Warner Bros. Discovery has suspended all external marketing spend for CNN+ and has laid off CNN’s longtime chief financial officer as it weighs what to do with the subscription streaming service moving forward, five sources tell Axios.
Why it matters: Inside CNN, executives think the launch has been successful. Discovery executives disagree.
CNN+ has roughly 150,000 subscribers so far.
Warner Bros. Discovery wants to eventually build one giant service around HBO Max.
New leadership has replaced CNN CFO Brad Ferrer with Neil Chugani, Discovery’s current CFO for streaming and international, as part of a broader finance team restructuring.
Other high-level positions at WarnerMedia across different business functions are likely to be eliminated to cut costs and streamline leadership in coming weeks.
What to watch: Sources say a plan is being considered to replace Chris Cuomo’s 9:00pm EST primetime slot with a live newscast, instead of personality-driven perspective programming.
Executives are frustrated that new leadership is moving quickly to dismantle what they see as an eventual lifeline for the cable network.
A profitable service would’ve diversified CNN’s revenue long-term around a digital asset outside of its website, increasing its valuation and potential, executives believe.
CNN+ launched on Roku last week, which should’ve prompted a subscription boost. But with marketing around the service suspended, there are concerns that growth will be short-lived. A point of pride amongst CNN staffers is how smoothly the app’s rollout has been technologically.
Executives believe that if the service wasn’t being knee-capped, its growth rate would’ve rivaled other print news outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post — which have 2.9 million and 2.7 million digital subscribers, respectively.
Yes, but: That analogy, some argue, assumes customers would get the same product on CNN+ that they do with CNN’s linear channel, which isn’t the case.
Internal data shows that the shows that do well are the ones that mimic live TV programs, like “5 Things with Kate Bolduan” and “Reliable Sources Daily” with Brian Stelter.
Inside Warner Bros. Discovery
Discovery executives are frustrated that the service launched. If CNN held off launching CNN+ until after the merger, it would have been easier to pivot the company’s efforts towards something better aligned with Discovery’s goals.
Discovery’s experience launching niche subscriptions services, like GolfTV and its Food Network Kitchen App, has informed its strategy to focus on one scaled general entertainment offering around HBO Max, instead of more niche services that have to compete with big apps for subscriber cash.
Warner Bros. Discovery executives see an opportunity to possibly include some CNN+ content on CNN’s app and make that video available for free and supported by ads, according to one source. Other CNN+ programming could live within HBO Max.
It sees potential in leveraging the already massive reach of CNN.com and CNN’s main app to drive its digital growth long-term, as opposed to another subscription outside of linear TV.
Discovery executives are focused mostly on returning CNN to its journalistic core, a point Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav reiterated in a town hall last week. That includes less of a focus on primetime perspective programming, and more of a focus on hard, breaking news. CNN+ features an array of soft news content, which doesn’t align with Discovery’s broader vision for CNN.
By the numbers: Last year, CNN brought in roughly $1 billion in profit, with a large portion from long-term distribution contracts for its live TV network, according to two sources.
Warner Bros. Discovery executives are willing to forgo some of CNN’s short-term profit growth from linear TV advertising to ensure the network focuses on hard news over ratings, according to one source.
CNN+ executives were originally hoping to attract 2 million subscribers in the first year and 15-18 million over four years, as Axios has previously reported.
Around $300 million has been spent and hundreds of jobs have been created to support the service.
The big picture: Blame bad timing, limited communications and misaligned incentives for how CNN and Discovery got strategically misaligned on such a massive product rollout.
Fearing regulatory scrutiny, former WarnerMedia former parent AT&T and Discovery avoided direct communication about CNN’s strategy until the deal officially closed.
While Discovery executives felt they made their priorities publicly clear, CNN executives didn’t feel corporate pressure from WarnerMedia to pause the rollout, according to four WarnerMedia sources.
Former CNN head Jeff Zucker’s sudden exit in early February didn’t help solve for some of those communications issues.
CNN’s new leader, Chris Licht, doesn’t officially begin until May 2nd, but has joined Zaslav on meetings.
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Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, tore into the mainstream media and, in particular, CNN host Brian Stelter for “creating conflict.”
“Tucker Carlson is always selling the same thing, @pbump says: ‘He’s selling doubt…,’” Stelter said in a tweet on Monday.
“and you all are selling hope?” the Twitter founder responded.
“Well, unlike Tucker Carlson, they are at least not selling ‘testicle tanning’…,” a progressive reporter said, to which Dorsey sarcastically said “amazing substantive comeback.”
“not defending a thing. holding up a mirror,” he said.
“I thought his point was that the press does the same thing, sowing doubt to promote white supremacy and get engagement, often amplifying bad takes, but now I’m not sure anymore,” venture capitalist Ellen Pao said, to which Dorsey replied “Yes.”
“Its kind of weird to see that coming out of the founder of Twitter because I’d have a lot to say on that front…,” computer scientist Timnit Gebru said.
“i’m sure. and we certainly have seen what twitter does positive and negative. I think the common denominator is the current ad model for all media, not just social media,” Dorsey responded.
“even @CNN sometimes sell false news. I know this from covering Iraq events in 2019. People need to understand every media is prone to either mistakes or deliberate corruption. Do your own investigation before believing what they’re selling you,” another person said.
“I know this from being on the streets of Ferguson during the protests and watching them try to create conflict and film it causing the protestors to chant ‘f**k CNN,’” Dorsey responded.
On Sunday he went off on the company’s board of directors amid Elon Musk’s attempts to purchase the company.
Dorsey made some interesting comments on Twitter in response to the company’s board of directors attempting to block Musk after he offered $43 billion to buy the company outright.
“If look into the history of Twitter board, it’s intriguing as I was a witness on its early beginnings, mired in plots and coups, and particularly amongst Twitter’s founding members. I wish if it could be made into a Hollywood thriller one day,” a Twitter user tweeted in response to a thread between Dorsey and others.
Dorsey responded, “It’s consistently been the dysfunction of the company.”
Dorsey also said “big facts” in response to the following statement from venture capitalist Fred Destin: “What I do know for sure is that this old Silicon Valley proverb is grounded in age-old wisdom that still applies today: Good boards don’t create good companies, but a bad board will kill a company every time.”
When another user asked if he was allowed to speak about the board the way he had been, Dorsey responded, “no.”
Twitter is trying to block Musk from purchasing the company by adopting a so-called “poison pill,” which would allow shareholders, except those trying to buy out the company, to purchase newly offered shares at a discounted price.
This could also allow Musk to purchase new shares but at a much higher price, which may be more than he’s interested in spending since he already purchased 73.5 million shares worth $2.9 billion.
It was reported on Monday that Musk has spoken with other investors about joining his bid to purchase Twitter. This comes a week after he formally offered last week to completely buy Twitter for just over $40 billion.
“One possibility, the sources said: teaming with private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners, which was planning to co-invest with him in 2018 when he was considering taking Tesla private. Silver Lake’s Co-CEO Egon Durban is a Twitter board member and led Musk’s deal team during the 2018 failed effort to take Tesla private, sources said. Silver Lake declined to comment,” the New York Post reported.
“For its part, Twitter on Friday adopted a so-called poison pill — a corporate move that prevents Musk from acquiring more than 15% of the company. But that pill may not stop other entities or people from acquiring their own shares of up to 15% of the company. Those owners could partner with Musk to force a sale, make changes in the executive ranks or push for other overhauls of the company,” the report added.
“This is not over,” a source told the New York Post.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is calling for Joe Biden to visit Ukraine.
The comment came during the same interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, during which Zelenskyy said that “all of the countries of the world” should begin preparing for nuclear war with Russia.
“Do you want President Biden to come here?” Tapper asked.
“Yes,” Zelenskyy replied in English.
Zelenskyy said that he doesn’t just want it to happen, but believes that it will.
“Are there any plans for him to come?” Tapper asked.
“I think he will,” Zelensky said.
“You think he will?” Tapper asked.
“I think he will,” Zelensky asserted. “But it’s his decision, of course, and about the safety situation, it depends. But I think he’s the leader of the United States, and that’s why he should come here to see.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that “we are currently not planning a trip by the President of the United States to Ukraine.”
Zelenskyy urged other nations not to be “afraid” of nuclear war with Russia.
“The director of the CIA warned that he’s worried Putin might use a tactical nuclear weapon in this fight. Are you worried?” Tapper asked.
“Not only me, I think all over the world, all the countries have to be worried,” Zelensky responded. “Because, you know that it kind of be not real information, but it can be the truth because when they began to speak about one or another battles or involves enemies, or nuclear weapon, or some chemical, you know, issues, chemical weapons, they should do.”
“They could– I mean, they can. For them, life of the people is nothing,” he added. “That’s why we should think, not be afraid. I mean, that not be afraid, be ready. But that is not the question for to Ukraine, and not only for the Ukraine, for all over the world, I think so.”
In March, Zelenskyy taunted the West for being “afraid” of Moscow, in a bid to get fighter jets.
“I’ve talked to the defenders of Mariupol today. I’m in constant contact with them. Their determination, heroism and firmness are astonishing,” Zelenskyy said in a video early Sunday. “If only those who have been thinking for 31 days on how to hand over dozens of jets and tanks had 1% of their courage.”
“So, who is in charge of the Euro-Atlantic community? Is it still Moscow, thanks to its scare tactics?” Zelenskyy continued. “Our partners must step up their aid to Ukraine.”
Apparently, it is extreme cowardice not to run into WWIII for a foreign nation.
“This should be known as soon as possible by as many people on earth as possible so that everyone understands who and why was simply afraid to prevent this tragedy. Afraid to simply make a decision,” Zelenskyy said.
There’s an old idiom, “The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.” It cautions against making an envious and perhaps mistaken comparison between a current situation and a potential new opportunity.
Veteran news anchor Chris Wallace must have forgotten that nugget of wisdom. In December 2021, Wallace left his secure position at top-rated Fox News and joined the failing “competitor” CNN.
Now, rumors suggest Wallace is unhappy and insecure in his new gig.
Journalist Jon Nicosia, a former managing editor of Mediaite and current president of News Cycle Media, shared the story on Twitter.
“SOURCE: Chris Wallace is ‘having daily breakdowns’ over the ‘miserable launch’ of CNN+. Wants a ‘CNN show or is threatening to walk’ they go on,” Nicosia wrote. “‘He is having staffers count how many times a day his promo is playing.’”
The irony is the new CNN+ service just had a titanic failure of a launch in March. There are already discussions of company layoffs happening as soon as May.
It seems not many customers want to pay for the type of programming they were not even watching when there was no extra cost for it.
The supposedly seasoned news veteran Wallace, 74, staked what remains of his career on this shaky proposition.
It was assumed Wallace would have his own show on the streaming service. It’s also assumed CNN paid him generously to switch. Wallace had been with Fox 18 years, and the Los Angeles Times estimated his annual salary there to be at least $5 million.
Wallace wasn’t gracious about leaving Fox either.
Besides making the announcement abruptly, Wallace trashed his former network in a New York Times interview published in March.
He sneered at the integrity of the network and its viewers, saying about his long tenure on Fox: “But I can certainly understand where somebody would say, ‘Gee, you were a slow learner, Chris.’”
Now Wallace is left griping about his diminished options as the CNN brand is in freefall.
Having his staff track make a daily, strange ritual of monitoring and recording the number of times his promotional clips are played suggests Wallace is paranoid about his stature at CNN, even as the network has struggled with multiple scandals.
In fact, Maria Bartiromo, a Fox News and Fox Business Network host, has twice called out the former anchor for running interference for Joe Biden in this infamous exchange from the first presidential campaign debate on Sept. 29, 2020. Wallace was the debate moderator:
When the Hunter Biden laptop surfaced in a bombshell New York Post report two weeks later, it would almost certainly have been taken with more credibility if Wallace had not interfered like that. Maybe Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the mainstream news media, would not have felt as safe squelching the story if it had been treated more seriously on a national stage by a well-known newsman.
Despite being on Fox, Chris Wallace was never a conservative, or even an objective journalist. He was always a part of the establishment media, concerned with advancing the establishment’s narrative, not delivering the news.
At least with him on the sinking ship of CNN, a lot fewer people will be exposed to Wallace’s brand of bias.
In today’s episode, we discuss recent revelations regarding Jeffery Epstein and Bill Clinton, Osama Bin Laden’s Niece filing a human rights complaint regarding the treatment of the Jan. 6th political prisoners, and rumors of Brian Stelter’ getting canned by CNN.
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A ‘bombshell’ Hunter Biden text that was first discussed on air prior to the 2020 election has been verified. And it has explosive implications regarding the current President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Biden family.
It regards a text conversation between Hunter Biden and his daughter Naomi, who is the president’s granddaughter. A copy of that text from December 26, 2018 has been provided to Becker News. Here it is below:
“I love all of you,” the Hunter Biden text reads. “But I don’t receive any respect and thats fine I guess — works for you apparently. I Hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family Fro [sic] 30 years.”
“It’s really hard,” the Hunter Biden text shows. “But don’t worry unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
The explosive implications of the text are apparent, and were discussed on-air between former presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani and Fox News host Martha MacCallum on October 15, 2020 — prior to the 2020 election. Watch:
The transcript from that interview follows below.
MACCALLUM: I want to put up a piece of email that you are talking about. And just show everybody this email that this one was part of “The New York Post” investigation that is all coming off of this laptop.
And it says you know at the moment, they have a provisional agreement that the equity will be distributed and it says 20 will go to H and it goes through different initials, I suppose. There is one that says H I assume that you believe that means Hunter. At the bottom it says 10 will be held by H for the big guy. Tell me what this means?
GIULIANI: You’ve got to guess who the big guy is? If you need any guessing about who the big guy is all you have to do is take a look at the arrangement made for the office of this business where the Chinese Communist government was up partner.
When the offices opened, Hunter Biden sends a memo in the first two people he puts down to have keys to the office are Joe Biden and Jill Biden. So Joe Biden and James Biden were all going to have offices with the government of China essentially. This business we’re talking about now is a different one.
MACCALLUM: Yes. Do you have evidence that this guy means Joe Biden? You know just to lay it out quite clearly do you evidence that that is–
GIULIANI: The only evidence – the only evidence I have right now is here it says big guy and here it says that he’s the first person to get a key in the office that this business is going to occupy. We’ve got to put those two things together. But I haven’t finished yet with the hard drive. There are some extraordinary things on it and I don’t know.
MACCALLUM: Let me ask you this–
GIULIANI: If I was in court I would put these two things together. There’s a certain amount of unbelievable, unbelievable expansion of reality that’s given to Biden. I mean, who would up about the big” be?
MACCALLUM: All right. Let me ask you one more thing because I thought this is very interesting. I understand the point that you’re trying to make. This is a text message that I saw you talk about this morning, that you say is from Hunter Biden to his daughter Naomi.
And on this text message it says I love all of you but I don’t receive any respect and that’s fine I guess works for you, apparently. I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. It’s really hard. But don’t worries, unlike pop I won’t make you give me half your salary.
Now this, obviously – I just want to point out that your main argument here appears to be, not that there was a quid pro quo, that there was policy impact from what he is doing, but that he was the moneymaker for the Biden family and that is at the very least unethical in terms of the way the money was being made, attaching himself to the his father the vice president in order to get these deals and you’re argument is that, that’s the only way–
GIULIANI: No, not quite correct Martha.
MACCALLUM: In what way?
GIULIANI: No, it isn’t. My argument as this is a racketeering case that went on for 30 years. I mentioned 30 years a year ago probably on your show. I said for 30 years the Biden family has been selling Joe’s office to the highest bidder.
MACCALLUM: So let me ask you this, where did this text message come from? This text message is not used in “The New York Post” investigation which is based on the hard drive that you gave them.
Also, people who claim that have concerns about the origin of this hard drive and whether or not it’s some form of Russian disinformation, which I want you to reply to claim that there is no metadata attached to it? There’s no address on this text message, so prove to everybody right now that this text message is legit. Can you?
GIULIANI: Yes, I can. I mean, I can’t right now I don’t have the hard drive with me but it comes right off the hard drive. “The New York Post” has possession of it; they just elected not to publish it. Its right in the hard drives those two messages. I don’t know if you had the two messages above it.
MACCALLUM: We do, we have it on the screen right now.
GIULIANI: His daughter’s name. I mean, look, the hard drive will eventually be out if it’s not, put me in jail. I’m telling you it’s on the hard drive. That’s where I took it from.
MACCALLUM: How do you know the hard drive definitely belongs –?
GIULIANI: You think a Russians gave it to me?
MACCALLUM: I am asking because there are all these questions that I know you are aware of so I’m giving you a chance to–
GIULIANI: –Martha they have been feeding us this garbage for years. This isn’t from Russia! Look, this is a deal, every witness told me existed. Hunter just wrote it out for us. This is the deal that is outlined in the first chapter of the book “Secret Empire.” This is the way that Chinese do corruption. They don’t pay the principal.
They paid the relatives so they don’t have to file around him. This is what Chinese Bank paid a billion dollars in fines for.
MACCALLUM: Look, there is no doubt, none of this looks good and none of this–
GIULIANI: Of course it doesn’t look good!
MACCALLUM: –the way anybody should operate in relation to the Vice President of the United States and a family member who is making money off that position. I’m just merely asking to explain some of the origin so that you can put to rest some of these things that are out there that are trying to shoot down your evidence here.
MACCALLUM: And I was just asking if you can identify them and answer for that.
GIULIANI: I can. The answer is it’s on the hard drive. The hard drive will eventually be examined by anybody who wants to examine it. I wouldn’t invite – you want to send somebody from Fox to my office? They can look at this. They can look at the hard drive. I will show it to them tomorrow.
GIULIANI: I actually have it memorized as to exactly where it is on the hard drive. I have to tell you, I’ve only been able to go through a third of the hard drive. And my people have only been able to go through a third even I think “The Post” has probably only gone through 20 percent of it.
It’s huge. And the reason I hate bringing up the fact that he’s a drug addict because I feel sorry for him as a drug addict. But there is something really important about that. The first thing is it’s a national security risk. I mean, do you remember how the Democrats were all worried that the Russians had all these bad tapes on Donald Trump?
MACCALLUM: I sure do and you saw that all over Twitter. Nobody blocked any of that.
Rudy Giuliani recently discussed the above-mentioned email in “The Real Truth” with Emerald Robinson. Watch:
“[It] says, ‘I don’t get any respect from this family, even though I paid the bills for 30 years and also I have to give half my income to pop’,” Giuliani said. “That is the entire conspiracy, 30 years of selling Joe’s influence. Well over $50 million for the Biden family, documented, that’s called serial bribery or racketeering,” he went on.
“He should have been prosecuted for it two and a half years ago,” Giuliani added. “The FBI first had access to this information for two and a half years. They deliberately covered it up for a year and a half.”
CNN finally reported on the Hunter Biden laptop investigation in a serious manner, 532 days late to the New York Post’s original reporting.
“You’re reporting here because this is very, very bad for the president’s son,” CNN host Brianna Keilar said.
“It’s an investigation, as you pointed out, going back to 2018,” CNN’s Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Perez said. “And right now, prosecutors in Delaware are focusing on a number of things, including whether Hunter Biden and, and some of his business associates violated laws, including tax money, laundering, laws, and foreign lobbying laws.”
“A lot of this has to do with Hunter Biden’s time working with this company called Burisma, an energy company in Ukraine,” Perez continued. “He was getting paid as much as $50,000 a month for that company during a time that Joe Biden, his father was vice president, was in charge of handling Ukraine issues for the Obama administration. And that of course raised questions of, of a conflict.”
“And so what we know is this investigation, you know, for a while, it has been going on and it seemed to not, not a lot was going on recently,” he added. “A lot of activity has picked up. We know witnesses have gone in to talk to the grand jury in Delaware. We know of witnesses who are going in to talk to investigators in the next few weeks.”
“So we know that there’s a lot of activity now picking up,” he said. “He’s not been charged. He says that, Hunter Biden says that he committed no wrongdoing. And that he says at the end of this, he believes he’ll be cleared.”
“But obviously, as you pointed out, this is a political mess for the sitting president to have his son being investigated by the Justice Department, his own Justice Department,” he concluded.
Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig added that this is a “very real, very substantial investigation of potentially serious federal crimes.” On Tuesday, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz entered the Hunter Biden laptop’s contents into the congressional record during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
The Washington Post also finally got around to doing critical reporting on the Biden family international corruption scandal.
“While many aspects of Hunter Biden’s financial arrangement with CEFC China Energy have been previously reported and were included in a Republican-led Senate report from 2020, a Washington Post review confirmed many of the key details and found additional documents showing Biden family interactions with Chinese executives,” WaPo reported.
“Over the course of 14 months, the Chinese energy conglomerate and its executives paid $4.8 million to entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle, according to government records, court documents and newly disclosed bank statements, as well as emails contained on a copy of a laptop hard drive that purportedly once belonged to Hunter Biden,” the report added.
The New York Times’ corroboration of the Hunter laptop emails was buried deep within its story, but nonetheless shows Hunter Biden could be guilty of knowingly avoiding the Foreign Agent Registration Act requirements while his father ran for president.
Thus, the Hunter Biden laptop story is now being treated as real by the FBI, the Congress, CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. That’s how you know something big is about to happen.
The New York Times’ admission two weeks ago that the emails found on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop were real was a signal to some of us that the Times was trying to get out ahead of something.
When The Washington Post, CNN, ABC and NBC acknowledged the emails were real on Wednesday, we knew something was up.
On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, multiple media outlets reported that the inquiry into Biden’s taxes which began several years ago has expanded to include possible money laundering and foreign lobbying violations.
On Wednesday, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that an “increasing number of witnesses have appeared before a grand jury impaneled in Wilmington, Delaware,” over the past few months.
Witnesses are being asked about Biden’s finances, specifically his income from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where he served on the board of directors. Some have been questioned about “how he paid his taxes in recent years.”
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Witnesses have included several of Biden’s former business associates, lobbyists and Lunden Roberts, with whom he had a child in 2018, according to CNN. More witnesses are scheduled to appear in the weeks ahead.
ABC’s sources said there has been no decision yet on whether Biden will be criminally charged. However, there has been debate among prosecutors “about whether Biden’s admitted past drug abuse could serve to undermine a criminal case over his financial decision-making.”
CBS’ Catherine Herridge reported on Thursday morning that the probe is “broader than previously known” and that two of Biden’s former business associates appeared before the grand jury last fall.
Herridge said that prosecutors are looking into Biden’s transactions with the Chinese energy company CEFC, an entity that Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley told his colleagues on Monday was “effectively an arm of the communist Chinese government.”
In 2017, she said, CEFC signed a $1 million retainer for Biden’s legal services. The client was CEFC official Patrick Ho, who was arrested and convicted on “international bribery and money laundering charges for unrelated work in Africa.”
During Grassley’s presentation to the Senate on Monday, he displayed an August 2017 receipt for a $165,000 payment from CEFC to Wells Fargo Clearing Services. He pointed out a notation near the bottom of the page that read “further credit to OWASCO PC” and informed his fellow senators that Owasco was one of Biden’s companies.
Grassley confirmed that this transaction was being made public for the first time and said he and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson would soon be rolling out more receipts.
In a 2021 interview with CBS, host Anthony Mason asked Biden if his father had benefited financially from any of his foreign business deals. Although rumors to the contrary have been swirling, Biden replied with a most emphatic no.
None of the stories from CBS, ABC or CNN on the probe seem to substantiate the attention it’s suddenly receiving. Biden has built his career upon selling access to his father. And this probe has been going on for years. So what’s the draw?
Something strange is going on with the Hunter Biden laptop story.
As regular readers know, the New York Post was excommunicated from social media shortly before the 2020 US election by Big Tech for reporting on shady international business dealings by the Biden family – particularly in Ukraine and China, contained within a trove of emails, text messages, photographs and financial documents that were on a laptop Hunter abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019.
Covering for the Bidens to help him win the 2020 election, people like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) insisted it was Russian propaganda, and outlets that reported on the laptop were smeared as conspiracy theorists.
More than 50 ‘former senior intelligence officials’ signed a pre-election letter proclaiming the laptop story ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’
THE TIDE TURNS
Two weeks ago, the New York Times confirmed the laptop exists, and is legit – and confirmed several previously reported aspects of the story, including correspondence between Hunter and his business partner Devon Archer, both of whom served on the board Ukrainian energy giant Burisma.
Today, the Washington Post and CNN are piling on – with the post confirming yet-more details of the laptop contents, and CNN running a blistering segment and reporting that the federal investigation into Hunter is ‘heating up.’
As CNN slips further and further into disgrace, Brian Stelter steps firmly into it.
Between CNN President Jeff Zucker’s resignation, triggered from a further investigation into the Cuomos’ sex scandals, and Hunter Biden’s Laptop, CNN can’t catch a break–and that’s just fantastic. But not if you’re a compulsive liar Brian Stelter.
“Hey, just curious, when did I claim ‘Hunter Biden’s laptop emails were likely Russian propaganda? Can you send me the quote?” he sent in a direct message on Twitter to this reporter, a reference to a Thursday Breitbart News article in which he was listed along with 14 others in establishment media for falsely suggesting the laptop was Russian propaganda and disinformation.
Yep, when called on his lies, Scumbag Stelter is now claiming that he never called Biden’s emails Russian disinformation, which, we can clearly see here that he did:
The full clip from Stelter’s show, published on CNN’s website on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, right before the election, shows Stelter going through a rant for three full minutes on live television about this matter. In it, after making the case that the whole storyline was “created” in order to help then-President Donald Trump engage in what he called “whataboutism” with the media and left and Democrats, Stelter then cites his own outlet to say, “U.S. authorities are seeing if those emails we just talked about are connected to an ongoing Russian disinformation effort.”
Throughout his initial tirade back before the stolen election, Stelter repeatedly claims that the entire laptop is “disinformation” and “a classic example of the right-wing media machine,” without a single trace of irony. Now, he asks Breitbart to show him the “quote” where he makes such claims.
Damning screenshots from a conversation between Stelter and a writer for Breitbart reveal how the thin-skinned CNN host reacts when he appears to have his back against the wall. The fake news CNN host appears to leave the conversation offering no response to the question about his involvement in a possible coverup, given his close relationship to the disgraced former CNN President Jeff Zucker.
All of this comes not only from the laptop scandal but also from Stelter’s reported closeness to former CNN president Zucker, who is under investigation. Additionally, Stelter refuses to answer questions about other accused CNN creeps and scumbags such as Don Lemon, nor will he answer questions about the investigation more broadly.
“As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.” -Hunter Thompson