(RepublicanWire.org) – CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter last week extolled the importance of journalistic humility, counseling reporters and pundits to admit when they’re wrong, all while continuing to defend his initial dismissal of the Hunter Biden laptop story in October 2020.
During a “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference at the University of Chicago last week, a University of Chicago freshman and journalist from the Chicago Thinker questioned Stelter about many of the network’s recent bias-related fumbles.
“They push the Russian collusion hoax, they push the Jussie Smollett hoax, they smear Justice Kavanaugh as a rapist, and they also smeared Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist. And yes, they dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop affair as pure Russian disinformation,” the student, Christopher Phillips, said.
He asked why “all the mistakes of the mainstream media and CNN, in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction.”
Stelter replied that journalists must “admit it” when they “screw up” to “protect democracy.”
Yet Stelter seemed unwilling to admit his own “screwup” on the Hunter Biden story. In October 2020, he claimed the New York Post story was potentially “made up,” “manufactured,” and a “right-wing media” smear.
Given the chance to redeem himself at the conference, he claimed that critics “don’t know how newsrooms work.”
Stelter again showed this unwillingness to dive into the Hunter Biden story when he had the Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum on his show, Reliable Sources, on Sunday and failed to press the reporter on her own comments about the laptop story at the “disinformation” conference.
College freshman and Chicago Thinker journalist Daniel Schmidt asked Applebaum at the conference if she believes the media acted “inappropriately when they instantly dismissed Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.”
“My problem with Hunter Biden’s laptop is, I think, totally irrelevant. I mean, it’s not whether it’s disinformation,” said Applebaum, who focuses much of her journalism on calling out corruption in foreign countries. “I mean, I didn’t think Hunter Biden’s business relationships have anything to do with who should be president of the United States. So, I don’t find it to be interesting. I mean, that would be my problem with that as a major news story.”
However, while Applebaum claims the younger Biden’s business relationships don’t have anything to do with the president, one infamous email purportedly detailed a business arrangement between a Chinese company and the Biden family.
Tony Bobulinski, who is listed as a recipient of the email first published by the New York Post, offered further detail last year in a statement to Fox News on the correspondence in October 2020, which references a proposed equity split: “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?”
“The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much-publicized May 13, 2017, email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden,” said Bobulinski, who says he was brought on as CEO of Sinohawk Holdings by Hunter Biden and James Gilliar, the sender of the email.
Sinohawk “was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family,” he said.
On Sunday’s episode of Reliable Sources, Stelter avoided both his and Applebaum’s comments from the conference.
After initially dismissing the report about the data recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop left with a Delaware repair shop, the mainstream media have recently gotten on board with the story. The New York Times has authenticated key files from the laptop, as has the Washington Post.
Other outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, have reported that a federal tax probe into the younger Biden is “gaining momentum,” with prosecutors reportedly investigating his sources of foreign income.