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Newsguard Keeps Perfect Score for Media Claiming Hunter Biden Laptop Was Fake News

Published: March 30, 2022
Newsguard is maintaining its 100% credibility rating on media outlets who claimed the since-confirmed Hunter Biden laptop story was merely Russian propaganda.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds up a copy of the New York Post on June 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Internet hall monitor NewsGuard has maintained its 100/100 credibility rating on establishment media outlets despite disinformation promulgated that the since-confirmed Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation. (Image: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

News Analysis

Internet hall monitor NewsGuard hasn’t walked back its Russian propaganda claims even after the New York Times admitted the incriminating Hunter Biden laptop story was true. 

On March 16, the New York Times conceded that the New York Post’s October of 2020 story about the controversial Hunter Biden laptop was “authentic,” after spending almost two years dismissing it as “fake news.”

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Back then, while conservative mainstream outlets largely ignored the Post, many left wing establishment entities such as Politico, The Washington Post, Axios, and USA Today rushed to smear the story as part of a 2020 “disinformation” campaign steered by the Russians.

The laptop contained emails, documents, and photos that seemed to reveal potentially incriminating information about the Biden family’s elbow-deep entanglement in Ukraine-based shady business deals, and these files just so happened to be exposed only weeks before the 2020 Presidential Election.

100/100

However, the same messaging outlets that ignored or dismissed Hunter’s laptop as a Russian hoax were gifted perfect 100/100 grades from self-proclaimed fact-checker NewsGuard for their “credibility.”

By comparison, the New York Post was hit with an unflattering 69.5/100.

NewsGuard CEO Steven Brill made his personal opinion clear during a 2020 interview with CNBC when he speculated the laptop was just a Russian hoax.

“My personal opinion is there’s a high likelihood this story is a hoax, maybe even a hoax perpetrated by the Russians again,” Brill said.

So far, none of the outlets that sought to discredit the story in 2020 has published a retraction or correction on their website, nor has NewsGuard adjusted their rating for the obvious hit to credibility.