The New York Post’s Miranda Devine isn’t as impressed by Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s so-called “Twitter Files” as expected.
Despite her involvement in the Hunter Biden laptop story — she even wrote a book about it — she feels as if the “Twitter Files” are lacking.
“It’s not really the smoking gun we’d hoped for. I feel that Elon Musk has held back some material,” she said during an appearance late Friday on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Her appearance came not too long after Musk officially released the “Files,” which are in essence just a collection of revelations that show “[w]hat really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression by Twitter,” according to the billionaire Twitter owner.
The release occurred through journalist Matt Taibbi, who tweeted out each revelation in a lengthy Twitter thread that he began posting around 6:30 pm Friday.
As evidence that Musk has held something back, Devine pointed to a tweet in which Taibbi had written that the revelations didn’t include any proof that the federal government had been involved in the censorship of the Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden.
“But that’s just not correct. I’ve seen a sworn affidavit from Yoel Roth, the former head of Twitter’s trust and safety. He was meeting every week before the election with FBI and other intelligence officials. They warned specifically of what they called a hack and leak operation, a dump of Russian disinformation,” Devine argued.
“And Yoel Roth says that in those meetings, he was told there was a, quote, rumor that it was about Hunter Biden. So they seeded that information with the social media giants. The FBI did. And that ensured that within hours of our story going live on October 14th, 2020, three weeks before the election, it was censored,” she added.
As to who deserves the blame for this censorship, Devine doesn’t think it should be Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey.
“The other interesting thing is how little Jack Dorsey was involved. He was obviously just blindsided, it seems, by the people under him who were intent on censoring this,” she said.
If not Dorsey, then who? How about Jim Baker, the Twitter attorney who used to be an FBI lawyer who was reportedly involved in the Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory?
“Jim Baker, Twitter’s number one lawyer, [said] that caution is warranted. Now, that’s coming from your top lawyer. You’re going to pay attention to it. He, of course, is former FBI general counsel — very much involved in the Russia collusion hoax,” Devine said.
He also used to work at CNN.
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Media Slow To Yet Another Story That Doesn’t Look Good For Their Side – Government Involvement in Laptop Story Censorship
The media delayed its coverage of the “Twitter Files” and the FBI’s “hack-and-leak” reports over the weekend that suggest the agency helped censor the story on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk and Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi detailed how the former executives at Twitter intentionally suppressed the New York Post’s report on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Taibbi reported that former head of legal, policy and trust Viyaja Gadde led the effort to squash the story without the knowledge of former CEO Jack Dorsey.
The liberal and corporate media has been slow to cover the content detailing the lead up to Twitter’s days-long censorship of the New York Post for posting the article. On Sunday, The New York Times published “Elon Musk, Matt Taibbi, and a Very Modern Media Maelstrom” that detailed the “Twitter Files” from Friday after receiving backlash for their initial lack of coverage.
Musk and radio host Clay Travis called out The Times for not covering the story as of Saturday. Musk accused the paper of becoming “an unregistered lobbying firm.”
The Washington Post published their story Saturday at 6:39 p.m., arguing that there is still no evidence that Twitter “bent to the will” of the Democratic Party.
“But by the time the dust settled Saturday, even some conservatives were grumbling that it was a dud. Musk’s Twitter Files produced no smoking gun showing that the tech giant had bent to the will of Democrats,” the piece stated. “A handful of screenshots from 2020, posted over the course of two hours Friday evening in a disjointed, roughly 40-tweet thread, show the San Francisco company debating a decision to restrict sharing of a controversial New York Post story about the son of then Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.”
CNN also published an article Sunday detailing emails obtained by Taibbi about the possibility of the government interfering in the censorship of Biden’s laptop.
Many media outlets have appeared silent thus far on the New York Post’s report Sunday that the FBI warned Twitter of “hack-and-leak operations” by “state actors” in regards to Hunter Biden’s laptop. These warnings reportedly arose during weekly meetings prior to the 2020 presidential election.
A signed declaration by Twitter’s former head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth found that the FBI warned him of “state actors” attempts to influence the 2020 election. On Oct. 14, 2020, Twitter prohibited sharing the story about Biden’s laptop on the platform, leading the platform to lock the New York Post’s Twitter account and the personal account of then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Along with the New York Post, National Review, the Daily Caller and Fox News have published the “hack-and-leak” story, while liberal and corporate media outlets have appeared to give no coverage of the story. On “Fox & Friends” Monday, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy covered the latest report.
CNN and MSNBC’s morning programs spent very minimal time covering the news. Instead, the outlets dedicated time to discussing former President Donald Trump’s call to suspend parts of the Constitution, and the runoff race between Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
CNN host Jim Scuitto discussed it briefly on the program, “CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Scuitto,” in which they pointed to Musk having more undisclosed information to share in the near future.