Speaking before during the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government’s hearing on Thursday morning, Breitbart politics editor Emma-Jo Morris spoke on the censorship she experienced in 2020 after publishing the initial story on the now-infamous Hunter Biden laptop at the New York Post.
Morris said the laptop was "some of the most scandalous reporting of the last decade," but added that "what was more scandalous than the reporting itself though, is the fact that it exposed the unholy alliance between the intelligence community, social media platforms, and legacy media outlets."
"At the time, I was deputy politics editor at the New York Post and my reporting showed that depsite then-candidate Joe Biden’s repeated and furious denials, he was apparently involved in the foreign business deals of his family," said Morris.
Morris said that in a series of stories published just weeks before the 2020 election, she revealed authentic emails from Hunter Biden’s hard drive showing "Ukrainian business partners receiving leaks from the Obama White House," "an off the books meeting" between then-Vice President Biden and a Ukrainian energy executive, "and introduced the world to the big guy."
She noted that the New York Post published details on how the outlet obtained the materials they then reported on, identified sources, and a federal subpoena showing that the FBI was in possession of the laptop.
"But when the stories appeared on social media that morning, the venue where millions of Americans go to find their news and editors to get their angles, within hours, the reporting was censored on all major platforms on the basis of being called hacked, were Russian disinformation," she said, noting that Twitter refused to allow users to share the story even in private messages, and Facebook said it would curb distribution and reach of the story’s links.
Twitter founder and then-CEO Jack Dorsey would later apologize before Congress for having censored the reporting, which essentiallt constituted election interference.
"However," Morris continued, "the stories were not based on hacked materials, nor were they Russian disinformation. And despite those claims appearing to come out of thin air at the time, we would eventually learn that they actually didn't come out of thin air at all."
Morris said that on October 19, 2020, Politico published a story with the headline "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo," which included the letter signed on by more than 50 former intelligence community officials stating that the story has "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."
That letter, it was later revealed, was requested by Biden's presidential campaign. A staffer called an ally who was a former intelligence agent, suggesting that the laptop had the hallmarks of "Russian disinfo." That agent then contacted his associates and drafted a letter saying that the laptop had those elements. It was signed, distributed, and upheld as truth, despite it having been a manipulation and obfuscation of facts by the Biden campaign.
On October 22, 2020, Morris recalled, Joe Biden appeared for his second debate against Donald Trump, and when asked about the laptop story, Biden said "50 former national intelligence professionals said this. What he’s accusing me of is a Russian plot."
"But it was not, and he knew that. Now, fast forward to this year three years later, just last spring house investigators revealed it was a call by now-Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Former Acting CIA director Michael Morel that prompted the spy letter published by Politico which bypass agency approval processes that would have been normally applied."
"It is also now known that ahead of my reporting, federal agencies were priming social media companies to execute an operation to discredit it," Morris said, noting information was revealed when Elon Musk took over Twitter showing that during 2020, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies primed Twitter executives to dismiss the Hunter Biden laptop reporting as Russian disinformation.
Morris noted that two years later, most major news outlets have confirmed the reporting, and that "no one denies that the laptop is real, that the origin story is exactly what I told you it was in the first place." This after those same outlets, The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CBS and others reported on why they would not report on the laptop. Later, they all had to backtrack and report that it was verified and factual.
"This elaborate censorship conspiracy wasn't because the information being reported on was false. It was because it was true, and it was a threat to the power centers in this country," Morris said.
"What this relationship between the US government, officials, and American corporations represent is an unprecedented push to undermine the First Amendment the right to think, right read, say whatever we want, and how we respond will determine whether we see a free press as inalienable or as optional," she concluded.
During the questioning period, Rep. Dan Bishop centered his question around Morris stating that "no one denies that the laptop is real," noting that Twitter executives asked whether the laptop was real, and the FBI confirmed that it was, "it was before another participant jumped in and said no further comment."
Yeah," Morris responded. "We know that the FBI knew that it was real" not since December 2019 when the subpoena was from, but "they had already confirmed though which we would learn later. They had already confirmed that the laptop was real and 'not manipulated in any way,' in November of 2019."
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