The New York Post took a lot of heat from the left, the Democratic Party, the mainstream media, and Big Tech last fall when it reported on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
Allies of President Joe Biden's son were quick to attack the Post and anyone who dared to share the story, claiming that the paper had zero evidence and was relying in ill-gotten or "hacked" information.
Twitter went so far as to censor posts about the story and locked the Post out of its Twitter account, demanding that the outlet remove its story. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted to a congressional committee on March 25 that his company's move against the Post was a "total mistake."
Facebook protected Hunter — and thereby the Biden campaign — by reducing the reach of the Post story and subjecting it to "fact-checkers," which meant other outlets that shared information garnered from the newspaper's reporting could also be subject to punishment by the social media giant.
But now Hunter Biden has admitted to CBS News that the laptop in question "absolutely" could be his. Of course, he also added that the computer might have been "stolen" or maybe he was "hacked." Perhaps it was "Russian intelligence" behind the story, he claimed:
Certainly, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked, it could be that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.
The Post isn't buying it.
In a staff editorial — "Hunter Biden's full of it — he knows it's his laptop, and he wasn't hacked" — posted Friday after his CBS News interview made headlines, the newspaper called out Biden for his prevarication:
The troubled son knows that he left the laptop at a Delaware repair shop and then forgot about it. How could he forget about something like that? Well, he admits that he's relapsed on drugs as recently as last year's presidential campaign.
The Post interviewed the owner of the computer repair shop. We checked the dates and content of some of the emails against real-life events. We looked at the literally thousands of pictures of Hunter Biden on the hard drive. We did the reporting. It's his laptop.
The Post's disgust clearly was with more than just Biden — they went after the sycophantic press, too, for playing along with his denials last fall:
When we asked Hunter Biden and the Joe Biden campaign in 2020, they dodged the question and called it all a “conspiracy theory" and suggested vaguely he might have been hacked. The press, usually on guard for a non-denial denial, played along. The laptop was “unverified." No one bothered to ask the campaign any follow-up questions, even though the laptop repairman backed up the story to other outlets. Twitter took its cue from the Democrats and blocked our account, a move Jack Dorsey now calls “a total mistake."
Now that Biden has at least admitted that the laptop could be his, the Post has some questions it hopes the media will finally get around to asking about some still unanswered topics, including:
- His and his father's involvement with a Chinese investment fund;
- Tony Bobulinski's alleged meetings with President Biden;
- Whether Joe Biden is the "big guy" referred to in emails about the Chinese endeavor;
- The diamond Hunter reportedly received from a Chinese oligarch; and
- The reported meeting between Joe Biden and an official from Burisma.
The Post has questions about all those things — and more — but it hasn't been able to get answers. Maybe the rest of the media will finally start to help by asking questions, the newspaper hoped.