An NPR reporter disparaged her own newsroom for dismissing the Hunter Biden laptop story. It wasn't the first time the reporter called out her employer for labeling Hunter Biden's emails a "waste" of time.
Weeks before the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post published bombshell reports about a laptop abandoned by Joe Biden's son. On the laptop, there were reportedly emails that indicated that Joe Biden – while vice president – met with a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma – where Hunter was on the energy company's board. There were also allegedly emails from Hunter Biden pursuing "lasting and lucrative" deals with Chinese energy company China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) that he said would be "interesting for me and my family."
A little more than a week after the alleged "smoking gun" emails surfaced, NPR announced that the news organization would not "waste" time covering the accusations because it was a "politically driven event."
NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan broke rank with her employer by challenging NPR's decision not to have any journalistic curiosity about the report from the nation's oldest continuously published daily newspaper.
"Really love it when managers make our jobs harder. I don't know if that's #HunterBiden 's laptop or what's on it, but it's certainly not a 'waste of time' to find out," Sullivan wrote on Twitter in October 2020. "@NPR managers better hope that laptop was built out of an old Russian blender in Ukraine."
Sullivan knocked her own newsroom again this week for purposely avoiding the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald called out legacy media for intentionally ignoring the Hunter Biden email story.
"Most of the national corporate media lied in unison to the country for weeks right before the 2020 election by telling them that completely authentic emails about Joe Biden's dealings in Ukraine and China were 'Russian disinformation,' a lie they got from the CIA," Greenwald tweeted out on Wednesday. "Twitter founder Jack Dorsey apologized and admitted it was wrong for Twitter to have censored any mention of the story. The WPost this week called for a media 'reckoning' over what they did. Beyond those 2, they all let their lie stand to this day."
Sullivan responded to Greenwald by confronting her own newsroom's decision to completely ignore the Hunter Biden laptop story.
"Add @NPR to the list. Newsroom editors called it 'not a real story.' The 'Hunter Biden laptop' investigation may end up being a tax case, a hill of beans, or something else. But what it's always been is a story," Sullivan proclaimed.
The New York Times and the Washington Post waited 18 months after the story broke to finally confirm that Hunter's laptop and emails were authentic and not a Russian disinformation campaign – which both outlets previously suggested.
"It looks like the left-wing media just buried the story because it wasn't part of their narrative and that's why people don't trust the media," Maher said of the story that was dismissed in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.