Fox News Passed On Hunter Biden Laptop Story
The Trump Campaign has taken a lot of hits lately, from losing Brad Parscale, to Bill Stepien contracting the coronavirus, to their candidate floundering badly in the polls against Joe Biden. Trump is still holding rallies and fundraisers fifteen days before November 3rd, indicating the coffers are running very low. Team Trump has also been struggling to paint Biden as a weak candidate in the wake of his strong appearances at campaign stops and his solo Town Hall performance last week that crushed Trump’s in the ratings.
A desperate campaign is a dangerous campaign, as they grasp at any straw to stay afloat. News broke on Monday morning that the website Mediaite has learned that Fox News was first approached by Rudy Giuliani, but then declined to report on some files alleged to have come from Hunter Biden’s unclaimed laptop left at a Delaware computer repair shop. The news division at Fox chose not to run the story until it could be vetted by reliable sources.
Giuliani then brought the story to the New York Post, which is also owned by Rupert Murdoch. Once a somewhat reliable news source, the Post has devolved into a tabloid that seems to exist solely to push Trump propaganda. The Post has been covering the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which includes everything from emails regarding his work for a Ukrainian company to very personal photos of Biden during his recovery process that have been leaked to social media.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 19, 2020
Mediaite also reveals that several Fox News anchors are deliberately distancing themselves from the story, including Bret Baier and Chris Wallace. During an on-air report that largely focused on how social media platforms handled this story, Baier said, “Let’s say, just not sugarcoat it. The whole thing is sketchy.” Wallace agreed with his colleague, adding, “I can understand the concern about this story. It is completely unverified and frankly, Rudy Giuliani is not the most reliable source anymore. I hate to say that, but it’s just true.”