EP 2150-6PM Twitter & Facebook Censor NY Post Article With Smoking Gun Emails On Biden/Burisma
Twitter Labels NYPost Hunter Biden Exposé As "Unsafe", Won't Allow Users To Share
Update (1455ET): If you thought Twitter's censorship of the NYPost Hunter Biden exposé couldn't get anymore Orwellian, well, you were wrong.
As if preventing users from sharing the link wasn't enough, the platform has now deleted the NYP's initial tweet.
We imagine it did so after a flood of hysterical leftists smashed that "report tweet" button.
Meanwhile, after the Biden campaign neglected to comment on the veracity of the emails shared in the NYPost expose, the White House pool reporter reported that the Biden campaign had called a "lid" - that is, an end to all in-person campaign-related events - before 10am, ensuring the former VP wouldn't have any prolonged in person contact with reporters on the same day the expose dropped.
As we've explained in the past, a "lid" is essentially permission for the doting reporters covering Biden's campaign to head home for the day. His campaign's frequent use of the practice has drawn more unwanted attention to the cozy relationship between the Biden campaign and the Washington Press corp.
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Update (1430ET): Twitter is now apparently flagging this morning's NY Post report as "unsafe" and refusing to allow its users to share it.
This is an escalation from earlier, when Twitter was merely prompting users to reconsider before sharing.
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Update (1405ET): While left-wing conspiracy theorists try to denounce the emails published by the NYP as fake, the Trump Campaign has just pointed out something very interesting in its latest comment on the issue.
This medium post purporting to show that the emails were "photoshopped" has been making the rounds - unimpeded - on social media.
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Update (1310ET): In the social media contest to see which platforms can successfully suppress Wednesday's NYP Hunter Biden scoop, it looks like Twitter has taken the lead. In addition to scrubbing Hunter's name from its trending topics, Twitter is hitting users trying to retweet the story with one of their "are you sure?" prompts.
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Update (1255ET): Hours after the Trump Campaign earlier blasted the Biden Campaign's "blatant selling of access", team Biden has finally responded by asserting that the meeting between VP Biden and a top Burisma executive described in one of the leaked emails detailed below never took place.
“We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place,” said campaign spokesman Andrew Bates in a statement.
The team also claimed that they were never approached by the reporters who published the story.
To be sure, just because it wasn't on Biden's "official" schedule, doesn't mean it didn't happen.
The Biden camp also claimed the NY Post did nothing to try and corroborate the "unverified" emails.
Notably, the NY Post has shared one of the emails in full in a PDF document.
Critics are calling for the Post to release metadata from the emails, or some other clue to verify the messages.
Meanwhile, Trump Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh makes a good point.
"The real question is, as of course this has been seized by the FBI since then, why has the FBI been sitting on this?" Murtaugh said, adding, "I would also further point out that no one seemed to care when someone committed an obvious federal crime by leaking the president’s tax documents to the New York Times."
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Update (1150ET): More high-profile conservatives have lashed out at Facebook for censoring the story about Hunter Biden.
Of course, Facebook isn't alone: Twitter is also keeping the story out of its trending topics menu.
We're also seeing an avalanche of memes.
While the hard drive has been turned over to the FBI, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmed it's working with the computer repairman who initially discovered the hard drive to "verify" the documents. The repairman initially contacted the committee back in September, one day after it released the report on conflicts related to Hunter, per the NY Post.
Some other revelations have been publicized from the email cache: In a follow-up piece, the NY Post revealed that Blue Star Strategies, identified by the NY Post as a "Democratic" PR firm, leaked the minutes of an administration conference call to Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi along with Hunter Biden and his former business partner Devon Archer.
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Update (1145ET): Rumor has it that one of the lewd videos mentioned earlier features Hunter Biden smoking crack and having sexual relations with an unidentified woman.
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Update (1115ET): In a surprising move to censor a mainstream media outlet known for leaning conservative, Facebook's platform managers have decided to actively suppress distribution of the latest Hunter Biden expose.
The Trump Campaign accused Stone and the company of actively interfering in the election.
Republicans and conservatives across Twitter and elsewhere also expressed their dismay at the decision.
While CEO Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that Facebook has some obligation to censor or root out "misinformation", this story isn't what that is. Keep in mind, Facebook censored ZERO stories about the Russia investigation and its origins, even as some key elements of the NYT's early reporting were found to be false.
To be sure, mainstream media are abiding with a near-blackout, just as we had anticipated.
It's like veteran political journalist Matt Taibbi (hardly a conservative) has argued: best-case, enforcing "misinformation" is a laborious game of whack-a-mole. But right now, it's just simply opening the companies to accusations of bias because that's what they are showing.
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Update (1006ET): Due to the gravity of its claims, the NY Post's Hunter Biden scoop has overshadowed the third day of ACB's confirmation hearings to become the major political story of the day.
So far, the MSM's most cogent objection is: 'if all of this is real, then why wasn't it in the Senate report? And how long has Giuliani had a copy of the hard drive?'
One respondent joked.
And while the NY Post published numerous photos from the hard-drive ranging from the banal to the bizarre, photos of Hunter Biden with a crack/meth pipe in his mouth have gone viral on social media.
'Smoking Gun' Emails Show Hunter Biden Introduced VP Dad To Burisma Executive
MSM organizations may have largely ignored findings from a Senate Intel Committee report, released last month, which claimed that some of Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine raised "counterintelligence and extortion" concerns. On the day that report dropped, Rep Adam Schiff brushed it aside, accusing his GOP colleagues in the Senate of "promoting the same Russian disinformation", per the New York Post.
Well, we'd be interested to hear what Schiff & Company have to say about this.
In a shocking report based on documents collected by the FBI - but which haven't been previously disclosed in the press - the New York Post reveals that Hunter Biden introduced his father - then the Vice President of the United States - to a top executive at Burisma, the shady Ukrainian energy firm where Biden once served as a board member.
Emails contained in the report shed new light on Biden's claims that he successfully forced former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire a public prosecutor named Viktor Shokin. Biden bragged about leveraging $1 billion in US aid to force Poroshenko to fire Shokin, who was opposed by both the US and the EU. However, Shokin was reportedly working on an investigation into the management and executive board of Burisma, a group that included Hunter Biden, and his former business partner Devon Archer, whose conviction on securities fraud charges in the US was recently reinstated.
The emails offer evidence that Hunter Biden did in fact introduce his father to a top executive at Burisma less than a year before the vice president moved to oust Shokin, thereby quashing an investigation into the firm. The meeting is referenced in emails between Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor to the board of Burisma, who sent Biden an email on April 17, 2015 thanking him for the introduction.
Another email also shows Pozharskyi, believed to be the No. 3 exec at Burisma, asking Biden about how the political scion could "use your influence" to help Burisma.
Another email dated on May 12, 2014, shortly after Hunter joined the board, shows Pozharskyi attempting to pressure Biden to use his "political leverage" to help the ompany. The message included the subject line "urgent issue" and also references an attempted "shakedown" by Ukrainian prosecutors under Poroshenko. According to Pozharskyi, prosecutors in the country had approached a man referred to as "NZ", who was identifed by the Post as Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, who went by the Americanized name "Nicholas".
When "NZ" rebuffed their threats, they proceeded with "concrete actions" including "one or more pretrial proceedings," Pozharskyi wrote.
“We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message / signal, etc .to stop what we consider to be politically motivated actions,” he added.
The timing of the email is also notable: It was sent just as Burisma was announcing Biden's decision to join the executive board.
It's merely the latest piece of evidence suggesting that the company brought Biden on to manage its "legal affairs" because it likely believed his pull with the US would protect Burisma from these types of prosecutorial "shakedowns".
In addition to the emails, the drive contained photos, some of which were shared with the Post. They spanned from family snaps of Hunter with his father and his kids, to selfies of Biden smoking cigarettes in a variety of unusual poses.
According to the Post, the images and correspondence were taken from the hard drive of a laptop that was dropped off at a repair shop in Delaware, and never retrieved. After seeing what was on the hard drive, the owner of the shop copied it, and turned it over to a lawyer connected with former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani reportedly turned it over to the NY Post over the weekend.
We imagine the MSM will cover up this report, as is standard practice for any concerning information involving Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings.