(SN) — The co-founder of one of the world’s leading ‘fact checker’ organizations, which presents itself as a supreme authority on which sources of information can be trusted, labeled the now completely confirmed genuine Hunter Biden laptop story a “hoax”.
Weeks before the 2020 presidential election, the legacy media declared the laptop scandal to be a hoax, with Politico and others citing “dozens of former intel officials” who declared it to be “Russian disinfo.”
This prompted social media giants like Twitter and Facebook to censor discussion of the story, even locking out major news outlets like the New York Post from their accounts.
Why hasn’t this been retracted as disinformation? https://t.co/Ratr4cUYhV
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 17, 2022
However, the story was completely true and (if it were even necessary), this has again been confirmed by the New York Times, which reported this week that emails from the abandoned laptop were “authenticated” as real.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald described the legacy media’s attempt to cover up the scandal as “one of the most successful disinformation campaigns in modern American electoral history.”
That cover up was aided by top ‘fact checking’ organizations, including NewsGuard, whose co-founder labeled the story a Russian “hoax” at the time.
“My personal opinion is there’s a high likelihood this story is a hoax, maybe even a hoax perpetrated by the Russians again,” said NewsGuard’s Steven Brill during an appearance on CNBC.
As Allum Bokhari notes, this spectacularly incorrect call is crucial because NewsGuard champions itself as an ultimate arbiter on the trustworthiness of news sources.
“NewsGuard has a track record of giving negative ratings to conservative-leaning publications, while giving a positive “green” rating to establishment media outlets with a track record of publishing hoaxes, like Rolling Stone,” writes Bokhari.
This once again proves that ‘fact checker’ organizations are merely partisan tools used to bludgeon free speech and censor information that’s inconvenient to the regime.
Despite innumerable examples of brazen disinformation and hoaxes over the last month, including the Snake Island hoax, the fake attack on a Kiev Holocaust memorial and the Ghost of Kiev farce, fact checkers have been largely AWOL.
Whenever stories emerge that are hugely damaging to the regime and the military-industrial complex, fact checkers are weaponized to bury them by falsely labeling such stories ‘misleading’ or hoaxes even if they are completely authentic.
This then serves to justify their censorship by social media algorithms and the targeted banning and deplatforming of anyone who tries to amplify them.
Fact checkers aren’t impartial, independent outlets, they are merely information attack dogs working on behalf of the regime.