Another legacy media outlet concedes Hunter Biden laptop story real
Many outlets smeared the revelations as Russian disinformation during the 2020 election
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An NBC News analysis of Hunter Biden's laptop hard drive published Thursday confirmed many of his business dealing with legally embattled Chinese and Ukrainian entities, marking the latest in a long list of legacy media outlets to concede that the laptop is legitimate.
"From 2013 through 2018 Hunter Biden and his company brought in about $11 million via his roles as an attorney and a board member with a Ukrainian firm accused of bribery and his work with a Chinese businessman now accused of fraud," the article begins.
In the lead up to 2020 presidential election, the New York Post broke the initial story revealing the contents of a laptop belonging to then-candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter, which purported to reveal questionable business dealings.
Social media outlets promptly stifled the story's reach, with Twitter outright suspending the outlet for publishing it. Many legacy media outlets furiously panned the article as Russian disinformation and actively worked to discredit both the reporting and computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac who gave the hard drive to the outlet.
The analysis highlights Hunter's excessive spending and expanding debts. "Expenditures compiled on his hard drive show he spent more than $200,000 per month from October 2017 through February 2018 on luxury hotel rooms, Porsche payments, dental work and cash withdrawals," the article reads. "Biden has admitted to burning through cash to pay for drugs and partying with strangers who routinely stole from him, and he struggled to pay multiple mortgages or keep up with alimony and child support payments to his ex-wife," the report continued.
The New York Times in March published an article admitting that the laptop and its contents were legitimate despite their quick initial denouncement of the story. Following the article's publication, Mac Isaac announced a defamation suit against CNN, Politico, and the Daily Beast for accusing him of spreading Russian disinformation.