Well it’s about time! On Tuesday, the Department of Justice officially acknowledged that Hunter Biden’s laptop was real and legitimate. This was the very same laptop that Democrats and their pals in the liberal media repeatedly denounced as “Russian disinformation.”
So how much time have the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks spent on this official acknowledgment?
What’s particularly shameful about the networks hiding this latest development? These very same networks spent over an entire year (18 months) denying the legitimacy of the laptop.
The MRC (back in April of 2022) documented how the networks systematically buried the story:
From October 14, 2020 (the day the New York Post broke the laptop story) through the morning of April 18, 2022 — a period of 18 months — MRC analysts looked at the ABC, CBS, NBC evening and morning shows and their Sunday roundtable programs. That analysis found the total amount of time spent on the Hunter Biden laptop story came to a miniscule 25 minutes, 6 seconds.
A deep dive of the coverage shows that when the Big Three networks bother to mention the scandal they do so largely to knock it down, using dismissive verbiage like “dubious” “questionably-sourced story,” “old line of attack” and “unverified.”
MRC analysts found arguments by anchors, reporters, guests and talking head soundbites dismissing the Hunter revelations outweighed those supportive of the case by an over 3 to 1 ratio. ABC, CBS and NBC aired a total of 18 minutes, 18 seconds devoted to dismissing the story to just 5 minutes, 1 second of arguments supporting the New York Post revelations.
It’s been four days since the DOJ (via a court filing in Hunter’s firearms case) officially acknowledged the laptop and still nothing from nets.
On January 16, The Daily Caller reported on the DOJ’s admission:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has acknowledged the legitimacy of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop data for the first time in a new court filing.
In a Tuesday court filing from DOJ prosecutors, which came in response to Biden’s request to have his federal firearm charges dismissed, investigators acknowledge the legitimacy of data found on Biden’s laptop prior to the 2020 election. The court filings described how IRS and FBI investigators had obtained a search warrant for tax violations on Biden, leading them to “various” backup data accounts.
The documents additionally note that investigators later came into “possession” of the laptop that Biden had previously “left at a computer store,” emphasizing that investigators had “already obtained” a large portion of the data from Apple. (RELATED: FBI Investigators Found Cocaine On Firearm Pouch Hunter Biden Used, Prosecutors Say)
“In August 2019, IRS and FBI investigators obtained a search warrant for tax violations for the defendant’s Apple iCloud account. In response to that warrant, in September 2019, Apple produced backups of data from various of the defendant’s electronic devices that he had backed up to his iCloud account,” the court documents stated. “Investigators also later came into possession of the defendant’s Apple MacBook Pro, which he had left at a computer store. A search warrant was also obtained for his laptop and the results of the search were largely duplicative of information investigators had already obtained from Apple.”
Once again, the Big Three networks continue to do the bidding of the Biden White House.