Thursday, June 01, 2023


What's sad and embarrassing about this Fox News story is that the principal figures really seem to believe that this time they'll finally persuade the non-wingnut majority of America to care:
A trove of photos from Hunter Biden's laptop has been made available to the public through a new website that launched Thursday.

The website — — will house almost 10,000 photos spanning from 2008 to 2019 and took months to complete, Garrett Ziegler, the founder of nonprofit Marco Polo, told Fox News Digital....

"The number one thing we're about... is truth and transparency," he said. "If the American people want to know what their first family is like, they're going to get it. And we're not going to be taking out photos that paint the Bidens in a good light." ...

Ziegler ... made clear that it is not a "hit job" against the Biden family.

"There's a picture of a letter that Hunter's daughter, Finnegan, wrote to, I assume, troops stationed overseas, like in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said. "It's an adorable letter. Finnegan's around 9 years old at the time, and it definitely paints the Bidens in a good light."
Yeah, it's just a database of newsworthy items that every civic-minded American should care about:
Of the many photos found on the laptop, Ziegler provided Fox News Digital with two never-before-seen photos from the laptop. One photo showed Hunter Biden cozied up to his then-lover Zoe Kestan in 2018. The other image — featuring an array of drugs and a condom wrapper sitting on a table — was from a text message conversation Hunter had with Hallie Biden — the widow of Beau Biden and former lover of Hunter Biden — the same year.
There's no partisanship involved!
"We're not Republican activists. None of us are registered Republicans," [Ziegler] continued.
Ziegler, of course, is a former aide to Peter Navarro, a top adviser to then-President Trump. On December 18, he escorted Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell into the White House, where they discussed the possibility of declaring martial law and using the military to seize voting machines. Ziegler was subsequently asked to testify before the House January 6 committee, and did not take the experience well:
A former Trump White House aide who met with the January 6 committee earlier this week went on a profane and sexist rant on a livestream after his testimony, where he railed against the lawmakers and attacked other witnesses, according to audio posted to his Telegram....

“They’re Bolsheviks,” Ziegler said in the stream, ... “so, they probably do hate the American founders and most White people in general. This is a Bolshevistic anti-White campaign. If you can’t see that, your eyes are freaking closed. And so, they see me as a young Christian who they can try to basically scare, right?”
Ziegler also [took] aim at Cassidy Hutchinson and Alyssa Farah — two female former White House aides who’ve openly spoken out against the Trump administration and its actions.... “The other young people in the White House are total hoes and thots like Cassidy Hutchinson and this Alyssa Farah hoebag, who are just terrible. I mean, they have no clue what they’re saying.”
Ziegler is a horrible political hack -- but why does he bother with the we're-just-disinterested-truth-tellers nonsense? Do he and allies still not realize that everyone outside their bubble concedes Hunter Biden's moral flaws but doesn't ascribe them to his father? Hunter is a screwup. Everyone knows that. No one cares, apart from right-wing rage monsters.


And then there's this story, which broke yesterday:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) gleefully announced that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will be giving several pro-Trump pundits access to the January 6 footage previously made available to Tucker Carlson.

“I’m excited to share the good news that just as I promised the J6 tapes are being released!” Greene posted on Twitter. “Speaker McCarthy has given John Solomon, Julie Kelly, and a third outlet unfettered access to the J6 tapes, and their reporting on it starts tomorrow. This is the transparency the American people deserve and I look forward to their reporting!”
The transparency the American people deserve is, of course, equal access to these tapes by every news organization. But it's probably moot at this point -- investigators have mined the tapes for relevant information, and the right isn't finding much in the tapes that's new. Tucker Carlson certainly didn't.

John Solomon -- who fed Ukraine disinformation to Trump in collaboration with pals of Rudy Giuliani -- has published his first report on the January 6 tapes, and it's a huge nothingburger:
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described having to evacuate a riotous Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 as traumatic. But Capitol Police security footage obtained by Just the News shows the long-time Democrat leader exited Hollywood-style from the home of Congress that fateful day with her daughter filming her as security officers tried to guide her through a secret safe passage corridor.
"Exited Hollywood-style"? What -- she left in a limo wearing haute couture and fuck-me pumps? No. She was wearing what you'd expect Nancy Pelosi to wear on the floor of Congress, and if her documentarian daughter was filming her, so what?
The video shows then-Speaker Pelosi was not in jeopardy after fleeing the breached Capitol chamber, because the footage shows no protesters or rioters penetrated the evacuation route.
Which would be a scoop if anyone had ever said that rioters penetrated Pelosi's specific evacuation route, but no one has ever said that. They were in the building, however, yelling for blood. It was in all the papers.

I think what's upsetting these folks is that Pelosi wasn't running like Josh Hawley.

What do these people think they're going to accomplish by mining pointless stories from this footage? Whose mind will be changed?

But someone thought it was a good idea to do this again, despite the failure of the Tucker Carlson tape handoff. The other named recipient is Julie Kelly, author of January 6: How Democrats Used the Capitol Protest to Launch a War on Terror Against the Political Right. She's a writer for American Greatness, where her columns have included "January 6 Was the Worst Incident of Police Brutality Since Civil Rights Era."

The third recipient of the tapes wasn't named yesterday. My guess is that the tapes were meant to go to someone connected to Twitter, but the right hack couldn't be lined up in time. None of these people will find anything new. They keep imagining that they'll change minds somehow, but it'll never happen.

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