Your quick reference guide for understanding the Hunter Biden Laptop scandal and meta-scandal. Buckle up.
Sorry to be a broken record, but these issues again address what I mentioned during our last office hours. As Bannon said, "flood the (information) zone with s***." What tv news organization (49% said TV is 'often' their source) is going to provide this kind of depth? How many Americans will have the time desire and inclination to invest so much energy in getting to the bottom of such issues - we have 'grocery lists' to write. ;-) Sound bytes in conjunction with confirmation bias and an individual's residence in a chosen, closed media ecosystem provide an individual with the easier, simpler answer of us vs them. Sorry to be so negative, so I'll end with hope. Retired from teaching last year, but was impressed by the steps we'd taken in the Social Studies to help our high school students understand the nefarious ways of social media platforms and news organizations using tools from organizations like the Stanford Education History Group and UofWA's Social Media and the Classroom program. Asha, thanks so much for the clearly enunciated 3-step formula for dealing with such conspiracy theories. Will definitely pass on to my former colleagues as another tool for their tool kit.
We always encouraged our students to become lifelong learners, and I want to thank Asha and the rest of you for helping me to practice what I preached. Still. Love. Learning.
Thanks for the comprehensive summary. Unfortunately, the nuance, the backdrop, the innocuous motives, will be lost on MAGA nation, Fox, and the Disinformation Industrial Complex. See eg how the GOP argues that Pelosi is responsible for the J6 insurrection; see Biden’s 10 classified docs found @ UPenn office is equivalent to MAL, per the GOP.
Thanks for sharing. The only way to beat disinformation is for truth from trusted sources. Thugs are so darn loud.
Brilliant! Thank you! And this makes me miss my dad who taught me to say (and think) "What is the source of your information?" from a very early age.
This makes my head hurt. Appreciate the information and breakdown.
Many thanks! Clear, concise, and very timely. Appreciate all your hard work.
Until I read this essay, I knew almost nothing about the Hunter Biden scandal. It was enough for me to know that the accusations sprang from the Benghazi Brigade, the gang who ignored the incessant flagrant transgressions of Trump but springs to life whenever a Democrat is caught jaywalking. I would pay attention if, say, Liz Cheney if she said Biden deserves to be investigated. The boys have cried wolf too many times for me to take them seriously.
The Laptop story is only going to result in an investigation that is going to cost the taxpayers millions of dollars, the GOP esp top clown Jim Jordan pandering their theatrics to their base, and talking points for Fox News propaganda. Hopefully the American public will see this is all nonsense and just move on and become more informative and elect more intelligent congressional reps in the future.
I just can’t past a blind laptop repairman (How?) and the laptop hard drive “chain of command” from the computer shop directly to Giuliani and his attorney! But that’s not to say the Republican House won’t spend the next two years investigating Hunter Biden’s laptop!! 😴
Still awake...still confused as to how they make the leap to impeach Biden (whose involvement was tangential or less) based on the “shocking evidence” that Hunter was involved w/some dodgy dealings.
My brain just can’t twist tight enough to understand it.
Thanks for this. Like it or not, we’re all getting the Hunter Biden show sooner than later.
Thank you Asha. The far right GOP members always,always go to the well of bs when then they don’t have anything constructive to add that will benefit the country. So what will they do regarding Hunter’s laptop? My guess is that they will keep repeating their story (recall propaganda dissemination) thinking doing so will cause people to believe them without even verifying the facts. Will they keep at it past the expiration date? Probably, so have another drink.
In two weeks I'll start teaching my high school US government course again. For a bunch of reasons, I haven't taught it since 2016, a rather fateful moment in the history of US government of course. I always open with a media literacy component and this three step test is going to star in that lesson! Thank you so much!!!
Thank you Asha! Gosh so much here to digest. You’ve done us a great service. Have to rgo through this a few times.
Thank You Asha,
Looking back a couple of lessons. My best accomplishment in 2022 was enrolling in The Freedom Academy. I will learn to trust your advice, I should have had a drink in hand reading this guide. I learned of the Jim Jordan and Lindsey Graham connection.
See you later this afternoon.
Great story. If you’re looking for another conspiracy theory, maybe Musk’s foreign financial partners gave him the money to buy Twitter for exactly this reason. The Twitter Files.
Thanks Asha. President Biden would sure sleep a lot better if Hunter Biden just exercised a modicum of judgment in his personal life. Does he not realize that most of these business opportunities that come his way are due to the position that his father has held?
Just wait until we get flooded with the "whataboutisms" related to the classified documents found at the Penn-Biden Center.