A Pulitzer prize-winning writer for “The Atlantic” dismissed “New York Post” stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop as disinformation, in 2020. Anne Applebaum downplayed it again Wednesday, as “uninteresting” when quizzed about her views after legacy media validated the contents as factual.
“Those who live outside the Fox News bubble and intend to remain there do not, of course, need to learn any of this stuff,” Ms. Applebaum wrote in a 2020 Atlantic article. “Judging by what has been published, the very worst thing that Tyrmand’s email cache could reveal (if it is authentic) is that some unattractive people sought to use Hunter Biden’s surname and connections to get business deals or score a visit to the White House for their clients.”
“As the gap widens further between the reality lived by most of the public and the ‘reality’ presented by people such as Ingraham and Tyrmand on Fox News, they will need to generate even more noise and even more activity if they are to keep their audience’s attention.”
University of Chicago college freshman Daniel Schmidt reminded Applebaum about her words on reports about Hunter’s laptop during a “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference at his university. Mr. Schmidt, a freshman majoring in economics and history at UChicago, asked for clarification about how media can better distinguish “disinformation” from legitimate news.
“@AnneApplebaum, whom we are supposed to believe is some esteemed and highly intelligent journalist, cannot even answer a basic question posed by me, a college freshman,” said Mr. Schmidt in a Twitter post. He added a video clip of his question, the magazine writer’s response and the moderator’s move to end questioning.
The veteran writer basically brushed him off by replying with words that were not responsive to his question.
Applebaum told him she found stories about Hunter Biden to be uninteresting. She did not say whether stories about the son of the sitting vice-president making lucrative business deals with foreign companies was interesting.
An email requesting comment was not immediately returned.
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