This Morning" co-host Anthony Mason.
"And as these numbers continue, it keeps voters focused on that very bad issue for the president."
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle attacked those who were covering the Hunter Biden controversy, referring to it as a "so-called story" with "unverified claims."
"We are now four days away from the election and the truth is more important than ever," Ruhle told her viewers.
"The truth is that we're in the middle of a pandemic.
"The truth is that millions of Americans are out of work.
"The truth is we have to listen to science.
"And in these final days, instead of debating crowd size or unverified claims or conspiracy theories, we should be talking about policy, values, and ideas."
Wajahat Ali, then a columnist for The New York Times who has since joined The Daily Beast, celebrated Twitter and Facebook's censorship of the Hunter Biden story, writing, "Good.
"Russian disinformation meant to harm our democracy shouldn't be given mainstream platforms."
Good. Russian disinformation meant to harm our democracy shouldn't be given mainstream platforms. https://t.co/WWT6m90agY— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) October 14, 2020
NBC News correspondent Heidi Przybyla warned outlets "Wikileaks were ‘hacked materials’ & part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
"It became egg on every media that ran breathlessly with it."
Wikileaks were "hacked materials" & part of a Russian disinformation campaign.— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) October 14, 2020
It became egg on every media that ran breathlessly with it.
Washington Post columnist Max Boot declared that the New York Post story "is false--and quite possibly part of a Russian disinformation campaign."
The @nypost story about Hunter Biden is false--and quite possibly part of a Russian disinformation campaign.— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) October 14, 2020
The Ukrainian prosecutor wasn’t actually investigating Burisma. He was, in fact, complicit in corruption—which is why Biden demanded he be fired.https://t.co/cXuaQwc4LC
CNN's leftwing media guru Brian Stelter indicated the Hunter Biden scandal was "manufactured" and was the product of pro-Trump "whataboutism."
"For all we know, these emails were made up, or maybe some are real and some are fakes, we don't know," Stelter told his viewers.
"But we do know that this is a classic example of the rightwing media machine."
This is pretty great to look back on pic.twitter.com/sjLSTN3CZg— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 21, 2021
Several critics, including journalist Glenn Greenwald and Grabien founder and news editor Tom Elliott, blasted the various media outlets and journalists for their reckless coverage of the Hunter Biden scandal.
"The pre-election joint censorship campaign by the media, Big Tech & CIA was always a gigantic story," Greenwald tweeted on Tuesday.
"The CIA spun an outright lie about these docs that helped these platforms censor the docs while *journalists* cheered that.
"Again, however much you despise these media outlets, it's not enough."
"It wasn’t only Twitter & Facebook that were trying to throw the election through their manipulation of information," Elliott wrote.
"Dozens of blue check progressives circulated fake news that the Hunter story was 'disinformation.'
"These people should be shamed."