The ABC has copped unexpected blowback in its collaborations to enforce censorship about COVID failures, US election-rigging and climate “emergencies”. Last November  ABC joined the BBC’s Trusted News Initiative(TNI), a consortium of Big Media and Big Tech global players. TNI’s gatekeeping goal concerning “misinformation” (i.e. contrary to the official line) is to flag it in real time, coordinate members internally and alert Big Tech’s enforcers to stamp it out.

But on January 10 President John Kennedy’s nephew, Robert F Kennedy Jr,  in a Texas District Court launched an anti-trust lawsuit for treble damages from TNI’s biggest news providers, namely the BBC, Washington Post, and global news syndicators Reuters and Associated Press. He wants TNI disbanded as an unlawful cartel. He cites the BBC because of its TNI lead role and US commercial operations involving millions of users.[1] The Kennedy lawsuit is here.[2]His brief says “It is also an action to defend the freedom of speech and of the press.”

If Kennedy wins, the consequences  are uncertain for the ABC, fellow-travelling TNI member SBS and other TNI members not named as defendants. The suit says,

Each participant in an antitrust conspiracy is jointly and severally liable for all the damages (including treble damages and attorneys’ fees) caused by the conspiracy, and the victims of an unlawful antitrust conspiracy are not required to sue all participants therein. (My emphasis, p93).

Quadrant emailed questions to the ABC’s media team Nick Leys and Sally Jackson including:

1/ The Kennedy lawsuit makes no reference to ABC or SBS. Is the ABC  involved in the lawsuit in any way – perhaps through an amended filing by the plaintiff or reference in proceedings?

2/ Has the ABC advised its relevant Minister about its potential exposure to the lawsuit?

3/ How has ABC been implementing TNI policies? Can you give me please any examples of “misinformation” control by ABC in line with TNI guidelines?

Quadrant sent similar questions to Guy Podmore of SBS Corporate Communications, also asking him whether ABC and SBS had joined TNI as a group exercise or independently. We received no replies by Thursday’s deadline (Feb 2) after 1.5 business days.

The BBC lists TNI’s core membership as the syndicators Associated Press (1300 media outlets), Agence France Press (1700 journalists,150 countries) and Reuters (3100 reporters, 1b audience).  In TNI the ABC and SBS has also joined with the leftist Washington Post, CBC/Radio-Canada, European Broadcasting Union, The Hindu, NDTV and Indian Express (India), Dawn (Pakistan), NHK (Japan), Kompass (Indonesia), Financial Times (UK), and The Nation Media Group (East/Central Africa). The Big Tech members are Meta (aka Facebook),  Google, YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter (which pre-dates Elon Musk’s ownership). The tech giants act to kneecap upstarts’ revenues with a tweak of an algorithm, intimidating thousands of other bloggers into self-censorship. The ABC release says (emphasis added),

The creation of the Asia-Pacific network will enable the TNI’s regional partners to share insights and best practices to tackle disinformation, discuss trends in the region and alert each other to the most dangerous forms of disinformation through the TNI cooperative framework.

ABC News Director Justin Stevens lauded TNI, saying that dangerous disinformation

weakens our society and is a threat that must be addressed … As Australia’s most trusted media organisation the ABC has an important role to play in tackling this problem. We’re pleased to join the Trusted News Initiative and, in the process, provide Australian audiences with a deeper and better-informed view of our region and the world.

He says TNI is entirely separate from, and does not in any way affect, the editorial independence of any partner organisation. He lists TNI’s methods as

♦ “Fast alerts” when disinformation threatens human life “or disrupts democracy”

♦ Intelligence sharing” in real time about evolving disinformation

♦ “Media education” on how audiences react to disinformation, and

♦ “Engineering solutions”  for authentication of trusted news sources and improving the information environment

The ABC seems to enjoy its role as a minor Google vassal. Google News Lab crowed about the expanded TNI Asia-Pacific network: “Now, we’re supporting the TNI to deliver targeted, expert training workshops on a variety of digital tools to help journalists as they seek to continue day-to-day verification and fact-checking in newsrooms across the region.”

Google (market cap $US1.3 trillion) found behind its executive sofa $US300 million (equal to roughly a quarter of the ABC’s annual taxpayer gravy) to set up “Google News Initiative” for massaging the media and journalists.[3] A BBC spokesperson, echoed by the ABC, said, “The media organisations that now make up TNI’s new Asia-Pacific network have received training, funded by the Google News Initiative, to help their journalists navigate the disinformation environment.” I’d ask the ABC for the names of their Google-trained journos, but seldom get replies.

Kennedy’s lawsuit, less kindly, claims TNI’s commercial goal is to deplatform and crush  the myriad of upstart online publishers who are contradicting the official lines and reducing trust in big media, along with its ad revenues.  The legacy, high-cost media are smarting over competition from bloggers in the shift to digital publishing, with 85 per cent of Americans now getting their news online. US newspapers’ ad revenue between 2000 and 2020 plummeted from $US48.7 billion to only $US9.6 billion, Kennedy says (p28).

A further motive for the TNI censorship, Kennedy says, is to placate governments that are threatening adverse new regulations, potentially costing Big Pharma billions in fines, liabilities and lost revenue. US conservative pundit Tucker Carlson has satirised the Big Media censorship as: “We have a monopoly on telling lies. No one else can talk.”

I set out chapter and verse of mainstream media corruption and censorship a year ago here. Among 46 countries, the US media has become the least trusted  (only 29 per cent trust it). Just 11 per cent of Republicans – who comprise half the population – trust the media, and only 10 per cent of Americans trust the media’s reporting on COVID. In Australia reporters are the second-least trusted of 30 occupations, ahead of politicians but behind delivery drivers. Only 43 per cent of Australians trust the media, which is less than in Poland, Croatia and South Africa.

Currently Big Media and Big Tech are suppressing revelations from a US sting operation against Pfizer by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas gadfly. A Veritas operative romanced a Pfizer executive, Jordan Walker, last week and video-recorded him bragging about Pfizer mutating dangerous viruses for profit, hoodwinking the public and engaging in other seriously unethical practices. As The Australian’s US correspondent Adam Creighton noted on January 30, the “jaw-dropping” story had racked up 40 million Twitter impressions but mainstream (Democrat-friendly) media in the US – except Murdoch and his Fox News – wholly ignored it.[4] Google and YouTube have reduced or deleted its visibility. Creighton appears unaware of media cartels, like the ABC’s TNI, coordinating suppression behind the scenes. A search of the ABC website on February 2 likewise yielded no current hits on Veritas or Pfizer, whether because of ABC’s TNI collusion pledge or its normal aversion to news that embarrasses the green-left establishment.

Robert  Kennedy’s own newsletters had 680,000 followers before being de-platformed, censored and shadow-banned by Google/YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook/Instagram. His writ says BBC’s Jessica Cecil, TNI’s head in 2020-21, took evident pride in the assertion that the TNI’s suppression of others’ online reporting did not “in any way muzzl[e] our own journalism”. He adds, “It was apparently of no consequence that the TNI muzzles other news publishers’ journalism.” (p44). Cecil spoke of TNI’s “clear expectations” for members to “choke off” alleged online misinformation. This incidentally prevents any one member gaining traffic by publishing “prohibited reporting” the others have binned.

Kennedy says TNI’s Big Tech members collectively have a gatekeeping power over at least 90 per cent of online news traffic. De-platforming a small news publisher typically costs at least 90 per cent of its traffic. Even well-known major online news publishers can lose up to 50 per cent of their traffic from a  seemingly minor change to Google’s search algorithms.  Smaller online news publishers have been destroyed completely when shadow-banned, throttled, de-monetized, or de-platformed.

Examples from the lawsuit’s co-plaintiffs:

♦ Jim Hoft, owner of hugely-popular blog The Gateway Pundit grew from a one-man blog in 2004 to fourth-best-rated conservative US blog in 2021 with 2 million accesses monthly. Pre-censoring, and with a 1m-plus following, he specialised in reporting scandals that TNI members hushed up or misreported, including the Jussie Smollett “hate-crime” hoax in early 2019, Wuhan covid research and statistical inflations of US covid deaths. The Big-Tech’s attacks cost him $US25 million.

♦ CD [Creative Destruction] Media, owned by L. Todd Wood.  He flew Sikorski MH-53 Pave Low combat helicopters in Kuwait in 1991 and later did classified missions for three years supporting counter-terror ops for SEAL Team Six and Delta Force.  Before being shadow-banned, his multi-lingual websites ran exposures of election frauds and Biden family corruption.[5] Big Tech attacked him on many fronts including, a suspension by  the email bundler Mailchimp, freezing his funds and blocking his credit cards. His losses: $US10 million-plus.

# Erin Elizabeth Flynn, an on-line health journalist,  who pre-censoring by TNI members had 90,000 Twitter followers, a billion YouTube views and 1.2 million likes/followers on one Facebook page alone. Losses: $US2 million-plus.

# Ben Swann, owner of news website Truth in Media, won numerous Associated Press awards as well as three Emmy Awards and was a two-time winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. His output with 750,000 followers before TNI  censoring was holding mainstream media to account, gaining up to 2 million page-views per month.

It’s hard to know how TNI bigwigs determine what is sacrosanct orthodoxy, especially with frequent 180-degree turns in the official narratives. Linked-In permanently banned one commentator merely for noting the fact that James C. Smith, president and CEO of news giant Reuters, also happens to be on the board of pharma giant Pfizer, and for suggesting (not unreasonably) the perception on the part of some of a conflict of interest.

As Kennedy puts it, TNI’s members boycotts were promoting vaccinations while undermining cheaper treatments. This helped generate hundreds of billions in profits to Big Pharma, which in turn paid the TNI Big Tech members billions of dollars for advertising.    

Kennedy quotes the TNI alleged cartel making admissions. Last year Jamie Angus, then the senior BBC controller of news, said:

the real rivalry now is not between for example the BBC and CNN globally, it’s actually between all trusted news providers and a tidal wave of unchecked” reporting “that’s being piped out mainly through digital platforms … That’s the real competition now in the digital media world. Of course organizations will always compete with one another for audiences.

But the existential threat I think is that overall breakdown in trust, so that trusted news organizations lose in the long term if audiences just, just abandon the idea of a relationship of trust with news organizations. [6] (p45)

The lawsuit also references suppression by the TNI group of electoral news harmful to the Democrats and other liberal establishment players. In particular the lawsuit cites the mainstream news blackout in the weeks before the 2020 Presidential election on the scandalous contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, which revealed allocating 10 per cent to “the big guy” — his father, Joe Biden — of Hunter’s lucrative influence peddling with America’s opponent nations. This coordinated blackout was justified by the lie – belatedly withdrawn by the Washington Postand New York Times 18 months post-election —  that the laptop was Russian disinformation. Kennedy blames TNI for much of the blackout, thus the  “truth controllers” propagated untruths. (The ABC originally in multiple accounts treated the laptop revelations as conspiracies or nutty, and an ABC web search finds no story yet that the laptop is genuine).

Kennedy also quotes a Facebook information-moderation executive in March 2022 emphasising that it was a mistake to think of “misinformation” as consisting solely of “false claims,” because a great deal of it is “not provably false.” (p48).

TNI silenced legitimate reporting of evidence including COVID-19 coming from a Chinese lab[7]; lockdowns, masks and social distancing being ineffective; Covid vaccines failing to prevent infection; vaccinated persons transmitting COVID; official COVID death tolls being inflated, and COVID conferring more immunity than vaccination.[8]

This TNI alliance has common elements with another consortium, Covering Climate Now (CCN), dedicated to climate news manipulation. Like TNI, this group has signed up the same AP, AFP and Reuters syndicators and the Washington Post, but also about 500 other news and opinion outlets.  Its total claimed audience is two billion. CCN members pledge to hype global warming scares and suppress ”denialist” items – whether accurate or not. [9] The ABC and SBS have not yet joined CCN, whose chief Australian members are the climate-crazed Guardian[10] and the universities-based The Conversation.

 After all this evidence of degradation of the journalism profession, you might appreciate some light relief. The TNI censors have posted a climate video panel “Trust in News – Fighting Disinformation”.  In it BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt says orthodox climate science is not to be questioned but it is OK to get alternative views to the mainstream solutions like “using taxes, making carbon more expensive [this has been brilliantly successful], subsidising things like wind turbines or forcing people to go vegetarian.” It’s great to get this BBC agenda out in the open.

Brazil Reuters’ Adele Santelli wants every media story to be a climate story: “Well-rounded and positive coverage doesn’t happen by accident, it must be consciously planned with a commitment to continuity [i.e. non-stop].” On the Ukraine war she says,

We have to do an effort to keep the agenda to climate change … Maybe we can use this war to keep talking about climate change and how we should really be investing in energy transition, it is unimaginable  but we are still watching a war that has to do with climate change somehow.

Belatedly she recommends that journos should not be activists– but of course not give  a platform to “extremist views” and or allow “lies” to be repeated – “certainly not without calling them lies”. 

BBC compere Philippa Thomas (no relation) got more than she bargained for when asking BBC Africa colleague Marsha Ochieng about African audience response to BBC messaging. Ms Ochieng put up a slide of social media feedback including

♦ “BBC 80% fake news”

♦ “Stop these lies please, this is an evil plan”

♦ “Stop using African youth to drive  your Western propaganda”

♦ “There are young guys looking for food, give food and offer them sleep and they will all be silent.”

♦ “Africa must not worry about climate issues now. Let the Europeans, Asians and their greedy cousins in the US worry about it for now.  Our main focus should be directed towards Islamist terrorism going on in Mozambique, northern Nigeria, Somalia, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and the tribal mad things going on in Ethiopia and South Sudan.”

♦ One responder simply posted a picture of a “Bullshit Amplifier/Detector” with the dial at maximum.

Ms Ochieng sums up lamely: “We need to help our audiences understand the issue … find innovative ways to make them care about it.”

Questions from viewers produce such wonderland material as: “Extinction Rebellion accuses the BBC of suppressing the most alarming news about climate change. When will the BBC allow people to hear the most frightening news?” Ms Thomas asks the panel if BBC is really “holding back” on the bad climate news. The panel doesn’t think so.

Final thought: has the ABC become even more trustworthy since joining the Trusted Media Initiative? I don’t think so.

Tony Thomas’s latest book from Connor Court is now available: Anthem of the Unwoke – Yep! The other lot’s gone bonkers. For a copy ($35 including postage), email

[1] Kennedy in 2021 authored a jaw-dropping investigative book “The Real Anthony Fauci – Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the War on Democracy and Public Health”

[2] In 2018, the National Trial Lawyers Association named Kennedy and his legal team Trial Team of the Year for their work winning a $US289 million jury verdict against Monsanto for selling carcinogenic weed-killer products.

[3] The Google News Initiative is partnered with advertising agencies in a program called Trusted News for Trusted Advertising (TNTA), to ensure advertisers don’t have their ads associated with “false or misleading news,” thereby allowing them to “regain control of the media on which they publish the advertising”

[4] Creighton: “The silence was, for me, an unsettling insight into the power of pharmaceutical giants (among the biggest advertisers in the US), the groupthink in elite US media, and the Orwellian role of big tech in deciding what’s permissible.”

[5] On October 25, 2020, Facebook blocked all CD Media content after Todd Wood’s post that included images of Hunter Biden from LinkedIn and Facebook and stated, “we have the Hunter Biden sex tapes…one per hour being released.”

[6] Mr. Angus has gone from the BBC to a higher calling as executive  with Saudi Arabia’s state broadcaster.

[7] “Strikingly, all three platforms [Facebook, Google, and Twitter] not only banned the claim that COVID was deliberately created at a virology lab in or near Wuhan, China; they also banned the wholly plausible claim that COVID was accidentally created and released from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.”

[8] Kennedy says an economic motivation was expressly admitted in 2022 by the founder of the TNI, the BBC:

Of course the members of the Trusted News Initiative are . . . rivals. . . . But in a crisis situation like this, absolutely, organizations have to focus on the things they have in common, rather than . . . their commercial . . . rivalries. . . . [I]t’s important that trusted news providers club together. Because actually the real rivalry now is not between for example the BBC and CNN globally, it’s actually between all trusted news providers and a tidal wave of unchecked [reporting] that’s being piped out mainly through digital platforms . . . . That’s the real competition now in the digital media world. Of course organizations will always compete against one another for audiences. But the existential threat I think is that overall breakdown in trust, so that trusted news organizations lose in the long term if audiences just abandon the idea of a relationship of trust with news organizations. So actually we’ve got a lot more to hold us together than we have to work in competition with one another.

[9] The Australian Academy of Science has vigorously urged the tech giants to deal similarly with any  climate dissent and “inoculate” Australians against climate unorthodoxy.

[10] The Guardian stylebook mandates terms like “climate crisis/breakdown/global-heating” in place of the mundane term “climate change”.


  1. ” …the BBC’s Trusted News Initiative ….”


    Exhibit #1: The image the BBC used 3x in the article’s video:

    Exhibit #2: The original undoctored image. By photographer Jakub Gojda

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  2. Very interesting, and somewhat concerning. Mis/disinformation can often be in the eye of the beholder. Just as one person ‘s terrorist is another ‘s freedom fighter, one person’s truth can be another’s lie. There are some obvious lies and some obvious truths, I would suggest, but it’s mostly shades of grey.

    I find it worrying enough that organisations such as the BBC take it on themselves to be the arbiters of truth and lies and to decide what the public is allowed to learn about, but these supranational news cartels, committed to a specific agenda, are deeply concerning.

    I await the outcome of the court case with interest. In the meantime I am not at all surprised that I have not seen any mention of it on the BBC or at the Guardian. And, whatever the outcome of the case, noting that it is taking place would certainly not be disinformation. On the other hand, ignoring it in news reportage looks like censorship.

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  3. Thanks for the heads up Tony –

    QUOTE – “How news organisations can rebuild trust and tackle the next disinformation challenges. The BBC’s Trusted News Initiative is a partnership that includes organisations such as First Draft, Google/YouTube, Twitter, Reuters, Meta and The Washington Post. It is the only forum in the world of its kind designed to take on disinformation in real time.”

    from the website you can go to Marco Silva Climate disinformation specialist, BBC News “blog” –

    partial quote –
    “Perhaps unsurprisingly, those of us who cover climate change for the BBC often find ourselves being accused of failing to abide by the very same principles our employer stands for: impartiality, neutrality, objectivity.
    Why not hear from the other side, they ask, from those who don’t believe in climate change?
    The answer is simple. Because the overwhelming majority of scientists (99.9% of them, according to this paper) are in agreement about the key facts of climate change: that it is real, that it is already happening, and that it is being driven by mankind.”

    yes, simple.


  4. PS – QUOTE –
    “Why not hear from the other side, they ask, from those who don’t believe in climate change?
    The answer is simple. Because the overwhelming majority of scientists (99.9% of them, according to this paper) are in agreement about the key facts of climate change: that it is real, that it is already happening, and that it is being driven by mankind.”


  5. An inconvenient media exposure by Tony, Project Veritas and others.

    Here’s the Munk Debates ‘Do Not Trust the Main Stream Media,’ with Douglas Murray and Matt Taibbi arguing for the motion and winning the debate, NO we should NOT trust the MSM.

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  6. dfhunter,

    Apologies once more – your original comment was trapped in spam prison. I have no idea why, but in any event I have now released it.

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  7. It’s quite obvious that the media cannot build trust by suppressing a story that they dislike (even if they believe it to be untrue). In many key examples the inconvenient story has been proven true at a later date, eroding the trust of much of the audience. Rational would be to allow the story to be seen, but to produce pieces arguing the alternative. (I accept that many so-called “fact checks” turn out to be nothing of the kind. That does not make them wrong in principle.)

    The ABC originally in multiple accounts treated the laptop revelations as conspiracies or nutty, and an ABC web search finds no story yet that the laptop is genuine

    This means that if I relied solely on the ABC for news, I would still believe in a false version of reality. By definition that makes it not a trusted news source.

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  8. beththeserf – thanks for the “the Munk Debates ‘Do Not Trust the Main Stream Media’

    Hunter Biden laptop comes up at the end & the other guy goes with mad/conspiracy rant.

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  9. Somehow I missed the Biden Laptop story when it was super active and because of my anti-Trump leanings I never filled that deficiency. So I am seeking advice, is it a hole worth filling? And if so, how should I best do it?


  10. Get the Kindle version of Miranda Devine’s Laptop from Hell.
    For the latest, get the Matt Taibbi accounts on Musk’s Twitter of how the Big Tech conspiracy was implemented to suppress the story pre-2020 election.
    It’s all of world-shaking calibre. Without the suppression of the laptop story, Biden might not be President≥

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  11. Alan: If only someone had done a Cliscep post in October 2020 with this as the head pic:

    Oh yes, so I did.

    I’d go stronger than Tony on this one, with the benefit of hindsight:

    Without the suppression of the laptop story, Biden might not be President

    Because there is subsequent polling evidence that enough Americans would not have voted for Biden had they known the laptop story was true. Unsuppressed, it would have swung the election. This is Margot Cleveland, a legal professor, who tends to use her words with care, writing in August 2022:

    Whether Biden coordinated with those former deep-staters, or they conspired with the FBI, merits investigation as well because, at the end of the day, the burying of the Hunter Biden laptop story cost Trump the election.

    As the Washington Times reported earlier this year after the New York Times belatedly acknowledged the authenticity of the laptop: “Trump pollster John McLaughlin found that 4.6% of Biden voters would have changed their minds if they had known about it, easily enough to flip results in key states. Another survey by The Polling Company showed that even more Biden voters in seven swing states — 17% — would have switched their votes if they had been aware of the laptop and other stories.”

    Those poll results confirmed what many conservatives had long thought — that by censoring the laptop story and the Biden family’s pay-to-play scandal, Big Tech stole the election from Donald Trump.

    But Zuckerberg’s admission on Thursday that Big Tech throttled the story at the behest of the FBI reveals a deeper scandal: It was the FBI and not social media that stole the election from Donald Trump.

    That’s in Zuckerberg’s Admission Of FBI Meddling In 2020 Election Is Even Bigger Than It Seems on 30th August 2022, which I quoted here in comments on Bit Rot, leading Jit to say:

    If the social media companies were told to censor the story, and the fact of censorship was used to question the story, then we have a very sorry state of affairs.

    I don’t usually go in for conspiracy theories. (Honest!) But I can’t think of an alternative explanation that makes better sense than partisanship. Can anyone else? The subsequent silence on this speaks volumes.

    And all this was before the Twitter Files.

    Trump was and is a polarising figure. But it’s clear that the 2020 election was stolen, in this very specific way. (Not in all the other, crazy-conspiracist ways that were also mooted. Trump is his own worst enemy, as I quoted Steve McIntyre saying first up in October 2020. But that doesn’t make what happened right.)

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  12. One of the most telling additions to this story has been from Miranda Devine, the author of the book Tony recommends, at the end of last month. As you may have picked up, there has been ongoing scandal in Washington recently about three politicans having classified documents at their properties: former president Trump, president Biden himself, dating back to when he was vice-president under Obama, and Mike Pence, vice-president under Trump. How important is it that a past executive in the US has such docs when strictly they shouldn’t? Mostly it doesn’t matter at all, argues Tucker Carlson. But there’s one example of a lengthy email on Hunter Biden’s old laptop which speaks strongly of a criminal use of classified material. And that relates to Ukraine and his work for the energy company Burisma.

    This Hunter Biden email was unlike any others: Miranda Devine has an interview with Devine herself on 25th Jan, who has dug out this very strange and anomalous piece of work by Hunter Biden. But I think Tucker Carlson explained the problem best the same day:

    Sorry that it’s Fox News in both cases. But it would help if other outlets were willing to touch these disturbing details.

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  13. Tom and Richard, many thanks for your attempts to educate me re the Biden laptop. However from the time I first heard about it I became suspicious: how convenient, just how likely would it be that at the time of a closely contested contest material damaging to one side would be found? Left at a Delaware computer store. One of my first speculations was that the entire business was manufactured American maskirova.
    I now cannot argue that some of the material was genuine because Biden two days ago claimed it.

    As to Joe Biden’s crime. A father with influence trying to rescue his son from HISOWN (not his father’s) stupidities- this makes him ineligible for high office?

    As far as I’m concerned American politicians are mostly corrupt well before they seek the highest office and are initially as bad as each other. Some grow into the office, most don’t.

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  14. Alan, I pretty much agree with your final two paragraphs. Of interest (and, I think, of relevance), however, is the fact that the story was quite deliberately rubbished and/or not talked about by the mainstream media. Do you think for one moment the same thing would have happened had a laptop with those contents been found and it had belonged to say Donald Trump jr?

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  15. Alan:

    A father with influence trying to rescue his son from HISOWN (not his father’s) stupidities- this makes him ineligible for high office?

    Not at all. But the father’s own corruption would. Steve McIntyre made this important point last year about how the bribery of top officials so often works

    Once you assume that Joe Biden is not corrupt you can have all the compassion in the world for him as a father. But if he was and is corrupt, and part of his ill-gotten gains from holding high office have been funneled through his drug-addled son, he’s not been a great father either. (It’s been interesting to get the actor Laurence Fox’s take on Hunter after he portrayed him in the film ‘My Son Hunter’. He does feel compassion for the guy as a result.)

    However from the time I first heard about it I became suspicious: how convenient, just how likely would it be that at the time of a closely contested contest material damaging to one side would be found? Left at a Delaware computer store. One of my first speculations was that the entire business was manufactured American maskirova.

    The timeline is that Hunter Biden left his MacBook computer for repair with John Paul Mac Isaac on 12th April 2019. And what Mac Isaac did after 90 days is a current bone of considerable legal contention:

    Mac Isaac’s attorney, Brian Della Rocca, took particular issue with Lowell’s claim that the shop owner unlawfully accessed and copied Hunter Biden’s laptop data without his consent.

    “John Paul received Hunter Biden’s consent to access his laptop when Hunter Biden signed off on the work authorization while at The Mac Shop on April 12, 2019 …,” Della Rocca wrote. “Pursuant to the work order, signed by Hunter, when he failed to retrieve his laptop and the hard drive to which the data was recovered more than 90 days later, it became abandoned property so John Paul could dispose of it as he saw fit. John Paul determined the best disposal of the laptop and hard drive would be to turn them over to the authorities.”

    That’s Miranda Devine again, just an hour or so ago. See John Paul Mac Isaac says Hunter Biden broke the law with false ‘stolen’ claims in the same old New York Post, whose reporting in October 2020 has very largely been validated – but long after the event.

    There’s a great deal at stake. But I have some sympathy with your view here because it seems to me Rudy Giuliani was stupid in how he handled the copy of the laptop’s hard drive that came into his possession in 2020. He tried to be selective, to delay release and to make this an ‘October surprise’. Too clever by half. He should have got Steve Mc and Steve’s other highly forensic friends onto the full thing the moment he could.

    But the current legal fireworks should shed some light now.


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