It says something about the state of affairs of the U.S. media when even Project Censored appears to have censored the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Project Censored is a media research group founded in 1976 at Sonoma State University in California that produces an annual list of 25 stories that were ignored or covered up by the media in the past year.
Project Censored’s 2020 list omits perhaps the most egregious instance of media censorship in modern history – the media’s blatant pre-election censorship of the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop at a computer repair shop in Oct. 2019.
The laptop contains emails and information that show Biden’s family, including his father, the GOP candidate for president, may have engaged in foreign influence peddling when Biden was vice-president.
Project Censored Director Mickey Huff agreed in an email Tuesday that the Hunter Biden laptop story was censored but denied the Project has engaged in censoring. He said the Project’s list was compiled in March, prior to the discovery of the laptop, and the book was published in December. He said the laptop story will be considered for next year’s book.
“[W]e can’t cover what did not happen yet lol,” he wrote.
However, a search Tuesday morning of “Hunter Biden” on the Project’s web site produced only one article written on Nov. 25, 2019. It makes no claim of censorship. It fleetingly refers to the Democratic Party’s disregard of the activities of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in Ukraine during the Obama administration.
Every day Americans cast early ballots in the U.S. presidential race oblivious to information that might change their vote if only they knew about it.
But they don’t know about a late-breaking story involving alleged corruption by Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden because of censorship. Not by the government. By the media.
The New York Post published an article on Oct. 14 about the contents of a computer laptop abandoned in 2019 at a Delaware computer repair shop by the son of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Emails on the laptop indicate Joe Biden may have been involved in a bribery scheme, taking a cut of millions paid to his son, Hunter, by foreign nationals in China and the Ukraine in exchange for using his position as vice-president to influence U.S. policy.
The emails came to light because the computer repair shop owner reviewed the contents of the abandoned laptop, became concerned and called the FBI, which seized the laptop.
When nothing happened, the store owner sent a copy of the laptop’s hard drive to an attorney for Rudy Giuliani, who is GOP President Donald Trump’s attorney, and Giuliani leaked it to the Post.
When the Post attempted to share the Biden story on social media, Facebook and Twitter effectively censored the story
Facebook limited the spread of the story and Twitter locked the Post’s primary Twitter account for violating a Twitter rule on “distribution of hacked material.” (There was no hacked material.)
Mainstream publications and media outlets followed suit by ignoring the story or claiming, without evidence, that it was part of a Russian misinformation campaign.