Topic: Media Research Center
After overstating the findings of the Washington Post's investigation into what could and could not be confirmed about the contents of what is alleged to be Hunter Biden's laptop, the Media Research Center again shifted into Hunter Biden Derangement Syndrome overdrive over the following few days to hype those findings and attack anyone who didn't as politicially motivated to hype it as much as it was:
- ABC Defends Hunter, NBC COMPLETELY IGNORES WashPost Confirmations
- They Claimed Russia Stole His E-Mails, CBS Now Admits Hunter's Scandal Is Real
- CNN, MSNBC Primetime COVER-UP WashPost Confirming Hunter Scandals
- ABC, CBS Move on From Hunter Biden Scandals, NBC Cleans Up Their Mess
- 'They are Corrupt': Mark Levin TORCHES Media for Hunter Biden Cover-Up
- 17 MONTHS LATER: Univision Admits Existence of Hunter Biden Laptop (also in Spanish)
- Chuck Todd FREAKS When Republican Calls Out Media Refusing to Cover Hunter Biden Scandal
- FLASHBACK: Remember When NBC Repeatedly BEGGED Biden to Co-Host Today Show?
- The Media's Hunter Biden Embarrassment Continues
- Christie Demolishes Media on Hunter's Laptop: 'They Were Dead Wrong'
So obsessed was the MRC with Hunter Biden that at one point on March 31, of the 14 slots in the top section of the NewsBusters front page, 10 featured Hunter-related content.
The dishonest framing continued as well. An April 1 column by Tim Graham declared that the Post found that "a notable fraction of Hunter’s laptop contents were authentic." Actually, the Post stated that while some email messages could be verified, the vast majority of the laptop's alleged contents couldn't be because of "sloppy handling of the data" by the right-wing activists who had been passing the laptop's contents around. Graham went on to whine that "the broadcast network morning and evening newscasts went 260 days without mentioning Hunter Biden" -- but avoided the inescapable fact that there was every reason not to trust the contents given that they came from right-wing operatives as an October surprise during a presiential campaign and those operatives provided no verification of the data.
An April 4 post by Scott Whitlock misleadlingly portrayed the laptop's contents as verifiably "accurate" from the start and what "what millions of Americans already knew," then complained that the Post highlighted that perfectly reasonable mistrust of the partisan sources as a reason the story was ignored outside the right-wing media bubble.