Thiessen writes about Hunter’s laptop

Big Al
December 10, 2022

Americans think media is a threat. Look at coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

WASHINGTONWhen President Donald Trump raised Hunter Biden’s laptop during the final 2020 presidential debate, Joe Biden dismissed it as a “Russian plant,” citing “five former heads of the CIA” who say it’s “a bunch of garbage.”

We now know this was patently untrue. The laptop was authentic. But at the time, almost no one in the news media questioned Biden’s false assertion. To the contrary, CNN questioned whether Trump had “spread Russian disinformation” during the debate by raising the laptop.

Twitter suppressed the New York Post story that broke the news of the laptop’s existence, preventing users from sharing the story or even sending it by direct message (a tool usually used to stop the dissemination of child pornography). Worse, the company suspended the New York Post’s Twitter account, as well as other accounts that shared the story. Twitter did not suspend the accounts of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khameini, who tweets Holocaust denial and denies his citizens free access to the site. It did not suspend Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, or the Taliban, or the Chinese foreign ministry. But it suspended the New York Post for reporting what turned out to be a legitimate news story.

This is a scandal – one that appears to involve collusion between the FBI, the intelligence community and social media platforms to block a valid news story that could have damaged Biden and aided Trump’s reelection campaign. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy points out that the evidence the FBI interfered in the 2020 presidential election “is by leaps and bounds stronger than the evidence that the Trump campaign corruptly conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.”

We now know that Twitter and Facebook suppressed the story after U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials warned them to be on the lookout for foreign disinformation. In a sworn declaration to the Federal Election Commission, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s then-head of “site integrity,” said he had held “regular meetings with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and industry peers regarding election security” during which “federal law enforcement agencies communicated that they expected ‘hack-and-leak’ operations by state actors might occur in the period shortly before the 2020 presidential election, likely in October,” adding “I also learned in these meetings that there were rumors that a hack-and-leak operation would involve Hunter Biden.”

At the time the FBI was delivering these warnings, it was in possession of the laptop, which it had seized in December 2019 from the computer repair shop where Hunter Biden left it – so it knew full well what it contained and that it was authentic, not a Russian plant.

In addition to these meetings with current officials, a group of 51 former intelligence officials released a public letter when the story broke in which they alleged that the release of Hunter Biden’s emails “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” adding, “If we are right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election.”

They were not right. But together, these warnings by current and former national security officials gave Twitter the pretext to censor the story – and mainstream news outlets the excuse to dismiss or ignore it, which many of them did.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a Bernie Sanders ally who represents Silicon Valley in Congress, revealed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week that he had written to Twitter at the time expressing his concern about the story’s suppression. He points out that Twitter defended its actions by claiming the story violated company policy because it contained information obtained through illegal means. By that definition, he writes, “they’d have to suspend any account that posted the Pentagon Papers.” He is right.

Not only that, they would also have to suppress any account that cited the illegally obtained classified intelligence released by WikiLeaks, or the classified intelligence unlawfully shared by Edward Snowden. They did not.

So where is the outrage from the mainstream news media over the fact that they were misled by current and former national security officials? What was the origin of that letter signed by those 51 intelligence officials? Who wrote it and circulated it for signature? To this day, the news media shows little or no interest in investigating how this story was suppressed, much less the contents of the laptop or whether President Biden knew about, or financially benefited from, his family members cashing in on his political influence with foreign governments.

The laptop’s suppression was justified as an effort to protect our democracy from foreign interference. But many Americans believe that reporting failures like this are the real threat to democracy. An October New York Times-Siena College poll found that 84% of respondents view the media as a threat to democracy – including 59% who agreed the press is a “major threat.”

More Americans said the media is a major threat to democracy than said Trump is. And an October Gallup poll found just 34% of Americans trust major news organizations to report “fully, accurately and fairly” on the news.

Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, is working to restore public trust in the social media platform by providing transparency as to how this sorry episode took place. Good for him. Perhaps mainstream news organizations ought to be engaged in similar soul-searching – so they can restore public trust in their platforms as well.

Maybe we are not all crazy
      Dec 10, 2022 10:15 PM

      Perhaps the most sad consequence of the suppression of Hunter’s laptop material was giving the Traitor biden the Presidency.
      I truly believe, if the U.S. survives his pretendency, biden will be recorded as the worst president the U.S. has had.
      The destuction by his rules and regulations, made without consulting Congress, has been enormous.
      I understand, biden is not unique in the world. Every day I am amazed at “Climate change/global warming” believers; and our loss of real scientists.

      Yes, climate change theory is EXTREMELY COMPLEX and cannot be solved by any lengthy set of equations.
      It is necessary to use an extensive model, of set of models. However, EVERY true scientist knows that if you build a model and it fails to predict correctly, the model is NOT CORRECT.
      It is then necessary to modify the model or try a different approach.
      The fact that we have had both higher temperatures and higher levels of CO2 in the past, WITHOUT THERMAL RUNAWAY, should indicate the whole Green Theory is incorrect, and in its stupidity, highly destructive for a basis for government planning and decisions.

    Dec 10, 2022 10:52 PM

    Does Christmas Cinnamon think she can just leave the Demonrat Party and not play ball with them anymore? And especially if she knows anything about the election shenanigans in AZ?

    The Demonrats will not be happy. Cinema better watch her back…if she doesn’t want to be Clintoncided.

    Dec 10, 2022 10:17 PM

    If you ever wondered what a Hunter video is typically……..
    (appropriately censored)

    Dec 10, 2022 10:51 PM
    Dec 10, 2022 10:02 PM

    How Did Jared Kushner Get $2 Billion From the Saudis? Hint: It’s not because of his track record as an investor.

    Hunter is just small beer

    Dec 10, 2022 10:09 PM
      Dec 10, 2022 10:38 PM

      Bay the way Europe is the Biggest Clown in the Rome !

      Dec 12, 2022 12:28 AM

      Wagner group may be trying to kill enough Ukrainian soldiers to force a ceasefire – but at the same time Russians may be forced to do the same – they have yet to take Bakhmut after numerous offensives. MOD is losing control of the paramilitaries and will eventually have to reign them in or kill them. You cannot kill the entire Ukrainian Military with a few thousand mercenaries.
      And I worked for GEN Clark while at EUCOM, he was a micro manager with a big ego that caused much grief while he supported politicians over sound warfighting.

    Dec 10, 2022 10:38 PM
    Dec 11, 2022 11:44 AM

    UKRAINE…………… BOTTOM LINE…………………………
    David Morgan sums it up at usawatchdog……….
    37 min mark……….. I think I have mentioned this several times in the past………..
    Some young minds need to wake up to the facts……. KERRY, PELOSI, BIDEN….all profited and continue to profit from the WAR and UKRAINE.
    GET YOUR HEADS out of the sand………..and stop this BS on _”it is for Democracy”…..

      Dec 11, 2022 11:23 AM

      David Morgan seems to think a Chinese digital currency will become the new reserve currency.

        Dec 11, 2022 11:48 AM

        currency……….. is not money…………..

      Dec 11, 2022 11:45 AM

      People are to concerned with their daly lives to investigate currencies or corruption etc.
      A while back the U.S. changed their nuke policy from defense only to a first use position.
      Russia is now in the process of changing their policy to a first strike position pointing out they are surrounded with U.S. and nato nukes, they said if it looks like, not even 1 launched, just looks like they are going to be attacked they will fire first.

      Have we ever seen Putin bluff?

      We are on thin ice and people dont have a clue, nor do they concern themselves.

      Maybe its better people dont realise the situation we are in, there is nothing anyone could do about it anyway.

        Dec 11, 2022 11:53 AM

        Daily living……….. is coming to a halt…………..and is becoming more harsh for the sheeple,… at some time more will come out of their FOG.
        Controlling the sheeple will become more difficult as they realize they have been snookered……

        As the death toll mounts from the JAB…..
        . and please note SGT just had a doctor on ,….
        Which says……………. THE COVID AND THE FLUE SHOT ARE THE SAME compound/ingredient….
        Dr. Lee Vliet quoted
        So, the infection from the bioweapon will continue into 2023………MORE DEATHS at the doorstep of the sheeple, …..

          Dec 11, 2022 11:10 AM

          “the bioweapons payload mechanisms of delivery are broadening, completely unbeknownst to a largely unsuspecting public.”
          Dr. Lee Vliet

          Dec 11, 2022 11:15 AM

          Covid vaccine, nuclear war, AI, currency collapse.

          Vegas should provide odds on which one wipes out humanity. 😉

            Dec 11, 2022 11:09 PM

            None of the above…………….. Only the Above………. 🙂
            No one knows the time or the place.

            Dec 12, 2022 12:35 AM

            Watch the NETFLIX series “The Peripheral”, you get a sense of the possibilities. The “Jackpot” – North American grid sabotage, bio weapons, nuc strike – successive blows over time, and who rises from the ashes? Criminal gangs, those who use new tech, authoritarians. Who sinks to the bottom? Everybody else. The same story of history over and over again.

    Dec 11, 2022 11:30 AM

    It is clear to me, the best way out for the U.S. is to pump as much oil and gas a possible AND CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING TO THE BONE.
    I cannot see government doing that.

      Dec 11, 2022 11:40 AM

      WE THE SHEEPLE ……………DO NOT HAVE A GOVT……………. people are delusional …….
      Your statement would be correct,…If, there was a govt.,… it is way to late…, if the Jan 6 meeting of the Supreme Court does not act and throw out 300 plus politicians that have breached their OATH OF OFFICE , that includes BIDEN AND HARRIS….
      Debt is impossible to repay……… $32 Trillion on the board,…with another $90 Trillion missing at the Pentagon……….. the UScorporation has stolen and indebted everyone with a birth certificate….
      You are just a bondage servant at this stage.


        Dec 11, 2022 11:49 AM

        Carlin said years ago, “They will come for your pension, and they will get it.”

          Dec 11, 2022 11:54 AM

          The problem is that the only countries IN THE WORLD that will survive the coming dollar collapse are those with minimal debt and are running with a balanced budget.
          In fact, life could get fairly good because in about two years prices (IN REAL TERMS) will be dropping.
          What do I mean by real terms? A stable currency.
          We know the US and Canadian dollars collapse. All European currencies collapse; certainly the Euro and the pound, probably even the Swiss Franc.
          The Chinese currency may be almost stable, but there is citizen unrest and convertability/exchange is a problem. Australia, New Zealand and Japan currencies won’t remain stable.
          It is hard to guess on bitcoin, because American and European owners will be pulling money out to spend.
          Given monetary collapses, high unemployment worldwide, which currency do you guys think might be stable ?

            Dec 11, 2022 11:13 PM

            Bitcon……… will not make it……. according to what I read yesterday……..
            I will see if, I can find the article……..

            Dec 11, 2022 11:45 PM

            Here is the article………….The Debate Between Gold & Bitcoin In 2023

            Dec 11, 2022 11:47 PM

            The problem with bitcoin as money
            The supreme cryptocurrency standard is widely acknowledged to be bitcoin. It is bitcoin which is currently promoted as the private sector replacement for government currencies. But even to talk of bitcoin as a currency is to mislabel it. A currency is a form of credit, where there is a counterparty risk.

            Dec 11, 2022 11:12 PM

            I Know FTX had a significant effect on bitcoin. but it should not have had.
            FTX was invented by crooks for crooks (Democrats).
            Unfortunately BTC and all cryptos got tarred by the same brush and since price is dependent on the number of buyers versus sellers (in derivatives)the prices went down.
            The problem with cryptos is the stability of exchanges.
            The problem with national currencies is deficit spending and bank stability.
            Specifically for the U.S., once China gets to pay Saudi Arabia in Yuan instead of dollars, the U.S.Dollar is toast. The U.S. Fed will raise interest rates to try to keep dollar value, but they will fight a losing battle.
            Most currencies will also sink with the dollar, and we will have a deflation that makes the 1930s look minor.

    Dec 11, 2022 11:57 AM

    Jimmy, do you care?
    Pentagon Fails Fifth Straight Audit, Does Anyone Care?
    Of course, there’s the missing $30 trillion, too…nobody cares…the country is hopelessly corrupt…

      Dec 11, 2022 11:14 PM

      Pentagone……….bye bye with every dollar…….. entrusted to a bunch of thugs…….

      Dec 12, 2022 12:38 AM

      Of course I do – I fought fraud, contractors and corruption my whole career – the system is broken, and needs a reboot – like our whole government!

        Dec 12, 2022 12:11 AM

        Gosh……… We are on the same page……… Jimmy………..

          Dec 12, 2022 12:48 AM

          Let’s find out what kind of REBOOT we get on Jan 6 2023, …If, the Supreme Court has any courage….to do the right thing …..according to the Constitution……..
          Kicking out over half of the fake politicians, who did not do their sworn OATH OF OFFICE….

    Dec 11, 2022 11:39 AM

    China has essentially given up on its Zero covid policy.

    They are introducing a vaccine program using classic dead virus part.

    Dec 11, 2022 11:02 PM
      Dec 12, 2022 12:50 AM

      Hey……………… You are in the wrong section………. LOL………. 🙂

    Dec 11, 2022 11:39 PM

    for irish…a couple more evil little round hatters with gold chains…speaking trash…..thank you Gordon my friend…..

      Dec 11, 2022 11:20 PM

      Hi Larry… Your address to me was very Cryptic , not sure what you meant. As you know I & some others on this blog , have been on your side , from day one, despite what Big AL had to say. Some of us have been following this Corona thing from day one…. We know what our Governments & the Media have been putting out there has been a load of BO**ICKS. Re AL calling me Gordon , i dont know what he means by that , perhaps if he reads this he can explain , if not i will have to ask him.
      BTW i listened to the full hour & two minutes of the link , It’s what a lot of us on this blog , have known for a long time , but thanks for posting it.

        Dec 11, 2022 11:51 PM

        Hello……IRISH………… I was also wondering what was going on with Gordon

          Dec 11, 2022 11:11 PM

          Hi Jerry ….. WEIRD !!!!!!

            Dec 11, 2022 11:15 PM

            BTW.. Jerry …. what do you think Larry meant , when he addressed me ?

            Dec 11, 2022 11:23 PM

            Irish……… I think larry did not know your name , was not Gordon….. I do not think he meant anything by it…..

            Glad he posted the article,….. I was listening to it…….about 1/2 way through it….
            Looking back over the years….. The doctor is spot on….. with the kids and Monsanto…

          Dec 11, 2022 11:45 PM

          Coming back to the article………… The Dr. knows less than some of the people here on the KER,…
          concerning the origination of the virus…. jmo

      Dec 11, 2022 11:55 PM

      As Gomer Pyle used to say: “Sir-praaz, sir-praaz!”

    Dec 11, 2022 11:49 PM

    Saudi deals with China
    Senile Joe really screwed up.

    Dec 11, 2022 11:44 PM
    Dec 11, 2022 11:45 PM

    I would not trust Mc Carthy , with my sisters dead cat. This Arcehole has a cheek , in each camp.

      Dec 11, 2022 11:18 PM

      Ditto Irish………… I agree……. Hoping Jan 6….. will clean out the deck chairs…….
      I refer to the Supreme Court …… on this matter……

    Dec 11, 2022 11:09 PM

    CFS … What do you make of this ? … Kyrsten Sinema .. She leaves the Democratic Party & then doe’s a deal with Schumer…. I would not trust this woman to water my plants , when i went on holiday.

    Dec 11, 2022 11:58 PM

    I’m jealous…….I wish I could just crank out a painting per month to live

    Dec 11, 2022 11:09 PM

    Ukraine planned for 2 more years ?

    Dec 11, 2022 11:20 PM

    The kind and loving nature of the WEF on display again:

    Dec 12, 2022 12:43 AM

    You’ve got to love Elon Musk’s latest tweet:
    “My pronouns are: prosecute/ Fauci”
    Most people do not realize the damage that has benn done to mankind by Anthony Fauci,
    with regard to his funding of reseach into the spike proteins. The CCP, in choosing to spread the disease worldwide ,also carries blame,
    Inasmuch as the spike protein appears to damage the innate immune system in many people,
    and inasmuch as this appears to provide pathways for cancers to develop, Fauci will contibute to the deaths of millions upon millions of people; even on top of the many that have died directly from covid.

      Dec 12, 2022 12:46 AM

      You’re about to get a whole lot of new friends…

      Shocking Video Shows “Huge Migrant Caravan” Crossing Into El Paso

      Better get back to work…friends don’t come cheap…

        Dec 12, 2022 12:56 AM

        More illegals…………….. which city will they be shipped to……..

        The reporter also posted a video of a “caravan of nearly 20 migrant buses” heading to the US border before they crossed over. He said the caravan was “escorted by Mexican police into Ciudad Juare.”

        FREAKING MEXICAN POLICE helping expedite the stamped………. I guess they want TEXAS back….

        Dec 12, 2022 12:06 AM

        WHERE IS >……. Mrs. VP HARRIS………… sleeping with the enemy…… humm………..

    Dec 12, 2022 12:28 AM
      Dec 12, 2022 12:45 AM

      Mrs Obama in drag…….. with the green dress …… put the squeeze on Twitter…
      They ever figure out if, she gave back the kids they borrowed from the neighbors…..

    Dec 12, 2022 12:41 AM

    19 MORE DAYS…………. and this YEAR is OVER…………. 2022……… one big sick JOKE……

    Can Biden give away any more CASH……bailing out the Union Pension Funds today…….

    $36 Billion Biden Bail-Out Rescues Pensions Of Truckers And Other Union Workers

    Good grief, these morons get more money and benefits than the average sheeple….
    Just more bloated scam……………………..

    Dec 12, 2022 12:18 AM

    BLOOD CLOTS……………………. THE JAB and 5G……… trigger a problem in the blood.

    Just go to the 22 min. mark……………….

    Dec 12, 2022 12:30 AM

    Boys More Conflict in the Balkans NATO , Russia , Serbia !!!!