Chris Hayes on Friday had a query for the Twitterverse: He wanted to know if the Biden laptop story might be a for super realio. Like, could it? Would it? What’s up with that laptoppy?
Those aren’t his exact words, I’m telling y’all I got the tone almost exactly right.
So, like, did we ever find out the actual deal with the Hunter laptop? I mean, maybe the wildly improbably story about it was …true? or maybe it was a cover story for a hack, but do we know?
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 9, 2021
Yeah, dude. What a great question. You should ask a journali… oh wait. You work at MSNBC. You probably don’t know any.
This person’s job is to inform people of things. pic.twitter.com/Hfs47Lyii1
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 9, 2021
If only you were a member of a profession that’s tasked with figuring shit like this out instead of just musing about it on social media. https://t.co/nQR7NYCTOA
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) April 9, 2021
Also this is a great point:
Russian conspiracies and hacker fantasies are plausible, but a junkie forgetting his laptop at the repair place is “wildly improbable.” https://t.co/LVAv1eLChk
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 9, 2021
The Daily Caller and the National Pulse have done yeoman’s work on verifying the laptop and its contents and origins. Pulse editor Raheem Kassam reminded the clueless MSNBC airhead of that, and an 8 month old invitation for Hayes and his colleagues to take a look. Daily Caller had a simple question: where were you before?
Well, about 8 months ago we invited you all, publicly, to come and inspect it but you declined and refused to reply publicly.
In the meantime, we’ve verified it and have been breaking stories.https://t.co/VmVYISgE51
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) April 9, 2021
We confirmed back in October via forensic analysis that the Hunter Biden email at the center of the @nypost story was unquestionably authentic.
Where were you? https://t.co/7aoQJsJSGS
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 9, 2021
Here’s the bottom line, succinctly:
We have the hard drive. It very obviously wasn’t a “hack,” though we had it verified anyhow.
The depths of Hunter’s problems are hard to describe, his hostility to his own family, his incoherent delusions. The fact that he peddled his name to China should be a bigger issue. https://t.co/Pr4YwziN23
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) April 9, 2021
And this summary from Post Millennial really outlines it.
The Daily Mail conducted their own forensic investigation, and found, too, that the laptop and its contents were real. And a recent interview with Hunter Biden revealed that he believed that the laptop definitely could have been his.
He doesn’t remember dropping the laptop off to be repaired, signing off on a receipt, and forgetting about it, but he does admit to being highly intoxicated during much of that period and snorting grated cheese because he thought it was a stimulant. Even so, he stated that the laptop could very well be his.
Shortly after the laptop was released, the Biden campaign spouted off nonsense that it was the product of some sort of misinformation effort, or Russian hacking. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the information gathered was the result of a hack, a premise which he later had to walk back when it turned out to absolutely be a false assertion.