Cockburn has accidentally left his laptop at plenty of bars in his day. Yet if you were to open it up and search it — as a PI hired by one of his loopy exes once did — you would not find extensive evidence of drug use or information potentially compromising to national security.
Not so in the case of Hunter Biden. Even the New York Times admitted last month that his now-notorious laptop is real and under investigation by federal prosecutors. When the New York Post broke that story back in October 2020, the mainstream media took a pass and Twitter even suspended the Post’s account. Now that the crooked computer has been verified, those same alleged journalists are rushing to play CYA.
Cockburn directs your attention to a discussion at the University of Chicago between Atlantic writer Anne Applebaum and political consultant David Axelrod. A freshman named Darren stood up and asked Applebaum whether she regretted not taking the laptop seriously a year and a half ago.
Kudos to this Darren, Cockburn says, who apparently has more courage than all the legacy press reporters put together. Yet Applebaum couldn’t have been more dismissive. “My problem with Hunter Biden’s laptop is I think it’s totally irrelevant,” she said. “I mean, it’s not whether it’s disinformation. I didn’t think Hunter Biden’s business relationships have anything to do with who should be president of the United States.”
She added, “I don’t find it to be interesting.”
The problem is that nearly two thirds of Americans do find it to be interesting, according to a poll by Rasmussen. And even if the masses shouldn’t always dictate journalism, even if elites like Applebaum function as gatekeepers between their readers and the informational maelstrom — how exactly is Hunter Biden’s laptop not interesting? The president’s son in bed with a crack pipe? Joe Biden repeatedly named in his business dealings? A Ukraine connection via the natural gas firm Burisma? Big-tech censorship?
Cockburn sighs that what’s apparently “interesting” to federal prosecutors is not at all interesting to such a discerning tastemaker as Applebaum. She has bigger fish to fry — like making excuses for the thoroughly discredited Steele dossier. Meanwhile, another 120,000 emails have reportedly been extracted from the laptop. If you’ll excuse Cockburn, he has to go backtrack on a pub crawl before his own invoices leak.
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