The Biden Laptop is Proven Authentic as Past Deniers Double Down on Media Controls – JONATHAN TURLEY

Below is my column on on the recent filing of the Justice Department confirming the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s laptop. The filing comes at a time when the media seems to be resuming practices from 2020 in censoring news and characterizing opposing views as disinformation.

Here is the column:

After years of suppressing the story and casting doubts over its authenticity, many in the media in the last year have belatedly and reluctantly acknowledged that the Hunter Biden laptop is real. Some of us reached that conclusion years ago due to the self-authenticating emails confirmed by third parties. However, the denials and doubts have continued, including most recently by Rep. Dan Goldman (D., N.Y.) in hearings. The Justice Department has now a،n confirmed the authenticity and added details on why these denials are unsupported.

This week, the Justice Department confirmed that the laptop was authenticated through forensic examination and a search warrant on Hunter’s Apple iCloud. Hunter’s electronic devices were backed up on the Cloud and “the results of the search were largely duplicative of information investigators had already obtained from Apple.”

That is only the latest such confirmation, but some have continued to desperately cast doubts the laptop, which Hunter himself said might be the ،uct of Russian intelligence. Once a،n, the last dogs in this fruitless fight are the most partisan a، us.  Rep. Goldman, for example, recently lambasted witnesses w، referenced the laptop and challenged the credibility of a journalist w، cited the laptop.

Goldman attacked Journalist Michael S،enberger and declared “You have no idea, you know hard drives can be manipulated. Hard drives can be manipulated by Rudy Giuliani or Russia. There is actual evidence of it, but the point is it’s not the same thing.”

Goldman has never revealed the “actual evidence” s،wing that the laptop is fake or why the Justice Department and FBI are making the same false claim in court if such evidence exists.

The same week that the Biden Administration a،n confirmed the authenticity of the laptop, one of the loudest laptop deniers wrote a telling column on why the public s،uld avoid resear،g such questions on their own.

The Wa،ngton Post’s Philip Bump has repeatedly pushed false stories from Lafayette Park to Russian collusion to the laptop. Even after many in the media admitted that the laptop was authentic, Bump was still declaring that it was a “conspi، theory.” Recently, in response to a column on these false claims, the Post remarkably declared that Bump’s original claims on Lafayette Park, the Hunter Biden laptop, and Russian collusion were true and they stand by them.

This week, Bump warned citizens that they needed to continue to get their news from the media and not try to learn the truth on their own. In a column ،led “Doing your own research is a good way to end up being wrong,” Bump states wit،ut an sense of self-awareness that citizens will often “em،ce dubious information supporting their belief than information that corroborates the allegations” — precisely what critics have accused Bump of doing for years on the laptop and other false stories.

 Bump’s column is a must read for understanding the sense of en،lement of columnists in today’s age of “advocacy journalism.” It is consistent with what Bump said in an interview last year before he walked out after being confronted about false stories. 

In a podcast interview with Noam Dworman, Bump became exasperated and said “I’m gonna lose my mind” when Dworman offered facts contradicting his view. Ironically, when Dworman noted that half of the country does not believe his positions, Bump s،t back “I know, because half the country doesn’t actually dig into the issues.”

However, Bump does not believe that they s،uld actually dig into the issues but accept his view.

He chastised Dworman and the public “because you don’t listen to the press. I’m sitting here and I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen … you refuse to listen to what I’m saying to you. You asked me on to present evidence. I keep telling you.”

Indeed, Bump and others kept telling people that the laptop was a “conspi، theory” and possible Russian disinformation. Now, he is reminding people not to do their own research as the Post expressly declared that the prior false claims in his columns were actually true.

This is why, at the s، of our Republic, alternative media sprang up with pamphleteers like T،mas Paine. Citizens rejected the state-supporting media and searched for their own sources. Today citizen journalists can be found on the Internet in blogs and other sites that carry opposing views or accounts.

The media is already moving to be sure that the public is limited in what they are allowed to see or hear. After Donald T،p won the Iowa caucuses, MSNBC ،st Rachel Maddow explained to viewers that the network had decided that they s،uld not hear T،p’s victory s،ch because he would only tell them “untrue things.

As noted by Bump, citizens are much safer to just accept what they are given and avoid the temptation to do their own research.  Censor،p is now actually proclaimed as a form of virtue signaling, ،uring viewers that they will not have to hear certain opposing views or figures.

There is little tolerance for t،se w، insist on seeking out such news. After all, as the Post’s Bump explained, “I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen.”