Joe Biden thread

Days of Broken Arrows

Crow
Gold Member
I wonder if this will lead to a Streisand Effect, where the tech censorship leads to the Biden story blowing up more than it otherwise would?
It did. People are already talking about it on Twitter using the term "Streisand Effect." The banning has now become a story of its own. Even on NextDoor people are discussing why it was being blocked -- and these are non-political people.

Major fail from Big Tech.
 

gework

Ostrich
Gold Member
Nepotistic crackhead son of bumbling former VP forgets he drops his dirty laptop off while on a crack bender.

This is better than 2016.




This is how the MSN are dealing with this:

Bezos Post - a good way down the homepage: "Hunter Biden's alleged laptop" ... purportedly ... supposedly .... allegedly ...

New York Slimes - nothing on the homepage; they have published a buried article regurgitating what the Biden campaign has told them

Clinton New Network - apparently no article, but they have an article on Mitch McConnel's disturbing laugh

BBC US - nothing

NPR - fairly balanced article near the top

Politico - pro-Biden piece near the top

Vice - very short, uninformative piece near the top

RT - main story

The Guardian - nothing, but they are running an article on how Biden it targeting Star Trek fans

Breitbart - all top stories
 
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Wutang

Hummingbird
Gold Member

Call it the don’t-touch-anything strategy.

Team Biden knows they’re ahead against President Trump, with national polls showing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden above the 50 percent mark. And with under three weeks to go until Election Day, the campaign has been doing just enough to keep things where they are as the clock ticks down to Nov. 3.

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In recent weeks, Biden has been traveling more than he had earlier in the pandemic — making short trips to key battleground states as he did on Tuesday when he traveled to Florida — but his campaign has usually limited events to one speech a day. Those speeches are largely the same and his campaign has all but avoided long-ranging, sit-down national interviews where he could be asked a prickly question. And last week, when Biden got into a political standoff with Trump over the format of the second debate, it was Biden’s team that said take it or leave it.
Sounds like the Biden campaign is repeating the same mistakes that the Clinton campaign did in the waning days of the 2016 campaign. Clinton didn't campaign in any of the states that flipped to Trump, assuming that they were in the bag.
 
Nepotistic crackhead son of bumbling former VP forgets he drops his dirty laptop off while on a crack bender.

This is better than 2016.




This is how the MSN are dealing with this:

Bezos Post - a good way down the homepage: "Hunter Biden's alleged laptop" ... purportedly ... supposedly .... allegedly ...

New York Slimes - nothing on the homepage; they have published a buried article regurgitating what the Biden campaign has told them

Clinton New Network - apparently no article, but they have an article on Mitch McConnel's disturbing laugh

BBC US - nothing

NPR - fairly balanced article near the top

Politico - pro-Biden piece near the top

Vice - very short, uninformative piece near the top

RT - main story

The Guardian - nothing, but they are running an article on how Biden it targeting Star Trek fans

Breitbart - all top stories
Nice to know. Wall Street Journal has nothing on it besides the a opinion from the editorial board which is separate from the main WSJ newsroom. And this is the uber conservative evil Newscorp owned paper according to liberals.
 

homersheineken

Woodpecker
Uh, wait a minute here...

We may be talking about Child Porn....

If it's the same guy.

The New York Post inadvertently revealed the original source of its dubious Hunter Biden story

The New York Post sent shockwaves through the political sphere Wednesday when it published a dubious story purporting to show a "smoking-gun email" detailing Hunter Biden's communications with a Ukrainian official about meeting with his father, Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee.

The story immediately caught fire in conservative circles, with allies of President Donald Trump pointing to it as incontrovertible proof that the Bidens were in cahoots with the Ukrainian government. Many also said it showed that the former vice president used his official government role to shut down an investigation targeting Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural-gas company whose board Hunter Biden served on until April 2019.

There were a number of red flags and loopholes in the story that raised questions about its authenticity and sourcing, and it gained little traction among more reputable sources.

The report said that in April 2019, an unidentified person dropped off a water-damaged MacBook Pro that contained the alleged emails and other compromising material about Hunter Biden at an unidentified repair shop in Delaware, which is the Biden family's home state. The report cited the repair shop's owner as providing that information but did not give details on his identity.

However, two photos published in the Post's story seem to point to a specific business in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware.

The photos, which appeared in a related slideshow, depict the first and third pages of a subpoena seeking a MacBook laptop and an external hard drive. The metadata of both photos shows they were taken at, or very close to, a local establishment called The Mac Shop.

The owner of the repair shop wasn't sure the laptop belonged to Hunter Biden but said the machine had a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation on it, according to the report.

The Post said the person who dropped off the water-damaged laptop "never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client."

The shop's owner then contacted federal authorities about the laptop and hard drive, and he turned over the hardware in December after being served with a subpoena, the story said. Before turning them over, however, the Post said the shop owner made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to a lawyer representing former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The Post said it learned of the alleged emails after Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and Trump campaign CEO, alerted the outlet of their existence late last month, and Giuliani gave Post reporters the hard drive on Sunday.

The article included a photo of the federal-court subpoena showing that the FBI seized the computer and hard drive in December. It's unclear why the bureau subpoenaed or seized the hardware after the repair shop's owner voluntarily told authorities of its existence.

But the first photo in the Post story, depicting the cover page of the subpoena, offers additional clues. If you look closely, you'll notice the faint outlines of handwriting, between and behind the printed text, that seem to suggest something was written on the reverse side of the page. This would make sense, as the blank subpoena — Form AO 110 — contains a second page to be filled out by the agent who serves it.

Reversing the image of the first page, and superimposing it on a blank version of the subpoena's second page, clearly shows that the placement of the faint handwriting lines up with the placement of the various fields and design elements of the second page. The same handwriting indicates that the subpoena was served to a person or entity with four relatively short names, the third and fourth of which appear to begin with a capital "M" and a capital "I." The owner of The Mac Shop appears to be a man named John Paul Mac Isaac.

Isaac later confirmed he was the source of the Post story in an interview with several reporters who tracked him down at his shop. His social-media posts suggest he is an avid supporter of Trump, and he described the president's impeachment as a "sham" in the interview, according to The Daily Beast. Isaac also cited the debunked right-wing conspiracy theory about the killing of the Democratic staffer Seth Rich.

More importantly, The Daily Beast report said Isaac couldn't seem to get his facts straight when laying out the timeline of how the laptop arrived at his shop and when it disappeared.

"Throughout the entire interview, Isaac switched back and forth from saying he reached out to law enforcement after viewing the files in the laptop to saying that it was actually the Federal Bureau of Investigation that reached out to him," the report said. "At one point, Isaac claimed that he was emailing someone from the FBI about the laptop. At another point he claimed a special agent from the Baltimore office had contacted him after he alerted the FBI to the device's existence. At another point, he said the FBI reached out to him for 'help accessing his drive.'"

This analysis also suggests the subpoena was served by an FBI agent based out of the bureau's satellite office in downtown Wilmington. The name of the agent, though not 100% legible, appears to be "Joshua Wilson." Over the past decade, a number of news outlets have quoted or described an FBI agent with the same name.

Last year, The Star-Ledger newspaper described him as "an FBI agent based in New Jersey who has spent nearly five years working full time on child pornography." In 2012, the same Joshua Wilson signed a criminal complaint that charged a New Jersey man with collecting and distributing child pornography. The signature on that complaint clearly matches the unreversed signature on the subpoena published by the New York Post.

It's unclear whether the FBI employs more than one agent named Joshua Wilson. But the available evidence seems to show the Joshua Wilson who signed the subpoena for Hunter Biden's laptop and the Joshua Wilson who investigates child pornography for the FBI are the same person. This raises the possibility, not explored by the Post, that the FBI issued the subpoena for reasons unrelated to Hunter Biden's role in Ukraine and Burisma.

However, Isaac told reporters on Wednesday he "did not see child pornography" on the laptop that the Post reported was dropped off at his shop, raising additional questions about why the subpoena came from an FBI agent who specializes in investigating the matter.

Isaac did not respond to multiple phone calls and text messages seeking comment. The FBI also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
 

RalphMalph

Pigeon
The Biden Laptop/NY Post thing is just starting to get good. And Giuliani's guess that the Chinese and Russians have been sharing the contents of that laptop for years now seems indicate the we are becoming a global laughingstock as this info becomes more widespread.

If there was a ranking for statecraft, by now the US would be ranked below Jamaica and just above Zimbabwe on the list.

And the Seal Team 6/Bin Laden/Iran extortion deals would never have happened if the Shrub had stuck to his guns and brought down OBL in the first place.

Whether it's a Democrat or Republican administration(s): it's both sides of the same slug put into the fortune teller machine at the penny arcade. One still comes up empty.
 
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