The Hunter Biden Laptop Story Suppression

Hunter and Joe

When people—like me—say that the 2020 election was stolen, they are not necessarily claiming that mass voter fraud changed the winner. They—and I—are saying that our democracy was not allowed to work because of a de facto conspiracy of the Big Tech firms and the mainstream news media to withhold important information from the voting public that they not only had a need to know, they had a right to know, in order to make an informed decision at the voting booth, or, sadly, the mail box. This was a disinformation campaign of more than four years in duration, but the latest example has proven to be the most infuriating: the suppression, in the closing weeks of the campaign, of the news that suspicious emails pointing to extensive influence peddling by Joe Biden’s black sheep son had been found on a discarded laptop belonging to the younger Biden.

Because there is disinformation about what happened still being peddled in the comments here, I’m going to revisit the issue. It raised its hoary head again after it was announced—by Hunter, a convenient distance from the election— that the Justice Department was investigating him over “tax’ matters. This, it should be said, was more obfuscation and misdirection. The documents published by the NY Post the in the weeks before the election—and subsequently buried and discredited by the rest of the news media— contained information about that, but we now know the investigation has been far broader. We know because now that the election is over, and Biden safely elected, reporters are finally asking questions.

Politico reported Monday night that “The federal investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter has been more extensive than a statement from Hunter Biden indicates,” Specifically, “the securities fraud unit in the Southern District of New York also scrutinized Hunter Biden’s finances”; “investigators in Delaware and Washington were also probing potential money laundering and Hunter Biden’s foreign ties”; and “federal authorities in the Western District of Pennsylvania are conducting a criminal investigation of a hospital business in which Joe Biden’s brother James was involved.” CNNs Shimon Prokupecz reported that “at least one of the matters investigators have examined is a 2017 gift of a 2.8-carat diamond that Hunter Biden received from CEFC [China Energy’]’s founder and former chairman Ye Jianming after a Miami business meeting.”

Incidentally, here is Politico’s stance before November 2:

Politico Laptop

..and CNN’s:

CNN laptop

[Fair warning: the next commenter who writes here that the news media covered the laptop story before the election will have his or her commenting privileges suspended. This is how the story was “covered” by the new media: I was paying attention. You can make arguments and have opinions, but this site will not be used for partisan disinformation.]

The pre- and post-election excuse-making as the mainstream media tries Yoo’s Rationalization, or “It isn’t what it is” would be funny if it weren’t so ominous—and insulting. These outlets clearly think their readers are stupid, and they may well be right.

A prime example was this smoke-screen by NBC four days before the election. No, I’m not going to bother fisking it, though that would be fun; I don’t think my readers are stupid. This line alone is signature significance:

At a meeting in May 2017 in Los Angeles, Bobulinski says Hunter Biden introduced him to the former vice president, saying: “This is Tony, dad, the individual I told you about that’s helping us with the business we are working and the Chinese.” Even if that statement was made, it says very little about how much Joe Biden knew, and nothing about whether he was involved.

What? If the statement was made, it says that Biden knew that his son was using him to engage in influence peddling, and if that was happening, then Joe was involved. Elsewhere in the same article, NBC says that there was no evidence that Joe Biden benefited from Hunter’s cashing-in on his father’s name and position. This is false, and a misrepresentation of conflicts of interest law and ethical principles. If, while Vice President, Biden even passively allowed his son to claim that Biden would use his position to help foreign interests and rake in money as a result, that creates an impermissible appearance of impropriety as well as a conflict that a public official must actively address. There are ethics statutes all over the country that state that a public official using his or her office to benefit themselves or their family members is illegal. Those laws and rules exist because that’s corruption.

This disgraceful piece was written by Ken Dilanian and Tom Winter: mark those names, and never trust anything they write again. The news media, as NBC’s attempted exculpatory article shows, was looking for excuses not to investigate.

Another piece from the article, and then I’ll stop before we all start projectile vomiting like the people in the pie-eating contest from “Stand By Me,” was this:

Trump, according to the same good government advocates who have criticized Hunter Biden, is ethically challenged when it comes to appearing to use the power of his office to enrich himself and his family. David Farenthold of The Washington Post has used federal and other records to calculate that the federal government has spent at least $2.5 million on food and lodging at Trump properties since Trump took office. Earlier this month, Ben Sasse, a Republican senator from Nebraska who is up for re-election, told supporters that Trump’s family “has treated the presidency like a business opportunity.” Yet stories about Trump’s children and their business dealings are not dominating the news cycle in the days before the election, because they have already been covered, just as the Hunter Biden story has been covered.”

How many rationalizations and logical fallacies are wrapped up in that bit of campaign propaganda? The news media have been blasting headlines about alleged Trump corruption, often implicating his family, for four years. And the Hunter Biden story isn’t about Trump: this is classic misdirection combined with Rationalization #2, “He’s just as bad.” Joe Biden’s argument for election, and he didn’t have many, was that he’s ethical, and Trump isn’t.

Meanwhile, the New York Times tried this approach, impugning the story because one of the reporters wouldn’t put his name on the New York Post piece. This is hilarious coming from the Times, which forced an editor to resign because he allowed a Sen. Tom Cotton op-ed countering the Democratic narrative about the “mostly peaceful George Floyd protests,” aka riots to be published. Gee–why in the world would a reporter in an industry where 95% of those in management have traded in their integrity to ensure Donald Trump’s deceit not want his name on a story that could hurt Joe Biden?

Glenn Greenwald, who ended up resigning from the non-partisan reporting organization he had founded over the news media’s embargo on the laptop story, has earned the right to be an authority on the issue. I’ve subscribed to his news and commentary service in gratitude. Here is his latest explication on what occurred, and he writes there in part,

All of these topics are what the large bulk of the U.S. media, working in concert with the intelligence community and Silicon Valley, suppressed prior to the election. One of the first New York Post articles based on materials from Hunter’s laptop, headlined “Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm,” described how he “pursued lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company — including one that he said would be ‘interesting for me and my family,’” and specifically noted that Hunter “was identified as ‘Chair/Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,’ an apparent reference to the former Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co.”…

The pre-election article I wrote and was blocked from publishing by The Intercept, which precipitated my departure from that outlet, extensively discussed these documents’ revelations regarding the attempts by Hunter and Biden’s brother Jim to exploit the former Vice President’s influence in China to generate profit for the Biden family. Among other things, the censored article described “the Biden family’s pursuit of business opportunities in China,” referenced “proposals for lucrative business deals in China that traded on his influence with his father,” discussed the possibility suggested by the emails that “Hunter along with Joe Biden’s brother Jim were planning on including the former Vice President in at least one deal in China,” and argued that these documents raise the critical question of “whether Biden ever knew about business proposals in Ukraine or China being pursued by his son and brother in which Biden was a proposed participant.”

All of these vital facts and questions about Hunter’s activities in China were largely suppressed from the voting population by the bulk of the U.S. media, working in tandem with Silicon Valley (which simply prevented the story from being discussed and shared on its key platforms), and the intelligence community. How was this accomplished? Largely through outright propaganda, a blatant two-pronged lie: that these materials should be ignored because they constitute “Russian disinformation.”…

In sum, we have the extraordinary historic disgrace of media outlets collaborating with the intelligence community in the weeks before a presidential election to manufacture and peddle a propagandistic lie to justify censorship of highly relevant materials about the presidential front-runner and his family’s efforts to profit off his name — namely, that the documents were not authentic but rather “Russian disinformation.”

Maybe the suppression of this story cost President Trump the election, and maybe it didn’t. We’ll never know. We do know that the news media and its allies deliberately kept Americans in the dark about what kind of man was running against Trump. That’s bad enough, and Democrats and Republicans should be alarmed about it.

38 thoughts on “The Hunter Biden Laptop Story Suppression

  1. In my opinion and based on the primary definitions of the word stolen, rigged is literally a better word to use than stolen to describe what happened with the 2020 Presidential election.

    Rigged: manipulated or controlled by deceptive or dishonest means.

  2. Personally, I think they outright rigged the election. Throwing the poll watchers out and stopping the count in 6 states simultaneously, then continuing to count in secret in several of them, tells me that something nefarious was afoot. Having the voting machines connected to the internet seals my suspicions.

    The media blackout on information about Hunter Biden being paid off by the Chinese Communist Party to obtain favorable policy decisions was appalling, but not surprising. The propaganda is baked into our media at this point. I don’t watch them, read them, or listen to any of them anymore. There are two separate realities being created in the country, and I have no interest in being brainwashed by the communist version of reality.

    What really annoys me is that in neither of the realities being created is there any news that doesn’t fit a narrative. I have no idea what goes on internationally. No one covers international news anymore. No one covers anything that isn’t related to the United States directly, unless it has something to do with the Wuhan virus. Well, they cover the narcissistic droning of international celebrities, but I don’t care about that, either. I know there is more going on in the world than a stolen/rigged US election and a virus with a 99.87% survival rate. You wouldn’t know it by looking at any American/British/Australian or any other English speaking countries media. I’m sick of the bubble the media puts us in.

    What they are doing is dangerous, intentional, and is going no where good.

  3. I think the problem is a fundamental lack of trust in America right now. It might be unsurprising that I blame the left for this, they’d probably try some kind of both-siderism as a defense, but frankly, they’re wrong.

    They spent three years peddling the Russian disinformation narrative until it was so thoroughly debunked that they were left with the goalposts for a New York football game ending up in California with “He interfered with the investigation” swivel, and then after that didn’t bear fruit, they pivoted again, this time to calls of racism. Then, after the 2020 election, the same people that called 2016 rigged because Russians bought ads on Facebook and distributed hacked, but true, material to America, started calling this the cleanest election in American history. Telling us that there was no evidence of fraud. And then telling us that there was no evidence of widespread fraud. And then telling us there was no evidence of systematic fraud. And then telling us to shut up and move on.

    In a hotly contested election where faith in the system was at an all time low, there was a special burden for election officials this time around: They had to be perfect. They had to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. That’s not fair, but life isn’t fair, and they failed. Not only did they fail, they failed spectacularly. I can’t think of a sequence of events that lends itself more to conspiracy theorists than the death of Jeffrey Epstein and the 2020 election. If this was a stolen election, it was stolen in such a shitty action movie-esque fashion that it boggles the mind.

    I believe that it’s most likely that there was widespread fraud. People voting in person and by mail, people voting in more than one state, or people filling out mail in ballots for other people. I don’t believe there was enough fraud to actually change the results of the election. The margins are too wide in too many states. We do have to face the reality that Donald Trump is not going to be president in 2021…. But we sure as hell don’t need to hear anything about fair play and sportsmanship from Democrats.

    • We do have to face the reality that Donald Trump is not going to be president in 2021…. But we sure as hell don’t need to hear anything about fair play and sportsmanship from Democrats.

      Truth, forsooth.

      I will not tolerate calls for unity. For one thing, they are fake and everyone knows it. For another, I don’t need the Left (collectively or individually) to advise me how to comport myself — I am an adult and responsible for my actions and words, and I accept that responsibility with the same humility and seriousness as I have since the age of my majority in 1975.

      When and if Joe Biden is inaugurated as President, he will be my president. I have a right not to be happy with that fact, and to oppose him every step of the way where we are in disagreement. But I will not be lectured to as to what my responsibilities as an American are, or to Biden, the government, or anything else. If I support his policies, I will say so. If he ventures into unconstitutional territory (and it’s my reading, not that of The Right Hon. John Roberts and his eight peers, of that document that matter to me) then I will disobey. If that leads to arrest and imprisonment, well, I’m a big boy and I can handle it.

      And yes, under the most extreme circumstances, I would certainly join an outright rebellion against the U.S. government. Fortunately, that isn’t even remotely likely to be necessary, at least in the near term and probably for the rest of my life, or so I hope.

      But the Left has not earned the right to counsel me on how I should be an American. In return, I agree not to lecture them similarly, although I daresay I will mock, deride, oppose, and revile them and/or their policies at need.

        • That’s kind of how I read them as well, although to me, they feel more like the gaslighting they’ve been engaging in for a long time now. I read them thus: “You were all deceived into thinking we are trying to silence, subjugate, punish you for your thoughts. Let’s all just get along.”

          Oh, well, that’s okay then. [/sarc]

    • All that said, there are simply too many quantitative & qualitative statistical anomalies occurring in the battleground states for me to accept anything less than a stolen election. In fact, anywhere that mail-in ballots were accepted, there was fraud. Including our own metro area.

      • I think we’ve gotten to a point where our hyperfocus on the presidential election borders on the unhealthy. The President has an important job. He has power. But he has less power to effect policy in America than the Prime Minister has to exercise policy in Canada… And that wasn’t an accident. More, Biden is the the most centristy centrist that ever centered, he says things attempting to build bridges between the center and the extreme-left portion of the party, but he’s stacked his cabinet full of people that actually represent a return to the (still admittedly bad) relations of the Clinton-Bush-Obama years. He’s said things like “We’re going to conduct a study on (insert progressive issue here)” which is code for “We’re going to study the living bejesus out of this, but do nothing, just like we did with racial reparations”.

        The idea that America is facing an existential crisis, or that your way of life is in jeopardy, or that these issues are life-and-death just aren’t true. The Republic can take four years of the other guy. You are going to be OK. Sure, you might have been better or worse off under the other guy, but not by any great measure.

        This was, in reality, a great election for Republicans, and a bad election for Trump, Republicans picked up seats in the house, they’re going to maintain the Senate, they’re going to maintain state legislatures in a redistricting year. I’m all in for Cocaine Mitch getting to confirm or reject Biden’s nominations.

        The only real loss was Trump…. And frankly, I don’t care. I’ve never been interested in carrying water for him, and I don’t think that his departure from politics is bad. And I’m not convinced that he didn’t lose on his own merits. Millions of votes were counted where people voted Biden, and then straight-line republicans downballot, millions more voted for Biden, and not a single other person. Could that be indicative of fraud? I mean… it’s possible. But I don’t think it’s even close to likely, particularly as you scale it up. So take a step back and ask yourself: “What if this wasn’t fraudulent?” It means that millions of people were so sick of Trump they wanted him gone, but they didn’t support Democrats generally, or their engagement ended there. I don’t think that unreasonable.

        So… What do you do with that? If you want to call the election stolen, I can’t stop you. Depending on how you define it, I might even agree with you (the media writ large was absolute garbage this cycle, and they absolutely effected the election). But what’s your recourse to that? How far are you willing to go?

        • Biden is not a centrist. Biden is whatever he is paid to be, and China is currently paying him to be a communist.

          How can you say our way of life is not threatened? Small business is in ruins, half the country is under house arrest, and 3/4 or more of the country is forced to wear a face diaper. Cities are burning, the militant left is killing people, and critical race theory is forcing racism down everyone’s throats. Churches are banned. Holidays are banned. The first, second, and fourth amendments are under attack and losing the battle. Soros has bought half the judicial system, from DAs to attorneys general, to judges.

          I would not bet that republicans are going to keep the senate. Actually, I would bet the opposite.

          Election fraud is not just about the presidential elections. It’s just the election people are currently talking about.

          • Null Pointer wrote, “Biden is whatever he is paid to be, and China is currently paying him to be a communist.”

            Oh stop it, just STOP IT!!!

            If you can provide evidence to support your China claim than do so otherwise keep that kind of crap out of your comments!

            I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m really getting really sick and tired of all the bull shit accusations (like this one) and innuendo that’s being spewed out with absolutely nothing to support the claims. From what I can tell this accusation has no more supporting evidence than the bull shit slung at President Trump about colluding with Russia, being a Putin puppet, a Russian agent, a traitor, etc, etc. These kind of nonsensical comments should get a big pile of Popeye’s as replies!

            “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!”

            STOP IT!!!

            • I am confused by your disgruntlement. This article is about influence peddling. What do you think that Hunter was being paid for, if it wasn’t policies beneficial to the Chinese Communist Party?

              • Null Pointer wrote, “What do you think that Hunter was being paid for…”, “Why, exactly, are the Chinese giving Hunter millions of dollars?”

                Correlation ≠ Causation

                Those are two legitimate questions to raise but be honest Null Pointer that’s NOT what you did when you wrote “Biden is whatever he is paid to be, and China is currently paying him to be a communist.”, you wrote those accusations as if they were fact, when at this point in time they are NOT facts and neither accusation has been supported by anything.

                I am no Joe Biden fan in fact I’ve written right here on Ethics Alarms that I think Joe Biden a empty suit sock puppet for progressives. The people Biden is trying to or talking about appointing to high positions in his administration plus some recent behind the scenes talk towards defunding the police advocates is beginning to support my opinion, you have no observation to support you very specific accusations.

                Null Pointer wrote, “I am confused by your disgruntlement.”

                Hogwash! You’re being obtuse. I was perfectly clear about your lack of support and you still haven’t support the accusations I quoted.

                • I was responding to someone who said “ Biden is the the most centristy centrist that ever centered”. I don’t agree that he is a centrist. His family took millions of dollars from the Chinese Communist party. If you don’t think news articles are evidence of that, how about a senate report?

                  Click to access HSGAC_Finance_Report_FINAL.pdf

                  I think Occam’s razor applies here. The simplest explanation for China giving a drug addicted politician’s son millions of dollars is to purchase influence over the policies that politician will have control over.

                  Biden is supporting communist policies like the green new deal and single payer government healthcare. He stated all of this during the Democrat primary debates. He wants to get rid of the oil industry. He stated this during the last presidential debate.

                  Patrick Schaefer – a top member of Joe Biden’s transition review team – praised the Chinese Communist Party’s ‘One Belt and One Road’ initiative while suggesting the U.S. assist with the endeavor in addition to partnering with a Chinese military-linked think tank, according to The National Pulse. I don’t think I can share more than one link per article, but I can share it later if you want.

                  I’m sorry you don’t like the way I framed the issue, but I believe the statement is correct. You are free to disagree.

        • So, in large degree, I have to agree with you. I think we need to step back from the ledge and stop muttering (at least in public) about massive election fraud.

          This election was definitely a really good one for the Republican party, albeit not so much for President Trump. But the Republicans owe Trump for it, I think, because he inspired a lot of their turnout. I rather agree that there were a lot of people — more than I expected, frankly — who were just tired of Trump, but not of the GOP.

          Here in North Carolina, the Republicans swept every state-wide judicial race, and the state Supreme Court is back to a 3-4 margin and within our grasp in 2022. We gained ground in the state legislature, took the majority of the statewide races (with the one notable exception of the governor). The Democrats are trying to come to grips with the realization that they got whipped here.

          The Republicans nearly took back the House and are likely to retain the Senate. No one really forecast that going into election day.

          The Hunter Biden coverup, the pandemic, the riots, all those came together to defeat Donald Trump. Much as I hate the idea, I have to accept it.

          I think our best course of action is not to spend the next four years bemoaning a stolen election, but work to win the next ones. Work as best we can to make the changes in our election structures to avert another mess like this one was. Oppose Biden’s policies that we disagree with, for sure, and I expect there to be many of them I disagree with.

          And never let up on the ridicule of the main stream media, who have richly earned it. Talk about hate speech — if we need a definition of that, just tune in to MSNBC. They do it really well there.

        • Does your comment change if the Democrats take the Senate with the runoff election in Georgia? Granted, I think the Democrats realize (or at least the more sane ones) that they’re in a precarious enough situation that truly ridiculous measures, like college debt forgiveness, reparations, or anything else that’s been simmering lately, wouldn’t make it through the house or the senate, but still, with people like AOC being a “rising star” it makes me worried for single party rule right now.

          • I suppose if the Democrats picked up the two seats in Georgia (which is unlikely) then it’s depend on what happened next. Again, a couple of years of Democrat mandate isn’t Republic destroying. If they actually follow through and try to appoint five new SCOTUS justices…

        • See? Cooler heads tend to prevail. What is that expression about the squeaky wheel? There was no Tidal Blue Wave as hoped for by the Main Stream Media. In fact, there may have been a Tidal Blue Waive as voted waived goodbye to lots of Democrats.

          jvb

        • In response to HT:
          I think we’ve gotten to a point where our hyperfocus on the presidential election borders on the unhealthy.

          I agree with this to an extent, but I think it’s very important that we never give up on finding out what happened in this election, no matter what that is. The “hyperfocus” has one very redeeming factor — it is driving investigations despite plenty of opposition.

          The idea that America is facing an existential crisis, or that your way of life is in jeopardy, or that these issues are life-and-death just aren’t true.

          I don’t think this is quite true, although I wish it were. I think it would be more correct to insert “imminent” before existential, and then I’d agree. If the kind of fraud that is widely suspected and supported by circumstantial evidence continues to happen, there will be a rebellion for sure. But at this point, I think the crisis is not yet imminent.

          This was, in reality, a great election for Republicans, and a bad election for Trump,

          It was, indeed.

          The only real loss was Trump…. And frankly, I don’t care. I’ve never been interested in carrying water for him, and I don’t think that his departure from politics is bad.

          I do care, because that places the last bulwark against a frighteningly-possible permanent Democratic government in the hands of one state’s voters, and that happens to be a state in which widespread fraud is rationally suspected.

          Like you, I have no interest in defending Trump. I have loathed him for years, even before he was elected, but he proved he was a competent president when it comes to policy, and incompetent when it comes to… most everything else. I can live with that, even if it’s not my ideal. And you correctly point out that the influence of a president on US government is not as pervasive and powerful as many believe.

          But Biden was low-performing even as a younger senator, and his apparent decline into dotage makes me believe, and this may be disproved eventually (and hopefully), that he is no more than a sockpuppet for the radical Left. That’s why I care very much about Trump’s loss.

          So take a step back and ask yourself: “What if this wasn’t fraudulent?”

          I agree. I think we all have to look at that, which is one big reason why I’m willing to accept Biden at this point. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence and conspiracy theories that sound plausible — a lot of smoke, if you will, but I have yet to see the kind of hard, unimpeachable evidence that will make me fear for the trumpets of revolution. For a fact, such evidence may never be found, and if it isn’t, then my esteem for the election will improve. I’m not holding my breath, but I’m absolutely open to the possibility.

          But what’s your recourse to that? How far are you willing to go?

          You weren’t asking me, but I’ll answer anyway — I’m willing to go all the way.

    • “In a hotly contested election where faith in the system was at an all time low, there was a special burden for election officials this time around: They had to be perfect. They had to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. That’s not fair, but life isn’t fair, and they failed. Not only did they fail, they failed spectacularly.”

      Totally agree. Additionally, the Democrats out maneuvered the Republicans at every step, thereby successfully cheating and getting away with it. Either way the Republicans look naive and unsophisticated. I wonder if that is what the RNC actually wanted as a way of killing of Trump without actually killing him off themselves.

      jvb

      • Yes, I wonder the same, about the “old world order,” including Republicans, WANTING to depose Trump. To borrow from Senator Schumer, NOTHING is off the table.

    • http://mtracey.medium.com/the-most-predictable-election-fraud-backlash-ever-4187ba31d430

      Of course what happened subsequently was that even years after Trump had safely taken power, the corporate media’s top luminaries continuously used the phrase “hacked the election” to describe the purported actions of Russia on behalf of Trump in 2016. Supermajorities of Democratic voters came to believe not just that Russia “interfered” in the election, but directly installed Trump into power by tampering with voting machines. Now, though, journalists who fostered these blinkered beliefs will feign incredulity that their conduct could have contributed to widespread “doubt” as to the “legitimacy” of that election. And they’ll be aghast at any suggestion that this was inevitably going to generate yet another crazed anti-legitimization initiative in 2020.

  4. Jack said:

    Maybe the suppression of this story cost President Trump the election, and maybe it didn’t. We’ll never know. We do know that the news media and its allies deliberately kept Americans in the dark about what kind of man was running against Trump. That’s bad enough, and Democrats and Republicans should be alarmed about it.

    Indeed, and mainly because we now have to suspect that they will suppress any story that negatively implicates an important Democratic or other politician, bureaucrat, or even relative who the media value in their position. Why? Because they have shown us with their Hunter Biden coverage that they are not only willing to do that, but willing to act like it never happened when they eventually get around to covering it.

    This is signature significance for the reason we should not trust anything the left-leaning media says. That doesn’t mean we should start trusting the right, either, because frankly, I have given up on many of those sources, and the ones that remain often make me cringe and yell at the monitor. It seems there’s just no place for those of us interested in good reporting to go without trepidation.

    Facebook and Twitter have apparently moderated their conservative viewpoint suppression now that the election is over, according to reporting at The Federalist (I don’t feel like linking it, DuckDuckGo is your friend). No doubt this is an attempt to moot any conservative legal complaints — they learned well from New York State how that works. No social media platform should be trusted, ever. Glenn Reynolds said it best this morning on Instapundit: ““Social media” has been the worst thing to happen to our politics, our journalism, and our culture in the history of this nation. It needs to be taken apart.”

    I wish I saw a way, alas.

    • : ““Social media” has been the worst thing to happen to our politics, our journalism, and our culture in the history of this nation. It needs to be taken apart.”

      No, no, no! Please be careful what you wish for. For most of us these are the very best of times in terms of access to information and the ability to communicate. Mark Zuckerberg has very little real power compared with the power Randall Hearst wielded in his heyday. There has always been ‘propaganda’ but the internet now allows us to chose from a broad menu and to create and communicate own ‘propaganda’ if we so chose, eg EA.

      There are reasons to worry and these wonderful halcyon days may not last. In a decade or so the ‘bastards’ may have us all tracked with sophisticated AI and with killer drones armed and ready : but I don’t think so. Eternal vigilance is required.

      We “the people” get the media that we use, support and pay for….. and in that sense “that we deserve”. Facebook has only been around for ‘5 minutes’ and it may well not be here much longer. It is all up to ‘us’. Isn’t that wonderful?

      • Mark Zuckerberg has very little real power compared with the power Randall Hearst wielded in his heyday.

        Oh, I think you wildly underestimate the reach of social media, and it’s impact. It is a much more visceral and persuasive media than any newspaper, and appeals to a part of the human mind that print media can never truly reach.

        Those of us who do understand rightly fear it.

        There are reasons to worry and these wonderful halcyon days may not last. In a decade or so the ‘bastards’ may have us all tracked with sophisticated AI and with killer drones armed and ready : but I don’t think so. Eternal vigilance is required.

        I’m not much worried about that. I’m much more worried about the “soft” failure of our republic caused by control and manipulation of information flow that results in a willing descent into totalitarianism and worse. Think 1984, not The Net, Brave New World or Minority Report.

  5. About ten years ago, I heard that Obama’s election was the media seeing if they could get an unknown unremarkable senator elected. They succeeded.

    2016 makes sense of you consider in that framework that the media picked the least likely Republican candidate in their design to get Hillary elected. There were several candidates much stronger, but they were too strong to run against Hillary, so they got suppressed and Trump got elevated. The medical issues and Hillary’s own bitter traits made Trump appear likeable. The next four years the media panicked and celebrated with glee every chance they could get to undo their “mistake”.

    • Except that I doubt any of the GOP candidates other than Trump would have won. He brought out Democrats and Republicans who were sick of the “swamp” and the condescension of the “elites.” Look at the group: Jeb was weak. Rubio was destroyed by Cristy. Cruz is loathsome. Huckabee is a niche candidate. Paul is weird. Kasich is a pandering weenie. Don’t get me started on Carson. It was a big field, but a weak field. Hillary would have crushed all of them.

  6. Great article AND I think that’s a scratch on the surface of other things. If one digs and thinks deeper and broader, it’s far from alarming, it’s truly scary. I am all for Trump and his team doing whatever they can to NOT accept the lame narrative and I applaud them for having the guts to NOT waver and cower to the pressure and LIES the MSM is still peddling every damn day.

    I can HARDLY believe it when i turn in to see how far they are going. They must be afraid that FINALLY someone is NOT letting them bully and silence them.

    I learned things last weekend from a Washington “insider” that is so scary… and he’s not even a Trump fan. But the swamp is far deeper than we even can fathom.

    Thanks for being a truth seeker.

  7. “Election.” Stolen. Rigged. All talking around the truth. All of you.
    Say the words: It. Was. A. COUP. Say them! Don’t talk around them.

    Trump has been ousted, and is now President-In-Exile. Biden is now President-In-Title-Only – not a legitimate president – not a lucky outsider like Trump, but A REAL ONE. Perhaps I am expecting too much of others, and not expecting enough of myself; I do ponder that, and often. Because just as fraud (as in a conspiracy) begets more fraud, so does self-defrauding.

    Do you think you’re being clever, or something? Moving in stealth, through or under the enemy’s radar? Do you think the junta does not know who you are and what you’re thinking, that as long as you keep juuuust quiet enough, juuuuust “discrete” or diplomatic enough, you will remain free to keep talking? The junta KNOWS – and they are coming for you. Coming for Jack, for this blog, for all us commenters and followers. Well, maybe not all commenters.

    I have noticed some new names popping up and commenting in this blog lately. They are not expressing anything even subtly against a single Democrat policy proposal, Democrat power-holder, or Democrat candidate for elective office. Nor have I seen a single hint by any of those new commenters that they object to the outcome of the “election.” Nor have I seen in their comments any smidgen of criticism of any smidgen of appearance of corruption in the process of collecting, checking, fraud-proofing, properly rejecting when warranted, and accurately (and accountably) tallying ballots.

    This blog might, just might, already have been infiltrated by agents of the junta. They’re watching. And they ARE coming. Just watch. The junta knows they pulled off a coup. They just don’t want to hear you say what they know. Because it works best for the junta, for people not to say what everyone knows to be true, if in any way that truth is adverse to the junta. NO ONE who exposes the junta’s corruption must be left un-monitored. NO ONE who dares to introduce “revolutionary” (“seditious”*) – even the least bit contrarian – thoughts and suggestions to the general public in opposition to the junta, must be left undetected, un-tracked, and eventually, un-personed. Disappeared. Just watch.

    *I predict that in 2021, “seditionist” will overtake and replace even “racist” as the predominant Ultimate Cancel Culture Curse – the ultimate (ironically) “Trump Card” – the ultimate Curse Card and Dogwhistle to license the leftist mob’s no-limits-to-means personal destruction of any suspected “seditionist.”

    Since your “hateful” thought-crimes remain naked to the junta, you can expect a visit. Or, some kind of de-platforming – one way or another. Along with a steady drumbeat of pro-junta propagandizing through blog comments. Trust no one, because none of the junta – from its figurehead P.I.T.O., Biden, to the lowliest, most eager-to-prove-themselves-by-any-means-necessary activist, all dressed in black and throwing frozen water bottles at cops out of mobs they blend into and hide in – trust you. You have seen how skillful and successful the junta’s troops are, from the rioters to the media hacks to the pro athletes and other entertainer, to the utterly immune university (and student) staffs, to the Big Cyber oligarchs.

    I bet they’ve even convinced many of you that the November coup was non-violent! But no: THIS coup was VERY violent; it simply was executed in a manner that gaslighted anyone who would dare to speak about the truth of the protracted, asymmetric urban warfare. Warfare, that was strategically and tactically executed like someone in control of heating a pot of water – heating it ever so slowly, that a frog in the pot (symbolizing the people of the “right resistance”) is oblivious to the rising water temperature – ultimately, failing to hop out of the pot to “slimy safety” before being gradually scalded to death.

    Well, RIBBIT! They gotcha. But, you don’t sense the heat yet.
    So, what are YOU going to DO about it?

    I am going to do something besides read this blog. I am probably going to completely stop reading this blog, perhaps for all of 2021, perhaps even beyond. Because, you see, I don’t really have a whole lot of time left to live. Call it a Bucket List Break. I intend to take some “time off” to just do what I please in other endeavors. It’s probably just as well that I disappear from EA, because I fully expect to being doing lots of unethical things. Yes: premeditatedly. Maybe, even, revolutionary, “seditious” things.

    I wish everyone in the old, familiar EA commentariat – and, of course, Jack and his family – a Merry Christmas, and as happy of a new year as you can muster. A VICTORIOUS new year against the junta.

    Wishing, that is, in goodwill – but, not with any expectation or optimism.

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